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Friday, June 21, 2013

The Carbon County Babe Ruth League playoffs will get underway tonight with four quarterfinal round games.

The semifinal round will be played on Saturday with the league championship game scheduled for Monday at 5:45 p.m. at Franklin Township's Christman's Field.

Following is tonight's schedule:

#8 seed Franklin Township Generals vs. #1 seed Franklin Township Falcons at Lehighton High School varsity field, 5:45 p.m.

#7 seed Franklin Township Pirates vs. #2 seedJim Thorpe Bruins at Jim Thorpe High School, 5:45 p.m.

Friday, June 21, 2013

June 21, 1981 Fred Tomasko hits a two-run walk-off homer in the eighth inning to give Northwestern a 3-1 Lehigh Valley Legion victory over Mountainville. Kean Wessner leads off the home eighth with a single and Tomasko follows with his blast over the leftfield fence. Scott Adams tosses all eight frames and allows just three singles to earn the pitching win. Northwestern's first run of the contest scores on Brian Dotter's triple.

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Tamaqua Area School District will be giving 2013-14 sports physicals for all sports on Tuesday, June 25 and Tuesday, July 30 in the Tamaqua Middle School Nurse's office.

Physicals will conclude no later than 11:30 a.m. both days. The time frames for both days are used as a recommendation to avoid overcrowding. A student may attend another time frame but is encouraged to attend during the scheduled time. Siblings in different time frames may come at the same time.

Friday, June 21, 2013
Fillies Camp 5-on-5 champs

The 23rd annual Marian Fillies Basketball Camp under the direction of head coach Paul Brutto was recently held at Marian Catholic High School. The week long camp was attended by 85 girls who received instruction on basic skills and techniques to improve their game. The winning team in the 5-on-5 competition was comprised of, first row from left, Jacalyn Possessky and Isabella Lesante. Second row, Megan Horan, Rachel Zula, Sara Motley and Nicole Capparell. Third row, team coach Emily Fannick, Karlee Gimeno, Megan Peifer, Megan Babinsky, Caitlyn Kehley and team coach Bethany Shaud.

Friday, June 21, 2013
Gold wins McDonald's Classic

NAZARETH - The Lehigh Valley McDonald's All-Star Classic is in the books, and the general consensus is that the 43rd edition was a rousing success.

The Gold team (Northampton County, Phillipsburg and Palisades) utilized its skill on the ground and in the air to narrowly defeat the Red squad (Lehigh, Carbon and Monroe counties), 13-8.

For the TIMES NEWS area players on the losing end in the contest, it was more about the experience than the result.

Thursday, June 20, 2013
bob ford/times news Tamaqua's Matt Minchoff slides safely into third base as Schuylkill Valley's Mike Bolinsky applies the late tag.

For the first few innings, it looked as though Tamaqua had sustained the offensive momentum it created the night before with a late game rally against Schuylkill Valley.

The Blue Sox made a furious comeback the previous night, erasing an early 9-2 deficit, only to run out of time, falling 9-6 to the Falcons.

The tables were turned this time, but still not in Tamaqua's favor, as Schuylkill Valley picked up an 8-5 win in Schuylkill-Berks Legion play.

Thursday, June 20, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Prep Division winners Award winners in the Prep Division at the Panther Valley Basketball Camp were, front row, from left, Matt Engler, Isaiah Marchorro, Brady Sherry and Andrw Kokinda. Back row, Michael Pascoe, Bradley Hood, Devin Schlier and Anthony Cannon.

Trophy winners on the Panther Valley Basketball Camp "prep" team are, front l-r, Matt Engler, Isaiah Marchorro, Brady Sherry, Andrw Kokinda; back l-r, Michael Pascoe, Bradley Hood, Devin Schlier, and Anthony Cannon.

Thursday, June 20, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS PV Basketball Camp NBA Division winners Award winners in the NBA Division at the Panther Valley Basketball Camp were, front row, from left, Aaron Miller, Austin Buyce and Maxwell Vermillion. Back row, Aaron Rohlfing, Joe Becker, Brenden Morgans and Tristan Blasko.

Of the youths attending the 2013 Panther Valley Basketball Camp, trophy winners in the "NBA" division are, front l-r, Aaron Miller, Austin Buyce, Maxwell Vermillion; back l-r, Aaron Rohlfing, Joe Becker, Brenden Morgans, and Tristan Blasko.

Thursday, June 20, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS NCAA Division winners Award winners in the NCAA Division at the Panther Valley Basketball Camp were, front row, from left, Ian Mertz and Erich Marchorro. Back row, Patrick Boyle, Blake White, Collin Eidle and Blake Morgans.

Those who received trophies in the "NCAA" division of the Panther Valley Basketball Camp are, front l-r, Ian Mertz, Erich Marchorro; back l-r, Patrick Boyle, Blake White, Collin Eidle, and Blake Morgans.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

To get an idea of who will be championship contenders for this year's Mahoning Valley Speedway Modified division you didn't need to look past the first five finishers in Saturday night's feature. Chip Santee, Eric Beers, Earl Paules, Nevin George and Roger Coss all ran in a tight battle with Santee emerging the winner in a battle amongst the top five in points.

For Santee, of Walnutport, he turned around weeks of frustration including earlier in the night when he had clutch issues during his heat. It marked the first time in three seasons he came out on top of a Modified feature.