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Saturday, April 6, 2013

There was plenty of late game drama last night at the Tamaqua Area Athletic Center, as Ryan's Oil & Heating and Vesuvio's both scored game-winning baskets in the final seconds to advance to Wednesday night's Championship Game of the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) winter basketball league.

Vesuvio's was a 59-58 winner thanks to an Ibis Saracina free three with two seconds remaining. Meanwhile, a Joe Schaeffer basket as time expired lifted Ryan's Oil & Heating to a 57-55 victory.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Jill Barron admitted she was quite nervous entering Friday's Schuylkill League matchup with Panther Valley.

Over the first three innings, there was every reason for the Tamaqua softball coach to be every bit of anxious with the back-and-forth contest that was evolving.

After Barron made it apparent to her team she wasn't happy with the lead they were holding onto entering the final inning, the Raiders put together a huge four-run inning in the seventh to pull away for a 9-3 victory.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Men of Marian's 23rd annual Chinese Auction is being held today and tomorrow.

If "offense" happens to be one of the prizes being offered, then the Colts baseball team needs to be serious bidders.

For the third time in as many days, the Marian bats have been missing in action, as Minersville cruised to a 6-2 Schuylkill League victory over the Colts.

Saturday, April 6, 2013
Tigers rout Bombers

Heading into the season Northwestern head coach Len Smith thought his batting order, which includes seven first-time varsity starters, could take some time to adjust to the higher level.

It only took a couple weeks.

The Tigers pounded out 11 hits in routing Palmerton, 12-2 Friday for their second straight dozen-run game . It marked the third time in five games they have scored 12 or more runs.

Saturday, April 6, 2013
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Janelle Tracy leads off of first base during Friday;s win over Northwestern Lehigh.

Marian, Palmerton and Pleasant Valley grabbed softball wins, while Pleasant Valley and Tamaqua were baseball winners on Friday.

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No. Lehigh-Pen Argyl

Pen Argyl used a strong finish, scoring all six runs in the final three innings, to secure a 6-0 Colonial League win over Northern Lehigh.

Emily Smull pitched a complete game four-hitter and struckout nine for Pen Argyl while also going 2-for-4 with a double at the plate.

Amber Kibler was 2-for-3 with a triple and Taylor Herman also added a triple for Northern Lehigh.

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Saturday, April 6, 2013
A proposed regulatory change by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is designed to assure the high quality of Penns Creek in Center County, one of the most scenic locales in Pennsylvania, as a premier trout fishery for years to come.

With the Saturday, April 13, opening of the statewide trout season approaching, many anglers are making plans to travel north and visit traditional fishing spots.

One of the most popular of those spots is Penns Creek, and as good as the trout fishing is on this well-known water, if a proposed regulatory change by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is finalized – as expected – next year, the future of this pristine fishery will be preserved.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Panther Valley Breaker Boys rallied for a 33-28 victory over the Scranton-based the NEPA Shock.

The Breaker Boys (1-1) fought back time-and-time again against the Shock as they overcame deficits on five different occassions.

It didn't take the Breaker Boys long to grab the lead. On their first play from scrimmage, the Breaker Boys' talented running back Jay Torres hauled in an 18 yard pass from Brock Mitchell. A 12-yard run by Torres followed before a 13-yard touchdown pass from Craig Zurn to Mark Fox put PV up 6-0.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

April 6, 1955 Palmerton's Jim "Toss" Oravec, who finished his high school career with 1,088 points, receives First Team All-State basketball honors by the Associated Press. Oravec tallied 432 points (an average of 17 a game) his senior season and also led the Blue Bombers, coached by Win Evans, in defensive rebounds and assists. On nine occasions he reached double digits in assists and had a single-game high of 21. He went on to captain the Georgetown cage team. Also on the First Team is a 7-1 senior from Overbrook High Wilt Chamberlain.

Saturday, April 6, 2013
Four Raiders capture gold

If you are a fan of track and field the place to be on Friday evening was Tamaqua Area High School. The third annual Tamaqua Blue Raider Invitational played host to 15 teams and three schools that just ran individuals to give area athletes quite the platform early on in the track season.

The TIMES NEWS area was represented by four schools at this year's Tamaqua Invite with Jim Thorpe, Marian, Panther Valley, and host Tamaqua all participating.

Many TIMES NEWS area athletes performed well on the day and some even broke personal and school records in the process.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

You should never assume similar experiences produce similar feelings.

While that statement should strike you as being rather straightforward, failure to recognize it produces problems in many areas of life.

I thoroughly enjoy writing, for instance, but there's a specific element to it that I enjoy even more than the rest. Rewriting. Most forms of writing especially fiction do not come easily to me. I struggle to get my ideas from my mind to the page.

And when I finally do, the words rarely possess the clarity, impact, or emotion of my initial ideas.