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Monday, June 11, 2012

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) kicked off its 2012 summer basketball league at the North and Middle Ward Playground in Tamaqua on Wednesday night.

The Batter's Box, Schick's Cafe Calcutta and Ryan's Oil & Heating all emerged victorious on opening night.

Wednesday's Results

American Hose-

Batter's Box

The Batter's Box started the day off with a 69-43 victory over American Hose.

Aaron Mantz buried five three-pointers and led The Batter's Box with a game-high 26 points. Erick Trabal also added 15 points.

Monday, June 11, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jeff Handwerk scrapes rubber off of tires used by Mark Martin during Sunday's Pocono 400 at Pocono International Raceway. The Palmerton native then checks the tire's temperature before shipping them back to the Goodyear hauler.

LONG POND - Jeff Handwerk had a vision nine years ago when he began working on Shelby Howard's ARCA car as a gas man. One day, he wanted to be part of a NASCAR Sprint Cup team.

After working up through the ranks thanks to friends he made along the way, Handwerk is one step closer to gaining a full-time spot on the tour.

The 1988 Palmerton High graduate was part of Mark Martin's No. 55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota as a tire man for Sunday's Pocono 400 at Pocono International Raceway.

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Panther Valley Breaker Boys defeated the Williamsport Wildcats, 42-32, in a Great Eastern Football Association game.

The Breaker Boys have now won four of their last five games to improve their record to 5-4 on the season.

Monday, June 11, 2012

June 11, 1978 Dave Piccin collects three hits, one of them a two-run homer, to help the Tamaqua Travelers gain a 9-3 Pocono Mountain League win over Saylorsburg. Tony Pajakinas tosses all nine innings, allowing just four hits while striking out five. Rick Jones adds two hits, one a double, and knocks in a pair of runs while Mike Miorelli also contributes a double.

Monday, June 11, 2012
Logano's late move pays off

LONG POND - Sprint Cup driver Joey Logano's future for next season is still in doubt, as he currently doesn't have a deal in place with Joe Gibbs racing. However, it's what Logano has now done in the present that might sure up his situation for 2013.

Logano took on a newly surfaced and fast Pocono Raceway Sunday afternoon and conquered the tricky triangle coming away with his first Sprint Cup win of the season and second of his career.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

AJ Wenrich tossed a three-hitter and Alex Storm collected a pair of hits to help lead the Franklin Township Shockers to a 4-1 Keystone Senior Babe Ruth League win over Hazleton.

Wenrich allowed an unearned run in the fourth inning as the Mountaineers grabbed a 1-0 advantage but the Shockers pushed across four runs in the top of the fifth.

Storm had a double and knocked in a run during that fifth frame, while Wenrich helped his own cause with a hit, run and RBI. FT also received a hit and run from Anthony Rossino and Jimmer Farano.

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies have made a lot of history together over the last few years, with the Phils being the sole beneficiary of the past.

Four years ago, Philadelphia defeated Los Angeles four-games-to-one in the National League Championship Series and went on to the World Series. The Phils eventually won the Fall Classic for the first time since 1980.

A year later the Phils would deal the Dodgers a case of déjà vu, as they again knocked off the west-coasters four-games-to-one en route to their second straight World Series appearance.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Jacobsburg Historical Society is beginning the Bicentennial of its historic Boulton site along the banks of the Bushkill Creek with a living history celebration of Northampton County heritage on the grounds of the Henry Homestead, Friday through Sunday, June 15-17.

Located just west of the Belfast Exit, Route 33, at the intersection of Henry and Schoeneck, the hills above the banks of the Bushkill Creek will come alive with costumed living history participants who will be celebrating the 200 years of history brought to this area by the Henry Gun Works.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

"I don't know what's wrong with us," a friend said the other day in response to the many domestic problems dogging the United States.

"I do," I said. "Too many sheep. Not enough shepherds."

While she chuckled at my comment, that doesn't mean it's accurate. After all, I'm not exactly an expert in our country's affairs. I spend far more time reading about health and fitness than the state of the nation.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

HARRISBURG – Although Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission biologists have determined that smallmouth bass with black spots caught in some areas of the Susquehanna River pose no health threat to the fish or those who may consume them, the overall condition of the river is a concern to the agency.