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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
A big race for Anthony

Tony DeGiosio will tackle two separate obstacles, both at the same time.

The 42-year-old Summit Hill native will take part in his first Olympic-distance triathlon on Sunday, July 18, at Mauch Chunk Lake Park. One part of the challenge will be for himself.

The event will test his stamina and provide a personal benchmark for fitness.

"I had to build myself up from not even knowing how to swim one year ago," says DeGiosio, who works in the pharmaceutical profession.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
mike feifel/times news Washington Nationals prospect Stephen Strasburg lived up to the hype in Reading on Tuesday night.

READING – Aces were wild last night in Reading as Baseballtown was treated to a spectacular night of pitching as Harrisburg swept Reading in a doubleheader.

In the first game Philadelphia Phillies closer Brad Lidge electrified the crowd with a solid performance for Reading, and America's best pitching prospect Stephen Strasburg was as close to perfection as a pitcher could be as the Harrisburg Senators downed the Phillies 1-0

Monday, April 19, 2010
Raven Scrantz of Slatington poses next to her Legends Car. Schrantz, now 15 years old, has been racing since she was nine.

When Raven Schrantz was a young girl, she didn't really like to watch NASCAR racing on television.

She was 8 years old when her father Barry's friend, Danny Kochenash, gave her a chance to sit behind the wheel of his racecar.

It may not have affected her opinion on NASCAR itself, but it soon influenced her thoughts of trying the sport.

"I used to watch NASCAR and I thought it was pretty boring," Raven said. "At first, I didn't even know how to get in the car, but once I was in the car I liked it.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
bob ford/times news file photo Tamaqua's Amy Zehner was named to the Girls Class AA All-State team.

Over the past three seasons, Amy Zehner has established quite a name for herself on the local hardwoods.

If Tuesday's announcement by The Associated Press is any indication, the Tamaqua junior is also in the process of building a reputation as one of the bigger names in Pennsylvania girls high school basketball.

Zehner was selected to the 2009-2010 Pennsylvania sports writers' Class AA All-State Second Team, as chosen by a statewide panel.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

EAST STROUDSBURG - Seven TIMES NEWS area seniors played their last Mountain Valley Conference basketball game Monday night.

The MVC held its eighth annual Perryman and Keglovits All-Star doubleheader at East Stroudsburg University's Koehler Fieldhouse on Monday. Seniors from all the seven MVC teams, along with Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg, took part in the action.

Saturday, February 27, 2010
NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Northwestern graduate Caitlin Miller was honored recently during the DeSales women's basketball Senior Day ceremony. Miller leaves DeSales as the fifth-leading rebounder in school history. She is accompanied by her parents, Jane and Dave.

In some ways, the end of Caitlin Miller's DeSales University basketball career resembles her departure from Northwestern.

Just like high school, Miller leaves the Lady Bulldog program as one of the top rebounders and overall players the school has seen.

Just like her high school team, she leaves a program in goood shape as DeSales has won two straight conference titles, their first since 2000, and is heading into this year's Middle Atlantic Conference Tournament on a 10-game winning streak.

Friday, February 19, 2010
steve shinko/times news Bruce Balliet (front row, center), a senior at Marian Catholic High School in Hometown, will attend St. Francis University in Loretto, PA on an academic and athletic scholarship. Accompanying him at the signing ceremony are his parents, Marlene (left) and Bruce Sr. (right), along with Marian athletic director and varsity football head coach Stan Dakosty (back row, left), and principal Sister M. Bernard Agnes (back row, right).

If anyone is proof that when one door closes another opens, it's Bruce Balliet.

About three years ago, Balliet was a student at the former Bishop Hafey High School, aspiring to a career as a Viking football player. But when the Hazleton diocesan school suddenly closed its doors, those plans went awry. That's when the doors opened at Marian High.

Monday, February 1, 2010
bob ford/times news filephoto Lehighton's Dave Lucykanish (top) recently joined the 100-victory club. He is only the third Indian wrestler to ever accomplish the feat during his career.

For David Lucykanish, there's never been a question whether or not he would be a wrestler.

The Lehighton Area High School senior has a great role model when it comes to the sport. His father, Dave, was a three-time PIAA State qualifier at Palmerton High School and a two-time medalist.

The elder Lucykanish is the Blue Bombers' only State wrestling champion, winning the title at 138 pounds in 1987.

That is a tough act to follow, to be sure, but David has accomplished a lot in upholding the family mat tradition.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Whether they would like to admit it or not, a person usually develops a sweet-tooth at some point in their lives.

It doesn't matter if you are a little kid, an adult or a member of the elderly, there is nothing quite like enjoying a sweet, tasty treat whenever possible.

But like everything else in the world - there is a time and place for everything. Chewing on a chocolate bar at a picnic would be a good idea. Ripping open a bag of candy in a corporate meeting - not so much.