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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Taylor Fritz slides into second base safely as Jim Thorpe's Brittney Loftus waits for the throw.

Tamaqua, Northwestern, Palmerton and Weatherly all triumphed in girls softball during local action on Monday.


Tamaqua-Jim Thorpe

Tamaqua used a 13-run second inning to thump Jim Thorpe in three innings, 23-5.

Juliette Reinhardt finished with three RBIs for the Raiders, while Carly Sassaman and Brianna Wittig each knocked in two more.

Brittany Loftus led the Olympians with two runs. Teammate Jocelyn DeMarco drove in another.

Tamaqua 2(13)8 - 23 8 0

Jim Thorpe 104 - 5 4 4

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Troy Reinhardt tags out Jim Thorpe's Nick Montanaro on a pickoff play at first base.

In a game where two teams had an identical number of hits and only minor discrepancies in runners left on base and errors, one might think the margin of victory would not be that great.

But that was not the case on this night, as Tamaqua made the most of its opportunities to defeat Jim Thorpe 7-0 in Schuylkill League action.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The ball is in Pleasant Valley's court. The question remains, will PV return the serve.

No final decision was made at last night's Buildings and Grounds meeting as to whether the Pleasant Valley athletic programs will accept the invitation to join the Colonial League for the 2014-2015 school year.

But if left to PV coaches, their vote would be "No." Jake Percey, PV's athletic director said that when polled, the coaches voted 11-2 to stay where they were in the Mountain Valley Conference, of which the school has been a member since 1993.

Monday, April 8, 2013
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Talia Valentini is tug out trying to steal third base in the second inning by Northern Lehigh's Cassie Toth.

Northwestern, Pleasant Valley and Tamaqua all picked up wins on the baseball diamond over the weekend, while Northern Lehigh notched a win in softball.


Jim Thorpe-Northwestern

The Tigers built too large of a lead for the Olympians in a non-league baseball match up as they held on for a 7-3 win.

Monday, April 8, 2013

April 8, 1962 Tamaqua's Barry Storch scores 14 points to help the Panther Valley All-Stars register a 65-59 victory over the Lehigh Valley All-Stars in the third annual B'nai B'rith Scholastic Invitational tournament at Whitehall. Mike Karnish of Lansford adds 11 points to the winning cause, while Tamaqua's Bill Willing chips in with eight. The PV stars, coached by Jim Thorpe's Kenny Kline, also receive seven from the Olympians' Jackie Morgan.

Monday, April 8, 2013
mike feifel/times news Northern Lehigh catcher Austin Sodl forces out Lehighton's Josh Kern at home.

One day after being shut out by Stroudsburg, the Lehighton baseball team rediscovered its offense and made Northern Lehigh pay the price.

The Indians hammered the Bulldogs 18-1 Saturday afternoon in non-league play and looked very much like the club that went to the District 11 Class AAA title game last year.

Monday, April 8, 2013
ED HEDES/TIMES NEWS Representing THE TIMES NEWS Area at the Schuylkill Chapter No. 25 National Football Foundation Banquet in Minersville were: from left, Ryan Karnish of Marian, Richie Smith of Panther Valley and Brandon Fogel of Tamaqua.

MINERSVILLE - For the second time in three years, a North Schuylkill football player was named the Schuylkill Chapter of the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete.

Matthew Gownley, ranked 10th in his class and continuing his education at Villanova University in the fall, was the recipient of the award at the 52nd Annual Awards Dinner held at Hillcrest Hall on Sunday night.

His cousin, Ed Pavalko, curently a sophomore at Colgate, won the award two years ago.

Monday, April 8, 2013
Jon Strauss (front row, center) signs a Letter of Intent to attend the US Naval Academy. Strauss, a 2012 Lehighton High School grad, will continue his academic and track careers with the Midshipmen. Sitting next to Strauss for the signing are his mother Greta and his father Bud. Standing behind him are his brothers Graham and Chris Strauss.

Jon Strauss is a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.

And that's exactly why the elite javelin thrower remained calm when the right opportunity didn't present itself after his graduation from Lehighton High School last spring.

While Strauss received interest from many Division I schools, the best scenario for him and his family just wasn't there. So instead of making a hasty decision, the former PIAA state medalist took his time trying to figure out his future plans.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

A Basic Boating Course instructed by Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission staff is being held Tuesday and Thursday, April 9 and 11, from 6-9 p.m. both nights, at Beltzville State Park.

There is no charge for the course, but all participants must pre-register by calling the park office at 610-377-0045 and must attend both sessions of the Basic Boating Course, that is designed to supply boaters with practical information so they can make better informed decisions on the water.

Saturday, April 6, 2013
Kusko, Leonzi, Santo to be inducted

The Carbon County Sports Hall of Fame will inducte its 2013 class on May 26 at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.

The doors will open at 12:45 with cocktail hour from 1-2 p.m. Dinner will be at 2 p.m. with the induction ceremony to follow.