Friday, July 31, 2015

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Franklin Township Shockers split a doubleheader with the Forks Township Falcons Monday in Keystone Senior Babe Ruth action.

The Shockers rolled to a 14-0 victory in the opener, which was actually the completion of a suspended game from earlier in the season. The Falcons came back in the second contest to record a 2-1 victory.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Lehighton native Dedan Brozino was named executive director of development in charge of securing funds to restore the 94-year-old Rose Bowl stadium.

"Shape your own path."

These are the words of Dedan Brozino, whose "path" started in his hometown of Lehighton and has now led him all the way out to Los Angeles. Recently, Brozino was named executive director of development in charge of securing funds to restore the 94-year-old Rose Bowl stadium.

Brozino was born and raised in Lehighton, where he quarterbacked arguably the best Indians' football team in history. The team finished with an overall record of 10-2 in 2001, reaching the second round of the PIAA state playoffs before falling to Selinsgrove.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Franklin Township advanced to the District 4 13-15 Babe Ruth winner's bracket final after rallying past Valley.

In other baseball action, the Franklin Township Shockers posted three recent wins in Keystone Senior Babe Ruth play.




Franklin Twp.


Jonny Herman's RBI hit in the seventh inning lifted Franklin Township to a 4-3 walk-off win over Valley Monday night.

The victory lifts FT into the winner's bracket final, where it will face Wayne County on Wednesday.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June 30, 1977 Donny DeMatto's RBI single in the top of the ninth inning breaks a tie game and eventually lifts Summit Hill to a 5-4 Carbon County Babe Ruth League victory over Jim Thorpe. DeMatto's hit drives in Bruce Collevechio with the go-ahead run. Ed Kusko collects two hits, one a solo homer, while Paul Potitchko chips in with a two-run single. Frank Wehr earns the pitching win, tossing all nine innings. For Thorpe, Terry Kennedy finishes with two hits while Rico Melinchorek delivers a two-run double. Kennedy also strikes out seven on the mound.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
nancy scholz/times news South Parkland's Brett Kosciolek of the Lehigh Valley Legion team takes a lead off of first base during Monday's All-Star game against the Schuylkill-Berks Legion team.

The Lehigh Valley and Berks-Schuylkill Legion All-Star teams battled to a 5-5 tie in 10 innings of baseball at Reading's FirstEnergy Stadium Monday night. Both teams had opportunities to win the game, but just when one team would gain an advantage, the other would come fighting back.

Tamaqua's Matt Roberts started for Schuylkill-Berks and put down Lehigh Valley in order in the top of the first. To get to start an all-star game was something that Roberts will remember for a long time.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Murat Kurt spent eight years at the University of Pittsburgh getting his master's degree and doctorate in industrial engineering. He received national awards for his dissertation on health care modeling applied to Type 2 diabetes and kidney diseases.

So why is he now spending his time researching scheduling quirks in the National Football League?

That's easy. During his time in the city, Kurt also became a big Steelers fan. He watched the team win two Super Bowls and developed a passion for football.

Monday, June 29, 2015

June 29, 1946 Nesquehoning's Jackie Sharpe and Slatington's Russ Oswald both pitch all 11 innings in a Tri-County Legion game eventually won, 4-3, by the Nesquers. Oswald allows just six hits and no walks while striking out 14 but Sharpe, who gives up 12 hits, earns the victory. After Lou Higgins triples in the bottom of the 11th, Charley Youngcourt knocks in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly. Higgins finishes with a pair of hits while Joe Yatsko and Bobby Drigan both add a hit and run scored.

Monday, June 29, 2015
mike feifel/times news Franklin Township's Frank Bokan stretches to take a throw as Rafael D. Santos of Hazleton/Hazle Township starts his slide into second base.

Franklin Township couldn't have asked for a better start to the opening round of the District 4 13-15 Babe Ruth tournament.

Combining a potent offense with a solid pitching performance, Glenn Hibbler's squad rolled to an 11-1 victory over Hazleton/Hazle Township Sunday night at Christman Field.

The winners return to action this evening at 7:30 against Valley.

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Tamaqua Legion suffered a setback, while Jim Thorpe's 9-10 LL All-Star team got off to a good start in the District 18 tournament.

Schuylkill-Berks Legion


Oley/Topton scored five runs in the fourth inning and then held off a late Tamaqua rally for a 8-7 victory.

The Blue Sox scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth, but it wasn't enough.

Pete Baddick had two singles, a double and scored three runs for Tamaqua. Cy Rother, Eddie Titus and Aaron Bates also added two hits.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

June 27, 1990 Jeff Markosky collects three hits and knocks in a pair of runs to aid Tamaqua's 6-3 Schuylkill Legion victory over Valley View. Markosky delivers an RBI single during Tamaqua's four-run first inning. Bernie Gigli and Tom Fry also contribute run-scoring hits during the big frame. Trevor Steigerwalt gains the pitching win, allowing just four hits while striking out 11. Fry finishes the contest with two hits.