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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
mike feifel/times news Franklin Township second baseman Mason Barndt prepares to make the relay throw to first base after forcing Towamensing's Jake Taschler. The Franklin shortstop is Zach Crum.

Baseball has always been a game of numbers and statistics. The number of championships a team has won, the number of a player's career home runs and batting average, and a pitcher's earned run average are all worshiped and revered in the game of baseball.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Pleasant Valley's White at top of the class

Jon White might not be in a class by himself when it comes to Pleasant Valley tennis history, but it certainly doesn't take long to do the roll call.

If White isn't the class valedictorian, he's definitely the salutatorian.

"Without a doubt, Jon is one of the best to have ever played tennis at Pleasant Valley," said Bears coach Mark Allison. "I'd put him right up there with Jarrett Siwiec as the best players I've coached."

Those remarks are obviously high praise, but when you consider the credentials of both Allison and Siwiec, they become even more impressive.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

June 23, 2003 Northern Lehigh's Ryan Hluschak wins an award at the annual McDonald's Lehigh Valley All-Star Classic. Hluschak receives the Gold team practice MVP for dedication, commitment and good attitude in the days leading up to the game. As for the contest, Hluschak (who rushes three times for 11 yards and catches a four-yard pass) and his Gold squad drop a 24-10 decision. Pleasant Valley's Erik Murphy recovers a fumble for the Red team while Northwestern's Ray Keshel does the same for the Gold.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tamaqua scored in every inning but the third to pick up an 8-3 win over Pottsville in a Schuylkill-Berks Legion contest on Monday night.

Nate MacDonald had the big bat for the Blue Sox, who moved back into first place in the North Division with a 5-7 record. MacDonald went 4-for-4, drove in three runs and scored twice. Eddie Titus added a double and single for the winners.

Matt Roberts was the winning pitcher and struck out 11 batters along the way.

Eric Wapinsky had two hits for Pottsville.

Tamaqua 120 211 1 - 8 10 2

Pottsville 011 001 0 3 8 2

Monday, June 22, 2015
Raiders' Boyle brings talent, tenacity

Don't think. Just go.

In a typical track meet for Tamaqua's Morgan Boyle, she begins with the javelin event, then she runs down to the track for the 100-meter dash. Once that is completed, she participates in the pole vault competition before she runs back to the track again for the 4x1 relay.

"It's perfect for me," says Boyle. "I don't have enough time to really think about the events I'm in and that's a good thing when it comes to my performance."

And her outstanding performances have earned Boyle The Times News Female Track Athlete of the year.

Monday, June 22, 2015
Bowmanstown Blaze captures softball league championship

The Bowmanstown Blaze captured the championship of the Parkland U14 Softball League. Team members were, front row, from left, head Coach Jamie Frantz, Selena Jones, Hanna Smith, Payton Lesher, Kaylee Sacks, and Paige Frantz. Back row, assistant coach Jeff Henry, Bre Hartranft, Tori Sterling, Kayja German, Rachelle Kroboth, Allyssa Frantz, and assistant coach Jim Nemeth. Also on the team was Jenna Haskin.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Palmerton High School pitcher, Kendra Pekurny, and Pleasant Valley High School infielders, Madison Kymer and Alyssa Kotzman, were recently selected to compete on the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball team.

Lehigh Valley is a tournament team comprised of players from the East Penn Conference and the Colonial League. The tournament itself is sponsored by the Philadelphia Phillies, providing sophomores and juniors the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of college coaches.

Coached by John Eyer, tryouts were held last month.

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Tamaqua Blue Sox won one of three games over the weekend in Schuylkill-Berks Legion baseball action.


Valley View-Tamaqua

Tamaqua and Valley View split a doubleheader on Sunday. Valley View captured a 12-6 victory in the first game while the Blue Sox held on for a 12-11 win in the second contest.

In the opener, Hunter Bordner had three hits and knocked in four runs to lead Valley View. Ross added three hits and three RBIs while Chase Schaeffer finished with two hits, two RBIs and a pair of runs.

Monday, June 22, 2015

EGYPT Heading into their final at bat on Saturday, the Bowmanstown Blaze softball team found itself down by six runs to the South Parkland Youth Association Red.

But instead of giving up and settling for silver, the Blaze team dug deep and pulled out the gold.

The Blaze used a dramatic seventh-inning rally to tie the game and scored the winning run in the eighth to capture the Parkland U14 Softball League Championship with a 12-11 victory..

Monday, June 22, 2015

June 22, 1980 Fred Tomasko stars on the mound and at the plate to lead Northwestern to a 12-2 Lehigh Valley Legion win over Fountain Hill. Tomasko pitches all seven innings, allowing just the two runs and four hits to gain the victory. Offensively, he collects two hits and knocks in five runs. One of his hits is a grand slam. Northwestern, which finishes the contest with 12 hits, also receives a two-run homer off the bat of Joe Rauscher.