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Mike Feifel/Times News Chase Utley runs the bases during Sunday's Lehigh Valley game against Norfolk.

Chase Utley took his first step to returning to the Phillies lineup Sunday at Coca-Cola Park. The 36-year-old second baseman, filled with trade rumors involving the Cubs, served as the IronPig designated hitter and had a successful day.

"Some at bats I had decent timing and others I didn't. It's a work in progress, but overall it was good," said Utley after his 2-for-3 outing.

Battling a sore ankle all season, Utley has hit just .179 this season in 65 games.

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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.
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 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.