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Thursday, June 21, 2012
Streisel's throws are worth the 'weight'

For the past three years, Christine Streisel has made a name for herself by throwing her weight around.

The Tamaqua junior is one of the best in the area at throwing the discus, she's one of the best in the state at throwing the shot put, and she's one of the best in the country at throwing the javelin.

Her talents and accomplishments this year are unrivaled and Streisel has been aptly recognized as the 2012 TIMES NEWS Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Franklin Township Shockers continued their winning ways in Keystone Senior Babe Ruth League play.

Shockers-Outlaws

AJ Wenrich tossed a complete-game two-hitter to lead the Shockers to a 4-1 victory over the Outlaws.

Wenrich struck out seven and walked just two to help the Shockers improve their record to 4-1 on the season. Wenrich took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before a two-out single ended the bid.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

This year's District 18 Little League 11-12 Tournament will begin on Friday, June 22 with a total of six opening-night games.

A total of 14 teams will be vying for the championship, which advances that team to the Sectional tournament.

Valley West claimed the title a year ago, while the last local squad to capture the banner was Franklin Township in 2007.

The 9-10 tournament will get under way on Saturday, June 23. The North Division games will be played at Valley West and the South Division games will be played at Franklin Township Phifer's Ice Dam Field.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

SAYLORSBURG – The first inning between Hellertown and the Birches in their NORCO Legion baseball game Tuesday afternoon was not easy on the eyes to say the least.

Fortunately for the Birches (2-7), they straighten out their play and came from behind to get the win.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Panther Valley Breaker Boys defeated the Hazleton Trojans 53-19 in a Great Eastern Football Association game last week.

With the win, the Breaker Boys secured the No. 2 seed in the GEFA Valley Conference. They will host the No. 3 seeded Elizabethtown Mustangs on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Summit Hill.

Against Hazleton, quarterback Craig Zurn once again put up some huge numbers. Zurn passed for 62 yards and four touchdowns and also rushed for 100 yards and three more TDs.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Six members of the Panther Valley Breaker Boys were named Great Eastern Football Association All-Stars.

The players will join coach Scott Reese as part of the Valley Conference team for the Rob Marrero All-Star Game. Heading the list of Breaker Boys named to the squad is three-time All-Star defensive end Tony Stoeckel. Joing Stoeckel will be two-time All-Star wide receiver Shawn Nunemacher, center Josh Eisenhower, cornerback/quarterback Craig Zurn, linebacker Bryant Butala and safety Dave Boyle.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter Joel Roberts of Lehighton sports the PA 135lbs Pro MMA title he recently won in Dickson City. TERRY AHNER/ TIMES NEWS

He continues to cement his reputation as a submission specialist.

All the while, the list of wins and titles Professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter Joel Roberts amasses continues to grow.

James Cianci was the latest casualty to fall victim to Roberts' submission prowess when the two squared off on May 19 at Cage Fight 12 in Dickson City for the PA 135lbs Pro MMA title.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Lehighton's Nalesnik is quite a 'catch'

For most high school baseball players, hitting .400 is a remarkable feat.

Lehighton's Jacen Nalesnik, however, is not like most high school baseball players.

The junior catcher compiled impressive numbers yet again this season in helping lead his team to a 16-8 record and a berth in the District 11 Class AAA championship game.

But to talk to the talented backstop, his .403 average wasn't that special. In fact, the figure was somewhat disappointing.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The McDonald's Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic kickoff time has been pushed back to 7:45PM on Thursday, June 21st. This is due to the extreme heat and humidity.

Plans are to institute mandatory hydration breaks in conjunction with cold towels on the sidelines. They are also looking at misting fans, if available. Everyone from the coaches, trainers and officials is committed to keep the players and cheerleaders comfortable and healthy.

Plenty of water will also be available at the concessions stands.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Palmerton Area School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved the following extracurricular positions, pending contract negotiations, for the 2012-13 school year:

- Ralph Andrews, assistant girls' basketball coach

- Robert Eckhart, assistant football coach

- Alex Knoll, tennis coach

- Michael Gombert, head track coach

- Mark Weiss, head girls' soccer coach

- Alyssa Minnich, volunteer girls' basketball, volunteer