Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Local Sports

Friday, April 29, 2016

Two Times News area tennis teams have qualified for the District 11 team championships.

Palmerton and Lehighton have both earned spots in the Class AA field, which consists of eight teams.

The Blue Bombers, who sport a record of 12-6, received the No. 5 seed and will take on fourth-seeded Allentown Central Catholic in the quarterfinal round. The match will take place Saturday.

The Indians, meanwhile, have compiled a 9-5 record this season and gained the No. 8 seed. They will travel to top-seeded Moravian Academy on Saturday with a start time of 10 a.m.

Friday, April 29, 2016
Van Horn, Amodea, Kloap named scholar athletes

The 32nd annual Schuylkill County Female Scholar Athlete Banquet will be held on Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. at Pine View Acres in Pottsville.

The Times News area will have three representatives — Kelsey Van Horn of Panther Valley, Allison Amodea of Tamaqua and Maureen Kloap of Marian.

Following are biographies on the three area scholar athletes:



Kelsey Van Horn is the daughter of Rick and Nancy Van Horn. Kelsey is ranked second in a class of 90 students.

Friday, April 29, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) — California love for Jared Goff, and Philadelphia pride for Carson Wentz.

It was all about the quarterbacks before Laremy Tunsil's bizarre tumble down the board at the NFL draft.

Goff went No. 1 overall to the Rams on Thursday for their first pick since they moved to Los Angeles in the offseason. Wentz was the No. 2 selection by the Eagles after a successful career at North Dakota State in the second tier of college football.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The 2015 District 4 Jr Babe Ruth All Star Championship banner was presented to the Palmerton/Towamensing Athletic Associatiuon 14U team. Team members were, front row, from left, Tyler Haydt, Zach Schoenberger, Eric Nothstein and Ben Netznik. Back row, Logan Kresge, coach Steve Serfass, Cody Waterhouse, Ben Serfass, Hunter Schoch, Wade Haydt, Matt Binder, Babe Ruth president Brian Taschler. Also part of the team were Matt Doherty, Nick Reimer, manager Glen Reimer and coach Ross Haydt.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Northern Lehigh’s Carlos Figueroa slides safely into third base against Salisbury. MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS

With the postseason fast approaching, every game is an opportunity.

No team is more aware of that fact than Salisbury, a program that has won two District 11 Class AA baseball titles since 2011, the year the Falcons also advanced to the PIAA state championship game.

Salisbury kept alive its hopes of another appearance in the district and league playoffs Wednesday, earning a 9-3 win over Northern Lehigh in a critical Colonial League West Division contest.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

April 28, 1950 - Steve Comisac captures three events to help Tamaqua gain a 64-31 track win over Hazleton. Comisac sprints to victories in the 100, 220 and 440 to give the Blue Raiders 15 team points. The winners take nine of the 11 events. Other individual firsts for Tamaqua come from John Feisoci (880), Ken Smith (mile), Bruce Phillips (high jump), and Hal Moore (broad jump). The Raiders also get a win from their mile relay team.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Paul Koehler Jr., of Northampton bounced back from a dismal Opening Night and scored a thrilling win in the 25-lap Late Model feature that was a real nail-biter last weekend.

Koehler, who started fourth, snagged the lead from Jacob Kerstetter on lap three and then had a rear bumper full of Mike Sweeney. By lap 15, the previous week’s winner and point leader Travis Fisher was part of the fray, leaving no room for error among the trio.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Northern Lehigh’s Sage Hargreaves rounds third and scores the first run of the game, but the Bulldogs still dropped a 12-3 decision. Hargreaves had two hits on the day. MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS

Northwestern baseball picked up a big win, while Lehighton and Palmerton got softball victories on Wednesday.


Northwestern-So. Lehigh

The Tigers erupted for seven runs in the last inning to pull away for a 14-2 Colonial League win over the Spartans.

Brady Mengel had three hits and scored two runs for Northwestern. Isaac Fatzinger also had a hit and three RBIs, while Tyler Schreiner added a home run.

Jake Augustus was the winning pitcher.

N’western 320 020 7 - 14 10 1

So. Lehigh 000 100 1 - 2 9 4

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Lehighton’s Amy Williamson competes during a dual meet at Jim Thorpe earlier this season. Williamson, a sophomore student with special needs, enjoys running and being a part of the Indian track team. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Amy Williamson’s enthusiasm is contagious.

Bounding off the bleachers at Lehighton’s new stadium complex following another successful track and field practice, the sophomore is eager to talk about the sport she loves.

“I like running,” Williamson says. “I’m a sprinter, and I like doing that.”

Williamson, a 16-year-old with special needs, has competed in the 100, 200 and 400 this season. Though her races might take longer than those of her peers, it’s not the time or the result that matters.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The 2016 NFL Draft is now just hours away, and make no mistake about it, today is a great day to be a football fan. However, it’s even a greater day to be a “draftnik.”

With the NFL Draft back in Chicago and three trades already having taken place within the first eight picks, I’m here to offer some insights on this year’s first round with the release of my 2016 final mock draft, which has become an annual staple of the Times News for the past 16 years and has been ranked as the most accurate mock draft in the industry over the past five years according to www.thehuddlereport.com.