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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Northwestern's Grace Baker (4) goes high to head the ball away from Whitehall's Kayla Cunningham (23).

WHITEHALL – Northwestern coach Kelly Bleam called them "golden opportunities."

Bleam was referring to several first half scoring chances that her Tigers had in the District 11 semifinals against Whitehall on Tuesday night.

Unfortunately for Northwestern, none of those golden opportunities were turned into goals.

That proved to be a recipe for disaster.

While the Tigers struggled to find the back of the net, Whitehall grabbed a first half lead and methodically controlled play after intermission to post a 3-0 victory.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Linda Rothrock/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Connor Cardenas looks towards second base after Northampton's Jeff Sell scores on a base hit.

NORTHAMPTON - The situation was eerily similar to Saturday.

Fortunately for Pleasant Valley, though, the result was different.

Just two days after watching a seemingly comfortable advantage evaporate against Stroudsburg in the Mountain Valley Conference championship, the Bears faced another opponent attempting a last-minute rally.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Chris Herren's story of his rise and fall in the game of basketball and his battles with substance abuse have become very well known on the national level. His story has been documented in various mediums including a book he co-wrote with Providence Journal columnist Bill Reynolds entitled Basketball Junkie; A Memoir and through ESPN's popular documentary series 30 for 30 entitled Unguarded.

Herren's ability to overcome his addictions is a fantastic tale in its own right, but it's what Herren does with his time now that's really impressive.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Michael A Heery/Special to THE TIMES NEWS After receiving a standing ovation for his presentation about the dangers of substance abuse, former NBA player Chris Herren signed autographs for those in attendance.

Former NBA player Chris Herren gave a moving talk about the dangers of substance abuse on Thursday evening at Lehighton Area High School Auditorium.

"I can remember sitting in on drug talks like this one and always thinking, 'That will never be me,'" said Herren. "Well, I'm here to tell you that it can happen to anyone – from any family. I don't care who your parents are or where you live."

He emphasized the importance of open lines of communication between parents and children.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

May 22, 1961 Terry Watto breaks a tie game with a sixth-inning RBI triple and Jim Thorpe hangs on to post a 3-2 Mountain League victory over White Haven. Watto's extra-base hit drives in Don Deemer, who scores two runs in the contest. Bernie Strubinger makes the lead stand by retiring the side in order in the sixth and seventh frame. Strubinger finishes with a complete-game three-hitter. The Olymians also receive an RBI hit from Stroud Hiller.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Former Phillie third-baseman David Bell made his Coca-Cola debut as manager for the Louisville Bats.

Bell spent just over three and a half seasons with the Phillies (2003-2006). While the teams he was on could not break the glass ceiling of second place, they did set the foundation for greater things.

"It was a great experience because of the people I met and good teammates that were around me," Bell reflected. "It was good to see people I played with win it all. (Philly) is the best place in baseball to win a World Series."

Monday, May 21, 2012

Hello, I would like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Rich Conwell and I am the PGA Head Golf Professional at Blue Ridge Country Club. I am going to be writing a golf column each week to cover topics, some trivia and instruction relating to the world of golf. If you have any questions, suggestions or topics you wish to discuss, please contact me via email and I will get them covered.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Marian concluded regular season play by finishing up a pair of games with Holy Cross from earlier in the season.

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Marian-Holy Cross

Marian split a non-league doubleheader with Holy Cross.

The teams played a pair of five-inning games on April 21. After it was learned that those games would not be counted as official by District 11, the teams decided to finish the contests on Sunday.

Monday, May 21, 2012

SWIFTWATER – Heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Stroudsburg had managed just two hits and one unearned run off of Pleasant Valley starter Howie Stevens.

With the Bears just three outs away from winning their first Mountain Valley Conference title since 2010, the Mounties' bats finally came alive in a big way.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife conservation officers Rod Mee and Rob Minnich recently filed charges on two Tioga County residents for a weekend poaching spree in which eight whitetail deer were found shot and left to rot.

From Feb. 24-27, Zachary Ryan Zimmers, 21, and Michael Wayne Hinman, 24, both of Morris Run, were out driving around, spotting and shooting deer and then leaving them lay.