Friday, July 29, 2016

Local Sports

Monday, July 11, 2016
Northern Valley’s Josh Williamson unwinds with a pitch. CHUCK HIXSON/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The last time that Northern Valley walked off the baseball field at Parkland High School, it was a slow, heads-down walk that seemed to take an eternity.

When it left that same field Sunday night, there was a definite bounce in the step and heads were high after beating South Parkland 3-2 to force a deciding game to determine the champion of the Lehigh Valley Legion League.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

July 9, 1972 - Dan Kunkle collects two hits and knocks in three runs to help Lehighton earn a 5-3 Lehigh Valley Legion win over Whitehall. Borger, who earns a save in relief of winning pitcher Dave Long, adds a hit and two runs scored. Keith Heydt and Jim Kunkle each contribute a hit and run scored to the victory.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

I’ve written in the past that the science of nutrition is still in its state of infancy to explain why key beliefs get modified or replaced. That’s why more experts now pooh-pooh a belief that I’ve known is dog poop for 20 years.

That all calories are equal.

If you adhere to that notion, you don’t fret about consuming what I call “empty calories” — foods highly processed and lacking nutritional value — until they make you fat. Which is why about seven out of every 10 adult Americans should feel as frazzled as a strung-out junkie in a traffic jam.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

A pitcher needs to be calm, cool, and collected with runners on base.

Those characteristics accurately described both Birches’ pitchers that took the mound during Game No. 1 of the NorCo Legion playoff best-of-three semifinal series with Hellertown on Friday.

The hurling tandem of Nick Domenici and Travis Van Houten came up clutch for the Birches. Domenici fired six complete innings and Van Houton shut the door in the seventh.

Hellertown left six runners on base across the final four innings as both Birches pitchers maintained their composure during the 3-2 victory.

Saturday, July 9, 2016
In November, it was easy to find elk grazing at dusk. These pictures were taken in the Zone 12 area. Maps of the elk hunt areas can be downloaded from the Pennsylvania Game Commission website, and will help you plan your sightseeing drives. LISA PRICE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Before I drew a cow elk tag in 2015, I’d never gone to see the Pennsylvania elk.

Like many other people, though, I often said, “I’d love to go see the Pennsylvania elk.” If you’ve felt this way, make this the summer you actually do it. It’s an easy drive.

Friday, July 8, 2016
Northern Valley pitcher Ben Cordova follows through after releasing a pitch against South Parkland. CHUCK HIXSON/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS.

You might think a team that started the year by winning just two of its first seven games, but wound up playing in the winner’s backet final of the post-season tournament would think that it’s playing with house money.

That’s not the approach the Northern Valley Chargers are taking after a disappointing 7-6 loss to South Parkland that will make the Chargers’ road to a Lehigh Valley Legion championship much tougher.

Friday, July 8, 2016

July 8, 1984 - Pat Papay pitches a two-hitter and Scott Hillegass drills a three-run homer to help Palmerton roll to a 13-1 Lehigh Valley Legion victory over South Parkland. Papay strikes out eight batters, and contributes a two-run single in the winning effort. Dave Sayuk and Greg Serfass both finish with three hits for Palmerton, while Jim Nemeth and Rodney Paules end the contest with two. Todd Lichtenwalter also chips in with an RBI single.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Two former Times News track and field standouts had the opportunity to compete in the U.S. Olympic javelin trials in Eugene, Oregon on Thursday.

Tamaqua grad Allison Updike had a top throw of 169-5 and finished 15th. Palmerton grad Kelsey Hay finished 24th with a best throw of 138-7.

The top 12 advanced to the finals that will be held on Saturday.

Kara Winger had the top throw with a 201-6. Nicolle Murphy earned the last qualifying spot with a throw of 171-5.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Franklin Township had a busy week in Keystone Senior Babe Ruth League play, winning one of three games.


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Hazle Twp. never trailed during a Keystone Sr. Babe Ruth win, 6-3.

Hazle’s Reinoso hit a two-run homer in the first inning.

Dave Marino led FT with a pair of RBIs. Christian Fayokavitz tallied a double and drove in a run.

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Perez, Reinoso (7) and Herron; Valdez, Haupt (7) and Fassolino. W - A.Perez. L - Valdez. HR - Hazle - Reinoso (first inning, one on)

Friday, July 8, 2016
Franklin Township catcher Jack Lorenz throws to third for a double play attempt after forcing out Valley West base runner Evan Thomas at home. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

CONYNGHAM – Sometimes things don’t go as planned.

Take the case Franklin Township’s District 18 11-12-year-old Little League All-Star team. It had battled through the loser’s bracket finals and was one win away from nibbling at a District 18 championship, even though it would have to win twice against undefeated Valley East in this double elimination tournament.

But Valley West ruined Franklin’s plans.