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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Jim Thorpe Blue opened up the Panther Valley 11-12 Little League tournament with a win over Tri-County.



JT Blue-Tri-County

James Lordi hit a pair of two-run homers to help Jim Thorpe Blue gain a 12-0 win over Tri-County in the opening game of the Panther Valley 11-12 Little League tournament.

DJ Richebacher tossed a complete-game shutout for the winners, while Jared Joyce finished 3-for-3 at the plate with a double and two RBIs.




Tuesday, July 12, 2016

July 12, 1961 — Joey Carazo collects two hits and scores a pair of runs to help Palmerton post a 7-5 Lehigh Valley Legion victory over Southern Lehigh. Mike Novatnack delivers a two-run single in the seventh inning to break a tie game and plate the eventual winning run. Marty Gursky tosses eight innings, allowing five hits, two walks, and striking out six, to gain the pitching win. Novatnack finishes with a pair of hits, while Larry Stout adds a two-run single. George Neyer chips in with a double and two runs scored.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
In thre photo at right, Lehighton’s Donovan Buchinsky looks to pass the ball during a game in the Stellar Tournament. In the photo at far right, Northwestern’s Jess Williamson holds the ball while looking for a teammate. The Lady Tigers had the most success of area teams, winning three of their five games played. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

ALLENTOWN — It’s that time of the summer once again where teams from across the Lehigh Valley and beyond come together and flex their muscles on the basketball courts.

This past week’s Stellar “Catch A Rising Star” Basketball Showcase kicked off that two-week stretch of basketball tournaments at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown. Three Times News area teams were represented at Stellar and had successful outings in the four-day event.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Both Franklin Township teams posted easy wins in the opening round of the Panther Valley Little League 9-10 tournament Monday.

FT White defeated Tamaqua Blue, while FT Maroon downed Lansford.

In another game, Towamensing bested Jim Thorpe Red.



FT White-Tam. Blue

Aiden Rarick had three hits and scored three runs to help Franklin Township White gain a 12-1 win over Tamaqua Blue.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Northern Valley first baseman Kole Rodrigues gets ready to catch the ball on a pickoff attempt, as South Parkland’s Dylan Peiffer dives safely back to the bag. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

OREFIELD — Ben Cordova doesn’t get mad. He gets even.

The Northern Valley pitcher got revenge against South Parkland by beating the No. 2 seed in the Lehigh Valley Legion championship game, 4-3, at Parkland High School.

It avenges a loss he suffered to the Trojans in Friday’s winners bracket final and sends his team to this weekend’s Region 2 Tournament in Quakertown.

Cordova bounced back from Friday’s 7-6 loss and was ready to go after his team beat South Parkland Sunday to force Monday’s winner-take-all game.

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Birches won their NorCo Legion semifinal series against top-seeded Hellertown over the weekend, picking up the clinching win on Sunday.


NorCo Legion


Hellertown bounced back in Game No. 2 on Saturday with a 16-6 win over The Birches.

Alstan Wolfe led Hellertown with four hits and a home run during the victory. Zach Thatcher added a trio of hits.

Luke Hohenstein had a double for The Birches.

Matt Konopke, DaKota George, and Marshall Hanyon accounted for the rest of the Birches’ hits.

Monday, July 11, 2016
Anthracite wins D-18 title

DRUMS — Two words served as a great source of motivation for the Anthracite 9-10-year old All-Star team throughout this year’s District 18 Little League Tournament.

“We finished one game short of winning the district championship last year against Valley West,” Anthracite manager Ron Hood said. “We finished one game short of winning the Panther Valley tournament a season ago to Jim Thorpe. So, our motto coming into All-Stars was simply ‘One more.’”

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Panther Valley tournament schedules have been released.

The 9-10 year-old tournament began on Saturday.

The tournament will consist of 11 teams; Jim Thorpe Red, Jim Thorpe Blue, Anthracite Blue, Anthracite White, Lansford, Tamaqua Blue, Tamaqua White, Towamensing, Tri-County, Franklin Twp. White, and Franklin Twp. Maroon.

The tournament will run through July 29 and an all-star game will be held at Lansford on July 31 at 5 p.m.

The 11-12 year-old tournament will begin on Tuesday, July 12 and run through Sunday, July 24.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Due to an unfavorable weather forecast throughout the day and into the evening, Mahoning Valley Speedway cancelled its race card on Saturday

Attention now shifts to the upcoming Saturday, July 16 night of stock car racing at the Lehighton paved ¼-mile oval.

On the docket will be a regular show consisting of all six track classes which include Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks plus the second round of the Jr. Enduros will be held at the end of all regular races.

Monday, July 11, 2016

July 11, 1989 — Jason Muffley stars on the mound and at the plate to lead Franklin Township to a 13-2 victory over Jim Thorpe in the District 18 Little League tournament. Muffley tosses a three-hitter, striking out six batters. He connects for a home run, adds a double, and scores two runs. Dryw Dworsky contributes three hits to the winning cause, and also scores three runs. Jesse Brown drills a homer, and crosses home three times.