Sunday, November 29, 2015

Local Sports

Saturday, June 2, 2012
bob ford/times news Youngsters run through drills during the opening night of a summer long wrestling clinic being held at the Pyramid Sports Performance Center in Lehighton. The sessions are open to wrestlers competing in booster club through high school.

District 11 wrestling has always had a proud tradition. It's no secret that the district is one of the hot beds for talent not only in Pennsylvania, but in the eastern part of the United States.

Area wrestling programs, however, have been at a bit of a disadvantage compared to other District 11 squads. The main reason for that has been the lack of a centralized facility to practice year round. Such a facility would be able to bring together talent from area teams, thus improving the overall performance of local wrestlers.

Saturday, June 2, 2012
The Jim Thorpe powerlifting team had an undefeated season that included a pair of state titles.

The Jim Thorpe High School Powerlifting Team finished another successful season. The team went undefeated and captured two state titles. Team members earned numerous individuals awards also.

Their first competition was in November at the USA Powerlifting Stars and Stripes BP/DL championships. Eleven team members competed with seven earning championships in their respective weight classes.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

This week I wanted to talk about putting. I realize that this is not very exciting, but consider a fact. If you played a par 72 golf course and shot even par, hitting every green in regulation, 50% of your shots would be putts. Now factor in the thought that tour players do not hit eighteen greens, yet they still shoot under par. How do they do that? With excellent putting skills, that is how.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Yes, the countdown has begun in earnest as the final days of another school click off the calendar and youngsters anticipate another summer of activities that may include fishing, picnics, swimming, playing or watching sports and vacation trips.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Registration is underway for the Norm Thornburg Youth Conservation Camp for youngsters between the ages of 13-15 at the Schuylkill County Fairground, Summit Station, Thursday-Saturday, June 14-16. Sponsored by the Schuylkill County Sportsmen's Association in with the Schuylkill Conservation District, the camp focus on outdoors- and conservation-related activities, and the activities conclude with a banquet Saturday evening.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

During the school year, I teach language arts in a junior high for seven hours a day five days a week. A conservative estimate of the time I spend weekly creating lessons and grading papers adds another seven hours.

To practice what I preach in this column, I work out about 15 hours a week and spend another four hours or so preparing a week's worth of snacks and meals.

Friday, June 1, 2012
Pilla to attend RPI

Marian's Anthony Pilla will continue his academic and athletic career at RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), which is located in Troy, NY.

Pilla was a three-year starter at center and defensive end for the Colts' football team and he also handled all long snapping duties.

One of Marian's tri-captains, Pilla was his team's Scholar Athlete and was an All-Schuylkill County First Team selection. He also played basketball for four years and baseball for three seasons.

Friday, June 1, 2012

The history of Coal Region football is well-documented, but, in reality, not everyone who leaves area high schools with expectations of playing in college actually makes it to the field. Be that as it may, there's an alternative to it for those who want to continue to compete.

"Rugby is an amazing game," says Pat Boyle, a 2003 graduate of Marian High School who found his niche at Villanova University and continues to play the sport in "men's club" while coaching it at Temple University.

Friday, June 1, 2012

June 1, 1945 Joe Watto collects two hits and steals five bases including one of home to help Mauch Chunk gain a 5-4 Panther Valley League victory over Lansford. Winning pitcher Larry Getz scatters 11 hits and four walks while striking out 11. Xavier Wernett and Heydt both contribute a hit and run scored for Mauch Chunk. In a losing effort, Eddie Kusko finishes with three hits.

Thursday, May 31, 2012
ron gower/times news Palmerton's Lauren Campbell slides into third base with a triple as Pine Grove's Samantha Lengel waits for the throw.

ORWIGSBURG Palmerton pitcher Martina Herring and her defense worked through numerous jams during Wednesday's District 11 Class AA semifinal matchup against Pine Grove.

Unfortunately for the Blue Bombers, they couldn't get out of the final one.

After stranding eight Cardinal runners through the first six innings, Palmerton's magic finally ran out as Pine Grove pushed across two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out a 3-2 victory and earn a berth in today's district final.