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Monday, May 13, 2013
Lycoming teammates, coaches support Tkach

When Jim Tkach played his college football at Lycoming College back in the 70s, they formed such a tight knit group that even when they parted following graduation, they ties were never cut.

The bond became even stronger when Tkach's son Bo committed suicide back in 2007.

Jim and his wife Sandy wanted to do something that would help others with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other mental health issues and formed the Bo Tkach Foundation. The biggest fundraider for the foundation is the Bo Tkach Memorial Golf Tournament, held each year in early May.

Monday, May 13, 2013
The 45th Annual Panther Valley Wrestling Banquet was held recently at the Mahoning Valley Country Club. High school wrestling award recipients, were, from left, Darren Goida (Pat McConnon Memorial for most takedowns); Lenny Ogozalek (Jamie Weicicoskie Memorial to the wrestler who best reflects the program), Rian Shubeck (Most Team Points, Best Record, Sophmore Surprise and advanced the furthest). and Richard Nase (advanced the furthest and Lehigh Wrestling Camp Award. Not pictured is Richie Smith (Scholar Athlete Award).

The 45th Annual Panther Valley Wrestling Banquet was held recently at the Mahoning Valley Country Club. High school wrestling award recipients, were, from left, Darren Goida (Pat McConnon Memorial for most takedowns); Lenny Ogozalek (Jamie Weicicoskie Memorial to the wrestler who best reflects the program), Rian Shubeck (Most Team Points, Best Record, Sophmore Surprise and advanced the furthest). and Richard Nase (advanced the furthest and Lehigh Wrestling Camp Award. Not pictured is Richie Smith (Scholar Athlete Award).

Monday, May 13, 2013

As part of the Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration in the Borough of Jim Thorpe, the Carbon County Special Olympics competition will be held on Saturday, May 18th at the Jim Thorpe High School football stadium.

This year to mark the 50th anniversary of Jim Thorpe's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Carbon County Special Olympics will also be hosting an "official" NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick contest.

There will be two divisions in the competition, which are Special Olympics athletes and also non-Special Olympic athletes.

Saturday, May 11, 2013
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Jordan Caffrey slides safely into second base as Stroudsburg's Gabe Solarno knocks down the late throw.

It seems as if Stroudsburg and Pleasant Valley really enjoy playing extra-inning baseball games this year.

Whereas the Mounties and the Bears needed eight innings to decide a victor during their first meeting in April, the two teams once again needed extra frames in their Mountain Valley Conference finale on Friday. A costly error would be Pleasant Valley's undoing, as the Bears fell 4-3 in nine innings.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

You may find it odd that a column whose contents for the past 25 years has implored you to embrace lifestyle changes to improve your health and fitness is now questioning the degree to which you should do so, but it's not.

As Cicero once said, it's by doubt not through faith that you arrive at or reestablish the truth. That's why it's important from time to time to sincerely scrutinize your strongest and most sacred beliefs.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

May 11, 1965 Wayne Wentz slugs a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning to propel Lehighton to a 3-2 Lehigh Valley League win over Catasauqua. Ron Zona leads off the final frame with a triple before Wentz delivers the deciding blow. Winning pitcher Tom Conarty completes his five-hitter by shutting down the Roughies in the bottom the seventh. Les Wentz accounts for the Indians' other run with an RBI single that chases home Mike Bronko.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Beginning Monday, hunting spring gobblers in Pennsylvania becomes a pre-dawn to post-dusk affair.

This is the third year that the Pennsylvania Game Commission has allowed turkey hunters to hunt from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset the second half of spring gobbler season. This year the regulation remains in effect through the Friday, May 31, final day of the season.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Panther Valley baseball team closed out its season with a win on Friday.

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The Panthers came a way with a 9-0 shutout win over Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech.

Matt Buss went two-for-three with a double and two runs scored, Kyle Ferryman was two-for-two with three RBI and Jake Kusko was two-for-three with a double and run scored for the Panthers (5-15).

Luke Stano pitched a complete game shutout for the win.

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

More than seven square miles were added to the State Game Lands system by the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners at its recent quarterly meeting. Included was the agency's largest land acquisition in Luzerne County in more than 50 years and the addition of a 384-acre tract to SGLs 217 on the northern slope of the Blue Mountain in Schuylkill County's West Penn Township.

Saturday, May 11, 2013
bob ford/times news Pleasant Valley's Kiersten Greisback steps into a throw from the outfield.

Sometimes, the bats just never get started.

Such was the case in yesterday's Mountain Valley Conference softball game between Stroudsburg and Pleasant Valley, as the Lady Mounties pulled out a 4-0 win over the previously-unbeaten (in the MVC) Lady Bears.

Stroudsburg definitely didn't suffer from the same misfortune, as two solo home runs and some other timely hits produced the win.