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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

ALLENTOWN - Two short inning games weren't too kind to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Monday night.

They finished up a suspended game from Sunday against the Toledo Mud Hens, falling by a 3-2 score and then dropped the second seven inning contest 6-5 as International League play winds down towards the post-season.

The Pigs are now 69-55 and have fallen two games back of North Division leader Pawtucket. The good news is, the Pawsox beat Gwinett 7-3 and Louisville downed Indianapolis 4-1 so the IronPigs still have a game and a half lead for the wild card spot.

Monday, August 15, 2011

August 15, 1987 Robert Bryan gains the pitching win and also slugs a three-run homer to help lead Weatherly to an 11-4 win over McAdoo in the Panther Valley Little League tournament. Mike Chincola collects four hits for the winners, who tally four runs in both the first and second innings. Mark Murmello contributes three hits in the victory while Nick Zeleznock finishes with two.

Monday, August 15, 2011
Valley Athletic Supply won the 2011 Championship of the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) Summer Volleyball League by defeating Sandstorm in a best-of-five match on Tuesday evening at Black Diamond Park in Coaldale. Members of the winning team include, from left, Molly Harleman, T.J. O'Connor, Mary Horvat, Marshall Walters, Jess McCarroll, Jason Boris and ESRC Summer Program Director Zack Lakitsky. Alexa Jones, Brandi Moyer and Corey Smith were also members of this year's championship team.

In a rematch of last year's championship game, Valley Athletic Supply defeated Sandstorm on Tuesday evening at Black Diamond Park in Coaldale to claim the 2011 Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer volleyball league championship.

Valley Athletic Supply, who entered playoffs as the top-seed with an overall record of 33-3, rallied for a 21-25, 25-27, 25-17, 25-15, 15-8 victory in a best-of-five match.

Monday, August 15, 2011

ALLENTOWN – The weather is making a mess of everything including the Lehigh Valley. While the rain kept falling, it stopped long enough for Cody Overbeck to come through in the clutch as the IronPigs won Saturday's suspended game over the Toledo Mudhens 2-1.

If saves are given to pitchers who secure the game at the end, then Cody Overbeck should be awarded his first career save.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

August 13, 1958 Tony Rose belts a pair of home runs to help Nesquehoning gain a 6-4 victory over Jim Thorpe in the opening game of the Panther Valley Little League tournament. Rose, who finishes with three hits, clubs a two-run homer in the first inning and adds a solo shot in the fifth. George Malaska strikes out seven batters to earn the pitching win. The Nesquers also receive two hits and a run scored from both Dave Jacobs and Paul Slivka. For Thorpe, Fred Breiswine blasts a three-run homer.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

It use to be that high school fall sports teams couldn't touch the practice field with a coach by its side until the second Monday of August.

Pennsylvania high school sports teams don't officially begin practice until the third Monday of August now a days and that pops up this week when everything from football, to golf, to field hockey, to boys and girls soccer, to girls tennis, to cross country, to girls volleyball gets the green light.

Don't believe it for a minute if a coach or athlete tells you the first week will be used for fundamentals and getting in shape.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Four inductees three individuals and one team will enter the Jim Thorpe Area Sports Hall of Fame next Saturday, Aug. 20, at their annual banquet.

Dave Bryfogle, Tony Roos and Jen Farrell will be honored, as well as the 2004 Olympian football squad.

Below are short capsules on the four inductees.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

In the early years of this column, I often spent Saturday afternoons in college libraries, searching for studies to either support an existing idea or create a new one. Not finding what I needed and not having anything to write! was always a concern.

I don't have that concern anymore.

In fact, now I can feel overwhelmed simply by checking my e-mail and seeing the dozens of studies and articles sent to me daily.

Too much information, you see, can be as big a problem as not enough of it.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

KEMPTON – Fans of rock 'n roll icon Steve Miller who traveled to Musikfest in Bethlehem earlier this week were not disappointed as he performed most of his signature songs, including "Fly Like An Eagle."

For fans of the annual Autumn Hawk Watch at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, located atop the Blue Mountain between Drehersville and Kempton, all indications are for another satisfying season of viewing raptors from the trails and lookouts. Already several huge birds of prey have been spotted in the skies overhead, even though the watch's official beginning is Monday, Aug. 15.

Friday, August 12, 2011
Brad Hurley/TIMES NEWS The Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association held their annual media day Thursday in Pottsville. Some of the local players in attendance included, from left, Tamaqua's Anthony Iacovellio, Jim Thorpe's Ben Moore, Marian's Paul Martin and Panther Valley's Mike Weaver.

POTTSVILLE - Football is back and the anthracite area knows it. With a record 11 different media companies on hand yesterday, the annual Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association was overrun with reporters, bloggers and television stations trying to find out who can make waves this season.

The consensus around the coaching ranks of the Anthracite Football League is that there is no clear cut favorite.

"This year there isn't a lot of hype for one particular team", said Tamaqua Head Coach Sam Bonner. "I think it's going to be interesting to see who finishes on top."