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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Last time Palmerton and Northern Lehigh met, the result was a 1-1 overtime draw. There were no extra periods needed the second time around.

Wednesday afternoon, the Blue Bomber girls' soccer team prevented another overtime finish with a 3-0 Colonial League victory over the host Bulldogs.

"It was all about finishing today," Palmerton coach Barry Hahn said. "I'm really proud of them as they did what they had to do to get the job done today they finished off some opportunities.

"It was the outcome I was hoping for last time, but I will take it this time."

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pleasant Valley's Rachel Sisko had a big day at the plate and Tamaqua's Brett Kosciolek came up big on the mound to highlight Wednesday's scholastic sports action.

SOFTBALL

Lehighton-Pleasant Vy.

Rachel Sisko led a potent attack as Pleasant Valley defeated Lehighton, 17-7, in a Mountain Valley Conference game.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Briana Boyle (left) gets set to make the throw to first base after forcing out Jim Thorpe's Nicole Murphy.

The Tamaqua and Jim Thorpe softball teams have certainly had frustrating seasons up to this point.

Tamaqua had just one win heading into its match-up with host Jim Thorpe and the Olympians had zero wins on the season.

However, the two teams showed yesterday that their lack of wins is not a result of lack of effort as the Raiders and Olympians fought hard for seven innings. At the end of the day it was Tamaqua that came out on top, using a two-run fourth to clip Thorpe, 2-1, for the Schuylkill League Division 1 victory.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
BOBO FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Kelecia harris (right) sprints to the finish line in the 100-meter dash ahead of Lehighton's Sage Terembula. Harris won the event in 12.31.

It was just another day at the office for Pleasant Valley's Kelecia Harris and Keegan Bray.

Harris won all four of the events she competed in and helped her Lady Bears defeat Lehighton, 82-68 in Mountain Valley Conference track action. Her male teammate, Bray, did his part by taking all three of the sprints en route to an 87-63 victory for the boys.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Joe Romano of East Stroudsburg North gets back to first base on a pickoff attempt. Pleasant Valley first baseman Jordan Caffrey takes the late throw.

Pleasant Valley posted a pair of wins on the diamond while Northwestern and Palmerton each gained sweeps in track action on Tuesday.

BASEBALL

ES North-Pleasant Valley

Tom Agosta had a big day on the mound and at the plate to help Pleasant Valley earn an 11-1 Mountain Valley Conference win over East Stroudsburg North.

Agosta tossed a three-hitter in the six-inning contest, walking two while striking out 10. He also aided his cause with a double and knocked in three runs.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

It surely has not been pretty, but the Lehigh Valley IronPigs have grinded their way to 11 wins in the first 17 games of the season for the best start in franchise history.

The reason for the success certainly cannot be pinned on the offense. Although not as offensive as the parent club, the struggles of the IronPig batters are obvious.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Northwestern Lehigh kept its girls soccer record unbeaten and the Pleasant Valley tennis team notched a victory over Lehighton in local action on Monday.

GIRLS

SOCCER

No. Lehigh-Northwestern

Sabrina Mertz and Angela Motolese scored two goals apiece as the unbeaten Tigers (11-0) pulled away in the second half for a 7-0 win over the Bulldogs.

Sara Segan, Michelle Lacek and Alexis Gawelko scored the other two goals. Haylee Kubat had the lone assist.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
photo courtesy Liberty University Scott Clymer (right) wrestles as a member of the Liberty University team during a match last season. Liberty dropped its wrestling program prior to Clymer's senior year, forcing him to consider several options.

One of the greatest lessons sports teach is how to deal with adversity.

Wrestling in particular forces athletes to decide whether to roll over and get pinned, or fight with everything they have to stay off their back when times are toughest.

Scott Clymer had just one of those decisions to make last spring. Based on the results, he surely made the right choice.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

April 24, 1964 Dave Malkin tosses a two-hit shutout to help Lansford open Hughie McGeehan League play with a 4-0 win over Freeland. Malkin, who walks seven batters but also strikes out 11, aids his own cause with a hit and run scored. Don Jones triples home John Zubek with the game's first run in the fourth inning to give the Panthers, coached by Vince Spisak, the lead. Jones also finishes the contest with two runs scored.

Monday, April 23, 2012

April 23, 1976 Dan Miorelli stars on the mound and Mike Miorelli does the same at the plate to help Tamaqua gain an 8-1 victory over Shenandoah Valley. Dan scatters eight hits while striking out 11 in earning the pitching win. Mike leads the Blue Raider offense with a pair of home runs. The winners, coached by Dennis Kormonick, also receive a pair of hits from Bob Clemson and RBI singles from Joe Holmberg and Steve Stelgrath.