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Saturday, June 9, 2012
bob ford/times news Jimmy Johnson talks with a member of his pit crew during Friday's practice session at Pocono International Raceway.

This Sunday's Pocono 400 is blanketed with numerous story lines, but the subject that everyone still seems to be talking about is the newly repaved surface and what affect it will have on the race.

One thing that has already become evident from the new track surface is that the speeds will be much higher than in the past.

Saturday, June 9, 2012
bob ford/times news Dale Earnhardt Jr. adjusts his helmet before going out for a practice run.

LONG POND - Newness is the word here at Pocono International Raceway.

Most of the focus has been on the repaved 2-1/2 mile tri-oval, but this is also the first Sprint Cup race that NASCAR and Twitter have gone live with the first-of-its-kind digital partnership in Pocono. And most of the drivers are on board and it should be interesting to see what they'll do to give us an inside look at what goes on during race weekend here for the Pocono 400.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

June 9, 1950 "Birdie" Jones collects four hits, one a double, and scores four runs to lead Lehighton to a 13-1 Panther Valley League win over Coaldale. Dern Sharbaugh gains the pitching victory, allowing just five hits and one walk while striking out three. Lenny Dietz contributes to the Lehighton cause with two hits and two runs while Russ Barry and Charley Yenser each add a pair of hits.

Friday, June 8, 2012

June 8, 2002 Marian's Matt Kosciolek carries nine times for 66 yards and the go-ahead touchdown to help the Schuylkill North team pull out a 17-6 win over the South squad in the annual Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association All-Star game. Kosciolek's TD comes on a 29-yard run in the third quarter. The Colts' John Boyle kicks a 27-yard field goal and three extra points to aid in the victory. Tamaqua's Nathan Nelson completes 5-of-9 passes for 59 yards while the Raiders' Todd Breiner (26 yards) and Josh Shilko (22 yards) also see action running the ball.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Writer G.K. Chesterson said that "The man who lives in a small community lives in a much larger world."

That statement couldn't be anymore true for former TIMES NEWS Golfer of the Year (1999) and Baseball Player of the Year (2000) Geoff Kelowitz.

Thursday, June 7, 2012
@Caption Stand Alone:Top Bulldog athletes Northern Lehigh honored its top male and female athletes at its recent Spring Awards night. The Bulldog Female Athlete of the Year was Aimee Oertner. The Bulldog Male Athlete of the Year was Caleb Johnson. Oertner lettered in cross country, basketball and track. Johnson lettered in football, basketball and track.

Northern Lehigh honored its top male and female athletes at its recent Spring Awards night. The Bulldog Female Athlete of the Year was Aimee Oertner. The Bulldog Male Athlete of the Year was Caleb Johnson. Oertner lettered in cross country, basketball and track. Johnson lettered in football, basketball and track.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Northern Valley picked up a LV Legion win on Wednesday night.

Payton Bachman had three hits and drove in three runs as Northern Valley used a four-run third inning to beat Fullerton,6-1.

Sawyer Smith aded tw hits, while Kris Seiler had a single, scored a run and had two RBIs.

Josh Kern was the winning pitcher allowing just hree hits and one earned run in five innings of work.

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The Bowmanstown Eagles have a 6-4 record with over half of the season completed.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Tamaqua graduate and 2010 TIMES NEWS girls track athlete of the year Allison Updike performed well at the opening day of the NCAA Division 1 Track and Field Championships.

Updike finished ninth overall.

The University of Georgia freshman threw her best distance on her first attempt of the day with a throw of 158 feet, eight inches. Updike followed her preliminary attempt with a throws of 149-1, 155-1, and 149-10 in the finals.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ten TIMES NEWS Area gridders will take the field for the Red team when the McDonald's All-Star Football Classic kicks off on Thursday, June 21 at Nazareth's Andrew Leh Stadium at 7 p.m.

East Stroudsburg North's Chuck Dailey will coach the Red team, while Nazareth's Rob Melosky will coach the Gold.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Physicals for fall sports for Lehighton High School and Middle School students will be held in the High School nurse's office on Tuesday, July 17.

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 returned their physical forms to the nurse have pre-registered for a physical. There are no walk-ins permitted on the day of the physical exams.