Thursday, April 27, 2017

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Fight is a word that Northwestern softball coach Josh Zimmerman preaches to his team. He wants them to fight during every pitch and every at-bat of every game.

On Monday, the Tigers needed every pitch and every at-bat.

Trailing 4-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Northwestern pulled to within a run, but was down to its final out.

That’s when Ashley Sisco delivered a clutch, bases loaded hit to score a pair of runs and give the host Tigers a 5-4 Colonial League victory over Palmerton.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Nick Gattuso of Pleasant Valley slides into third base safely as Lehighton’s Collin Haupt waits for the throw. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Close games are nothing new for the Pleasant Valley baseball team – three of the Bears’ first four contests this season have been decided by one run.

With Pleasant Valley holding a 5-3 lead entering the top of the seventh inning in Monday’s nonleague game against Lehighton, it looked like that trend might continue.

Until Brent Beck stepped to the plate.

Beck cleared the bases with a three-run double to blow open a close game, and the Bears topped the Indians 9-3.

Monday, April 10, 2017
Brenna Karnish, Marian

Marian Catholic senior Brenna Karnish has committed to Misericordia University where she will continue her academic and athletic career.

Karnish will participate in basketball and track and field at Misericordia.

Karnish excelled in both of those sports at Marian where she was a four-year varsity member.

Karnish averaged 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.5 steals per game this season for the Fillies basketball team. She finished her career with 827 points.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Lehighton picked up baseball and softball wins on Saturday.


Jim Thorpe-Lehighton

Lehighton edged Jim Thorpe in a Schuylkill League game, 6-5.

Gabe Wagner paved the way for the Indians with two hits and three RBIs. Justin Ahner added three singles and a pair of RBIs. Zach Crum also added three hits.

Aaron Joyce, Derek Joyce, and Chris Valdez led the way offensively for Jim Thorpe.

Jim Thorpe 000 140 0 - 5 3 1

Lehighton 030 102 x - 6 9 0

Baird and A.Joyce; Whiteman, Deem (6) and Wagner. W - Deem. L - Baird.

Monday, April 10, 2017

April 10, 1975 — John Corby collects four hits and scores a pair of runs to help Panther Valley outscore Nativity, 16-14. The Panthers, coached by Bob Gelatko, jump out to a 12-0 lead before hanging on for the victory. Tom Frendak contributes two hits, two runs and two RBIs, while Joe Clewell adds a pair of hits and two runs. Bob Popik chips in with a two-run double and scores two runs, and Joe Staivecki finishes with two hits — one a two-run single. Ben Arthur scores three runs, and Rick McIntyre knocks in a pair of runs.

Saturday, April 8, 2017
The Olympians' Joseph Schwartz races toward the finish line during the 110 high hurdles Friday at the Jim Thorpe Invitational. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe head coach Frank Miller had one goal for his team at Friday night’s Olympian Invitational – compete.

And the Olympians did not disappoint.

Jim Thorpe won the boys’ team title at the 9th Annual event, scoring 80 points to edge Southern Lehigh (70). Lehighton placed third with 60 points.

“The kids competed. Every kid here tonight competed,” said Miller. “Obviously, the weather conditions were not ideal for anybody.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

April 8, 1970 — Bruce Kocher captures three events, including a record-setting one in the high jump, to help Palmerton post a 76-42 Lehigh Valley League track victory over rival Slatington. Kocher clears 6-4 to set a new school mark, breaking his own record. He also wins the long jump and shot put. The Blue Bombers, coached by Art George, also receive firsts from Dave Stemler (220), Pete Eck (880), Lynn Beverly (mile), Jim Graver (two mile), Snyder (discus), and John Perich (pole vault). For Slatington, Karl Andreas claims the 100 and 220.

Saturday, April 8, 2017
Brandon Mohammed, Marian

Talented youth or veteran leadership.

Which is better to have on your team?

One look at the Times News Basketball All-Star teams will reveal that the answer is both.

The boys squad is full of experience, as five of the six were seniors this season. As for the girls squad, all four classes are represented, including a pair of freshmen. Five of the six girls will be returning to their respective teams next year.

Below are bios on every player on our First Team squad.

Boys are listed first, with the names listed alphabetically.


Saturday, April 8, 2017
Coaldale’s Evans, Hedes, Posta to be inducted

The annual Carbon County Hall of Fame banquet will be held Sunday, May 28, at Memorial Hall, Jim Thorpe.

The program will start promptly at 1 p.m. with the dinner, followed by individual inductions of 24 persons who attained athletic accomplishments.

This year’s inductees are:

Palmerton – Bart Wagner, Gerald Rehrig and Art George.

Lehighton – Dennis Rehrig, Jerry Serfass and Bruce Barry.

Nesquehoning – Ed Wise, Robert Coombe and Thomas Zaengle.

Lansford – Dennis Boyle, Dave Padora and Joe Petko.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The following vignette is intended to be an observation, not a condemnation. I can only hope that those indirectly referenced in it take it that way.

My birthday last month was celebrated by the junior high faculty in the usual way: one of the birthday bakers made a dessert to be served at lunch. While sometimes the baker asks the birthday boy what to make — I know some sort of cake with peanut butter has often been requested in the past — I was not and for good reason.

I do not partake in the festivities.