Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Local Sports

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
bob ford/times news Marian shortstop Bryianna Pearson (right) loses a race to the base with Pottsville's Danyelle Mates (left). Marian third baseman Brianna Wimmes is also involved in the play.

ORWIGSBURG – Some pitchers are more effective when they're fresh at the beginning of a game, others pick up their production as the game goes on.

Pottsville's Sara Tobin was more efficient on the mound as time went on against Marian Monday in the Schuylkill League semifinals. Although the Fillies were hitless over the first two innings, Marian worked Tobin as she needed 37 pitches to complete the opening two frames. Tobin settled in and used just 64 pitches the rest of the way to help the Tide defeated the Fillies, 5-1.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
bob ford/times news Tamaqua shortstop Lynn Kistler goes down to scoop up the ball as Tri-Valley's Jordyn Ebersole heads to second base.

ORWIGSBURG – Tamaqua's Cailyn Joseph started one rally and finished off another.

In a game that featured multiple big plays and clutch performances by both teams, no one came up bigger or was more clutch than Joseph.

Thanks in large part to her performance, Tamaqua defeated Tri-Valley 6-5 in 11 innings on Monday in the Schuylkill League softball semifinals at Blue Mountain High School.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
linda rothrock/special to the times news Pleasant Valley's Madison Kymer lands on the first base bag.

To be successful at the plate, Northampton head coach Kevin Mann felt his team simply needed to have faith in its ability.

Monday, the Konkrete Kids showed what they could do when they put the bat on the ball.

Behind one of its most impressive offensive performances of the season, Northampton cruised to a 13-4 victory over Pleasant Valley in the quarterfinals of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs.

Monday, May 11, 2015
Linda Rothrock/special to the times news Jordan Boyer of Palmerton crosses the plate as Catasauqua catcher  Madison Bellesfield takes the throw. #13 Jordan Boyer

ALLENTOWN - To beat a team three times in one season, a lot of things have to go right.

On Saturday morning, Palmerton looked to be in position to pull off the feat against Catasauqua, leading 3-2 after five innings of their Colonial League wildcard contest at Pates Park.

But, unlike the previous two meetings this year - a 1-0 loss on April 14 and a 5-0 setback on May 3 - it was the Rough Riders that got the breaks they needed late in the game.

Monday, May 11, 2015
nancy scholz/special to the times news Northwestern first baseman Ty Schreiner takes the throw in time to retire Bangor's Mike Martino.

Northwestern wanted a rematch with its new nemesis. And the Tigers earned it by beating Bangor 9-3 in a Colonial League quarterfinal game Saturday at Limeport Stadium.

Northwestern belted 10 hits while getting solid pitching from ace Josh Williamson to erase an early Slater lead and advance to Tuesday's semifinals.

"I was struggling to find the zone in the beginning," said Williamson. "But once we put a couple runs on the board you have confidence to throw strikes and let your defense do the work. Once I was able to do that it made it a lot easier."

Monday, May 11, 2015

May 11, 2007 Alysia Hough scores a goal and assists on two others to lead Lehighton to a 5-0 soccer win over Palmerton. The victory allows the Indians to reach the district playoffs for the first time in the program's history. The winners, coached by Mike Guidice, also receive scores from Kacie Klotz, Katie Hunsicker, Breanna Edgar and Chelsea Neff. Lehighton goalie Angela Lobien makes seven saves to gain the shutout.

Monday, May 11, 2015
Bob Ford/Times News Veteran umpire Dan Rossino, right, talks with Marian softball coach Joe DeAngelo about a call during a recent game. Rossino's umpiring partner for the contest was his son, Anthony Rossino.

In the early 1990s father and son duo Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. became the first father and son to play on the same MLB team at the same time.

And on Sept. 14, 1990 the two hit back-to-back home runs, creating what I'm sure was a very special moment for the Griffey family.

The two played 51 games together before Griffey Sr. retired in 1991.

What the Griffey's did on a professional level is undoubtedly a once in a lifetime achievement, but there is another local father-son duo who have created a pretty special moment as well.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Last week's article made a claim that may have struck you as a bit too obvious: that good health or bad health, for that matter just doesn't happen. Good health or bad health accrues from the sum of your lifestyle, exercise, and dietary habits. To use bookkeeping terms, think of your overall health as the final figure on a ledger; your individual actions, the credits and debits.

Wake up early, do the elliptical for 45 minutes on an empty stomach to burn some of that unwanted body fat you've been trying to shed. Three credits.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

ORWIGSBURG - First, they had the lead.

Then they had momentum.

And even after those two had faded, they had chances.

What Jill Barron and her Tamaqua softball team didn't have, though, was a key hit.

Hoping to claim a Schuylkill League Division 1 championship in Friday's tiebreaker game against Pottsville, the Blue Raiders instead dropped a 4-3 contest in eight innings to settle for the wild card spot.

Saturday, May 9, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS During the spring and summer months, people who would like to hunt private land should begin their quest by contacting the landowners.

Many people long to find a honey hole to hunt on private land. Many private landowners – whether they hunt or not – are sick of hunters, or at least, sick of the type of hunters they've encountered.

The landowner may have met The Lazy Hunter, who waited until just before the season to ask for access; or The Trespasser, who sneaked around on private land, was caught and lied about the reason for doing so.