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Friday, June 27, 2014

June 27, 1987 Brad Niehoff has a good day on the mound and at the plate in leading Lehighton to a 6-0 Lehigh Valley Legion win over Palmerton. Niehoff pitches a two-hitter, walking five and striking out six. He also collects two hits and knocks in a pair of runs to pace his team offensively. Frank Bokan contributes to the victory with a two-run single while John Cooper and Brian Scherer each finish with two hits. Tom Chapman chips in with an RBI double and Chris Pekurny scores three runs.

Friday, June 27, 2014
bob ford/times news Northern Lehigh's Stephen Ingles watches action in the backfield from his defensive end position. Ingles and his Red team won the McDonald's All-Star Classic, 55-21.

NAZARETH Heading into Thursday's 44th Lehigh Valley All Star Football Classic, the Gold had won three straight games, and four of the last five.

When the game kicked off on Thursday, the Red Team (Lehigh, Carbon and Monroe counties) sent an early message that a reverse in that trend was in store.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Jim Thorpe's two Little League teams both advanced in their respective District 18 tournaments with wins Thursday.

DISTRICT 18 11-12 LL

Jim Thorpe-Hazle Twp.

A well-pitched game by Sebastian Rodriguez and timely hitting helped Jim Thorpe edge past Hazle Township, 3-2.

Rodriguez tossed five innings, allowing just three hits while striking out seven. Colin Binder pitched the sixth inning, fanning two, to earn the save.

Nick Goff provided Thorpe with its first run, blasting a solo homer in the second inning.

Friday, June 27, 2014
Raiders' Rottet shows his versatility

With Tamaqua junior Bo Rottet, the message was simple during the 2014 baseball season.

Whenever the Blue Raiders needed a big play, he was there to deliver.

Rottet came through for the Raiders in almost every opportunity he was given, batting a stellar .446 from the leadoff position with 21 RBIs and 12 doubles.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Kris Graver and Eric Beers shared the wealth during the Twin 50s Modified features on Saturday night at Mahoning Valley Speedway, each earning $2000 for their respective victories.

Graver's win was his first of the season with the class. He came into the night having had some very decent outings including three of his four top five finishes in third place. Beers, who is the point leader, notched his third verdict of '14 and it may very well have been considered one of the hardest fought wins of his career as he and Nevin George had an amazing battle.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Jim Thorpe Area Sports Hall of Fame will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year with the induction of the class of 2014.

Three individuals and one team will comprise this year's class. The individual inductees are Ed Jordan, Ben Flizack and Craig J. Zurn. They will be joined by the 2007 Jim Thorpe High School football team.

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Paiste inspired by words, not awards

In the half dozen years that Henry Paiste has been playing competitive tennis, he has accumulated more awards than you can count.

But when the four-time District 11 champion is looking for motivation or perspective, he doesn't turn to his collection of trohpies and medals.

Instead, Paiste looks to his wall his wall of quotes that is.

While some athletes like to be surrounded with the awards that remind them of how good they are, Paiste prefers words that push him to be better than he is.

Thursday, June 26, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Owen Bates is out at third base in Wednesday's Schuylkill-Berks Legion game against Valley View. The game was halted due to rain and will be resumed next week.

Knowing severe thunderstorms were imminent, both Valley View and Tamaqua opened their Schuylkill-Berks Legion North Division contest with a sense of urgency.

The West Enders got on the board first with two runs in the opening frame, highlighted by Hunter Bordner's two-run single that scored Jarred Matter and Ben Rautzahn.

But the Blue Sox answered in the bottom of the inning. Nate MacDonald, who smoked a one-out double to right field and moved to third on an Owen Bates single, scored on a Devin Masser wild pitch to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Pete Car, a sports writer for the Times News sister weekly papers at the Lehigh Valley Press, attended the World Cup last week and gives us an inside look.

It was the most picturesque landscape anyone can ask for to watch a sporting event Sunday night, as the USA took on Portugal in the World Cup.

Seated on Copacabana beach in Rio, over 15,000 people marched their way onto the sand in Brazil to watch soccer at the FIFA Fanfest.

A giant big screen was the focal point and a giant beach was it's accent. It was the most surreal sporting event I ever endured and it's part of the reason I love attending the FIFA World Cup.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

June 26, 2008 Ian Sterling's RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning lifts Jim Thorpe to a 6-5 walkoff win over Valley West in the opening round of the District 18 Little League tournament. Will Kovolenko leads the winners with three hits and two RBIs while Shane Snisky also collects three hits and scores a run. Mike Cataldo contributes two hits and a pair of runs scored. Sterling pitches a scoreless top of the sixth to earn the pitching win.