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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.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

June 25, 1983 Four football players from the Times News area compete in the LARC Grid Classic, held at Easton's Cottingham Stadium. Northern Lehigh's Darrin Evans and Derrick Fatzinger, as well as Northwestern's Matt Saltzer and Pharon Metzger, participate in the contest, which pits All-Stars from Lehigh County against ones from Northampton County. Northampton wins the game 6-0 on a pair of field goals by Easton's Jack Williams. Officials from the TN area who donated their services include Glenn Rissmiller of Walnutport and Jack Evans, formerly of Coaldale.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northern Valley's Don Hunsberger rounds third base and heads for home in Tuesday's Lehigh Valley Legion contest against Emmaus.

An up-and-down season has left Northern Valley in search of a signature victory over the past few weeks.

The Chargers may have gotten that breakthrough win last night against Emmaus.

The Chargers (5-5) used eight runs in the first three to rout the Hornets (5-6), 16-6 in six innings, on Tuesday evening at Northwestern High School. The Chargers, losers of three of their last five contest, got their best offensive outing of the season against the Hornets.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Betz, Storm ready for final high school grid contest

It's a play that former Northwestern tight end Justin Betz will never forget.

During a five-yard out pattern, Betz's catch on the Tigers' first offensive series against Bangor left the senior in pain just yards short of his first career touchdown. Grasping teammate Cam Richardson's leg, his game, and football season, ended on the Tigers' Senior Night.

The diagnosis: a torn ACL, which was repaired on November 22.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Indians' Remaley reaches her goals

Like most athletes, Gwen Remaley set goals before her senior track season.

And while Remaley called her aspirations "realistic," others would probably define them as lofty.

Remaley, however, isn't the typical high school athlete.

"Before the season started, I made what I thought were three realistic goals of reaching 42 feet in shot put, breaking the school's discus record and medaling at states," said Remaley. "I reached all three goals, and I was very happy with that. It's not like they were easy, but they weren't too far-fetched."

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Luke Eitner of Towamensing fires a pitchto an Anthracite batter in Monday's 14-4 District 18 11-12 tournament win.

It's every coach's vision to have his entire lineup clicking during post-season action.

Towamensing put on an impressive display of power during its 14-4 District 18 11-12 Tournament victory over Anthracite on Monday.

Nine different Towamensing players had a hit during yesterday's contest. The real damage came in the second inning which involved two separate two-run home runs by Matt Doherty and Colby Kunkle. Tyler Haydt had two RBIs in the inning as well.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

June 24, 1975 Tamaqua scores four runs in the second inning to help gain a 6-3 Schuylkill County Legion win over Schuylkill Valley. Bob Bydlon, Mike Miorelli and Tom Frendak each contribute an RBI single during the big frame while Kevin Holmberg adds a sacrifice fly. Rick Jones scatters seven hits in picking up the pitching win and also scores an insurance run when Jim Abromitis delivers another sac fly.