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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

August 24, 1970 Lansford scores four runs in the fourth inning to help gain an 8-4 Panther Valley Little League tournament win over Coaldale. John Gorka earns the pitching win and also contributes a double and two runs scored. The winners also receive a double and run scored from Dan Conahan while Bob Spezialetti chips in with a hit and two runs scored. For Coaldale, Joe Matosin collects three hits and Scott Marek slugs a home run.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Needimg a win to stay at 2.5 games above Gwinnett in the Wild Card and to tie things up once again in the IL North, the Lehig Valley IronPigs were able to rebound from Monday night's shutout for a 7-6 win over the Indianapolis Indians.

Scott Mathieson allowed a season-high six walks and only three strikeouts while allowing four earned runs in his three and two-thirds innings of work.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
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Jordan Heisler, right, received the Frank Piccin Memorial Award as the Most Valuable Player on this season's Tamaqua American Legion Post 173 baseball team. Ida Piccin, center, presented the award in memory of her late husband Frank, who was a former catcher in the Philadelphia Athletics and Phillies' minor league systems. Heisler is currently a sophmore at Delaware Valley College. The Piccins' son David was also a former catcher and Tamaqua Legion MVP. This is the ninth year Mrs. Piccin has sponsored the award. At left is Tamaqua head coach Todd Heisler.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley girls tennis coach Mark Allison talks to team members during a practice before the season gets under way. Allison greeted 25 girls out for the team this fall.

Over the course of Mark Allison's 16 years as the mentor of Pleasant Valley's boys' and girls' tennis teams, he has noticed that there are times when his rosters have been loaded with numbers and times that they were not. This season, Allison was pleasantly surprised to discover that 25 girls showed interest and tried out for the team.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Northwestern, Pleasant Valley and Marian all had successful debuts on the golf course, while Jim Thorpe's tennis team also won its first match of the season on Monday.

GOLF

Wilson-Northwestern-Moravian Academy

Northwestern topped Moravian Academy in its Colonial League golf match on Monday, winning 433-443. The Tigers also received a forfeit win over Wilson.

The Tigers' Cole Miller was the low-man on the day, as he fired a one-over 71. Steven Reitz (84) and Nick Vecellio (86) also shot under 90.

Danny Lessig and Jack Reilly each shot an 84 to pace Moravian.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

One of the new recruits for first year Temple University football coach Steve Addazio has Tamaqua ties.

Jon Christopher, a wide receiver at Dayton Beach High School in Dayton Beach, Fla., got a full football scholarship to Temple.

Christopher is the son of Louann and John Christopher of Ormond Beach, Fla. Louann is the former Louann DeWire of Tamaqua. The new Temple recruit is the grandson of Bud and Louise DeWire of Tamaqua and his aunt and uncle, Bud and Nadine DeWire, who reside in Clamtown.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

August 23, 1949 Bernie Krajcir delivers a run-scoring double in the bottom of the ninth to lift Nesquehoning to a 3-2 win over Summit Hill in the Panther Valley League playoffs. The winners trail 2-1 before completing their rally. Pete Labosky chases home the tying run with a sacrifice fly before Krajcir's walk-off hit. Lou Higgins collects two hits, one a double, and scores a run for Nesquehoning while Labosky earns the pitching win. For Summit Hill, Frank Piccin collects a pair of singles.

Monday, August 22, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Josh Green, Eric Mason and Michael Gottstein hope to play a big part in leading the Colts to a Schuylkill League Golf Championship this season.

The 2011 High School golf season is underway and the Marian Colts are looking to keep their winning ways alive.

Over the past two seasons the Colts have been extremely successful going undefeated in Schuylkill League Division West play. Helping the Colt's cause is a plethora of talent hitting the links, returning nine players from last years 14-2 squad.

The difference in this year's team Coach Len Brylewski explains is their depth.

"We have a really deep team this year with four guys that can shoot in the seventies on a consistent basis," he said.

Monday, August 22, 2011

August 22, 1961 Tony Pajakinas hurls a two-hit shutout to lead Tamaqua to a 2-0 win over Lansford in the Panther Valley Little League tournament. Pajakinas, who finishes with two walks and seven strikeouts, also collects three hits at the plate and scores a run. The winners, who push across both runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, also receive hits from Bill Sakusky and Glen Schoener. Dave Padora pitches well in defeat for Lansford, allowing just five hits while striking out three.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

August 20, 1996 Jarred Albert fires an 83 to help Jim Thorpe gain a 353-360 golf win over Marian at Mountain Valley. The Olympians also receive an 89 from George Monteleone and a 91 from Jared Kelowitz. The match was the first for the Colts after a 15-year absence. Marian's Chris McLaughlin shoots a 78 to earn medalist honors.