Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

June 27, 2003 — Ian Klementovic and Justin King combine to pitch a six-hit shutout as Lansford blanks Towamensing, 11-0, in the opening round of the District 4 Babe Ruth 14-year-old tournament. Kevin McNavage leads the winners offensively, collecting four hits. Lee Thear finishes with a single, double, and triple for Lansford, who scores three runs in the first inning to take the early lead. Klementovic adds two hits to the 14-hit attack, while Phil Rivera contributes a single and triple. For Towamensing, Lee Costenbader finishes with a pair of hits.

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Anthracite’s Cody Orsulak (left) is all smiles as he rounds second base after belting a walk-off, two-run homer against Tri-County in District 18 11-12-year-old Little League action. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

McADOO – Last season, the Anthracite Little League’s 9-10-year-old All-Star team enjoyed a fun run to a District 18 championship and an appearance in the Section 6 finals.

A year later, most members of that team are now part of Anthracite’s 11-12-year-old All-Star team — and they are once again finding postseason success.

Monday night, Anthracite showed that it still has some of the tournament magic it displayed a year ago.

With their backs to the wall against Tri-County, the torrid hitting Cody Orsulak saved the day for the Coal Barons.

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Caiden Hurley of Jim Thorpe stretches to pull down a throw at second base as Pocono Mountain’s Tim Napoli. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Copyright - Nancy Scholz

Good teams aren’t immune from having bad games.

The Jim Thorpe Bruins can testify to that.

The No. 1 seed entering the Carbon County Babe Ruth Legaue playoffs continued their outstanding season with victories in the quarterfinals and semifinals.

But in Monday’s championship game at Christman Field in Franklin Township, everything that could go wrong for the Bruins did.

The Pocono Mountain Orioles took advantage of Jim Thorpe’s off night, and rolled to a 15-0 four-inning win to capture the title in their first year in the league.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tamaqua and the Birches earned legion wins on Monday, while Franklin Township rolled past Hazleton in a District 18 Little League tournament game.


Pine Grove-Tamaqua

Casey Rother had three hits and knocked in three runs to help the Tamaqua Blue Sox gain an 8-3 victory over Pine Grove.

Brady Moyer and Mike Minchhoff each added a pair of hits and two RBIs for the winners, who scored four runs in both the third and fourth innings, while Josh Inama also chipped in with two hits.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Experience counts for a lot in the always-challenging Schuylkill League girls basketball ranks.

Fortunately for the Lehighton girls basketball program, it will have one of the most experienced and successful coaches in recent memory in the league patrolling the sidelines.

The coach tasked with the job of getting the Tribe on track is none other than former Tamaqua girls basketball mentor Joe Berezwick, who was approved unanimously at the Lehighton School Board meeting last night.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Olewine followed in sister’s footsteps

There’s a special bond between most sisters.

And the Olewine girls are no exception.

Jill Olewine always looked up to older sibling. And while watching her sister Jess compete in track and field, she decided she also wanted to do the same thing.

Not just the sport, but the same events.

While Jess has gone on to college, Jill has made her sister proud by continuing the Olewine jumping legacy.

Monday, June 26, 2017
Tyler Wiik of Northern Valley rounds third base. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua split a pair of Legion baseball games over the weekend while Anthracite’s 10-12 year-old team and Franklin Township’s 8-10 year-old team posted Little League victories.


Oley Valley-Tamaqua

Oley Valley cruised past Tamaqua in a Schuylill Berks Legion game, 12-1, on Saturday.

Josh Inama had a hit and an RBI for the Blue Sox. Mike Minchoff had two hits.

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Blankenbill, Wolfe (4), Flicker (5); Evans, Kurke (3), Fannock (4), Bonetsky (4). W - Blankenbill. L - Evans. HR: O - Flicker.

Monday, June 26, 2017
Ammermann embraced the challenge

It would be easy to feel intimidated playing No. 1 singles in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.

Fortunately for Pleasant Valley’s Jake Ammermann, he isn’t easily intimidated.

Despite having no formal tennis training, Ammermann earned the top spot in the Bears’ lineup this spring.

That was the good news.

For some players, that might have also been the bad news.

But not for Ammermann.

The Pleasant Valley sophomore welcomed the opportunity to go against a lot of the best players in the area and some of the best in the state.

Monday, June 26, 2017

ALLENTOWN — There weren’t a lot of victories for Times News area basketball teams the past few days at one of the most competitive high school tournaments of the summer.

But one team that was able to pick up a win was the Panther Valley girls.

Head coach Bill “Dapper” Lynn and the Panther never entered the Stellar Construction basketball tournament. When that tournament was replaced this year with the inaugural Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase, Lynn decided to enter his team.

The results were certainly positive.

Monday, June 26, 2017

June 26, 1975 — Conrad “Smokey” Everett pitches a four-hit shutout and Palmerton explodes for seven first-inning runs to gain a 12-0 Lehigh Valley Legion victory over Northwestern. Everett strikes out 10 and recieves plenty of offensive support from his teammates. Jim Kurtz delivers an RBI single during the big first frame and blasts a three-run homer in the fourth. George Kurtz finishes the contest with three hits and three RBIs, while Denny Strohl and Joe Kavusak each contribute two hits, a run, and an RBI. Rick Engle also chips in with two hits and a run.