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Monday, July 11, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Joe Weismith, catcher for the Birches, manages to turn around and put the tag on Bath's Evan Allman at home during NORCO Legion baseball action, Sunday.

SAYLORSBURG - After a summer's worth of hits and runs, the Birches' bats finally fell silent over the past two days.

Whereas a week ago it would have only cost them a game or two, Saturday and Sunday it cost them their season.

Monday, July 11, 2011
NANCY SCHOLZ /Special to THE TIMES NEWS Sara Jones of Northwestern takes a shot during action over the weekend in the Stellar Tournament at Cedar Beach in Allentown.

Northwestern girls basketball head coach Chris Deutsch had taken his team to eight previous Stellar Construction Catch a Rising Star Tournaments.

He knows as well as anyone how tough the competition can be at the annual event, held at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown.

So despite the fact that his team has been playing well this summer, Deutsch's expectations were tempered just a bit heading into the summer season's marquee event.

Monday, July 11, 2011

July 11, 1957 George Barron has a strong game on the mound and at the plate to help Tamaqua gain a 3-2 victory over White Haven in the District 16 Little League tournament. Barron allows just two hits and strikes out 12 to earn the pitching win. He delivers a solo homer early in the contest and knocks in the winning run with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning. Bob Myers and Dale Kline each finish with a hit and run scored for Tamaqua.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Tamaqua Blue and Franklin Township will square off in the winner's bracket final of the District 11 10-11 tournament this week with all eyes set on a championship this weekend.

Dist. 18 10-11 Tourney

Tam. Blue-Jim Thorpe

Tamaqua Blue rolled to a 20-0 win over Jim Thorpe.

Cody Scherer was 5-for-5 and Casey Rother was 4-for-5 with a home run in the fourth inning for Tamaqua.

Josh Inama had three hits, including a grand slam, John Burns had two hits with a double in the third and Matt Weaver was 3-for-3.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Lower Macungie came into the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs as the No. 6 seed. But in the in the first three days of the tournament the Mighty Macs showed they're a top contender as they beat two of the top three seeds.

Saturday Lower Macungie used a solid pitching performance and a pair of big innings to beat Northern Valley, 11-2, eliminating the No. 1 seed Chargers from the tournament. As the regular season champ, Northern Valley has already secured the league's first berth into Saturday's Region 2 Tournament.

Monday, July 11, 2011
 Special to the TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley Running & Fitness Club (PVRFC) recently honored John Martino of Jim Thorpe as the "Club Member of the Year" for 2011. The award, in memory of club founder Mike Mogilski, is in "recognition of the tireless efforts, outstanding dedication and undying commitment to the club." This year's recipient has been a race director, fund-raiser and trainer for the club over a decade. Pictured are, from left, PVRFC Treasurer Joseph Mogilski, PVRFC President George Mitzen, John Martino, Pat Martino and Patrick Martino.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

July 9, 1941 Weissport catcher Ludwig collects three hits, one a double, and scores three runs to help lead his team to a 12-7 Black Diamond League win over Lansford. Beidleman contributes two hits to the winning cause while Monstell and Seko each add a hit and two runs scored. Wenglass gains the pitching win and also scores three runs.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

It's one of those quotations that's so dead-on no one disputes it, like Ralph Waldo Emerson's observation, "Knowledge is the antidote to fear."

Almost 400 years ago, the English philosopher Francis Bacon wrote, "Knowledge is power." Since then, there's really been little reason to question him.

Until the obesity epidemic.

In the last 20 years, the number of overweight children and adult Americans has nearly tripled, yet during that same span our knowledge about nutrition, diabetes, and other weight-related subjects has probably increased tenfold.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

At the June quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioner's meeting, executive director Carl Roe reminded hunters that county treasurers will begin accepting antlerless deer license applications from resident hunters, Monday, July 11, and from nonresidents, Monday, July 25.

Saturday, July 9, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Members of the Tamaqua Blue, which won the District 18 9-10 year old Little League championship last night in Jim Thorpe, stand behind championship banner.

After winning the first game in the best-of-three District 18 9-10 Little League Championship Series Thursday night, Tamaqua Blue knew what it had to do in Friday night's second game.

With its job laid out in front of it, Tamaqua defeated Valley West, 7-3, at Jim Thorpe's McGarvey Field to pull off the sweep and celebrate the title.

With the scouting report for Valley West, Tamaqua head coach Scott Hamm did not want to take any chances with another game tonight.