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Local Sports

Monday, April 8, 2013
ED HEDES/TIMES NEWS Representing THE TIMES NEWS Area at the Schuylkill Chapter No. 25 National Football Foundation Banquet in Minersville were: from left, Ryan Karnish of Marian, Richie Smith of Panther Valley and Brandon Fogel of Tamaqua.

MINERSVILLE - For the second time in three years, a North Schuylkill football player was named the Schuylkill Chapter of the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete.

Matthew Gownley, ranked 10th in his class and continuing his education at Villanova University in the fall, was the recipient of the award at the 52nd Annual Awards Dinner held at Hillcrest Hall on Sunday night.

His cousin, Ed Pavalko, curently a sophomore at Colgate, won the award two years ago.

Monday, April 8, 2013
Jon Strauss (front row, center) signs a Letter of Intent to attend the US Naval Academy. Strauss, a 2012 Lehighton High School grad, will continue his academic and track careers with the Midshipmen. Sitting next to Strauss for the signing are his mother Greta and his father Bud. Standing behind him are his brothers Graham and Chris Strauss.

Jon Strauss is a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.

And that's exactly why the elite javelin thrower remained calm when the right opportunity didn't present itself after his graduation from Lehighton High School last spring.

While Strauss received interest from many Division I schools, the best scenario for him and his family just wasn't there. So instead of making a hasty decision, the former PIAA state medalist took his time trying to figure out his future plans.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

A Basic Boating Course instructed by Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission staff is being held Tuesday and Thursday, April 9 and 11, from 6-9 p.m. both nights, at Beltzville State Park.

There is no charge for the course, but all participants must pre-register by calling the park office at 610-377-0045 and must attend both sessions of the Basic Boating Course, that is designed to supply boaters with practical information so they can make better informed decisions on the water.

Saturday, April 6, 2013
Kusko, Leonzi, Santo to be inducted

The Carbon County Sports Hall of Fame will inducte its 2013 class on May 26 at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.

The doors will open at 12:45 with cocktail hour from 1-2 p.m. Dinner will be at 2 p.m. with the induction ceremony to follow.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

There was plenty of late game drama last night at the Tamaqua Area Athletic Center, as Ryan's Oil & Heating and Vesuvio's both scored game-winning baskets in the final seconds to advance to Wednesday night's Championship Game of the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) winter basketball league.

Vesuvio's was a 59-58 winner thanks to an Ibis Saracina free three with two seconds remaining. Meanwhile, a Joe Schaeffer basket as time expired lifted Ryan's Oil & Heating to a 57-55 victory.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Jill Barron admitted she was quite nervous entering Friday's Schuylkill League matchup with Panther Valley.

Over the first three innings, there was every reason for the Tamaqua softball coach to be every bit of anxious with the back-and-forth contest that was evolving.

After Barron made it apparent to her team she wasn't happy with the lead they were holding onto entering the final inning, the Raiders put together a huge four-run inning in the seventh to pull away for a 9-3 victory.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Men of Marian's 23rd annual Chinese Auction is being held today and tomorrow.

If "offense" happens to be one of the prizes being offered, then the Colts baseball team needs to be serious bidders.

For the third time in as many days, the Marian bats have been missing in action, as Minersville cruised to a 6-2 Schuylkill League victory over the Colts.

Saturday, April 6, 2013
Tigers rout Bombers

Heading into the season Northwestern head coach Len Smith thought his batting order, which includes seven first-time varsity starters, could take some time to adjust to the higher level.

It only took a couple weeks.

The Tigers pounded out 11 hits in routing Palmerton, 12-2 Friday for their second straight dozen-run game . It marked the third time in five games they have scored 12 or more runs.

Saturday, April 6, 2013
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Janelle Tracy leads off of first base during Friday;s win over Northwestern Lehigh.

Marian, Palmerton and Pleasant Valley grabbed softball wins, while Pleasant Valley and Tamaqua were baseball winners on Friday.


No. Lehigh-Pen Argyl

Pen Argyl used a strong finish, scoring all six runs in the final three innings, to secure a 6-0 Colonial League win over Northern Lehigh.

Emily Smull pitched a complete game four-hitter and struckout nine for Pen Argyl while also going 2-for-4 with a double at the plate.

Amber Kibler was 2-for-3 with a triple and Taylor Herman also added a triple for Northern Lehigh.

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Saturday, April 6, 2013
A proposed regulatory change by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is designed to assure the high quality of Penns Creek in Center County, one of the most scenic locales in Pennsylvania, as a premier trout fishery for years to come.

With the Saturday, April 13, opening of the statewide trout season approaching, many anglers are making plans to travel north and visit traditional fishing spots.

One of the most popular of those spots is Penns Creek, and as good as the trout fishing is on this well-known water, if a proposed regulatory change by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is finalized – as expected – next year, the future of this pristine fishery will be preserved.