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Friday, August 26, 2016
Mark Onushco has moved one step closer to obtaining one of his biggest goals in umpiring. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Many kids who play baseball dream of making it to the Little League World Series.

So do umpires.

Mark Onushco is one step closer to realizing that dream. He was the only candidate selected from the state of Pennsylvania to umpire in the LL World Series Regional Tournament recently completed in Bristol, Connecticut.

Friday, August 26, 2016
FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2015, file photo, Pittsburgh running back James Conner (24) tries to get past Youngstown State Penguins safety LeRoy Alexander (3) on a long run during an NCAA football game in Pittsburgh. Less than a year after his cancer diagnosis, 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year Conner rejoined his teammates for training camp Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File) Copyright - Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu

The most stirring comeback of the college football season already has taken place.

Less than a year after his cancer diagnosis, Pittsburgh running back and 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year James Conner rejoined his teammates for training camp.

Conner’s remarkable story is one of several examples of high-profile college football players returning to action after missing much of the 2015 season. Here’s a look of some notable players returning from injury this season:

Friday, August 26, 2016

Can we really be just hours away from kicking off the 2016 high school football season?

The summer always seems to fly by and with District 11 football teams starting the regular season a week earlier this year, that feeling has definitely been accelaerated.

One of the best things about this time of year is that every team is undefeated and still entertains championship dreams.

No matter what last season’s record was, no matter how many starters graduated, no matter what the experts predict, the dream is alive for everyone at this time of year.

Friday, August 26, 2016
Pleasant Valley’s Masani Francis returns the ball during a recent match. DON HERB/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Copyright - DON HERB

Things are looking up for the Jim Thorpe tennis program this season. The Olympians have already surpassed their win total from a year ago just three matches into the season.

Meanwhile, Pleasant Valley and Tamaqua are looking to rebuild after some key graduation losses.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Phillies announced on Twitter this afternoon that Carlos Ruiz has been traded to the Dodgers in exchange for catcher A.J. Ellis, RHP Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later.

More details to come.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lehighton Area School District’s board of directors approved the following coaching hires Monday night:

James Blakeslee (track and field head coach), Dave Sherry (tennis head coach), Brian Polaha (baseball head coach), Greg Poremba (softball head coach), Charles Sterling (assistant football coach), Brandi Lees (middle school soccer coach), Darcey Cawley (girls’ basketball volunteer), Devin Steigerwalt (cross country volunteer).

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – Penn State football head coach James Franklin announced that seniors Brandon Bell, Brian Gaia and Von Walker have been voted as team captains for the 2016 season by their teammates. Walker is a team captain for the second consecutive year.

“These captains are proven leaders on and off the field and have been outstanding representatives of our program,” Franklin said. “These are guys that have our program’s best interest in mind and they bring us together as a group.”

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

August 24, 2004 - Lehighton’s Sean Steigerwalt fires a 79 to earn medalist honors and the Indians cruise to a 17 1/2-1/2 golf victory over Panther Valley. Steigerwalt records a 3-0 match win over Ian Klementovic, who shoots a solid 84. Other Lehighton golfers to gain 3-0 wins include Zach Deiter, Zach Millen, Travis Zimmerman and Trevor Miller.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Jim Thorpe and Northwestern both picked up golf victories on Tuesday.

The Olympians downed Lehighton, while the Tigers topped Salisbury.



Tyler Wiik fired a 79 to help Northwestern post a 421-492 Colonial League victory over Salisbury.

All five Tigers that figured in the scoring shot rounds below 90. Luke Hallman was next best for the winners with an 83.

Medalist honors went to Ryan Slutsky, who carded a 78.

Northwestern 421, Salisbury 492


Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Pleasant Valley’s Mark Cisluycis checks out his club before stepping up to the tee. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

The 2016 scholastic golf season got underway last week. Eight schools in the Times News coverage area will field teams this season.

Among the changes this season will be a pair of new coaches as Mike Chapman takes over at Jim Thorpe and Brian Kaminski steps in at Weatherly. By contrast, Marian’s Len Brylewski is the veteran among area golf coaches as he begins his 24th season in charge of the Colt program.