Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Local Sports

Monday, August 31, 2015

Drive by an area recreation park field on weekday evenings or on Saturday mornings and you are likely to see kids kicking soccer balls.

The world’s most popular sport has been steadily gaining popularity in America. In fact, according to Chris Ivan, president of the Jim Thorpe Youth Soccer Association, soccer has replaced baseball, football, and basketball as the most popular youth sport in this country.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Tamaqua and Pleasant Valley both dropped non-league tennis matches over the weekend.

The Raiders fell to Whitehall while the Bears were defeated by Blue Mountain.



Whitehall swept all three doubles matches en route to a 6-1 win over Tamaqua.

Allison Pedersen managed a straight-set win at No. 2 singles but that was the only victory for the Raiders.

Whitehall 6, Tamaqua 1


Eiman Nazif (W) def. Maddie Davis 6-0, 6-3; Allison Pedersen (T) def. Emily Yerser 6-4, 6-3; Celine Asmar (W) def. Amy Gardiner 6-0, 6-0.

Monday, August 31, 2015

August 31, 1991 - Eric Gwiazdowski’s three-yard touchdown run and Bob Hahn’s two-point conversion with 22 seconds left to play rallies Palmerton to a 14-13 victory over Pen Argyl in its season opener. The win is also the first for Dave Rehrig, who is making his debut as a head coach. Gwiazdowksi finishes with a team-high 67 rushing yards while Hahn accounts for the team’s first TD with a three-yard run in the first quarter. Defensively, Palmerton registers four sacks - two by Chip Snyder. Eric Haydt adds a sack and a fumble recovery.

Friday, August 28, 2015
A team from Schuylkill County recently won the state Youth Hunter Education Challenge. Members of the team include, front from left, Ryan Maher, Shane Martin, Brandon Wasser, Gavin Butler; back row, coaches Dallas Hackman and Lou Dallatore. Also on the team is Dominick Sgrignoli-Carricato. LISA PRICE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

This is a story about how a group of wombats wound up in New Mexico.

That’s the team nickname for a group of talented youngsters from Schuylkill County who last month won the state YHEC (Youth Hunter Education Challenge).

YHEC is a competitive sporting activity for youths 10-18 (10-14 junior division, 15-18 senior division), who are mentored in shooting, learning about wildlife and spending time in the outdoors.

Friday, August 28, 2015

They tend to go hand in hand. If you believe it’s important to keep your child healthy and fit, you probably also believe it’s equally important for your child to do well in school.

That’s why I devote a column or two around the start of school each year to show how the former affects the latter.

Last week, you read about how the length of the school year virtually insures that your child struggles in some way at some time and what sorts of health-and-fitness strategies can minimize the length of those.

Friday, August 28, 2015
ALL IN THE FAMILY - Reunited on the Penncrest sidelienes this fall are: from left, Ty Tkach, Rick Stroup, Andrew Tulio, Jim Tkach and Jon Stroup. ED HEDES/TIMES NEWS

When Rick “Bone” Stroup moved in with the Tkach family when he was 14 years old, he was welcomed with open arms.

With Rick’s love of football, it was the perfect tie that Jim Tkach new the duo would be brothers for life.

Stroup had outstanding gridiron careers at Lehighton and Kutztown University and continued walking the sidelines in the fall.

Stroup coached linebackers at West Chester University from 1979 to 1984. Before that, he served as an assistant for two years at Kutztown University, and he also coached the powerlifting team at Kutztown to two national titles.

Friday, August 28, 2015

The American Hockey League and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, have unveiled the schedule for the 2015-2016 regular season, the team’s second campaign playing at the PPL Center in downtown Allentown and the franchise’s 20th Anniversary Season.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Palmerton’s Jonathan Schwartz on Palmerton watchjes his drive on the first hold during Thursday’s match against Northwestern Lehigh. He finished with a round of 92. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Northwestern and Lehighton picked up wins in golf on the local scholastic sports scene on Thursday.



In a Colonial League contest featuring two Times News area teams, Northwestern topped Palmerton, 450-481.

Mason Vogwill led the Tigers with a score of 85 during the win. Tyler Wiik and Brad Rex both recorded scores of 87.

Palmerton’s low-score was Johnathan Frace 85. Jon Schwartz 92 was solid for the Bombers with an 82.

Northwestern 450,

Palmerton 481


Thursday, August 27, 2015

What is one of the first things you do to begin your day?

Chances are, it involves checking, or updating, a social media account.

The evolution of sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter has changed the way people interact and the manner in which they get their news, with media outlets large and small churning out content 24 hours a day.

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Senior Anthony Pilla, a Marian graduate, will serve as one of three captains of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) football team, it was announced recently. The captains were elected by their teammates.