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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

July 3, 2006 Mike Weaver has a big day on the mound and at the plate to help Lansford defeat Jim Thorpe, 8-3, in a District 18 Little League contest. Weaver allows six hits and strikes out 12 batters. Offensively he collects two hits, one of them a two-run triple. Thad Ogozalek scores a pair of runs for the winners while Connor Schleicher adds an RBI double and Jonathan Taras chips in with a run-scoring single. Lansford also receives a diving catch from Zach King that saves a pair of runs.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Physical exams for fall sports for Lehighton High School and Middle School students will be held in the High School nurse's office on Wednesday, July 10.

Students are asked to report at their scheduled time and wear shorts and a t-shirt. Due to the volume of students scheduled into each time slot, only those students that have already returned their physical forms to the nurse have pre-registered for a free physical. There are no walk-ins permitted on the day of the physical exams.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

LONG POND – Open-wheel racing makes an historic return, after a 24-year absence, to Pocono Raceway for the Pocono INDYCAR 400 Fueled by Sunoco on Sunday, July 7. Two racing legends, and former Pocono race winners, Mario Andretti and Danny Sullivan, shared their thoughts on Pocono and what it means to have "The Tricky Triangle" back on the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The storm brewing in Bill Angst Stadium had nothing to do with the impending downpour headed toward the Tamaqua ballpark.

The only thunder and lightning on this night came from the bats of the Tamaqua offense, as the team picked up 12 hits on its way to a 10-4 win over Valley East in the District 18 11-12 tournament.

With the win, Tamaqua will move on to face Towamensing Township.

The game wasn't secure for Tamaqua until the fourth, as Valley East held a slim advantage heading to the bottom of the inning.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
bob ford/times news Palmerton/Towamensing's Brady Boehler slides safely across home plate as Jim Thorpe catcher Noah Snisky reaches out to make a tag.

Throughout the regular season, Matt Reis and his Palmerton/Towamensing coaching staff stressed offense.

For most of the postseason, Reis's players have shown they were listening.

Things were no different Monday night as Palmerton/Towamensing collected 15 hits in five innings of play to earn a 15-5 District 18 11-12 year old Tournament victory over Jim Thorpe.

"The kids hit the ball today," Reis stressed. "We have been pushing all year for that. We're hitting the ball. Everyone one of them."

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

As the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer volleyball league rolls into July, defending league champion Sandstorm remains undefeated with a 6-0 record.

Sandstorm was idle this week, as its match against VBC Tomahawks-Seniors was postponed due to rain.

Valley Athletic Supply sits one game back in the standings with an 8-1 record.

TUESDAY'S RESULTS

Valley Athletic Supply-

VBC Tomahawks High School

Valley Athletic Supply started the week off with a convincing three-game sweep over VBC Tomahawks-High School, 25-6, 25-2, 25-6.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
@Caption Stand Alone:Jim Thorpe Blue wins 9-10 South title The Jim Thorpe Blue team captured the District 18 9-10 year-old South championship. Jim Thorpe Blue rolled through the double elimination tournament undefeated, rolling to a 15-3 victory over Tamaqua in their final game. Team members are, front row, from left, Nick Day, Ian Hubbard, Gavin Fikentscher, Jimmy Schwartz, Caiden Hurley, Johnny Malarkey and Jared Joyce. Middle row, Adam Lauer, Mike Day, Chris Condly, Jared Marykwas and Carlos Magobet. Back row, assistant coach John Malarkey, manager Ryan Hurley and assistant coach Joe Marykwas.

The Jim Thorpe Blue team captured the District 18 9-10 year-old South championship. Jim Thorpe Blue rolled through the double elimination tournament undefeated, rolling to a 15-3 victory over Tamaqua in their final game. Team members are, front row, from left, Nick Day, Ian Hubbard, Gavin Fikentscher, Jimmy Schwartz, Caiden Hurley, Johnny Malarkey and Jared Joyce. Middle row, Adam Lauer, Mike Day, Chris Condly, Jared Marykwas and Carlos Magobet. Back row, assistant coach John Malarkey, manager Ryan Hurley and assistant coach Joe Marykwas.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

July 2, 1985 Palmerton scores a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to force extra innings and then tallies three times in the eighth to gain a 4-3 walk-off win over Salisbury in Lehigh Valley Legion action. Dave Sayuk steals home with two outs in the seventh to tie the contest, but Salisbury puts up two runs in the top of the eighth. Run-scoring two-out singles from Tim Wargo, George Schmidt and Sayuk in the eighth accounts for the comeback victory. Sayuk ends with three hits and four stolen bases while Steve Susel also collects three hits.

Monday, July 1, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Zac Searfoss (34) slides into home while attempting to put a tag on him is Lansford pitcher Tristna Blasko.

Lansford manager Tim Goida had a feeling his Lansford players could pull through when he needed them the most.

And they did.

A combination of solid relief pitching from Wyatt Zimmerman and some outstanding defensive plays helped Lansford stall a Jim Thorpe rally to pull out a 9-8 victory and move on in the District 18 11-12 tournament.

Lansford will now play at Valley West in the winner's bracket final on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Jim Thorpe hosts Palmerton/Towamensing today at 6 p.m. in an elimination game.