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Friday, April 29, 2011
nancy scholz/times news Lehighton's James Sverchak prepares to return the ball during Thursday's District 11 Class AA Tennis Tournament. Sverchak won his opening match, but was eliminated in the second round.

ALLENTOWN – Both Gonzalo Hernandez Cascante and Henry Paiste were playing in their first District 11 Tournament. And both first-timers looked pretty comfortable with their surroundings Thursday in the opening rounds of the Class AA singles tournament at West End Racquet Club.

Henandez, a Spanish foreign exchange student from Tamaqua High School, and Paiste, a Northwestern freshman, both won their first two matches and are headed to Saturday's quarterfinal round.

"As a freshman, it's my first time," said Paiste. "I'm pretty happy with the result.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Earlier this month, America celebrated the 150th Anniversary to the start of the American Civil War. The Glorification and glamorization of the event through historians, re-enactors, and movies, only serves to hide the horror of the conflict.

Although there are many positive outcomes to the Civil War, one true and yet overlooked plus is the relationship of the Civil War and Baseball.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Rain wiped out all but one event on Thursday's scholastic sports schedule.

Northwestern's track meet at Bangor was the only area sport to be played.


Bangor swept Northwestern in its Colonial League track meet Thursday afternoon.

Nycole Everett had the best day of all of the Lady Tigers. Everett won the high jump with a leap of four feet, six inches. She also placed second in the discus and third in the shot put. Teammate Tori Black did well as well, as she had a first place (triple jump) and second place (long jump) finish.

Friday, April 29, 2011

ALLENTOWN - Less than an hour before Thursday night's contest against the Pawtucket PawSox, Lehigh Valley IronPigs manager Ryne Sandberg had to enter the clubhouse and tell Vance Worley, his scheduled Friday night starter, to pack his bags and head for Philadelphia.

The Phillies had just put starting pitcher Joe Blanton on the disabled list with a medial impingement of the right elbow.

Friday, April 29, 2011

April 29, 1974 Kerry Solt hits two home runs to help Palmerton gain an 11-4 victory over Jim Thorpe. Solt, just a freshman, drills a grand slam in the first inning and adds a two-run blast in the fourth frame. The Blue Bombers also receive a two-run homer off the bat of Denny Strohl while Jerry Serfass contributes a two-run single. Bill Mazepa chips in with a hit, RBI and three runs scored.

Thursday, April 28, 2011


This year's NFL draft is loaded with uncertainties due to a murky labor situation, the lack of a collective bargaining agreement and a league-imposed lockout. With no free agency, no negotiations between players and teams, and the state of the NFL at a standstill, the 2011 NFL Draft can be summed up in one word - "unpredictable."

Thursday, April 28, 2011

It was a special day for Pleasant Valley's Keegan Bray.

Bray, a sophomore on the Bears' track team, set two school records in Wednesday's 92.5-57.5 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Lehighton. Bray set new records in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes with a little help from a tail wind.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

ALLENTOWN - The frustration is over!

In the previous eight games, the IronPigs won only two, averaging less than three runs per game.

In their series opener on Monday, the IronPig offense was non-existent with 2-runs on two hits.

The IronPig's collective bats came alive as Lehigh Valley downed Pawtucket 8-2 before 7,535 at Coca Cola Park.

It did not have anything to do with preaching to the baseball gods, starting new superstitions, or selling their souls to change their fortunes, all they did was continue to do what they always do.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

April 28, 1942 Eddie Becker tosses a two-hit shutout and strikes out 13 batters to lead Nesquehoning to a 2-0 victory over Mahanoy Township. Becker receives the only run he would need in the second inning when singles by Mike Saus, Francis Pillar and Ted Haldeman produce the game's first run. The Nesquers, coached by Bill Griffith, receive an insurance run in the seventh frame when Raymie Bonner triples and scores on a groundout. Pillar and Lee Richards both end with two hits for the winners.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
times news filephoto Gonzala Hernandez Cascante of Tamaqua earned the No. 1 seed for the District 11 Class AA tennis tournament.

It's been a busy school year for Tamaqua exchange student Gonzalo Hernandez Cascante.

Hernandez Cascante hit the ground running and hasn't slowed down since arriving from Spain on Aug. 20.

Not only has he had his hands full adapting to the American school system and trying to perfect his already very fluent use of the English language, but he has also been a huge part of the Blue Raider sports program.