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Saturday, June 14, 2014

After 32 years of service to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Bureau of Wildlife Management director Cal DuBrock announced Tuesday at the quarterly meeting of the board of game commissioners he is retiring effective August 1.

Reflecting on his time with the PGC, DuBrock said that in 1987, when he moved from a previous post to begin work with the Bureau of Wildlife Management, there were a total of approximately 12 full-time biologists in the agency. Today, he said, there are almost that many working within the Wildlife Diversity Division.

Friday, June 13, 2014
Nancy Scholz/Special to the TIMES NEWS Pitcher Nicholas Domenici and catcher James Shank, both of Pleasant Valley, leave the field after the end of an inning in Thursday’s Carpenter Cup contest.

PHILADELPHIA Lehigh Valley dropped its Carpenter Cup opener on Thursday by an 8-4 score to Burlington County New Jersey seeing its earliest exit from the Classic involving teams from Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey in a while.

The game was called in the seventh inning due to rain.

Lehigh Valley jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Anthony Rodrigues of Wilson walked, moved to second on a ground out and scored on a single up the middle by Stroudsburg's T.J. Backer.

Friday, June 13, 2014

The District 18 Little League tournament schedules have been released for all three age groups.

Both the 11-12 year-old and 10-11 year-old tournaments will be exclusively double elimination formats. The 9-10 year-old tourney will be divided into North and South sections for double elimination play and then will hold a best-of-three championships series between the two champs.

11-12 tournament

This will have the biggest field and the earliest starting date of the three age groups.

The 13-team tournament will begin on Friday, June 20 with five games.

Friday, June 13, 2014
Carbon County Little League champions

The Carbon County Little League, comprised of teams from Towamensing, Weatherly, and Anthracite, recently held its championship games at Weatherly Little League Field. In the minors division (age 8-10), Anthracite St. Gabes defeated Anthracite Coalkickin, 7-0. Brad Hood was the winning pitcher for St. Gabes. In the majors division (age 10-12), the Towamensing Phillies defeated the Towamensing Thunder, 11-1. Luke Eitner was the winning pitcher for the Phillies and Eric Keck hit a three-run homer. In the top photo are members of the St. Gabe's team.

Friday, June 13, 2014

June 13, 1954 Steve Vitek goes 5-for-5 at the plate and scores three runs as Lansford rolls to a 15-4 Carbon-Schuylkill League victory over Big Creek. Gene Ambrose adds three hits and scores four runs for the winners, who break open what was a 3-3 game after three innings. Winning pitcher Ed Yelito helps his own cause with two hits, one a double, and four runs scored while Johnny Zuzu contributes two hits and a pair of runs. Lansford also receives two hits, one a double, from Paul Martinec.

Thursday, June 12, 2014
@Caption Stand Alone:JTLL Minor League champions The Red Sox defeated the Pirates, 6-4, to claim the Jim Thorpe Minor League baseball championship. Members of the winning team include, front row, from left, Garrett Lienhard, Richard Backora, Justin Lombardo, Marcus Drakeford, Mark Domski, Tanner Yurchak and Matthew Domski. Middle row, Aiden Montefour, Noah Yons, Gavin Leight, Jack Edwards, Adam Romanchik and Sean Cuccaro. Back row, head coach Tom Lienard, assistant coach Neil Yurchak, assistant coach Monty Cuccaro and assistant coach Bob Romanchik.

The Red Sox defeated the Pirates, 6-4, recently to claim the Jim Thorpe Little League Minor League championship. Members of the winning team include, front row from left, Garrett Lienhard, Richard Backora, Justin Lombardo, Marcus Drakeford, Mark Domski, Tanner Yurchak, Matthew Domski; middle row, Aiden Montefour, Noah Yons, Gavin Leight, Jack Edwards, Adam Romanchik, Sean Cuccaro; back row, head coach Tom Lienard, assistant coach Neil Yurchak, assistant coach Monty Cuccaro and assistant coach Bob Romanchik.

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Klingel to compete for title

It might be a stretch to talk about Kresgeville's Samantha Klingel in the same sentence with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Bob Dylan unless you consider the one thing they all have had in common.

The first step toward their great accomplishments took place in the basements of their homes.

Klingel started playfully grappling in her family's basement when she was 10 years old. Her opponent was her brother, Ernie, who went on to win the Eastern Nationals as a sixth-grader, and then to win 100 matches during his career at Pleasant Valley High School.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

June 12, 1947 Walter Slog strikes out 12 batters and earns the pitching win in Lansford 10-2 Panther Valley League victory over Mauch Chunk. Slog scatters seven hits and walks just one over his nine innings of work. The winners take the lead for good with four runs in the bottom of the first inning. "Toss" Ponting, who started the rally with a hit and run scored, finishes the contest with four hits. Larry Furey collects three hits, one a double, while Joe Fignar adds a pair of hits and three runs scored. Lansford also receives two hits from "Stosh" Porambo and "Dubby" Derby.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Franklin Township Hurricanes split a pair of games while the Panther Valley Black Diamonds suffered a setback in Keystone Senior Babe Ruth play.

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Hurricanes-Forks Twp.

The Franklin Township Hurricanes and Forks Township Falcons recently split a doubleheader.

The Hurricanes posted a 6-5 win in extra innings while the Falcons exploded for a 15-1 victory.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
PATRICK MATSINKO/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Josh Evans (front, center) signs a letter of intent to continue his education and wrestling career at Eastern Michigan University. Looking on are: Front, his father Brian (left) and mother Adelaida. Back row, from left, head wrestling coach Dave Lavin, Athletic Director Andrew Remsing and Principal Paula Husar.

Josh Evans is proof that hard work pays off.

The soon-to-be Palmerton graduate wrapped up his stellar scholastic wrestling career by capturing a 138-pound fifth-place medal at the PIAA Championships and finishing the year with a 36-4 record.

With a remarkable season behind him, Evans will now turn his attention to what lies ahead, which is an opportunity to wrestle for a Division I program in Eastern Michigan University.

Despite having several options, it didn't take long for the 2013-14 TIMES NEWS Wrestler of the Year to make his decision.