Thursday, July 28, 2016

Local Sports

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Schuylkill East Teeners are VFW State runners-up

The Schuylkill East Teeners finished second in the 13/14-year-old VFW State Tournament, held in Pottsville. The team consisted of players from Tamaqua, Pottsville and Schuylkill Valley. Tamaqua’s Nathaniel Noftz earned the MVP Award for Schuylkill East for his pitching performance throughout the tournament. Members of the team include, front row from left, head coach Kevin Stanton, Riley Stanton, Damon Yost, Dante Agosti, Kevin.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Franklin Township White pulled within one win of the Panther Valley Little League 9-10 tournament championship by posting a win over Franklin Township Maroon.



Berlinsville scored four runs in the first inning and went on to claim a 7-4 victory over the Limeport Dodgers.

Cody Krupa (Northern Lehigh graduate) had a pair of hits, scored a run, and knocked in one for the winners. Mike Wozniak contributed a pair of hits and three RBIs, while Kyle Buchman added two hits and a pair of runs.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July 27, 1944 - Toddy Bimler pitches a six-hitter to lead Mauch Chunk to a 3-1 Panther Valley League victory over Nesquehoning. Bimler tosses all nine innings, allowing three walks while striking out two. The winning pitcher also receives outstanding defense as “Woo” Leopold makes a key running catch with two runners on base in the seventh inning, and “Chiseler” Eberts turns a backhanded stab into a double play in the ninth to preserve the lead. Eberts collects three hits in the contest, while John Brosious adds two hits and a run scored.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The late Bob “Heavy” Scherer was a hard-as-nails type of racer and there is no question he was looking down and beaming from ear-to-ear after a pair of twin-50 lap features run in his honor took place Saturday night at Mahoning Valley Speedway.

Earl Paules and Austin Kochenash scored the respective wins on a hot and steamy night of racing that was a classic rough-and-tumble short track show with intensely close action and tempers flaring afterward. Yes, “Heavy” would have loved this.

Most of the combating centered on Kochenash, who drew cheers and jeers by night’s end.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
The winners of the 17th Annual Two Saints Scamper, held July 23 in Summit Hill, are shown with race directors Jim Firkal, left, and Nathan Halenar, second from left. Winners include Catherine DeGiosio, middle, top female runner; John Westhafer, top male walker; and Bob Muscovitch, top male runner. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Bob Muscovitch was the overall winner of the 17th Annual Two Saints Scamper held on Saturday, July 23, sponsored by St. Joseph Catholic Church of the Panther Valley, Summit Hill.

The 5K run/walk was held despite 90-plus temperature weather and traversed the streets of Summit Hill Borough.

Muscovitch crossed the finish line in a time of 20:28, bettering second place finisher Justin Koval by 64 seconds. The latter’s time of 21:32 earned him first place in the male 30-39 age group.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

July 26, 2001 - Derick Reis pitches a four-hitter to lead the Franklin Township 15-year-old Babe Ruth team to a 5-1 victory over West End of Williamsport. The win allows the squad to reach the Final Four of the State Babe Ruth Tournament. Reis walks two, strikes out six, and contributes an RBI single at the plate. Matt Breiner delivers a two-run single, while Todd Remaley drives in a pair with a hit and a sacrifice fly. The winners, managed by Wayne Wentz, also receive an RBI hit and run scored from Jared Schnell.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) – Penn State coach James Franklin sees an improved team in Happy Valley – and a program that can’t escape the shadow cast by the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Franklin made some pointed comments about negative recruiting against the Nittany Lions, saying there are issues that need to be addressed possibly at the conference level.

Monday, July 25, 2016

July 25, 1975 - Nesquehoning belts four home runs to cruise to a 13-0 win over Coaldale in the Panther Valley Little League Tournament. Tom Shober pitches a two-hit shutout, striking out 12 batters, and hits one of the homers. He finishes with two hits and scores a pair of runs. The winners also receive round-trippers from Vito Focht, Gary Barna, and Arthur. Focht and Barna both collect two hits in the contest.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Three Franklin Township Little League teams posted victories in their respective tournaments over the weekend.



Pat Mergel’s grand slam propelled Hellertown to a 5-3 Blue Mountain League victory over Berlinsville.

Monday, July 25, 2016

He scored more points than any other boys basketball player in Palmerton history.

He starred at the University of Pennsylvania, and went on to tour with the Harlem Globetrotters as a member of the Washington Generals.

He became a fixture on Blue Ridge Communications TV13 as a basketball color commentator, famous for his Chuck Taylor sneakers and his board he used to diagram plays.

Bob Mlkvy was a local legend, both on the floor and off. This past weekend, Mlkvy passed away at the age of 77.