Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Local Sports

Monday, August 17, 2015
Bob Ford/Times News

High School football teams took to the practice field Monday morning in preparation for the start of the 2015 season on Sept. 4. In the top photo, the Jim Thorpe Olympians work on defensive drills, while in the photo at right, the Lehighton Indians practice tackling. Jim Thorpe opens the season at home hosting Minersville, while Lehighton entertains Mahanoy Area the same night.

Monday, August 17, 2015

August 17, 1973 Danny "Rabbit" Didyoung collects three hits and scores a run to help Summit Hill post a 9-3 win over Coaldale in the Panther Valley Little League Tournament. One of Didyoung's hits, a two-run double, comes during the winners' seven-run second inning while Anthony Kozuch's grand slam caps the big frame. Frank Brooks contributes two hits and a run scored, while Jimmy Yusella adds a hit and a pair of runs. Chipping in with a hit and run scored are Chris Zuber, Bobby Jones, Joe Matika and Ben Lesniak.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

August 15, 1961 Don Fredericks stars on the mound and at the plate to help the Lansford Teener League all-stars gain an 11-6 victory to even their Panther Valley Tournament series with Coaldale. Fredericks collects three hits, scores two runs and knocks in three to lead his team's offense. He also pitches a complete game, striking out 10, to gain the win. John Zubek contributes two hits and three RBIs while Gene Pavlik scores three runs. The winners also receive a hit and two RBIs from Dave Malkin.

Saturday, August 15, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Emily Easton, Dallas, Pennsylvania, arrowed her first deer while hunting with her dad, Ralph, in Barnesville.

I knew that if I didn't get poison ivy, it would be a miracle. What kept me working, through the humidity and relentless bugs, was the happy anticipation of archery season. Yes, it was only August, and archery season wouldn't begin for nearly two months.

Was I obsessed?

No, just smart. If you don't think a whitetail's nose is keen enough to smell fresh sawdust on the forest floor, or that they don't notice freshly-cut tree limbs, you haven't been busted by a savvy boss nanny doe.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Would American 10 and 11-year-olds taking similar fitness tests fare much better? You would hope so, but if they bombed as badly as 300 Brits did in 2014, would you really be surprised?

Probably not, but either way, isn't it necessary to know for sure?

In 1998, researchers at the University of Essex in England administered a fitness test to a group of children aged 10 or 11. They repeated the test 10 years later with same-aged subjects. The second group was not only significantly heavier but also not nearly as fit as the first group.

Friday, August 14, 2015

A total of 65 student-athletes from East Stroudsburg University received Academic Achievement Awards from the Division II Athletics Directors Association for the 2014-15 academic year on Thursday.

Among the list of Warriors honored was Panther Valley graduate Karoline Vavra.

Vavra, from Coaldale, was a senior member of the women's swim team and was one of 14 athletes from ESU to receive the award for at least the third time in their career. She also is the school's record-holder in the 100 free (53.18).

Friday, August 14, 2015

August 14, 1978 A two-hitter by Scott Kmetz lifts Jim Thorpe to a 2-1 victory over Summit Hill in the Panther Valley Little League Tournament. Kmetz allows a second-inning run on a single by John Coury but retires 12 of 13 batters the rest of the way. Alex Gimbor collects two hits and scores a run for the winners while Bill Keegan also finishes with a pair of hits. Don Vandenbord chips in with a single and run scored while Kenny Kuhn adds an RBI.

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Tamaqua Area School District will be holding its annual fall "Meet the Raiders" Night on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Sports' Stadium.

All fall sports' participants, cheerleaders and coaches will be recognized along with the Raider Marching Band who will perform its field show. The event is free of charge and the public is welcome to attend.

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be canceled and not rescheduled.

Friday, August 14, 2015
Nancy Scholz/times news filephoto Northwestern football coach Josh Snyder is doused by his players following their District 11 Class AA championship game victory over North Schuylkill last season. The Tigers will join eight other Times News area football teams in holding their first official practice on Monday.

The wait it almost over.

In just a matter of days, all nine football teams in the Times News area will be on the field preparing for the upcoming season, with official practices set to begin this coming Monday.

Teams were also given two extra days to adjust to the heat this year after the PIAA ruled in March to expand the heat acclimatization period from five days to three.

Thursday, August 13, 2015
mike haines/times news The Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association Media Day was held Wednesday in Barnesville. Included were members of the Anthracite Football League, which includes Times News area schools Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Marian, Panther Valley and Tamaqua. Players in attendance representing their school were, from left, Panther Valley's Danny Gilberry and Luke Hunsicker; Marian's Josh Skotek and Hunter Nause; Jim Thorpe's Antonio Madera and Kevin Vitti; Lehighton's Tyler Cann and Alexander Smith; and Tamaqua's Trevor Schilling and Collin Moyer.

The weather is still warm, the kids are still enjoying the summer, but make no mistake about it, football is right around the corner.

There's no better indicator of that than the Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association annual Media Day.

Coaches and players from all over the coal region gathered at Mountain Valley Golf Course in Barnesville to give football fans just a little taste of what's to come before two-a-days start next week.