Sunday, June 26, 2016

Local Sports

Friday, June 3, 2016
Brad Keselowski captured the pole for Sunday’s Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400 at Pocono Raceway. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

LONG POND – Brad Keselowski wasn’t sure what he had in his No. 2 Miller Lite Ford prior to Friday’s qualifying session at Pocono Raceway. But Keselowski found the speed he needed when it mattered the most, capturing the Coors Light Pole Award for Sunday’s Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400 with a lap of 181.726 mph (49.525) in the final round of qualifying.

“I felt really good when we ran the first round and I was third and I knew we had a little more speed left,” Keselowski said. “Then we ran the second round and I didn’t think I had anymore speed left but I was still third.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Allow me to sing the praises of George’s P & H, located in Aquaschicola.

In the last 25 years, I’ve probably called them a dozen times to fix something, and each time they made a service call that day. And each time — except once when they had trouble finding a part for a heater probably installed before the Reagan administration — the problem was fixed before I returned from school that afternoon.

How’s that for super service?

Friday, June 3, 2016
Despite a broken bone in her foot, Lisa Price still manages the enjoyment of turkey hunting. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Gradually, the turkey blind began to fill up inside.

I had a shotgun and ammunition. A turkey vest, rain gear, face mask, two cameras, binoculars, several books, a notebook, cheater glasses, a thermos, a soft-sided cooler for water and snacks, and two kitchen chairs.

I had the two kitchen chairs because the doctor had said to keep my foot elevated. I’d broken a small bone in my foot, and after a couple down days of Downton Abbey reruns, I couldn’t stand it one more hour. I really missed being outside.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Two outstanding athletes, a long time cheerleading coach, a District 11 champion relay squad, and a undefeated boys tennis team comprise the Jim Thorpe Area Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016.

The class is comprised of:

Jim Maehrer graduated in 1958 as a three-sport athlete and valedictorian of his class. He received a total of eight varsity letters in three sports (football, baseball and basketball). In 2006, he was inducted into the Jim Thorpe Area Sports Hall of Fame along with other members of the 1957 basketball team.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Northwestern’s Tyler Schreiner and Trevor Schreiner have been named to this year’s Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup roster.

The two Tigers are part of a 25-man team that will be competing in the annual tournament, which is held by the Philadelphia Phillies.

The tourney consists of 16 teams and also includes a Skills Day.

The Skills Day Showcase will be held on Monday, June 13. Three players from the Lehigh Valley team, including Tyler Schreiner, will be participating in the event.

Friday, June 3, 2016
Palmerton’s Paige Frantz hits the ground while attempting to catch a ball during Thursday’s game. Frantz, led by this year’s senior class, will be looked to as one of the key pieces to next season’s Bomber team. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

ORWIGSBURG — Eleven Palmerton seniors exited the dugout for the final time on Thursday following a District 11 Class AA championship loss to Pine Grove.

Nobody enjoys losing, but these seniors had nothing to hang their heads about.

Over the last two seasons, the class of 2016 appeared in back-to-back Colonial League playoffs and two consecutive District 11 championship games, having claimed the district title in 2015.

Depth and leadership from the senior group were two main components of Palmerton’s remarkable runs across the past two seasons.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Two Pleasant Valley student-athletes have been chosen to represent Pennsylvania at the 2016 Brine National Lacrosse Academy.

Alexandria Bush, a sixth grader at Pleasant Valley Intermediate School, has been named as a 2016 Brine National All-Star and will represent her home state at the 2016 Brine National Lacrosse Academy and Brine National Lacrosse Classic.

Matthew Hallenbeck, a sophomore at Pleasant Valley High School, was also named an All-Star at the Brine National Lacrosse Academy.

Friday, June 3, 2016
Palmerton’s Darion Jacoby takes a throw in hopes of tagging out Avery Nagle of Pine Grove during Thursday’s District 11 Class AA championship game. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

ORWIGSBURG – In sport, defending a title might be the most difficult challenge, the most taxing and the most mental task to sustain.

Such was the case for the Palmerton softball team on James F. Patton Field at the Blue Mountain High School Thursday afternoon.

One win away from capturing their second straight District 11 Class AA title, the Blue Bombers just couldn’t pull the trigger on both sides of the diamond. Their defense came unstrung. Their offense couldn’t slap together consistency and that doomed a gold medal chance for 2016.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

OREFIELD - Palmerton and Lehighton added one of the best chapters to their storied rivalry in the District 11 Class AAA baseball championship last night at Parkland High School.

After trading the lead four times in the last two innings, the seventh-seeded Blue Bombers came away with a one-run victory and lifted the trophy in exultation.

Palmerton’s Ian Silfies scored the winning run for a 12-11 win that yielded the team’s first-ever district title.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Weatherly rolled to a victory in Junior Babe Ruth League action.



Martins Creek

The Martins Creek Creekers pushed across four runs in the seventh inning Tuesday to break a tie game and post a 5-1 victory over the Berlinsville Braves.

Josh Kern, a Lehighton graduate, allowed just one run through six innings, but gave up three in the seventh to suffer the loss. Only two of the runs given up by Kern were earned.

Cody Hallman, a Northern Lehigh grad, collected three hits and knocked in a run for the Braves (3-7).