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Saturday, August 8, 2015

As he ran out of gas on the final lap Sunday at Pocono Raceway, Tony Stewart wearily asked his team where he finished.

Ninth, he was told.

"Hell, I'll take that," he replied.

It was a curiously calm reaction considering only minutes before Stewart had been poised for a top-five finish. Maybe even top three. Stewart didn't complain about the lost opportunity. He takes what he can get on the race track these days, which are often bleak and embarrassing for the three-time NASCAR champion.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Life is filled with friendly reminders.

A few weeks before your car needs a check-up, you get a postcard in the mail. A few days before a doctor's visit, you get a call from the receptionist.

If you're like me, 99 out of 100 times you don't really need the friendly reminder. But that one other time, the time you forgot to add the appointment to your calendar, the friendly reminder becomes something much more.

Figuratively speaking, it's a life saver.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Over the last few weeks, Penn State coach James Franklin has been busy, doing the usual media tour for all the big time outlets.

In his interviews, he seems to always come back to the same premise and that is the Nittany Lions have a chip on their shoulder. Franklin is almost certainly referring to the offensive line when he references that point and, let's be honest, they should be playing that way this season.

Friday, August 7, 2015
Locals help LVBS 7th grade AAU team win tournaments

The Lehigh Valley Basketball School (LVBS) 7th grade AAU basketball team is made up of five boys each from Northwestern and Parkland along with one each from Palmerton and Whitehall. The team reached the championship game of a tournament held at West Chester University before placing first in a tournament held at Kutztown University and most recently winning the North Whitehall Sandi Riley Summer League with an undefeated record. In the championship game they defeated South Parkland, 41-20.

Friday, August 7, 2015

August 7, 1971 Nesquehoning pounds out 19 hits, including four by Bill Poluka, in cruising to a 17-7 victory over Coaldale in the Panther Valley Little League Tournament. Poluka also scores three times for the winners, who erupt for five runs in the first inning and nine in the second. Jim Viania collects three hits and scores three runs, with one of the hits going for a double. Lou Mele, Gary Higgins and Joe Staivecki all finish with two hits and two runs, while Dan Kunzweiler earns the pitching win.

Friday, August 7, 2015
AP Photo Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg looks to pass in a drill during practice, Thursday.

UNIVERSITY PARK Entering his junior season, Penn State starting quarterback Christian Hackenberg showed nothing but class, a positive attitude, and a "can't wait to get started" mode as he addressed the press at Penn State's Media Day held prior to the start of the first scheduled practice on Thursday.

Everyone that sat behind the microphone thanked the media for showing up, including Hackenberg.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

August 6, 1965 Rich Slog and Larry Partel both belt home runs to help Lansford post an 8-5 victory over Summit Hill in the Panther Valley Little League Tournament. Slog hits a three-run blast during a big six-run second inning, while Partel delivers a two-run shot in the same frame. John Oransky contributes three hits and two runs scored with Larry Pietruch adding a pair of hits and an RBI. Sam Alonge earns the pitching win, striking out seven batters. For Summit Hill, Jim Whitehead finishes with three hits.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The saga of expanding the PIAA football classifications from four to six classes will continue into the fall.

The PIAA's two committees responsible for the matter the strategic planning committee and the football steering committee met in late July to discuss the eight proposals on the table for football classification expansion.

Ultimately, no decisions were made on the fate of moving to six classes, as the boards agreed to table the discussion for this fall when the strategic planning committee meets in September, followed by a PIAA board meeting in October.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Kutztown University's Lanny Buck competes in the pole vault during a meet earlier this season. The Palmerton graduate won a PSAC title this season and placed ninth at the NCAAs.

When Lanny Buck was in junior high school, he tagged along with his dad to pick up his older sisters from track practice.

As the practices finished, Lanny's interest was launched in the pole vault, as his siblings completed their training in the event.

"The 'little brother' in me instantly wanted to do what my big sister was doing, and to do it better than her," Buck said. "Something about flying through the air just looked like a blast. But honestly, being better than my sister was my initial motivation."

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

August 5, 1992 Corey Sherer has a big day at the plate to help lead Franklin Township to a 12-4 win over McAdoo in the Panther Valley Little League Tournament. Sherer finishes 4-for-4 with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBIs. He drills a three-run homer in the third inning and adds a two-run shot in the sixth. Nate Hawk contributes three hits, one a double, to the winning effort while Joel Wamsley adds a pair of hits. Wamsley also gains the pitching win, striking out nine batters.