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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.

Saturday, July 9, 2011
mike feifel/times news Payton Buchman of Northern Valley slides home safely as Coplay pitcher Tyler Svetik covers.

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, June 25, 2011

I typed the headline of this column about 20 minutes ago. I've typed other sentences since, all of which have been rather quickly followed by my right middle finger banging down upon the delete button.

Clearly, I'm struggling for a way to introduce the evils of empty calories as I reach for the last bit of the breakfast I typically eat three hours before a 60- to 80-mile training ride. The chewing is quickly accompanied by a You-big-dope moment and followed by one of delicious irony.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

"You're not going to be happy with me," a good friend said near the beginning of a recent training ride. "I cracked. Did I ever crack."

Since that's a cycling term used when you can't keep pace, and we were at the front of a relaxed group of 12 riders, I knew there was more to the story.

"You know I've been doing really well on that diet." I nodded. "Well, one of my meetings last week lasted longer than I expected, and I absolutely was starving coming home, so I stopped for coffee at a convenience store to hold me over."