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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
times news filephoto Drew Benyo talks to some Jim Thorpe cross country team members before a practice. Benyo recently found out he is one of 10 finalists for the 2013 Brooks Inspiring Coach of the Year Award.

For Jim Thorpe cross country coach Drew Benyo, the journey continues.

After being selected as one of 26 candidates for the 2013 Brooks Inspiring Coach of the Year Award, Benyo recently learned that he is one of 10 finalists that will be making the trip to Seattle, Washington, where the winner will be announced on August 7.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July 30, 1997 After being held scoreless for the first two innings, Towamensing explodes for five runs in the third and 11 more in the fourth to roll to a 16-1 Panther Valley Little League tournament win over Blue Mountain. Stephen Holmes delivers a key two-run single during the third inning while Mike Falcone and Jed Fisher also knock in runs. In the big fourth frame, Towamensing sends 15 men to the plate. Jim Shafer collects a three-run double during the uprising while Ralph Andrews adds a two-run double. Shafer allows just two hits in earning the pitching win.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The "Fightin' Lehighton" Rick Kirkendall raced to an exciting victory in the first of twin 50 features Saturday night at Mahoning Valley Speedway for round three of the Mahoning Modified Madness Series.

Race number two was postponed due to rain and will be rescheduled at a later date.

The popular Lehighton driver had been away from the racing scene the past few years and returned two weeks ago in Shawn Sitarchyk's SVS Abatement No. 80 car.

"It was very exciting from where I was sitting. I may have been a little rusty but it's just like riding a bike," said Kirkendall.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Stephanie Gardiner-Walsh, a former Coaldale resident now residing in Winston-Salem, N.C., will join Team Triumph next week during the Promises to Keep Triumph Tour in Wisconsin, a 350-mile bike ride and nine mile run to raise money for disabled veterans.

Stephanie Gardiner-Walsh loves to help others.

The former Coaldale resident, who now resides in Winston-Salem, N.C., has always worked hard to raise money and awareness for organizations and groups that benefit the less fortunate, the sick, or bring light to a cause she believes in.

Monday, July 29, 2013

July 29, 1951 Bill Morgans slugs a three-run homer while Ricky Morgans collects three hits and scores a run to help lead White Bear to a 6-3 Up-Valley League win over Long Run. Johnny Feddock aids the victory with three hits, one of them a triple. Jim Boyd earns the pitching decision, going all nine innings. He doesn't walk a batter and strikes out five. The winners also receive two hits from Schock, Miller and Sitler.

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer volleyball league concluded its regular season last week with eight teams advancing to next week's playoffs.

Defending league champion Sandstorm capped off an outstanding season with a 23-1 overall record, which earned them the top overall seed for the playoffs.

Valley Athletic Supply (21-3) and VBC Tomahawks-Seniors (18-6) finished as the second and third seeds respectively.

Postseason action gets underway this Thursday at Black Diamond Park in Coaldale with two best-of-five quarterfinal matches.

Monday, July 29, 2013
Vesuvio's captured the 2013 Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer basketball league championship with a victory over previously undefeated Mike Stower Coal & Oil. Team members include, kneeling, from left, Dan Maguschak, Joe Madochick and Mike DeMarco. Standing, ESRC Summer Program Director Zack Lakitsky, John Natt, Ibis Saracina, Carlos Rivas and ESRC Executive Director Jason Boris. Naveen Mohuiddin and Mark Scarcella were also members of the championship team.

Vesuvio's made history on Friday night, becoming the first ever sixth-seed to capture the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer basketball league championship with a 71-64 victory over previously undefeated Mike Stower Coal & Oil.

Vesuvio's played the underdog role to perfection during playoff week by defeating third-seed R.R. Frey Services (63-60) on Monday night, second-seed and defending league champion Ryan's Oil & Heating (50-48) on Wednesday night, and top overall seed Mike Stower Coal & Oil on Friday.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Tamaqua White used a dominant pitching performance to shut down the Franklin Blue offense en route to a 9-0 win in the Panther Valley Little League Tournament.

Dominic Banditelli and Tate Ligenza combined to pitch five shutout innings for Tamaqua with Banditelli going 4.1 to start the game before giving way to Ligenza for the final two outs.

Banditelli paced the offense with two hits and three RBIs. Pierce Demetriades, Randy Steigerwalt and Luke Mateyak all scored two runs in the win.

Mason Barndt had two hits for Franklin.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

A bemused look on his face. A shake of his head. A chuckle to himself. I had not expected my question to the chiropractor to elicit such a response.

After reminding me to keep doing the five sets of two stretches for five seconds to counteract the lingering discomfort in my glutes brought on by crashing into a fallen cyclist and probably fracturing my pelvis last November, I asked if the stretches could be held for a longer period of time.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Perhaps people would be more understanding of bats and appreciate the role they play in the wild had they not been portrayed as the evil cohorts of Dracula as portrayed by Bella Lugosi.

In reality, bats are the ones in danger because of a deadly disease known as White-Nose Syndrome. Bats play an important role in keeping insects under control, allowing everyone to enjoy being outdoors.