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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

July 17, 1953 Larry Hill fires a two-hitter to lead Lehighton to a 4-1 Tri-County League win over Mauch Chunk. Hill, who loses his shutout bid by giving up a run in the ninth inning, strikes out eight batters. Hill also contributes two hits at the plate, one of them an RBI double. Jackie Mullen delivers a two-run triple for the winners, managed by "Moose" Kunkle. Danny Frank adds a run-scoring hit while Dick Eckhart chips in with a hit and run scored.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Tamaqua Area School Board hired coaches at this week's board meeting.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A number of teams posted recent wins during the Panther Valley Little League tournament.

Below are highlights from those contests.

PANTHER VALLEY TOURNAMENT

11-12 YEAR-OLDS

Tamaqua Blue-JT Red

Greg Davis had three hits, one of them a homer, as Tamaqua Blue cruised to a 12-1 win over Jim Thorpe Red.

The combined pitching of Scherer, Knoblauch and Moyer tossed a four-inning no-hitter.

Tamaqua also received three hits from Breiner with Boyle adding two, one a homer. Scherer chipped in with two hits.

Towamensing Blue-Weatherly

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Jared Joyce flips the ball to second base as Warwick's Alex Stewart tries to beat the throw. Stewart was safe on the play and Warwick went on to win by a 15-0 score.

JACKSON TOWNSHIP - Momentum can swing a game in one team's favor in the blink of an eye. No matter the situation, one play can turn a game around and shift the balance of power instantaneously.

Jim Thorpe knew that first hand, riding a dominant pitching performance to stifle Hazleton's offense in the District 18 Championship.

Thorpe then used a torrid comeback to erase an early six-run deficit in a 12-9 opening round win over Big Pocono in the 9-10 Little League Section 6 double elimination tournament.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Racing is a game of talent and luck and Saturday night at Mahoning Valley Speedway Eric Beers displayed both aspects in winning for a seventh time.

With two laps to go Beers, who started 10th, was looking content to just finish fourth or fifth. But, when front runners Chip Santee and Kris Graver made contact, they also collected the third place car of Nevin George. Beers had just passed Roger Coss for fourth and was able to clear the mayhem and then drove to victory.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Two of Pennsylvania's biggest names in high school wrestling have made bombshell announcements recently regarding Penn State's national championship program, albeit for different reasons.

Chance Marsteller, a senior at Kennard-Dale High School in York County, and Thomas Haines, a senior at Solanco High School in Lancaster County, are among the top-ranked wrestlers in the nation.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Jim Thorpe opens with victory

Jackson Township - In Jim Thorpe's District 18 Championship it was the defense that stood out, holding a powerful Hazleton team to just one run on two hits.

This time it was Thorpe's offense that propelled it to victory in the opening round of the 9-10 Little League Section 6 double elimination tournament. JT scored 10 runs between the fourth and fifth innings, defeating Big Pocono 12-9 to advance on to play Warwick at Reeders Field in Jackson Township tonight at 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
SH Lions plan golf tourney The 12th Annual Summit Hill Lions Club Golf Tournament is planned for Sunday, July 21, at the Mahoning Valley Country Club. Through the sponsorship of Executive Auto Gallery, Inc., Walnutport, the tourney features an opportunity for a golfer to win a 2012 Kia Soul in the hole-in-one contest. Bill Chapman, left, representing Executive Auto, presents the keys to the car to Gene Binder, one of the tourney co-chairs. The other co-chairman who can be contacted for further information are Atty. Joseph J. Velitsky and Thomas Parambo Jr.

The 12th Annual Summit Hill Lions Club Golf Tournament is planned for Sunday, July 21, at the Mahoning Valley Country Club, Mahoning Township, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Through the sponsorship of Executive Auto Gallery, Inc., Walnutport, the tourney features an opportunity for a lucky golfer to win a 2012 Kia Soul in the hole-in-one contest. Other prizes will be awarded for winning teams, the longest drive and closest to the pin. The event serves as the club's major fundraiser with proceeds benefitting community endeavors.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

With two weeks remaining in the regular season, defending league champion Sandstorm kept its pefect record intact last week with two sweeps while Valley Athletic Supply remains one game back.

Sandstorm and Valley Athletic Supply will do battle Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Black Diamond Park in Coaldale, with the top overall seed for playoffs most likely up for grabs.

TUESDAY'S RESULTS

Hope Wreckers-

Sandstorm

Sandstorm started the week off with three wins against Hope Wreckers, 25-18, 25-16, 25-17.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

July 16, 2004 Evan Bellizia slugs a three-run home run to help Weatherly edge Summit Hill, 11-10, in a Panther Valley Little League tournament game. Bellizia finishes with two hits and also pitches the final two innings to earn the mound win. The winners use a three-run fifth inning to gain the lead for good. Tommy Romanchik contributes to the victory with two hits, one a solo homer, while Matt Ryan also collects a pair of hits.