Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Local Sports

Friday, July 22, 2016

July 22, 1993 - The Colonial League unanimously accepts seven Centennial League schools that applied for applications at an emergency meeting at Nazareth. The schools accepted include Lehighton, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern, Palmerton, Pleasant Valley, East Stroudsburg, and Notre Dame of Green Pond. The vote is the first step in a long process of realignment. Stroudsburg and Pocono Mountain opt not to apply to the league. In the end, only four (Palmerton, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern, Notre Dame) of the schools end up in the Colonial League.

Friday, July 22, 2016
Towamensing’s Cody Wallace slides safely into second as Panther Valley second baseman Anthony Collevichio attempts to make the tag. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Ask most athletes, coaches and fans the importance of a quick start in a championship game and the unanimous answer will be: “very.”

Thursday night in the championship finals of the Keystone Senior Babe Ruth tournament, Towamensing utilized timely hitting with stifling defense to jump out to a commanding lead over rival Panther Valley before staving off a comeback for the title, 10-4.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Tamaqua Blue and Franklin Township White both posted victories in the Panther Valley 9-10 Tournament, while Franklin Township continued its roll in the Hazle Township 7-8 Tournament.


PV 9-10 Tournament

Tamaqua Blue-FT Maroon

Behind a balanced offensive attack and a solid pitching performance, Tamaqua Blue posted a 15-4 victory over Franklin Township Maroon.

Friday, July 22, 2016
Dave McAndrew of Anthracite gets a hit against Lehigh on Thursday. Lehigh defeated Anthracite, 14-8, and won the Section 6 tournament. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

SAYLORSBURG – Anthracite’s 9-10-year-old Little League All-Star team always seemed to have answers during its memorable run to a District 18 championship and its quest for a coveted Sectional 6 crown.

The Coal Barons had the ability to strike quickly and often with a hitting attack that cracked even the most composed opposing pitcher.

But for the second time during the Section 6 Tournament, the Anthracite juggernaut couldn’t quite solve Lehigh, who handed it a 14-8 setback.

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Anthracite third baseman Tyler Black steps off the bag after tagging Deep Run’s Quinn Annan (left) in a Section 6 Little League baseball game on Wednesday. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

SAYLORSBURG – The Deep Run Little League All-Star team got deep-sixed in a 9-10 year-old Section 6 elimination game Wednesday evening.

The Anthracite Coal Barons rebounded from a loss to Lehigh the previous night in impressive fashion, sinking the Thunderhawks 14-4 in four innings of play.

The plunge and the splash you heard was the way the Bucks County team went head first into the water and never emerged.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

July 21, 1948 - Summit Hill’s Imrich Sarabok stars on the mound and at the plate to help the East team edge the West, 3-2, in the annual Panther Valley League All-Star game. Sarabok provides all of his team’s scoring by belting a three-run homer in the fifth inning. He also gains the pitching win, tossing five innings and allowing two runs while striking out two. Jack Whitehead of Summit Hill adds a hit and run scored. For the West, Lansford’s Leo Olsovsky collects two hits and scores a run.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Franklin Township used the long ball to top Tamaqua Blue in the Panther Valley 11-12-year-old Little League Tournament.


PV 11-12 Tournament


Franklin Township earned a 7-3 victory over Tamaqua Blue.

Brayden Lutz and Randy Bongiorno both hit home runs for Franklin, while Hunter Crum and Richie Failla had two singles apiece. Josh Steigerwalt threw 5 1/3 innings, striking out nine and giving up four hits while not allowing a run. Aaron Miller and Lutz finished out the last inning and preserved the win.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

QUAKERTOWN — One aspect has remained consistent for Quakertown this season.


The Blue Jays led the Bux-Mont Legion League in runs against this season. Tuesday night in the Region 2 playoffs, starting pitcher Devyn Bard added to Quakertown’s impressive numbers.

Bard tossed seven innings of one-run ball, while striking out four during a 13-1 mercy-rule shortened victory over Northern Valley.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Towamensing captured the winner’s bracket final in the Keystone Senior Babe Ruth League postseason tournament on Tuesday.


Towamensing-Panther Vy.

Towamensing scored all of its nine runs in the fourth inning during a 9-3 Keystone Senior Babe Ruth playoff victory over Panther Valley.

With the win, Towamensing remained undefeated in the double elimination tournament and clinched a spot in the championship game on Thursday.

Panther Valley hosts East Stroudsburg in the loser’s bracket final today.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tamaqua Area School Board, on a 6-0 vote, with directors Thomas Rottet, Mark Rother, and Bryan Miller absent, approved the following coaches for the 2016-17 school year:

• Melissa Hess, head cheerleading coach

• James McCabe, volunteer assistant girls soccer coach

• Jarrett Reigel, junior varsity assistant football co-coach

• Tyler Skripko, junior varsity assistant football co-coach