Friday, July 29, 2016

Richie Failla had four hits Wednesday to help Franklin Township defeat Tamaqua Blue, 16-7, in a Panther Valley 11-12 year-old Little League tournament tiebreaker game.

Randy Bongiorno aided the winning cause with a double and two singles, while Jack Lorenz and Brayden Lutz both contributed three hits.

Jacob Neeb gained the pitching win. Josh Steigerwalt finished on the mound for Franklin Township.

Nate Wiekersham hit two homers for Tamaqua, while Anthony Coccio added a homer and single. Teammate Jerome Balliet chipped in with two hits.

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Would American 10 and 11-year-olds taking similar fitness tests fare much better? You would hope so, but if they bombed as badly as 300 Brits did in 2014, would you really be surprised?

Probably not, but either way, isn't it necessary to know for sure?

In 1998, researchers at the University of Essex in England administered a fitness test to a group of children aged 10 or 11. They repeated the test 10 years later with same-aged subjects. The second group was not only significantly heavier but also not nearly as fit as the first group.

A total of 65 student-athletes from East Stroudsburg University received Academic Achievement Awards from the Division II Athletics Directors Association for the 2014-15 academic year on Thursday. Among the list of Warriors honored was Panther Valley graduate Karoline Vavra. Vavra, from Coaldale, was a senior member of the women's swim team and was one of 14 athletes from ESU to receive the award for at least the third time in their career. She also is the school's record-holder in the 100 free (53.18).
Mike Sweeney of Nesquehoning was zipping around handily in the Late Model feature but with three laps to go heavy rains swept over the area and ended the race there and the remaining divisional features as well which included the Modifieds, Pro 4 and Hobby Stocks. When the Late Model race began Tony Hilliard led the field to the green, however, outside front row starter Kenny Hein would jet to the opening lap lead while fourth starting Sweeney whizzed quickly to second. Sweeney then traveled only a few laps before taking over the race lead on lap five.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Tiffany Thompson gets set to shoot as Northern Lehigh's Jessica Olewine (left) and Emily Bevins (hidden) defend.
The Lehighton girls earned every bit of their 43-38 victory over Northern Lehigh Thursday night in the Lady Indian Holiday Classic. Heading into the fourth quarter, Lehighton had a 38-28 lead over the Bulldogs. Both teams exchanged baskets to open the quarter. The Bulldogs went on a run early in the quarter. Kelsey Follweiler hit a three-pointer with 5:22 left to play, which sparked a 9-0 spurt. The Indians clung to a three-point lead with 3:41 left to play, 40-37.
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Emily Easton, Dallas, Pennsylvania, arrowed her first deer while hunting with her dad, Ralph, in Barnesville.
I knew that if I didn't get poison ivy, it would be a miracle. What kept me working, through the humidity and relentless bugs, was the happy anticipation of archery season. Yes, it was only August, and archery season wouldn't begin for nearly two months. Was I obsessed? No, just smart. If you don't think a whitetail's nose is keen enough to smell fresh sawdust on the forest floor, or that they don't notice freshly-cut tree limbs, you haven't been busted by a savvy boss nanny doe.
Blue Mountain captured its league championship and advanced to the state tournament at Spring-Ford this weekend in Cal Ripken League 10U play. The team, comprised of players from East Penn Township, West Penn Township and the Northern Lehigh School District, will play two games on both Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13. Team members include, front row, from left, Grant Olewine, Logan Davis, Evan Zambo, Ryan Hammond, Josh Kistler and John Abidelli. Second row, Brett Misera, Brayden Hamby, Matt Frame, Zach Chamberlain, Riley Albert and Teague Hertzog.