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Thursday, June 28, 2012

June 28, 1976 George Harris delivers a run-scoring double in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Lehighton a 4-3 Lehigh Valley League walk-off win over Whitehall. Harris brings home Mike Galasso, who started the rally by being hit by a pitch. Kevin Moyer goes the distance on the mound for the pitching win. Moyer, whose three-run homer accounts for his team's other runs, scatters five hits and strikes out six batters.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A team's heart and determination can simply be measured when adversity strikes during the course of a ball game.

The Lansford 11 and 12 year old baseball squad, which has been fighting to win ball games all summer, showed Jim Thorpe that when adversity strikes they will strike back.

After giving up a four-run lead in the third inning, Lansford rallied to score two runs and eliminate the Olympians from the District 18 tournament by a score of 6-4.

The Lansford success started in the second inning.

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Mike Feifel/TIMES NEWS Danny Keer rounds the bases after he hit a homerun vs. White Haven on Wednesday night. FT beat WH 23-2.

Staying alive.

That was the chant the 12-year-old Franklin Township little league team used in its dugout after its victory over White Haven on Wednesday.

Franklin Township beat up on White Haven in its losers' bracket game at Phifer Ice Dam, winning 23-2 in four innings of play. All 11 Franklin players reached base safely and scored at least one run on the day. It was the perfect way for Franklin to bounce back from its previous loss to Valley East.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Chase Utley takes a swing before stepping into the batter's box last night on a rehab assignment with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. He went 2-for-5 and hit a home run in a 10-3 win over Rochester.

ALLENTOWN - "So far so good."

The first words uttered by Utley after the game were a bit of an understatement considering what had just occurred.

The 10,100 capacity fans at Coca-Cola Park represented all Phillies fans as they gave a standing ovation to their hero as he rounded the bases in the top of the fourth inning. Moments earlier, the slugging second baseman drilled a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall for a solo home run.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

June 27, 1953 Dick Denesevich strikes out 12 batters and collects two hits at the plate to help lead Mauch Chunk to a 7-4 Tri-County Legion win over Lansford. Roy Gover finishes with two hits and three runs scored for the winners, managed by Mickey Hodor, while McIntyre chips in with a hit and run scored and Paul "Mert" Kroculick contributes a double. For Lansford, Billy Sproule ends with a pair of hits and a run scored.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Northern Valley's offense couldn't get much going against Lower Macungie and suffered a Lehigh Valley Legion loss on Tuesday.

Tamaqua, meanwhile, was hurt by nine errors in dropping a Schuylkill-Berks contest to Pottsville.

No. Valley-Lower Mac

Lower Macungie scored two early runs in the first inning to help secure a 4-1 victory over Northern Valley.

Kirk Bender, Payton Bachman, Cody Hallman, Austin Kelly, Tyler Harris each had a hit for Northern Valley.

Colin Breidinger also had a hit and knocked in the only run for the Chargers.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Marian and Univesity of Georgia graduate Kristen Shickora finished 13th in the 100 backstroke semifinals on Tuesday at the U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha, Nebraska.

Marian graduate and Georgia All-American Kristen Shickora missed out on a spot in the 100 backstroke finals for the second time in four years at the U.S. Olympic swim trials in Omaha, Nebraska on Tuesday.

Shickora competed in the 100 backstroke at the 2008 Olympic Trials four years ago, finishing ninth in the semifinals and missed a spot in the finals by eight one-hundredths of a second.

Competing again in the 100 backstroke this year, Shickora advanced to the evening semifinals once again, but fell short of a spot in the finals, placing 13th with a time of 1:01.59.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Pennsylvania has enacted a new law that is the first in the nation to focus on preventing sudden cardiac arrest and death in student athletes.

"I'm thrilled," said Donna Milesky, 58, of New Freedom, about the new legislation.

When her son Michael was 15 years old, he was playing basketball with his brother and went into sudden cardiac arrest on the basketball court.

His brother Jason ran to the police station for help and ambulance crews responded, performing CPR and using an automated external defibrillator to save Michael's life.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Tigers earn LASC Fun Day U8 crown

The Tigers' U8 team recently captured the tourmament championship at the Lehighton Area Soccer Club's Fun Day. The Tigers earned victories over the Panthers, Bobcats and Cougars' squads. Members of the U8 squad are Front Row - Tate Sharrow, David Pignoli, Ryan Graver, Connor McDonough; Back Row - Erin Homm, Jenna Gaston, Kailyn Haupt. Missing from photo are Madison Wolter, Coach Tim Sharrow and Coach Kevin Graver.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Thaddeus Zuber is greeted by teammates at home plate after hitting a home run in Monday night's district 18 11-112 Little League Tournament against Lansford. Tamaqua won 10-0 to advance to the winner's bracket semifinal against Freeland on Friday night.

They say 'defense wins championships'.

Last night, defense was the difference early on as Tamaqua put together a solid game against Lansford, winning 10-0 in the winners bracket of the District 18 Little League tournament.

The tone of the game was set early on as Lansford committed three errors in the first two innings whereas Tamaqua's defense stayed solid.

Tamaqua starter Zeke Wassel got the first three Lansford hitters to go down in order in the top of the first inning. All three were plays in the field made by the Tamaqua defense.