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Friday, August 12, 2011
Brad Hurley/TIMES NEWS The Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association held their annual media day Thursday in Pottsville. Some of the local players in attendance included, from left, Tamaqua's Anthony Iacovellio, Jim Thorpe's Ben Moore, Marian's Paul Martin and Panther Valley's Mike Weaver.

POTTSVILLE - Football is back and the anthracite area knows it. With a record 11 different media companies on hand yesterday, the annual Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association was overrun with reporters, bloggers and television stations trying to find out who can make waves this season.

The consensus around the coaching ranks of the Anthracite Football League is that there is no clear cut favorite.

"This year there isn't a lot of hype for one particular team", said Tamaqua Head Coach Sam Bonner. "I think it's going to be interesting to see who finishes on top."

Friday, August 12, 2011

Panther Valley High School Athletic Director Kristen Black has released the ticket prices for fall sports.

Black also announced that there will no longer be a senior citizen passes sold. However, old senior citizen passes will be grandfathered.

Single game

Varsity football and volleyball: $5 adults; $ 3 students/senior citizen

JV football, jr. high football and jr high girls basketball: $ 3 adults; $2 students/senior citizen

Season ticket (fall)

Adult: $35

Students/senior citizen: $25

Family of four: $70; Extra person: $20

Friday, August 12, 2011

August 12, 1964 Dean Leslie fires a two-hit shutout to lead Lehighton to an 8-0 Anthracite Baseball League win over Tamaqua at Baer Memorial Park. Lehighton breaks a scoreless tie by scoring five runs in the fifth inning. Billy Sotak, who finishes 2-for-2, accounts for three of those runs with a homer. Leslie allows just a double to Dave Seltzer in the second inning and a single to John Holmberg in the third.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Claudette Zarra took honors in Flight A of the White Birch Ladies Golf League this week.

Lynn Deiter was the Flight B winner, while Flossie Marchetti won Flight C.

Molly Fanelli birdied Hole No. 5.

Next week's special event will be Low Team Score.

Thursday, August 11, 2011
Travis Pitts hoses down the infield before a recent Reading Phillies game. Pitts, a Tamaqua High School graduate and current star member of the Delaware Valley College track team, is doing an internship with the R-Phils this summer.

In a matter of a few months, Travis Pitts took his work ethic from the track to the field.

The Tamaqua Area High School graduate sprinted his way to All-American status as a member of the Delaware Valley College indoor and outdoor track and field team this past school year.

Once mid-April rolled around though, Pitts decided to put himself in a position to carry on a another role as a member of a different kind of team.

Rather than solely focusing on off-season workouts, Pitts decided to make the most of his summer by working on another competitive field.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

August 11, 1971 Dan Frank collects three hits, one of them a home run, to help Lansford gain an 11-6 victory over Tamaqua in the Panther Valley Little League tournament. Frank knocks in three runs and also scores twice. Winning pitcher John Heintzelman adds a double and two runs scored. Tom Stianche contributes an RBI double, while Jim Slog chips in with a run-scoring single and two runs scored.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Chris Heery

Wilkes University Director of Athletics Addy Malatesta recently announced that Lehighton native Christopher Heery has been named the new head women's basketball coach for the Lady Colonels. He becomes the 13th head coach in the 51-year history of the program.

"I am looking forward to the challenge of building a program that is competitive in such a challenging league," said Heery. "One of my passions is teaching the game of basketball and I can't wait to bring that passion to the Lady Colonels."

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

August 10, 1983 Tamaqua clinches the Panther Valley Little League tournament championship by posting a 5-2 victory over Franklin Township. Lance Hafer picks up the pitching win, allowing six hits while striking out 12 batters. Chad Barron collects two hits and scores two runs for the winners. Mike Hromyak adds an RBI single while Randy Clemson doubles and scores a run.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

August 9, 1944 Jake Kozuch and Tony George each collect three hits as Summit Hill upsets Coaldale, 8-3, in Panther Valley League action. Kozuch scores a run and knocks in one, while George finishes with two RBIs. Joe McHugh, George Keister and Pete Lesniak all add two hits for the winners, who end the contest with 16 hits. "Bike" Derrick and Donnie Frey also contribute to the victory with a hit and two runs scored.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Northern Lehigh School Board on Monday approved the following cocurricular appointments for the 2011-12 school year:

The board also approved the following cocurricular appointments for the 2011-12 school year:

- Michael Bonner, assistant track coach, $2,903

- Scott Gerould, assistant track coach, $2,903

- Bob Hicks, assistant baseball coach, $2,903

- Stephen Hluschak, assistant baseball coach, $2,903

- Mark Hoffman, assistant softball coach, $2,903

- Gregory King, assistant baseball coach (JV), $2,903