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Friday, July 22, 2011

In the past, all I had ever watched when it came to the Women's World Cup soccer tournament was the highlights provided by ESPN.

But over the last few weeks, I caught myself sitting down in front of the TV watching bits of each and every game of the World Cup 2011.

After watching the thrilling U.S. games against Brazil, Sweden and Japan, I would even find myself watching highlights afterwards on ESPN's SportsCenter.

The play of the USA women inspired me to stay interested during this year's World Cup more so than in the past and I wasn't alone.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

It's one of those quotations that's so dead-on no one disputes it, like Ralph Waldo Emerson's observation, "Knowledge is the antidote to fear."

Almost 400 years ago, the English philosopher Francis Bacon wrote, "Knowledge is power." Since then, there's really been little reason to question him.

Until the obesity epidemic.

In the last 20 years, the number of overweight children and adult Americans has nearly tripled, yet during that same span our knowledge about nutrition, diabetes, and other weight-related subjects has probably increased tenfold.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

At the June quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioner's meeting, executive director Carl Roe reminded hunters that county treasurers will begin accepting antlerless deer license applications from resident hunters, Monday, July 11, and from nonresidents, Monday, July 25.

Saturday, July 9, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Members of the Tamaqua Blue, which won the District 18 9-10 year old Little League championship last night in Jim Thorpe, stand behind championship banner.

After winning the first game in the best-of-three District 18 9-10 Little League Championship Series Thursday night, Tamaqua Blue knew what it had to do in Friday night's second game.

With its job laid out in front of it, Tamaqua defeated Valley West, 7-3, at Jim Thorpe's McGarvey Field to pull off the sweep and celebrate the title.

With the scouting report for Valley West, Tamaqua head coach Scott Hamm did not want to take any chances with another game tonight.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

BOWMANSTOWN – Never mind the Weather Channel, the forecast is for cloudy skies Sunday in the Bowmanstown area.

In fact, during most of the year, that is the forecast for the area the second Sunday of the month.

More specifically, the clouds are seen above Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club, where the First Frontier Militia Muzzleloader Club produces those white, billowy clouds with the smoke from their muzzleloader firearms.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

R.R. Frey Services and Ryan's Oil & Heating recorded wins in Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission Basketball League play.

PVI- R.R. Frey

R.R. Frey Services rolled to a 73-47 victory over Progressive Vision Institute.

Jeremy Frey had 19 points and a couple of treys for R.R. Frey.

Mark Mazur scored 16 points for Progressive.

Ryan's

-Weikel Sportswear

Ryan's Oil & Heating remained unbeaten with a 67-58 victory over Weikel Sportswear.

Joe Schaeffer had 27 points, including five treys, in Ryan's victory.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association better know as the PIAA has been in existence for nearly 100 years.

The governing body of high school sports in the state, the PIAA was established in Pittsburgh on Dec. 29, 1913. According to its website, the PIAA "was formed by a group of high school principals who wanted to eliminate abuses, establish uniform rules, and place interscholastic athletics in the overall context of secondary education."

Saturday, July 9, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Mekenna Miller competes in the 55 meter hurdles Middy division.

Lehighton High School was the site recently for the 2011 On The Right Track Tri-Meet.

The Yellow Jackets team won the event with 133 points with the Green Machine earning 107 points for second. Finishing third was the Red Bottlenosed Squirrels with 75 points.

First-place winners at the meet included the following:

Biggy Division

(11-13 year-olds)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The name across Tyler Svetik's jersey reads Coplay but on Friday night you couldn't blame the right-handed hurler if he was thinking about a different team.

Pitching against Northern Valley, a club made up mostly of Northern Lehigh and Northwestern High School players, the future Palmerton senior admitted that a victory meant more than just improving his present club's position in the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

After winning the first game in the best-of-three District 18 9-10 Little League Championship Series Thursday night, Tamaqua Blue knew what it had to do in Friday night's second game.

With its job laid out in front of it, Tamaqua defeated Valley West, 7-3, at Jim Thorpe's McGarvey Field to pull off the sweep and celebrate the title.

With the scouting report for Valley West, Tamaqua head coach Scott Hamm did not want to take any chances with another game tonight.