Friday, August 26, 2016

Local Sports

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Phillies announced on Twitter this afternoon that Carlos Ruiz has been traded to the Dodgers in exchange for catcher A.J. Ellis, RHP Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later.

More details to come.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lehighton Area School District’s board of directors approved the following coaching hires Monday night:

James Blakeslee (track and field head coach), Dave Sherry (tennis head coach), Brian Polaha (baseball head coach), Greg Poremba (softball head coach), Charles Sterling (assistant football coach), Brandi Lees (middle school soccer coach), Darcey Cawley (girls’ basketball volunteer), Devin Steigerwalt (cross country volunteer).

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – Penn State football head coach James Franklin announced that seniors Brandon Bell, Brian Gaia and Von Walker have been voted as team captains for the 2016 season by their teammates. Walker is a team captain for the second consecutive year.

“These captains are proven leaders on and off the field and have been outstanding representatives of our program,” Franklin said. “These are guys that have our program’s best interest in mind and they bring us together as a group.”

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

August 24, 2004 - Lehighton’s Sean Steigerwalt fires a 79 to earn medalist honors and the Indians cruise to a 17 1/2-1/2 golf victory over Panther Valley. Steigerwalt records a 3-0 match win over Ian Klementovic, who shoots a solid 84. Other Lehighton golfers to gain 3-0 wins include Zach Deiter, Zach Millen, Travis Zimmerman and Trevor Miller.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Jim Thorpe and Northwestern both picked up golf victories on Tuesday.

The Olympians downed Lehighton, while the Tigers topped Salisbury.



Tyler Wiik fired a 79 to help Northwestern post a 421-492 Colonial League victory over Salisbury.

All five Tigers that figured in the scoring shot rounds below 90. Luke Hallman was next best for the winners with an 83.

Medalist honors went to Ryan Slutsky, who carded a 78.

Northwestern 421, Salisbury 492


Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Pleasant Valley’s Mark Cisluycis checks out his club before stepping up to the tee. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

The 2016 scholastic golf season got underway last week. Eight schools in the Times News coverage area will field teams this season.

Among the changes this season will be a pair of new coaches as Mike Chapman takes over at Jim Thorpe and Brian Kaminski steps in at Weatherly. By contrast, Marian’s Len Brylewski is the veteran among area golf coaches as he begins his 24th season in charge of the Colt program.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

August 23, 1971 - Don Herman scores a game-high 22 points and the Jim Thorpe all-stars use a fourth-quarter rally to upend Schuylkill Haven in a special basketball contest. Dan Albeck contributes 12 points to the winning cause, and helps Thorpe outscore Haven by a 16-5 margin in the final frame. The winners also receive 10 points from Jim Zurn, while McGuire chips in with eight.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Three local golf teams picked up victories, while Jim Thorpe opened up its tennis season with a non-league victory.

Pine Grove-Marian

Marian improved to 3-0 on the season by cruising past Pine Grove, 345-400.

Albert McFadden finished with an 81 to lead the Colts and capture medalist honors.

All four Marian golfers finished in the 80s, with Nick Kurzinsky (87) earning the second-best score.

Marian 345, Pine Grove 400


Nathan Hartman 96, Brandon Hueston 96, Luke Reiter 97, Kamryn Felty 111, Kyle Bebelheimer 111.


Monday, August 22, 2016

August 22, 1961 - Neal Citro throws a no-hitter to lead Summit Hill to a 5-0 victory over Coaldale in a Panther Valley Little League tournament game. Citro walks four and strikes out four. Frank Kamenicky collects a pair of hits and scores a run for the winners, while Ed Breslin adds a double and run scored. Louie Lisella also contributes an RBI single, with B. Anderson and R. Anstead chipping in with a hit and run.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

One of my childhood adventures was opening the door to our refrigerator.

Unlike today, no food or drink was marked with an expiration date. We lived on the brink of poverty so my mother never threw anything away. Before ingesting something out of the fridge, we had to smell it first. Once I forgot to take a sniff before taking a long swig of sour milk out of a glass bottle. I gagged and spit it out in the kitchen sink.