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Thursday, May 17, 2012

TAMAQUA – There's an old cliche that states "good things come in small packages."

That certainly proved to be the case in yesterday afternoon's Schuylkill League Division 3 tiebreaker between Marian and Mahanoy Area.

The Fillies, needing a win to advance to today's Schuylkill League playoffs, got their biggest hit from their smallest player, en route to a 4-1 victory over the Golden Bears.

Thursday, May 17, 2012
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Jon Strauss prepares to throw the javlin. Strauss won the District 11 Class AAA championship.

WHITEHALL – John Strauss has already reached the Holy Grail of high school javelin.

His goal now is to repeat the feat in the postseason.

The Lehighton senior won his second straight Class AAA javelin title Tuesday at the District 11 Championship Meet at Whitehall. But he didn't get nearly as close to 200 feet as he hoped.

"I'm not real pleased," he said. "But you've got to move on. It feels good to be a two-time district champ, but I want to move on and get ready for states.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Lorraine Feinour wasn't going to let Northwestern's loss in the Colonial League championship game last Friday ruin her senior season.

Instead, the Tiger goalkeeper let that emotional setback serve a purpose in what turned out to be an 5-0 victory over Saucon Valley in the opening round of the District 11 Soccer Tournament on Wednesday.

"I think Friday's game really drove us today," Feinour said. "It brought us together more as a team and, it made us focus on this game and want it that much more."

Thursday, May 17, 2012
Ron Gower/times news Pleasant Valley's Diane Connor (7) steps around a Notre Dame defender.

Last Friday's Mountain Valley Conference championship game loss was tough on the Pleasant Valley girls' soccer team.

However, thanks to the resiliency of the Lady Bears' senior leaders, the team got over it pretty quick.

Pleasant Valley rebounded from last week's loss by knocking off Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg, 4-0 in the first round of the District 11 soccer playoffs. The sixth-seeded Bears got things rolling in the second half and scored three goals en route to the shutout victory.

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.