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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

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Coaches named

The Tamaqua School board recently approved the following coaching appointments:

Sam Bonner, Jim Thorpe, head football coach; Michael Bonner, Lehighton, and Robert Clemson, Nesquehoning, varsity football assistant coaches; Clarence Opolsky IV, no town given, junior varsity football head coach; Dave Malkin, Lansford, freshman football coach; Terry Knoblach, Tamaqua, junior high football coach; Lance Malatak, Jim Thorpe, junior high assistant coach; Michael Sweigert, Tamaqua, volunteer football coach, and Tylor Wolfe, Tamaqua, volunteer junior high coach.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

June 20, 1992 Kerry Smith belts a grand slam and also earns the pitching win as Lehighton rolls to a 13-3 Lehigh Valley Legion win over Northwestern. Smith blasts his homer in the second inning and finishes the game with two hits and five RBI. He also strikes out five batters. Randy Hydro aids the win with two hits and a pair of RBI while Brian "Pip" Rehrig and Greg Flyte each chip in with RBI singles.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
bob ford/times news Richard Smith of the Panther Valley Black Diamonds slides safely into second base as Matt Stillwell of the Franklin Township Shockers applies the tag.

Don Rehrig gave some simple instructions to his Franklin Township Shockers' prior to their Keystone Babe Ruth League game with the Panther Valley Black Diamonds.

The first piece of advice was meant solely for Shockers' starting pitcher Alex Storm, who was making his first start of the season. The second was in the direction of the whole team when they faced opposing Black Diamonds' pitcher Mark Williams.

It didn't take long for Rehrig's instructions to pay dividends.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

It may be hard to believe, but it is true. Kevin Frandsen is enjoying the game as much as he ever did.

The IronPig infielder that had 228 big league at-bats from 2006-2010 has watched the injury-riddled Phillies constantly overlook him as they make their moves above.

All Frandsen does is work hard where he is at.

"My goal is to win here," Frandsen says. "The group of guys we have and the coaching staff we have is pretty easy to play here. It's hard to get frustrated."

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Northern Valley's Zach Palansky pitched a five-hit shutout Monday to lead his team to a 2-0 Lehigh Valley Legion win over Southern Lehigh.

Palansky walked just one and struck out nine batters in his gem.

The Chargers scored both their runs in the fourth inning. Cody Hallman knocked in one run while Kris Seiler brought home the other. Seiler also collected two hits and scored one of his team's runs.

Josh Kern chipped in with a hit and stolen base for Northern Valley, which improved to 6-4.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) kicked off its annual summer co-ed volleyball league on Thursday evening at Black Diamond Park in Coaldale.

Opening night was dominated by sweeps, as VBC Lehighton Tomahawks, Balls Deep and Sandstorm all picked up three wins apiece.

THURSDAY'S RESULTS

Just the Tip-VBC Lehighton Tomahawks

VBC Lehighton Tomahawks posted a three-game sweep of Just the Tip, 25-8, 25-15, 25-20.