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Thursday, June 2, 2011

During a special meeting last evening, the Lehighton Area School Board hired two head basketball coaches and an Athletic Director.

Former Northern Lehigh basketball coach Richard Oertner was named the Indians' head boys' basketball coach.

"We're very excited to get someone of his caliber," said School Board President David Krause."Oertner enjoyed a tremendous amount of success at Northern Lehigh ."

Thursday, June 2, 2011

June 2, 1979 A five-run fifth inning and an excellent pitching performance from Joe Rauscher carries Northwestern to a 6-2 win over Catasauqua in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 playoffs. Rauscher, who also collects three hits at the plate, allows just four hits and strikes out eight. The Tigers, coached by Mike Haberern, receive a solo homer from Keith Edsall and an RBI on a squeeze bunt by Ron Pierce.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

HERSHEY - Nobody can accuse the Northwestern girls' soccer team of taking it easy this postseason.

The Tigers battled through the new single-class district playoff bracket in order to earn a PIAA tournament berth, knocking off a few of their bigger brethren in the process.

Their reward for that run: a first-round state date with talented Mechanicsburg, the District 3 runner-up and a returning state qualifier.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

June 1, 1999 Ann Marie Miller drives in Katy Kresge with the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Marian's softball team to a 7-6 win over Tri-Valley in the District 11 Class A semifinals. Kresge singles, moves to second on a sacrifice and snaps a 6-6 tie when Miller delivers her RBI hit. The Fillies, coached by Michelle Borzok, enjoy a big second inning. Michelle Kott has the key hit during the five-run frame.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

For the first three weeks of the season at Mahoning Valley Speedway, Kunkletown's Tyler Haydt was within reach of the checkered flag as in each of those Modified features, finishing a close second.

Haydt finally shunned the bridesmaid role and wheeled his Bill Teel owned #16 to victory. In doing so he assumed the division point lead over Earl Paules, who ironically he had been runner-up to twice thus far.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Mark Maholick made a very tough decision last week.

Less than seven days after the Palmerton Area School Board failed to appoint him head boys basketball coach for lack of a majority vote deadlocked at 4-4, he has decided to pull his name from the candidates interviewed for the position.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valey's Nicole Kregeloh fields a ground ball before throwing to first for the out in the District 11 Class 4A semifinal against Northampton. The Bears won 1-0 to advance to Thursday's final against Easton.

ALLENTOWN - Steve Caffrey admitted the Pleasant Valley coaching staff originally scheduled the end of the season banquet for this Thursday night.

A few weeks ago, the Bears gave their coaches a hint that they may need to reschedule it for another day.

Thank goodness they did because the Bears will be busy vying for their first-ever district championship.

By picking up a 1-0 victory over Northampton in Tuesday's semi-final, the Bears will return to the District 11 Class AAAA title game for the first time since 2006.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Christine Streisel gets ready to release a javelin throw during Saturday's PIAA Track and Field Championships. Streisel won a gold medal in Class AA.

SHIPPENSBURG - Tamaqua can now claim two 2011 state champions in the sport of track and field.

One day after Kayla Hope brought home a gold medal in the long jump, teammate Christine Streisel followed up with a gold medal-winning performance of her own.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May 31, 1951 Ben Fisher strikes out 22 batters and allows just two hits to lead Lehighton to a 9-0 Senior Legion win over Slatedale. Fisher, who doesn't allow a walk, strikes out the side in the first, third, eighth and ninth innings. Charlie Stroup collects three hits, one a double, scores twice and knocks in a pair to pace the offense. Lenny Dietz also finishes with three hits and two runs as the winners end the contest with 17 hits. Fisher, Lee Kuntz, Sittler and Glenn Warner each add two hits.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The following are the results for the TIMES NEWS area athletes at the PIAA State Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium.

AA GIRLS

200M - Kayla Hope, Tamaqua, 26.16, 5th in semifinal heat, 10th overall, did not advance to finals.

3200M - Amber Carroll, Tamaqua, 11:47.69, 18th overall.

Shot Put - Kelsey Hay, Palmerton, 35-8 1/2, 10th overall; Gwen Remaley, Lehighton, 34-11 1/2, 19th overall.

Javelin - Christine Streisel, Tamaqua, 143-11, 1st overall; Kelsey Hay, Palmerton, 129-10, 5th overall.