Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Local Sports

Monday, April 27, 2015

April 27, 1974 Lehighton wins four events to help capture the annual Catasauqua Relays. The Indians, coached by Ken Reid, edge the host school 50-44 for the team title. Todd Rehrig, Rich Newton, Rich Hunsicker and Kevin Koch combine to claim the Distance Medley Relay while Rehrig joins with Andy Homyak, Gary Schleicher and Kim Berger to take first in the Mile Relay. In the field events, Rehrig, Bob Walck and Jay Seigendall team up to win the Long Jump, while Seigendall, Bob Warner and Jim Snyder gain first in the High Jump.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sometimes the best solution after a loss is having the immediate opportunity to hit the field and play again.

Marian did just that, as it hosted and split a doubleheader on Saturday against Williams Valley and Freeland MMI.

Both games were shutoutsthe first not as friendly to the Fillies.

Williams Valley scored 15 runs on 14 hits to defeat Marian in a four inning Schuylkill League matchup, 15-0.

Monday, April 27, 2015
Lehighton's Amanda Louden starts her slide into third base as Saucon Valley's Alia Schaffer awaits a throw.

Tamaqua's Brady Akins tossed a no-hitter against Panther Valley to highlight the weekend's local sports results.

Panther Valley-Tamaqua

Brady Akins pitched a no-hitter to lead Tamaqua to an 8-0 win over Panther Valley Sunday.

Akins, a junior, struck out seven batters and walked only two in tossing his first varisty no-no.

Russell Baker had two hits and scored a run for the Blue Raiders (7-4) while Owen Bates added a double and RBI.

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Tamaqua 012 203 x - 8 7 2

Monday, April 27, 2015
Bob Ford/Times News Tamaqua's Shayna Dietrich scores a run during a recent Schuylkill League contest against Jim Thorpe. In some games, a bevy of runs scored results in the mercy rule, which stops the game before seven innings are completed.

The final score was 52-3.

No, this was not the result of a football game. It was a baseball score.

Earlier this month in New Jersey, Buena High School defeated Pleasantville by 49 runs, and, by the way, the game was played for only four and a half innings.

Most states have a mercy rule for baseball and softball games as a courtesy to a team that is losing by a double-digit deficit.

Monday, April 27, 2015

After the Eagles traded LeSean McCoy last month, owner Jeffrey Lurie said the team preferred a one-cut runner for its offensive scheme.

Every time an Eagles coach offered an evaluation of Riley Cooper last season, they praised the receiver for his blocking on the perimeter despite a decline in statistical production.

The Eagles bypassed more decorated safeties on the 2014 free-agent market to sign Malcolm Jenkins because he offered a better fit for the team's defense.

Monday, April 27, 2015
ron gower/times news Pleasant Valley's Matt Pierce (left) and Lehighton's Brady Niehoff race to the third base bag.

Led by a dominant pitching performance and an opportunistic offense, Pleasant Valley cruised to an 8-0 non-league win over Lehighton on Saturday.

Travis VanHouten went the distance on the mound for the Bears (8-7), striking out 11 while not allowing a hit until the seventh inning.

"Travis has been as consistent as you could possibly ask a senior to be," said Pleasant Valley head coach Charlie Inserra. "He's pitched in some of our biggest games…and he's just been fantastic for us all year long.

Saturday, April 25, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Here are the Coaldale Rod & Gun Inn Horseshoe League champions from 2014. From left, J.C. Dietz, Jason Yanett, Charlie Mateyak, Michael Smith, Jim Matula and Glenn David. Other members of the winning team were Joe Slakoper and John Wehr.

On March 6, 1930, faced with the desolation of the lingering winter in Hayward, Minnesota, postmaster R.E. Dewey and train station agent J.C. Hanson started a friendly game of pitching horseshoes to pass the time.

And pass the time they did, for five months and four days, playing five games of horseshoes a day in the longest match in history. The contest ended with Dewey's score 25,000, besting Hanson's score of 24,949.

Pitching horseshoes, to see who can get the shoes to land around a metal stake, is a summer tradition.

Saturday, April 25, 2015
White eliminated in semis

The District 11 Class AAA Singles Tennis Tournament played out pretty much according to form on Friday at Saucon Valley High School.

Included in those results was Pleasant Valley senior Jon White advancing to the semis as the tournament's third seed after beating Will Kyaw of East Stroudsburg North in the quarterfinals. White's tournament then came to an end in the semifinals when he lost to Emmaus' Matt FitzMaurice.

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Marian's Whildin will play basketball at Marymount

Marian High School's Abbey Whildin will further her academic and basketball careers at Division III Marymount University in Arlington, Va.

Whildin was a four-year starter (two years at Panther Valley; two years at Marian) in basketball, where she was a 1,000-point scorer during her career.

This past season, Whildin helped Marian capture the Schuylkill League Division III championship by averaging 13.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.1 steals per game. She also had 28 three-pointers.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

I found myself accepting fewer Internet health-and-fitness writing assignments last summer, but it wasn't from a lack of motivation. The reason can be traced back to something my father said to me repeatedly when I was small.

"Do something right or don't do it at all."

Most of the sites I work for want no more than four or five 75-to-100 word paragraphs written about a rather specific topic they select. And too often, I feel that covering that topic in less than 500 words doesn't do it justice.