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Saturday, August 11, 2012

STATE COLLEGE - There was a fury of questions being fired at Bill O'Brien Thursday afternoon at Beaver Stadium. O'Brien just sat there cool, calm, and collected and answered back with what seemed to be an immense amount of pride.

Since taking the job at Penn State O'Brien has maybe had to endure more obstacles than any other coach in the history of college football, and all before the players have even taken the field.

The message O'Brien kept reverting back to was that it was time to move on.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

August 11, 1990 Mick Snyder collects three hits and knocks in a pair of runs to help Franklin Township cruise to an 11-1 victory over Jim Thorpe in the Panther Valley Little League tournament. Chad Rex adds two hits, two runs and knocks in two runs. Travis Fink picks up the pitching win, allowing just five hits while striking out seven. The winners also receive two hits from Kerri Ann Wargo and Bron Leupold.

Friday, August 10, 2012

At Wednesday's Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association Preseason Media Conference at Maroons Sports Bar and Grill in Pottsville, a new feature debuted and the 2012 SCFCA Hall of Fame Class was announced.

For the first time, a former high school player was featured, and Wednesday's event was held in honor of former Marian standout and U.S. Army Specialist 4th Class Rick Balliet.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Matt McGloin answered questions in a more relaxed manner than he did last year at Penn State's Annual Media Day before the start of the season.

Joe Paterno never named a starter last season, letting both McGloin and Rob Bolden take first-team snaps in practice every week. Even though McGloin had better statistics and higher scoring rates, Bolden started the first six games of the season.

Not this year.

Friday, August 10, 2012

PHILADELPHIA After trading off three players, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and manager Charlie Manuel have all but announced that they're holding tryouts for 2013.

The most obvious example is in left field, where Domonic Brown has supplanted Juan Pierre.

But while the game changes in front of them, the Phillies' bullpen remains mostly the same. Due to a run of injuries in the season's first month to Mike Stutes, David Herndon and Jose Contreras a crop of young relievers have had what has amounted to a season-long, major league tryout.

Friday, August 10, 2012

August 10, 1958 Kunkletown uses a 17-hit attack to cruise to a 17-7 Pocono Mountain League win over Lake Harmony. S. Smith collects three hits and scores four runs for the winners while winning pitcher Borger adds three hits (one a homer) and three runs. A. Smith contributes three hits and scores twice while Meckes adds a pair of hits and crosses home three times. C. Costenbader also chips in with three hits, one of them a home run.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer volleyball league concluded its regular season last week, with four teams advancing to next week's playoffs.

Second-seed and defending league champion Valley Athletic Supply will open up Monday's semifinals against third-seed Victorious Secret at 5:30 p.m. at Coaldale's Black Diamond Park.

In Monday's nightcap, it will be top-seed and 2010 ESRC champion Sandstorm taking on fourth-seed VBC Lehighton Tomahawks. Sandstorm enters the playoffs on a hot streak, having won 23 of its last 24 games.

Team Have Fun-

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ramzy Burns was named a co-captain of the 2012 Muhlenberg College cross country team.

Burns, a junior, is a Northwestern Lehigh High School graduate.

Burns finished fifth on the team in the NCAA Mideast Regional, securing the team's seventh-place finish, its best in program history.

The Mules are scheduled to open their 2012 season at the Lehigh Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa., on Friday, Aug. 31.

Thursday, August 9, 2012
Brad Hurley/times news Area players who attended Wednesday's Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association Media Conference were, clockwise from bottom left, Marian's Dylan Quark, Panther Valley's Richie Smith, Jim Thorpe's Khaaliq Lynch and Tamaqua's Dalton Nunemacher.

The Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association held its annual Preseason Media Conference Wednesday at Maroon's Sports Bar and Grill in Pottsville. Four TIMES NEWS area schools were represented at the conference with Tamaqua, Marian, Jim Thorpe, and Panther Valley all being in attendance.

Tamaqua is looking to build off a 6-6 record from last season where it advanced to the Eastern Conference Division 2 Championship, eventually losing to North Penn 34-28. The Raiders defeated Catasaqua 33-32 in double overtime to get to the championship game.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

August 9, 1946 Joe "Flatty" Klepic tosses a six-hitter and strikes out 12 batters to lead Coaldale to a 9-1 Panther Valley League win over Mauch Chunk. Klepic also helps out his own cause by collecting two hits at the plate and scoring a run. Steve Polansky paces the offense with three hits, one a triple, and two runs scored. The winners also receive two hits from Eddie Marasiak, Tilly Salvadore and Andy Semko.