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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Georgia freshman Allison Updike has been named the Southeastern Conference Women's Freshman of the Week following her performance at the Yellow Jacket Invitational, according to an announcement from the league office.

Updike, a Nesquehoning native, launched her third attempt in the javelin 152 feet, 6 inches on Saturday to pick up her second consecutive collegiate victory to start her career. Updike passed the second-place finisher by 23 feet and has the second-longest throw in the SEC this year at 156 feet (No. 26 nationally).

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Matt Rivera clears the high jump at 5-6 for a first place in Tuesday's meet at Palmerton.

If Colonial League track and field teams haven't taken notice to the Palmerton boys and girls as potential threats, they should start to do so. The Blue Bombers earned a sweep over Northwestern asa they both picked up their third win without a loss

Senior speedster Monty Szukics swept through the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes, before anchoring the 400 relay to a win, spearheading the Palmerton boys to a 100-49 win.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

April 4, 2002 Nate Phillips sets a new school record in the high jump and Mary Horvat registers three individual firsts to help Marian sweep Mahanoy Area in a track meet. Phillips clears 6-7 as the Colts post a 112-38 win. Double winners for Marian include Vito Digilio (100, 200), Justin Esposito (110 and 300 hurdles) and Dave Conway (discus, javelin). Horvat claims the shot put, discus and javelin to help the Fillies roll to a 109-34 victory. Trish McElmoyle (200, 400) and Dominique Ramer (800, 1600) also aid in the win.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Palmerton Area School Board at a special meeting on Tuesday unanimously approved the following extraccuricular positions, pending contract negotiations, for the 2012-13 school year:

- Danielle Bowman, volunteer field hockey coach

- Drew Courtright, volunteer middle school football coach

The school board also, on a 5-4 vote, approved the following extracurricular positions, pending contract negotiations, for the 2012-13 school year:

- Donald Delich, head girls' basketball coach, pending contract

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Northern Lehigh's David Getz clears a hurdle during Tuesday's Colonial League track and field meet against Catasauqua. Getz won the 100 high hurdle event in a time of 16.2 but the Rough Riders earned a 76-74 victory. Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe's track teams gained a sweep of North Schuylkill in scholastic action Tuesday.

PJ Johnson set a new school record and had three individual firsts in the Olympians' victory.

In other action, the Northern Lehigh and Pleasant Valley girls track teams earned wins, while the Marian softball team also posted a victory.

BASEBALL

Pottsville-Jim Thorpe

Pottsville's Stephen Delinko struck out 11 of the 17 batters he faced to lead Pottsville to a 13-0 Schuylkill League Division 1 victory over Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
 Amy Miller/TIMES NEWS

Kristin Black, athletic and activities director at Panther Valley High School, left, recognizes Sam Zlock, a junior at Panther Valley High School, in front of the new electronic softball scoreboard, which can be seen at right, on Tuesday afternoon. Zlock raised $6,000 for the school's new scoreboard as her senior project. She noted that she felt it was a good project because it was hard for the players to keep track of the score during softball games. Her older brother, John, also helped the school a few years ago by raising funds for the baseball scoreboard, which is seen at left.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
BRAD HURLEY/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Amber Carroll (front, center) signs a letter of intent to continue her education and running career at Bucknell University in the fall. Looking on are: Front, her parents John and Jeannine Carroll. Back row, from left, High School principal Stephen toth, assistant coach Mike Sukash, head coach Tom Kanger and Athletic Director Michael Hromyak.

Tamaqua's Amber Carroll has no doubt been a big part of what is becoming a Division 1 factory for girl track athletes in the TIMES NEWS area. The Lady Raiders track program has produced numerous Division 1 competitors over the last few seasons and has been the staple for success in District 11.

Carroll has now added her name to that distinguished list. The standout Blue Raider cross country and track star has signed her letter of intent to compete at Division 1 Bucknell University.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

In the March 29 edition of the TIMES NEWS, a Jim Thorpe softball player was misidentified in a caption on page 13.

The Olympian second baseman waiting to make the tag on the Weatherly runner is Nicole Murphy. Murphy was incorrectly identified as Gianna Bucci in the paper.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
bob ford/times news Palmerton's Aaron Cook (25) throws the ball to first base after forcing out Northwestern's Kyle Lutton.

The game of baseball can definitely work in mysterious ways.

Sometimes in favor of a team, sometimes against a team.

Things went in favor of Northwestern on Monday afternoon, while they went against host Palmerton.

The Tigers were only able to muster four hits off the Bombers' pitching staff, but they found a way to cross home plate numerous times to score a lopsided 12-3 Colonial League victory. Meanwhile, the Bombers racked up double digits in hits (10), but couldn't turn them into enough runs to stay within reach.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

April 3, 1992 Northern Lehigh's Damian Olewine has a big day at the plate and also gains the pitching win as the Bulldogs roll to a 16-4 Centennial League win over East Stroudsburg. Olewine finishes with four hits - two singles, a double and a triple - and knocks in three runs. Scott Reitz adds three hits and three RBIs while Jason Williams contributes three hits and knocks in a pair. Nolehi also receives two hits from both Steve Kistler and Craig Sell.