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Monday, August 21, 2017

Tamaqua will hold Meet the Raiders Night on Monday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m.

Athletes from all fall sports activities will be recognized.

There is no rain date scheduled for the event.

Friday, August 18, 2017

August 18, 1958 — Joe Kokinda delivers two doubles and scores a run to help Summit Hill post a 4-2 Panther Valley Little League tournament victory over Coaldale. Boyd earns the pitching win, allowing five hits and striking out eight in his six innings of work. The Hillers also receive a hit and run scored from Kutz, Rex, and Breslin. For Coaldale, Miller finishes with a pair of hits and a run scored. He also strikes out seven batters despite suffering the loss.

Friday, August 18, 2017
The Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins (17) celebrates with teammate Tommy Joseph, right, after hitting a home run earlier this week. AP FILE PHOTO Copyright - Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Fan Zone

It’s the middle of August and the Philadelphia Phillies are 30 games under .500. Same old story. Most fans get excited in March, and won’t turn a game on after June. Can you blame them? No. The Phils haven’t been above .500 in any season since 2011, which seems like an eternity ago.

But over the past few months, we’ve at least seen some of the young prospects in the farm system move up and get a shot in the bigs. Is there any reason to be optimistic about the Phillies? Some locals believe so, but they’ll have to address the correct issues along the way.

Friday, August 18, 2017
Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley could be a darkhorse Heisman Trophy candidate this season. AP FILE PHOTO Copyright - Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Preseason longshots the past two years have ended up winning the Heisman Trophy.

Last year, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson had 50-1 odds when practices started. Jackson quickly became the odds-on favorite though after his performance in the first three games where he accounted for 18 touchdowns, including 10 rushing, and became the youngest player to win the award.

Jackson’s 4,928 yards of total offense is second in Heisman history to the 5,022 yards racked up by BYU’s Ty Detmer in 1990.

Friday, August 18, 2017
Marian’s Nick Kurzinsky watches a drive during Thursday’s match. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

The Marian golf team secured a Schuylkill League win over Weatherly on Thursday.



Marian defeated Weatherly in Schuylkill League action, 362-459.

Nick Kurzinsky led the Colts with an 85, while Jake Dembinsky shot a 90.

Kevin Osifat and Ashton Gerhard each shot a 107 for the Wreckers.

Marian 362, Weatherly 459


Kevin Osifat 107, Ashton Gerhard 107, A.J. Knepper 109, Johnny Arthur 136


Nick Kurzinsky 85, Jake Dembinsky 90, Lucca Stoia 91, Jacob Artz 96

Friday, August 18, 2017
Eagles’ running back Byron Marshall hurdles Jumal Rolle of the Bills during Thursday’s preseason game. AP PHOTO Copyright - Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Of all the high-profile players making debuts in a new uniform, Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby was the most impressive.

Darby intercepted former teammate Tyrod Taylor’s pass and returned it 48 yards and also broke up two passes in his first game since Philadelphia acquired him from Buffalo last week, and the Eagles beat the Bills 20-16 on Thursday night.

“They were running a lot of routes that looked similar, so I was being patient with everything and cutting them off,” Darby said.

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Eric Baumgardt, Palmerton Area High School senior, prepares for a putt Wednesday during a practice round at Blue Shamrock Golf Club in Palmerton. JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS

High school golf has the earliest start date of the fall sports season. Jim Thorpe kicked off the 2017 campaign on Tuesday. Five teams — Lehighton, Marian, Pleasant Valley, Tamaqua, Weatherly — will be in action today. Northwestern and Palmerton will open their seasons on Monday.

Here are some preview notes on the area teams:


Thursday, August 17, 2017

August 17, 1941 — Ken Stone gains the pitching win in both games of a doubleheader as Weissport sweeps Tamaqua in Black Diamond League action. Stone goes the distance in the 7-4 first-game victory, while relieving in the 5-4 second-game decision. Kunkle and Bibighaus collect four hits, two in each game, to lead the Weissport offense. Hrinda adds two hits and a run in the first contest, while Shur finishes with three hits and a run in the second game. For Tamaqua, Hank Epler collects a pair of hits in both games.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Northern Lehigh School Board on Monday agreed to renew the appointment of the following co-curricular positions for the 2017-18 school year:

• Christopher Bennett, assistant (JV) baseball coach, $3,143

• Scott Gerould, assistant track coach, $3,143

• Todd Herzog, senior high spring intramurals, weightlifting, $871

• Robert Hicks, head softball coach, $4,963

• Stephen Hluschak, assistant baseball coach, $3,143

• Mark Hoffman, assistant softball coach, $3,143

• Dylan Hoffman, middle school spring intramurals, weightlifting, $871

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August 15, 1968 — Vic Koshuta collects three hits and knocks in a run to help Summit Hill post an 8-6 Panther Valley Little League tournament victory over Lansford. Joe Vermillion and Tony Sodrowski both finish with a pair of hits, while Bill O’Gurek contributes a two-run single. Mike Macenka gains the pitching win, walking four batters while striking out six. O’Gurek relieves him and records the final out on a strikeout. For Lansford, John Yanchura leads his team with three hits.