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Monday, July 10, 2017

July 10, 1992 — Danny Reed hits a pair of doubles and also earns the pitching win as Summit Hill tops Towamensing 8-5 in a District 18 Little League contest. Reed delivers an RBI double in the first inning and adds a two-base hit during the Hillers’ six-run second frame. He also strikes out 10 batters in his six innings of work. Ed Gieniec collects three hits for the winners, while Joel Fada finishes with two. Summit Hill also receives a hit and two runs from Brian DeGiosio, and doubles from Josh Black and Chris Jones.

Monday, July 10, 2017
Franklin 13s win Babe Ruth District 4 title

Franklin Township captured the 13-year-old District 4 Babe Ruth championship. Franklin rolled through the tournament, defeating Ashland, 19-1, in the final. Franklin advances to the state tournament July 14-20 in Altoona. Team members include, front row, from left, Tret Solt, Christian Salerno, Aaron Miller and Brayden Lutz. Second row, Richie Failla, Dylan Bowman, Randy Bongiorno, DJ Richebacker and Jack Lorenz. Back row, Josh Steigerwalt, coach Trevor Miller, manager Roger Crum, coach Ron Steigerwalt and Hunter Crum.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Valley East head coach Doug Palmieri was hoping starting pitcher AJ Collevechio would give him a few innings Sunday in a potential elimination game against Franklin in the District 18 8-10-year-old Little League championship series.

Palmieri got a little more than that from his starter.

Collevechio threw five solid innings in his first start of the tournament to lift Valley East to an 8-2 win over Franklin.

Friday, July 7, 2017
Carbon’s Daniel Keer slides into second base ahead of the throw to Salisbury’s Colin Wagner. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Copyright - Nancy Scholz

ALLENTOWN — Carbon racked up hits. Except when the bases were loaded.

The Monarchs didn’t do enough damage when the bases were juiced in both the first and seventh innings.

Andrew Sukanick came in relief in the seventh frame with no outs and the bases full of Monarchs. After immediately plunking Derek Joyce, which cut the Salisbury lead to one, the reliever sat down the next three hitters and Salisbury clung to a 9-8 Lehigh Valley Legion playoff victory.

Friday, July 7, 2017
Jim Ogrodnick, front, and his brother Joe Ogrodnick, McAdoo, enjoyed a morning fishing and sight-seeing at Tuscarora State Park last week. With the warm temperatures, the two were targeting bass instead of trout. LISA PRICE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

If you don’t have enough money for a “destination” vacation, don’t despair. Our area state parks have plenty of activities for summer fun on a shoestring. Or boot lace. Let’s roll to the second park in the series, Tuscarora.

You’d be hard-pressed to choose which park – Locust Lake or Tuscarora – is more kid-friendly. Locust Lake has its paved path around the lake, where strollers and little kids on little bikes abound. Tuscarora has 8 miles of trails, including a number of short (less than a half mile), very easy paths that are OK for the whole family.

Friday, July 7, 2017
The 1989 Jim Thorpe team that won the Carbon-Schuylkill Babe Ruth title

The 1989 Carbon-Schuylkill County Babe Ruth Baseball league consisted of nine teams from Jim Thorpe, Franklin Township, Tamaqua, Bowmanstown, Ashfield, West Penn, Nesquehoning, Summit Hill and Lansford. The Jim Thorpe team swept through the regular season with a record of 15-1, losing only to Franklin Township early in the year by a score of 4-2 and then avenging that one loss in a 25-4 romp in a return match later in the year.

Jim Thorpe had a team batting average of .365, a winning percentage or .945, and they outscored their opponents 208-62 — an average of 12-3 per game.

Friday, July 7, 2017

July 8, 1999 — Dan Flizack enjoys a big day at the plate as Jim Thorpe rolls to a 17-6 District 18 11-12 Little League tournament win over White Haven. Flizack goes 4-for-4, including a three-run homer during Thorpe’s big nine-run second inning. Jason Figura also contributes a three-run homer in the victory, while Mike Dennis adds a two-run double. Kyle Cooper gains the pitching win as four Thorpe pitchers combine on a four-hitter.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Anytime you read any newspaper column, you receive the writer’s opinion. Though this column focuses on health and fitness rather than worldwide news, national politics, or hot-button topics like global warming, abortion, or the death penalty, it really is no different.

I will, however, sometimes withhold a controversial opinion until at least one published study corroborates it. If I don’t wait, then I will clearly state that I’m self-taught, not in any way a member of the medical community, and stress that my opinion is just that — one person’s opinion.

Friday, July 7, 2017

July 7, 1948 — Vince Lisella collects three hits and scores two runs to help Summit Hill gain a 7-2 Panther Valley League victory over Coaldale. Imrich Sarabok pitches all nine innings for the winners, allowing nine hits and one walk while striking out six. George Keister contributes three hits and a run. Billy Haldeman and Walter Zuber each finish with a hit and a run, while Sarabok scores a pair of runs. For Coaldale, Johnny Goyda bangs out three hits.

Friday, July 7, 2017
Franklin Township wins District 18 South Division 8-10 Little League titleFranklin Township captured the District 18 South Division 8-10 year-old Little League championship. Franklin finished with a 4-0 record in the double-elimination tournament. Team members include front row from left, Keyden Ahner, Derek Behler, Aiden Solt, Jesse Waksmunski, John Light, Cole Dietz, Carter Bellis; middle row, Dylan Greene, Jayse Lawrence, Aidan Albert, Jake Lewis, Mike Gelatko, league president Mike Birnbaum; back row, coaches Trevor Lawrence, Bill Lewis, Jim Albert, JC Dietz, Mickey Gelatko and Marlin Bellis. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Franklin Township captured the District 18 South Division 8-10 year-old Little League championship. Franklin finished with a perfect 4-0 record in the double-elimination tournament. Team members include front row, from left, Keyden Ahner, Derek Behler, Aiden Solt, Jesse Waksmunski, John Light, Cole Dietz and Carter Bellis. Middle row, Dylan Greene, Jayse Lawrence, Aidan Albert, Jake Lewis, Mike Gelatko, league president Mike Birnbaum. Third row, coaches Trevor Lawrence, Bill Lewis, Jim Albert, JC Dietz, Mickey Gelatko and Marlin Bellis.