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Friday, July 5, 2013
bob ford/times news Palmerton/Towamensing's Brody Boehler unwinds with a pitch against Tamaqua.

Most sports enthusiasts will tell you that a good ole' fashioned baseball game is a great thing to experience.

A great experience was exactly what on-lookers got on Wednesday evening, when the Palmerton-Towamensing and Tamaqua 11-12 year old little league teams squared off in the District 18 loser's bracket semifinal.

From the onset, the contest was a back and forth affair, but when the dust settled it was Palmerton/Towamensing advancing to the loser's bracket final, holding on for a 5-4 win over Tamaqua.

Friday, July 5, 2013
@Caption Stand Alone:Marian Fillies Volleyball Camp The Marian Fillies Volleyball Camp was held recently. The high school camp award winners were Jenna O'Donnell, Most Improved Award (second from left); and Grace Boyle, Leadership Award (second from right). Nikki Hackenberg (left) and Mary Horvat (right) served as instructors for the camp.

The Marian Fillies Volleyball Camp was held recently. The high school camp award winners were Jenna O'Donnell, Most Improved Award (second from left); and Grace Boyle, Leadership Award (second from right). Nikki Hackenberg (left) and Mary Horvat (right) served as instructors for the camp.

Friday, July 5, 2013

The 2013 Panther Valley 11-12 year-old Little League Tournament will start next week.

The round-robin tournament, which features 12 TIMES NEWS coverage area teams, will span close to three weeks starting Monday, July 8 and finish up with its last games being played on Sunday, July 28.

Following is the schedule for this year's tournament:

Monday, July 8

Jim Thorpe Red at Jim Thorpe Blue

Franklin Township Gray at Tamaqua White, 7:30 p.m.

Tamaqua Blue at Weatherly

Lansford at Towamensing Blue

Towamensing White at Anthracite Black

Friday, July 5, 2013

Northern Lehigh's Sophie Hankee and Palmerton's Janel Tracy were named to the Pennsylvania Softball Coaches Association All-Star team for their performances this past season.

Hankee and Tracy both earned honorable mention status on the Class AAA team.

Both were Colonial League All-Star first team members.

Friday, July 5, 2013
ap photo Marco Andretti waits in his car during a test session for Sunday's Pocono IndyCar 400 auto race

Long Pond - It's easy to see why Nazareth, PA native Marco Andretti is frustrated with his 2013 Izod INDYCAR series season. Andretti has yet to get a win in 2013, despite being strong and fast at most of the tracks this season. A much needed and well overdue victory, especially at a track like Pocono, that is so close to home could certainly get Andretti headed in the right direction.

Friday, July 5, 2013

July 5, 1992 Joel Wamsley slugs a two-run homer and also gains the pitching win as Franklin Township opens the District 18 Little League tournament with a 9-5 victory over West Hazleton. Wamsley strikes out 10 batters on the mound and also adds an RBI single at the plate. The winners receive a hit and two runs scored from Nate Hawk while Travis Hunsicker and Jason Moser each chip in with a hit and run scored.

Friday, July 5, 2013

The Tamaqua Blue Sox gained a win in Schuylkill/Berks Legion action while the Franklin Township Shockers and Towamensing Yankees both picked up recent victories in Keystone Senior Babe Ruth contests.

SCHUY./BERKS LEGION

Southern-Tamaqua

Connor Hartung pitched a three-hitter to lead Tamaqua to a 2-1 win over Southern Area.

Hartung allowed two walks and struck out seven batters as the Blue Sox claimed their second victory of the season.

Matt Roberts had a double and an RBI while Adam Bates scored both Tamaqua runs.

Southern Area 001 000 0 - 1 3 0

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

HAZLETON 7-8

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Anthracite-Hazleton

Anthracite defeated Hazleton, 9-3, in the Hazleton 7 & 8 year-old Little League All-Star Tournament.

Michael Pascoe had two hits, including a triple, drove in three runs and scored twice for Anthracite. Matthew Maholick also had two hits, including a triple for the winners.

Maholick scored two runs and knocked in one. Kyle Binder, Joey Shelton, Drew Kokinda and Eddie Evans also had hits and scored runs for Anthracite.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

CONYNGHAM VALLEY When you're on, you're on.

Valley West used a perfect blend of methodical offense and dominant pitching en route to a 10-1 win over Lansford in the winner's bracket championship of the 11-12-year-old District 18 Little League All-Star Tournament.

Valley West leadoff hitter Ryan Wolk got the team on the board early, launching a solo home run on the second pitch he saw to give the team a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
The Bavarian Softball League recently held its annual mid-season tournament. McClure Company won the tournament with Parambo's Funeral Home finishing as the runner-up. Members of the championship team include, front row from left, Brandon Houser, Anthony Ades, Jim Dodson, Andy Malay, Corey Koziel, Tony Kropp; back row, Abel Calcano, Ziggy Dudash, Charlie Stettler, Dave Bench, Jason Dudash, Chris Owens, Brad Yuricheck and Benny Rabenold. Other members of McClure Company are Eric Lenz and Al Shoemaker.

The Bavarian Softball League recently held its annual mid-season tournament. McClure Company won the tournament with Parambo's Funeral Home finishing as the runner-up. Members of the championship team include, front row from left, Brandon Houser, Anthony Ades, Jim Dodson, Andy Malay, Corey Koziel, Tony Kropp; back row, Abel Calcano, Ziggy Dudash, Charlie Stettler, Dave Bench, Jason Dudash, Chris Owens, Brad Yuricheck and Benny Rabenold. Other members of McClure Company are Eric Lenz and Al Shoemaker.