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Thursday, May 17, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Jacen Nalesnik swings at a pitch Wednesday against ES South.

The two contests between Lehighton and East Stroudsburg South during the regular season were competitive ball games to say the least. The average margin of victory in both games was just 1.5 runs, so it was expected that Thursday's play-in game for the Mountain Valley Conference playoffs would be another classic.

But stagnant situational hitting from the Indians (14-7, 7-6), along with a three run second inning from the Cavaliers, gave East Stroudsburg South the 4-1 MVC tournament win.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

May 16, 2006 Katelyn Boyd tosses a two-hit shutout and Meredith Dickson slugs a two-run homer to help lift Northwestern to a 3-0 victory over Pen Argyl in the Colonial League softball semifinals. Boyd retires 14 of the first 15 batters she faces and doesn't allow a runner past first base. Dickson connects for her long drive in the sixth inning to give the Tigers, coached by Jen Horner, a pair of insurance runs. Jess White singles and racs home on an error in the first inning to open the scoring.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

May 15, 1959 Phil Rader leads Jim Thorpe on the mound and at the plate in a 2-1 victory over Lehighton. Rader tosses a two-hitter, allowing just a second-inning run and also delivers the key hit in the contest. With Gary Hiller on base in the home first, Rader connects for an RBI triple. Rader then trots home on a single by Charlie McHugh for what will prove to be the winning run.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Northern Lehigh School Board on Monday unanimously approved the following cocurricular appointments for the 2012-13 school year:

- Anthony Thomas, head girls basketball coach, $6,980

- Cory Hartsell, assistant football coach, $4,536, pending verification of missing personnel file items

- Jeff Miller, head boys basketball coach, $6,980

- Dennis Rehrig, assistant boys basketball coach, $4,536

- Richard Mantz, assistant boys basketball coach (JH), $4,536

- Richard Roberts IV, MS boys basketball coach, $3,053

Monday, May 14, 2012

@Breif.Head:League playoffs set

for baseball, softball

Seven area teams will be involved in playoffs this week to determine the Mountain Valley Conference, Colonial League and Schuylkill League champs in baseball and softball.

MVC Baseball

Monday, May 14, 2012

Updike wins SEC title

Tamaqua graduate Allison Updike won the Southeastern Conference javelin title on Saturday with a throw of 161-2.

The University of Georgia freshman reached the distance on her third throw to better LSU's Annie Simoneaux (157-11). This year's SEC Outdoor Championships were held in Baton Rouge.

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Pyramid Sports Performance Center in Lehighton is partnering with Carbon County SAFE Kids, SAFE Kids USA and Johnson & Johnson to provide parents, coaches, and young athletes with the practical information and tools in order to reduce the many sports-related injuries to America's athletes.

Monday, May 14, 2012

May 14, 1984 Northern Lehigh bats around in the first inning, scoring four times, and then holds off Pleasant Valley for a 5-2 Centennial League win. Keith Oertner contributes an RBI single in the big frame while Larry Meixsell earns a bases-loaded walk for another run. Jeff Hausamann adds a run-scoring single. Todd Evans earns the pitching win, striking out five in 6 innings. Jeff Jones gains the save by retiring the final two batters.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Marian picked up a softball victory on Saturday that not only secured a District 11 postseason berth, but also put the Fillies in a playoff for the Schuylkill League Division III title.

SOFTBALL

Marian-Shenandoah

Marian rode the pitching of Bethany Shaud to a 7-0 Schuylkill League win over Shenandoah Valley.

Monday, May 14, 2012

@Breif.Head:Tigers, Bears make

D-11 soccer playoffs

Nineteen teams qualified for the District 11 soccer playoffs that will get underway today with three play-in games. Teams will compete in just one class this season.

Northwestern and Pleasant Valley are the two area teams that qualified for districts. The Tigers earned the No. 4 seed and will host Saucon Valley on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in a first round round game. The Bears are the No. 6 seed and will host No. 11 seed Notre Dame of Green Pond on Wednesday at 3 p.m in a first round game.