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Friday, June 28, 2013
Bulldogs' Johnson leaves his mark

Caleb Johnson left a mark on the football field at Northern Lehigh this past fall.

In the spring, Johnson did the same as a member of the Bulldogs' track and field team.

Johnson, who was the 2012 TIMES NEWS Football Player of the Year, was the athlete head track coach Mike Lehtonen counted on for points week in and week out this spring.

He played basketball during the winter keeping him in shape for the track season and it paid off.

Friday, June 28, 2013

June 28, 1987 Derek Wolf collects three hits and knocks in three runs to lead Northwestern to a 5-4 Lehigh Valley Legion win over Mountainville. Andy McCauley earns the pitching win by going the distance on the mound. McCauley strikes out three and doesn't walk a batter. Chris Loch contributes an RBI triple and run scored while Dan Wanamaker chips in with a triple and run scored.

Friday, June 28, 2013
Carbon United U10 team wins tournament

The Carbon United U10 soccer team recently took first place in the Hunter Meckes Tournament U10 division. The team, which is part of the Lehigh Valley Youth Soccer League, claimed the Donavon Division title and posted a record of 9-0-2. Members of the team include, front row from left, Devon Haydt, Corlan Wood, Josh Long, Mason Fludgate, Logan Lucas, Carter Strauss; back row, assistant coach Tim Racine, Ian Werner, John Perloni, Lyle Cordes, Chris Condly, Connor Beahm, and coach Michael Beahm. Also a member of the team was Madison Racine.

Thursday, June 27, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Towamensing Township's. Garrett Krome steals second base as Forks Township's John Kumer waits for a late throw.

The Towamensing Township baseball team could do little wrong Wednesday night.

The Yankees (9-6-1) scored five runs in the first inning and rode a complete game shutout from starter Nick Frey to a convincing 11-0 win over Forks Township in Keystone Senior Babe Ruth action.

Garrett Krome, Isaac George, Greg Wierzbicki and Austin Cook, who all knocked in runs for the Yankees in the first inning, led Towamensing's offensive outburst. Cook finished the contest 3-for-3 with a walk and four RBI.

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Kosciolek is Blue Raiders' 'Iceman'

In the major motion picture "Top Gun" there is a character portrayed by actor Val Kilmer with the nickname "Iceman." His character in the movie is one of the best fighter pilots in the United State Navy, mostly because no matter what happens around him in combat situations, he never lets his emotions get the best of him. He stays cool, keeps his eye on the target, and helps lead his squadron to victory in the last scene of the film.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Towamensing/Palmerton stayed alive in the District 18 11-12 Little League tournament on Wednesday night.

District 18 11-12

Tow./Palmerton

-Freeland

Towamensing/Palmerton used the long ball to beat Freeland in an elimination game by a 13-3 sc ore that ended after five innings.

Brody Boehler hit two homr runs, while Devyn Rehrig and Zach Schoenberger also added round-trippers for Towamen sing/Palmerton.

Boehler and Wade Haydt also put together an outstanding pitching performance.

Ben Serfass got the game-ending RBI single.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

June 27, 1946 A solid pitching performance from Charley Youngcourt leads Nesquehoning to an 8-3 Tri-County League win over Summit Hill. Youngcourt pitches a five-hiiter and strikes out nine batters to help keep his team undefeated at 6-0. Johnny Kulick collects three hits and scores a run for the winners while Joe Span adds a pair of hits and a run. Nesquehoning also receives a hit and two runs scored from Bobby Drigan.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
BRAD HURLEY/TIMES NEWS The No. 60 Sunoco sponsored race team makes some adjustments on pit road after a test session at Pocono Raceway.

The buzz of the IZOD INDYCAR engines at Pocono Raceway wasn't the only buzz that was being generated at Tuesday's private practice. The session was held in order to get the majority of the INDYCAR drivers some track time before their return on July 7th, at what is revered to be one of the most challenging racetracks in all of racing.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Franklin Township Shockers, Towamensing Yankees and Panther Valley Black Diamonds all registered a recent win over the Phillipsburg Indians.

KEYSTONE SENIOR BABE RUTH

Phillipsburg

-FT Shockers

The Franklin Township Shockers scored in each of the first five innings to roll to a 12-4 victory over the Phillipsburg Indians.

Parker David pitched four scoreless innings, allowing four hits while striking out six, to gain the victory. David also added two hits and knocked in a pair of runs.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northern Valley's Josh Kern hurls a shutout at Salisbury in Lehigh Valley Legion action.

For the Northern Valley baseball team, hitting and pitching finally came together.

And not a moment too soon.

The Chargers (8-6) dispatched Salisbury 10-0, positioning them for a deep playoff run with just over a week left in the regular season.

"We're in a nice spot," Northern Valley coach Brad Rauch said. "We went through playing game after game earlier in the season and a lot of other teams are going through that now.

"Other teams are using up all their assets and we're kind of resting our guys and getting in a bit of a playoff mode."