Monday, July 6, 2015
     

It was never going to be easy.

And why would it be?

After Tamaqua dropped its last three games of the regular season to let the North Division title slip to Valley View, the task of upending Fleetwood in the qualifier round of the Schuylkill-Berks Legion playoffs seemed an unenviable task.

While the seventh seeded Blue Sox had finished the year on a losing streak, the Wildcats entered on a five-game tear. Fleetwood also won both games of a doubleheader between the teams by scores of 4-3 and 10-5 on June 7.

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One of the longest home runs I ever hit occurred when my team did not need me to hit a home run.

Ahead by two runs in the later innings of an important Legion playoff baseball game with runners on second and third and possessing pitchers not nearly as accomplished as our hitters, my team just needed me to make contact, hit the ball past the drawn-in infield, and tack on at least one insurance run. I thought I was right on a first-pitch fastball, but fouled it off. On the second pitch, I got fooled by a curve.

Competitiveness drives Tribe's Keer
She is asked a question about being competitive. And before she answers, a wry little grin appears. The grin eventually becomes a full-fledged smile the kind of smile that says the level of her competition on a scale from 1 to 10 is actually a 12. So it's not surprising when she replies. "I'm very competitive," said Lehighton field hockey standout Sarah Keer. "I think that's because I come from a family where everyone played sports.
After losing the past two Saturday nights to rain, Mahoning Valley Speedway racers came out loaded for bear as the pit are swelled to a season high 131 race cars making for a jam packed night of stock car action at the Lehighton paved 14-mile oval.
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 Volunteer Anne Paisley, Barnesville, and state park environmental education specialist Robin Tracey take a break during trail maintenance recently.
Now that the last day of school has come and gone, what are the kids going to do all summer? Have you already heard the famous complaint, "There's nothing to do!"? Are you already out of ideas? Well, we hope not, because there are many things to do and all of them benefit the outdoors. Volunteer opportunities for people of all ages, all over the state, are easy to find. Oh, you think, but I can't handle the physical labor in the heat. Or, I don't know anything about landscaping or trail maintenance.
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.