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Saturday, July 7, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Valley West's Chris Lateff slides into second base safely as Tamaqua's Adam Rex (left) and Tyler Steigerwalt (right) cover. Valley West picked up its second win to win the best-of-three series.

CONYNGHAM - The Tamaqua Blue 9-10 baseball team had a rough night on Thursday evening and that's putting it mildly. The BLUE lost game one of their best of three series for the District 18 Championship by a score of 21-3 to Valley West.

Tamaqua didn't want to go quietly into the night on Friday and it most certainly made a lot of noise before dropping a 12-11 decision to Valley West with the latter moving on to the state tournament.

Saturday, July 7, 2012
Tom Skelly

Tom Skelly graduated from Jim Thorpe Area High School in 1990.

During his high school career, Skelly excelled in two varsity sports. He captained the varsity football team in both 1989 and 1990 and, as a senior, was rated as the No. 1 middle linebacker in the Mid-Penn Conference and also was named to the First Team Mid-Penn Conference All-Star team.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

July 7, 1973 Mark Bricker collects five hits and scores three runs, and Joe House knocks in four runs to help lead Northwestern to a 25-6 Lehigh Valley Legion win over Fountain Hill. House contributes a triple and three-run homer. The winners also receive a three-run homer off the bat of Mike Urdahl. Clair Fries finishes with four hits and three runs with Rick Gruber adding two hits, three runs and three RBI. Mike Giacapuzzi earns the pitching win, striking out nine. He also aids his cause with two hits, three runs and four RBI.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

BETHLEHEM - Fred Reinhard (Palmerton, Pa.), Tony Jaso (Bethlehem, Pa.); Tara Wartman McClimon (Douglassville, Pa.) and Heidi Wolfsberger Peoples (Scranton, Pa.) make up the class of 2012 that will be inducted into the Moravian College Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, November 9th in Johnston Hall. Also being honored at the 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be Bill Marsh (Carolina Shores, N.C.), who will be presented with the Robert Martin Herbstman Award, and the 1989 men's track & field team.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Pennsylvania Speedweeks 410 Sprint Car series hit close to our area earlier this week.

The Pennsylvania Posse of drivers came to Big Diamond Raceway in Minersville and then traveled to Grandview Speedway in nearby Bechtelsville.

Big Diamond hosted the Monday night event which was race two of the PA Speedweek series. Brian Montieth, driver of the No. 21 Auto Locator machine led every lap in the 30-lap feature event to take home the $5,000 prize.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

With general hunting license sales underway, county treasurers will begin accepting antlerless deer license applications from resident hunters starting Monday, July 9; and from nonresidents beginning Monday, July 30.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

In an e-mail many years ago, a runner shared her running history and training regiment with me.

She explained that she had had no great love of athletics growing up and that the only reason she started running in her mid-30s was to lose weight. But by the time she had progressed to running two miles four or five times a week and her unwanted girth was gone, something else had grown: her enjoyment of running and the desire to do more.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

As of Monday, the Philadelphia Phillies had played exactly half of their 2012 baseball schedule.

Their record at the time: 36-45. Eleven games back of the first-place Washington Nationals in the National League East. Eight games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Wild Card.

Never thought I would use the words "back of," "Nationals" and "Pirates" when describing the Phillies, but I guess there is a first time for everything.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

With two weeks remaining in the regular season, R.R. Frey Services, Ryan's Oil & Heating and Schick's Café Calcutta sit tied atop the standings in the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer basketball league.

With an abbreviated schedule this past week due to the holiday, Cuz-N-Joe's Place and defending champion R.R. Frey Services picked up victories.

MONDAY'S RESULTS

Cuz-N-Joe's Place-Jimmy's O's Chicks

Cuz-N-Joe's Place snapped a three-game losing streak with a 78-70 victory over Jimmy O's Chicks.

Friday, July 6, 2012
bob ford/times news Jonathon Herman of Franklin Township slides safely into third base as Monte Baez of Palmerton/Towamensing awaits the throw.

Most nights, Daniel Keer's pitching performance would have grabbed the headlines.

But Thursday night, Keer's pitching had to take a backseat – to Keer's hitting.

Thanks to Keer's huge effort on the mound and at the plate, Franklin Township defeated Palmerton/Towamensing, 10-4, to remain alive in the District 18 11-12 year-old Little League Tournament.

"Daniel is always a huge factor in our games, but tonight he kind of took that to another level," said Franklin Township coach Frank Bokan Jr. "He has really been locked in at the plate this entire tournament.