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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

July 16, 2004 Evan Bellizia slugs a three-run home run to help Weatherly edge Summit Hill, 11-10, in a Panther Valley Little League tournament game. Bellizia finishes with two hits and also pitches the final two innings to earn the mound win. The winners use a three-run fifth inning to gain the lead for good. Tommy Romanchik contributes to the victory with two hits, one a solo homer, while Matt Ryan also collects a pair of hits.

Monday, July 15, 2013
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Tyler Dibilio dribbles the ball around a Liberty defender in Stellar Tourament action over the weekend.

Before the final of the varsity boys basketball game on Sunday night, Tony Stellar said it best when he stated that, "All of these teams played against the best, because this is the number one basketball tournament in the country."

Monday, July 15, 2013

July 15, 1988 A big game from Jeff Hydro allows Jim Thorpe to pull away from the Hazleton Nationals for an 11-2 District 18 Little League victory. Hydro earns the pitching win, finishing with a three-hitter while striking out 12 batters. At the plate, he collects three hits including a home run during Thorpe's eight-run fifth inning. The winners also receive a key RBI double from Eric Scrantz.

Monday, July 15, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Luke Von Buskirk (left) gets ready to apply the tag to Valley West baserunner Jake Marnell.

By the time Tamaqua Blue got its bats going, it was just a little too late.

Valley West took advantage of Tamaqua's slow start to push its tournament winning streak to five games and capture the District 18 10-11 year-old tournament with an 11-4 victory.

After recording 16 hits in a win over Tamaqua on Saturday, Valley West went off for 12 more Sunday night to pull off the weekend sweep of previously unbeaten Tamaqua.

Monday, July 15, 2013

PV Tournament

Tamaqua Blue-Anthracite

Tamaqua Blue shut out Anthracite for a 14-0 victory.

Brian Milot paced Tamaqua Blue with a single, double and two runs scored, while Aaron Coccio added two singles and a run scored. Teammate Carson Krell chipped in with a double and two runs scored.

Bryan Smith recorded Anthracite's lone hit with a single, while Michael Pascoe recorded two walks.

Anthracite

-Towamensing

Anthracite got the best of Towamensing for a 14-4 win.

Monday, July 15, 2013
Northwestern's Trista Cunnmingham makes a move on a Parkland Red defender in the Stellar Girls' Basketball Tournament over the weekend. Northwestern Lehigh won the championship by winning all six games it played. NANCY SCHOLZ /Special to THE TIMES NEWS

ALLENTOWN Northwestern Lehigh head coach Chris Deutsch would've been pleased if his girls basketball team made it to the final day of the 2013 Stellar "Catch A Rising Star" Basketball Showcase.

They managed to accomplish that feat, and a whole lot more.

Saturday, July 13, 2013
'87 baseball team made D-11 finals

The 1987 Jim Thorpe baseball team, coached by Dave Malkin, compiled a 15-5 overall record for the season and was full of "firsts" for the Olympian baseball program.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

There was a time, and not all that long ago, that the sight of a bald eagle soaring overhead was a reason to put down the fly rods and break out the cameras when fishing on the Little Schuylkill River.

Now, such sights are still appreciated, but have become so common they are no reason to leave the water. They do, however, attest to one of Pennsylvania Game Commission's successful conservation projects that began 30 years ago when efforts began to restore populations of our national symbol.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Coplay used a four-run fifth inning to spoil Northern Valley's plans in the third round of the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs at Northwestern High School on Friday.

Mother Nature didn't do a lot to help either.

The hosts held a two-run lead and looked like they had Coplay right where they wanted, but the one big inning and what turned out to be a very big insurance run in the top of the sixth hurt.

Northern Valley rallied, but fell a run short as Coplay held on for a 5-4 win with the game called after six innings because of darkness.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Pennsylvania Game Commission biologists are seeking assistance from residents in a regional monitoring effort to collect bat maternity colony data this summer. This monitoring is especially important to measure bat mortalities caused by White-Nose Syndrome, a disease that affects hibernating bats in Pennsylvania and other parts of the eastern United States.