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Saturday, August 4, 2012

I said it as a joke, though I was really serious. Maybe that's why nobody found it funny.

As I coasted to the end of the grocery store parking lot where bicyclists gather on fair-weathered Sundays to ride to the renowned training ride called the Derby, somebody said, "Didn't expect to see you here."

"Why's that?"

"Mountain Bike Mark texted me that he's too trashed to do the Derby. Said you led the group up some serious climbs yesterday and really made him suffer."

Saturday, August 4, 2012

LONG POND - Dale Earnhardt Jr. certainly got things going in the right direction at the Nascar Sprint Cup Series final practice on Friday afternoon.

Junior started where he left off a couple months ago at the Pocono 400, showing the same consistent speeds Friday that he did that weekend. NASCAR's new point leader was a top the practice speeds leader board with a time of 50.721 equivalent to 177.441 mph.

Friday, August 3, 2012

August 3, 1996 Joe Stellar tosses a two-hitter, retiring the final 15 batters he faces, to lead Franklin Township to a 5-2 win over Lansford in the Panther Valley Little League tournament. Stellar walks two and strikes out seven. Eric Kresge collects two hits and scores a run for the winners while Pete Balogach adds a hit and scores twice. Trevor Krisak accounts for Lansford's offense with a two-run homer.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Pre season football practice begins Monday for the 2012 Nittany Lions and there will be some familiar faces missing.

All of the natural born world has heard about PSU's star tailback Silas Redd transferring to USC, which in turn affects the Nittany Lions depth immensely at the running back spot. Other Nittany Lions have also decided to depart totaling eight in all, that will also affect the depth at certain positions. Let's take a look at who has left, who is still rumored to leave, and what the 2012 Nittany Lions roster might look like going into pre season practice come monday.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

BETHLEHEM Trent Cole has what Jason Babin has.

And now it's spread to Cullen Jenkins. All of the defensive linemen are keeping each other company in the training room.

Cole is nursing a swollen AC joint in his shoulder that Eagles head coach Andy Reid said occurred early in practice Monday afternoon.

Cole worked through it, and it's been swelling ever since.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

August 2, 1968 Bill O'Gurek pitches a four-hitter to help lead Summit Hill to a 4-2 comeback victory over Lansford in the Panther Valley Little League tournament. O'Gurek also contributes a hit, knocks in two runs, and scores one. The winners, who use a three-run fifth inning to gain the win, also receive a hit and run scored from both Gary Evans and Tony Sodroski. For Lansford, Bob Miller hit a home run.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Penn State's loss could turn into a big gain on the ground for Southern California.

Star tailback Silas Redd bolted Happy Valley to join the Trojans in a season of great expectations in Los Angeles. A 1,200-yard rusher, Redd will join heralded quarterback Matt Barkley on a team already favored to win the Pac-12 and return to the Rose Bowl.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August 1, 1949 Jack Esrang collects three hits and knocks in two runs to help Mauch Chunk earn a 9-4 Panther Valley League victory over Tamaqua. Joe Marzen gains the pitching win, tossing all nine innings and allowing seven hits. Marzen walks three and strikes out four. Johnny Watto and Artie Stermer both finish with two hits and a pair of runs scored, while Fritzie Watto contributes a hit and two RBI. The winners also receive a hit and two runs scored from Franny O'Donnell.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

In the first game of a double header, Lehigh Valley clung to a 2-0 lead with a man on third. IronPig starter, Tyler Cloyd, had made a living all season being calm and successful in getting out of jams such as this.

Stepping to the plate was major league veteran Bill Hall. The momentum started to swing to the Norfolk Tide in the same manner it had recently fallen for the IronPigs. Then the sound of the bat left a collective groan from the crowd as the ball headed to the left field gap.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Panther Valley School Board re-opened and extended the time to apply for the position of track and field head coach.

In other matters, the board approved the following coaches for the 2012-2013 school year:

Football: Lonnie Hazlet, $4,275; Paul McArdle, $2,125; Broc Hazlet, $2,125; Ben Tkach, $1,825; Matt Davis, $1,800; Jon Williams, $1,800; John Ruzicka, $1,630; Richard Zabroski, Bill Hutt and Ed Kennedy, all volunteers.

Volleyball: Nancy Filer, $3,500; LouAnn Brida, Debbie Yusella and Lori Dacey, all volunteers.