Friday, June 23, 2017

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Monday, June 12, 2017

June 12, 1953 — Willard Fritzinger pitches a one-hitter to help Lehighton post a 7-0 legion win over Mauch Chunk. Fritzinger allows a fifth-inning single, one walk, and hits two batters while striking out 10 in his nine-inning effort. Bobby Zellner leads the winning team offensively, going 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored. Jackie Mullen delivers a three-run triple in the sixth frame, while Jack Ashner contributes two hits and a run scored. Ronnie Costenbader chips in with a hit and run.

Monday, June 12, 2017
Kyle Busch pits during the NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 400. AP PHOTO Copyright - Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Kyle Busch dominated the weekend at Pocono Raceway.

Busch secured the pole for the Axalta presents the Pocono 400 on Friday, and on Sunday afternoon, he led 100 of 160 laps.

However, domination didn’t lead to victory. A mistake by interim crew chief Ben Beshore cost Busch a chance at winning his first career race at the “Tricky Triangle.”

With Busch’s full-time crew chief Adam Stevens missing because of a four-race suspension handed down by NASCAR last week for Busch’s tire falling off at Dover, Beshore was faced with a race-changing decision with just 15 laps to go.

Monday, June 12, 2017
Ryan Blaney gets a hug from Darrell Wallace Jr. (right) in Victory Lane after Blaney won the NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 400 on Sunday. AP PHOTO Copyright - Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

LONG POND – The story of the Wood Brothers Racing team is one that is dotted with history.

Sunday, 23-year-old Ryan Blaney added another chapter.

Blaney passed a former champion and held off another en route to his first NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series victory in the Pocono 400. Blaney earned his first win in NASCAR’s top series despite relentless pressure in the closing stages of the race from 2014 series champion Kevin Harvick, who finished 0.139 seconds behind Blaney.

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Carbon Monarchs didn’t allow any runs in gaining a doubleheader sweep of Southern Lehigh.

In other action, the Berlinsville Braves won a pair of weekend games.


Monarchs-So. Lehigh

Tyler Baird and Collin Haupt both tossed gems on Sunday, leading the Carbon Monarchs to a Lehigh Valley Legion doubleheader sweep of Southern Lehigh.

Baird pitched a five-hitter in the first game, as Carbon earned a 5-0 victory. In the second contest, Haupt hurled six scoreless innings as the Monarchs rolled to a 9-0 win.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Ryan Blaney held off Kevin Harvick Sunday to win the Monster Energy Cup Series Axalta presents the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway.
Blaney led 10 laps en route to his first career win in NASCAR's top series despite pressure from Harvick in the closing laps, winning the race by 0.139 seconds.
The victory was the first for Wood Brothers Racing since Trevor Bayne won the 2011 Daytona 500 in the iconic No. 21 car.
Blaney also won a Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono in 2013.
Rookie Erik Jones capped a strong day with a third place finish.

Friday, June 9, 2017

LONG POND — Kyle Busch has never won a race at Pocono International Raceway.

That might not sound too out of the ordinary, as many drivers throughout their careers haven’t been able to conquer the “Tricky Triangle,” but the driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing M&M’s No. 18 Toyota Camry has pretty much won everywhere else.

In fact, Busch has 38 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins and 87 NASCAR Xfinity Series victories, which means the fact that Kyle Busch has not won at Pocono is pretty out of the ordinary.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Outdoor Calendar

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June 15-17

Norm Thornburg Youth Conservation Camp

Schuylkill County Fairgrounds

Route 895

Summit Station

Open to youth from 13-15 years old, with a fee of $100. Through the day camp, youth learn canoeing, fishing, wildlife management and more. Pre-register by calling 570-391-3326.

Saturday, June 17

Women in the Outdoors

Friday, June 9, 2017
Get to know a neighbor – the Lehigh River

“I thought how lovely and how strange a river is. A river is a river, always there, and yet the water flowing through it is never the same water and is never still. It’s always changing and is always on the move. And over time the river itself changes too. It widens and deepens as it rubs and scours, gnaws and kneads, eats and bores its way through the land.”

From “This Is All” by Aidan Chambers

Friday, June 9, 2017

Allow me to offer some advice concerning British comedy.

If you desire a vintage dose from the 1970’s, watch an episode of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” or “The Benny Hill Show.”

If you crave something more contemporary and are one of those left-of-center sorts who thinks the funniest things in life are often unintentionally so, read two recent pieces of research from two prestigious British medical journals.

Just be aware, however, that if you’re also interested in heart health, you may become more angered than humored.

Friday, June 9, 2017
Daniel Suarez looks on in his car before practice for the NASCAR Cup series auto race, Saturday, June 3, 2017, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) Copyright - Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

LONG POND – Darrell Wallace Jr. will be making his first start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this Sunday at Pocono Raceway, driving the famed No. 43 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports.

But Wallace won’t have to look far to find to familiar faces.

The first African American to drive in NASCAR’s top series since 2006, Wallace will share the grid with a driver who knows all about making history in the sport.