Thursday, April 27, 2017

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Thursday, April 13, 2017
Northwestern’s Nathan Goodolf slides home as Salisbury catcher Peter Dubois awaits the throw. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Copyright - Nancy Scholz

A couple teams looking to snap early-season losing streaks met up Wednesday at Salisbury High School.

Northwestern broke out of its funk with an 8-3 win behind some timely hitting and a strong pitching performance from senior Mason Vogwill.

“The past few games we dropped were all mental mistakes, errors that we had to work on in practice,” said Vogwill. “Today, we didn’t make as many errors. We swung the bats well today and put some runs on the board.”

The Tigers (2-3 overall, 2-3 Colonial League) snapped a three-game losing streak with the win.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

April 13, 1967 — Bob Thomas and Bill Pilconis both set new school records as Panther Valley rolls to a 110-31 track win over Shenandoah. Thomas claims the 100 and 200, recording a time of 10.6 in the 100 to establish a new PV mark. Pilconis captures both hurdling events, posting a 15.2 in the 120 to break both the school and track record. The Panthers, coached by Joe Pilconis, also receive a pair of wins from Steve Williams (880, mile).

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Marian’s Macy Alansky waits for the ball to tag out Panther Valley’s Sydney Clouser. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Pleasant Valley picked up wins in baseball and tennis on Tuesday.

In other action, Marian’s softball team earned a victory.


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Pleasant Valley powered past Pocono Mountain West, 15-4.

Brent Beck hit a homer for the Bears and added five RBIs. Connor Pandolfo added a solo home run.

Brett Hardy and Dakota George each drove in a pair of runs for PV (4-2).

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Nate Boyle of Tamaqua slides into second base in front of Panther Valley shortshop Anthony Micholik. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

What a turnaround.

Twenty-four hours after getting blanked by Jim Thorpe and posting just four hits, the Tamaqua baseball team unleashed its frustration collectively against Panther Valley on Tuesday.

A masterful one-hitter by Raiders pitcher Josh Inama, combined with a dozen hits from his offense, helped Tamaqua cruise to a 10-0 victory over the Panthers.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Palmerton’s Madison Martinez. left, and Northwestern’s Stacy Everett compete in the 100 hurdles. Martinez won the event, while Everett finished second. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

With a wry smile and already knowing the answer, a young fan lobbed a softball question to Northwestern’s Trevor Cunningham.

“Any seconds today?”

Cunningham’s response, much like his performance in Tuesday’s Colonial League meet against Palmerton, was crisp.


Cunningham ripped off four victories – in the 100 (11.6) and 200 (23.6) while also sweeping the 110 hurdles (15.5) and 300 hurdles (41.6) – to help the Tigers edge the Blue Bombers 78-72 in the boys meet.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April 12, 1985 — Ryan Neff pitches a one-hit shutout to lead Palmerton to a 10-0 Centennial League five-inning win over Lehighton. Neff helps his own cause by delivering a two-run double during a five-run first frame. Rick Mlkvy collects a two-run single during the inning, while Tim Wargo adds an RBI double. Wargo ends with two hits, two runs and three RBIs, while George Schmidt contributes two hits and a pair of runs. The Bombers also receive two runs scored from Steve Susel and an RBI single from Tony Harry.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Jim Thorpe’s Lauren Donati is forced out at second by Tamaqua’s Courtney Hoffman before she throws to first for the double play attempt. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

The Marian, Palmerton, and Panther Valley baseball teams earned wins on Monday.


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Marian earned a Schuylkill League victory over Mahanoy Area, 12-1.

Jarrod Paisley led the Colts with two RBIs, two hits, and two runs scored.

Anthony Collevechio tallied two hits and two runs, while Quest Wilson added a pair of RBIs while Nate Kubishin two runs and an RBI.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Jim Thorpe shortstop Max Pompa (3) tags the bag at second for the out before firing to first for the double play attempt. Tamaqua’s Casey Rother (3) was called out but the runner at first beat the throw. Jim Thorpe second baseman Noah Snisky, center, covers second. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Over the last few seasons, the Jim Thorpe baseball squad has shown flashes of becoming a more competitive program.

On Monday against Schuylkill League Division 1 foe Tamaqua, the Olympians’ potential finally turned into production.

Thanks to a fantastic pitching performance from senior Matt Day and a four-run third inning, Thorpe was able to surprise the Blue Raiders with a convincing 6-0 victory.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

April 11, 1996 — Karyn Kern captures four events, while Nick Konowalik and Bill Mackey both win three to help Pleasant Valley sweep East Stroudsburg in a Mountain Valley Conference track meet. Kern takes all three jumping events (high, long, triple) and the 400 as the Lady Bears cruise to a 103-37 victory. Siobhan Lee (100, 200) and Dee O’Connell (javelin, shot put) both pick up a pair of wins. Konowalik collects firsts in the high and triple jumps, and the 400, while Mackey breaks the tape in the 100 and the 110 and 300 hurdles as the PV boys gain an 85-65 victory.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

You can get a lot accomplished in three-hours, 35-minutes and 38-seconds. One thing that the Lehigh Valley Phantoms haven’t been able to do in that amount of time is score a goal against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Their division rivals to the north have held the Phantoms scoreless in each of the last three games, and over half of the game prior to that at a crucial point in the season. The three shutouts are the only times this season that Lehigh Valley has been blanked.