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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Palmerton's Katie Pielmeier will attend Ursinus College next fall to continue her education and swimming career.

Pielmeier spent all four years on the Palmerton varsity squad, where she primarily competed in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke.

During her high school career, Pielmeier earned eight district medals (one gold, six silver and one bronze). She was also a four-year state qualifier in eight events, earning an eighth place medal.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
@Caption Stand Alone:Jim Thorpe Major League champions The Dodgers were the 2013 Jim Thorpe Major League baseball champions. Team members were, front row, from left, Jared Joyce, Gavin Fikentscher and Garrett Hollaway. Middle row, Zach Kleintop, Derrick Beckham, Jarrin Geisinger, Max Schlenner, Jared Marykwas and Trevor Hickey. Back row, coaches Max Schlenner, Garth Holloway, Joe Marykwas, Pat Joyce and John Fikentscher.

The Dodgers were the 2013 Jim Thorpe Major League baseball champions. Team members were, front row, from left, Jared Joyce, Gavin Fikentscher and Garrett Hollaway. Middle row, Zach Kleintop, Derrick Beckham, Jarrin Geisinger, Max Schlenner, Jared Marykwas and Trevor Hickey. Back row, coaches Max Schlenner, Garth Holloway, Joe Marykwas, Pat Joyce and John Fikentscher

Monday, June 17, 2013
DON HERB/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northern Valley's Colin Breidinger pulls his bat back as North Parkland's Kevin Jones catches the ball in his glove.

Unfortunate circumstances are a part of any game.

For the Northern Valley legion baseball team, they saw one of those unfortunates play a part in their 5-4 defeat to North Parkland in eight innings on Sunday evening.

After the Chargers had tied it at four in the bottom of the sixth inning, a scoreless seventh inning set the game into extra innings. In that eighth inning, a Parkland grounder took a bad infield hop that bounced over the head of second baseman Brady Mengel, resulting in the game-winning RBI single for the Buffaloes.

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) kicked off its annual co-ed summer volleyball league on Thursday evening at Coaldale's Black Diamond Park. VBC Tomahawks-Seniors posted a three-game sweep over Anything But Net, while Victorious Secret was able to capture two of three games from Intensity.

THURSDAY'S RESULTS

Intensity-

Victorious Secret

Victorious Secret won two of three games against Intensity by final scores of 25-19, 25-15, 30-28.

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Tamaqua Blue Sox recently split a pair of games in Schuylkill/Berks Legion action.

Elsewhere, the Franklin Township earned a tie against Bushkill Township.

SCHUYLKILL/BERKS LEGION

Pine Grove-Tamaqua

Kobe D'Agostino had two hits and scored two runs to help Pine Grove earn a 7-3 win over Tamaqua Sunday.

Wade Bressler gained the pitching win, allowing just three hits while striking out seven.

Josh Zehner had a hit and knocked in two runs for the Blue Sox (1-2). Adam Bates added a double and run scored.

Pine Grove 300 211 0 - 7 5 1

Saturday, June 15, 2013
CAJETAN BERGER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lynette Silva mock chokes second-degree black belt and martial arts teacher, Gary Guldin, as he instructs a self-defense lesson at the Ontelaunee Rod and Gun Club as part of the National Wild Turkey Federation Women in the Outdoors event.

In an ongoing effort to introduce women to the outdoors and encourage their involvement in outdoor activities, Lehigh County's Jerry Zimmerman Memorial Chapter and Northampton County's Walking Purchase Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) recently hosted their 10th annual Women in the Outdoors (WiTO) event at the Ontelaunee Rod and Gun Club.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) tipped-off its summer basketball league this week.

R.R. Frey Services collected a pair of wins to vault to the top of the standings.

MONDAY'S RESULTS

Stower Coal & Oil-Vesuvio's

Mike Stower's Coal & Oil came away with a hard-fought 62-56 win against Hazleton-area rival Vesuvio's to start off the season.

Damian Fritz had a game-high 25 points in Mike Stower's victory.

Danny Maguschak tallied 22 in the loss for Vesuvio's.

R.R. Frey Services-Ziegler's Auto Repair

Saturday, June 15, 2013

I sat down one morning and decided to solve one of the great mysteries of the universe: Why don't more Americans exercise?

A 2010 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that only 5.07 percent of the 80,000 Americans questioned in phone surveys from 2003 to 2008 had engaged in "vigorous" exercise during the last 24 hours. Vigorous, as defined for the study, is any activity that causes the exerciser to reach 70 percent of his or her maximum heart rate.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

June 15, 1977 Rich Perich stars on the mound and Rich Steiger delivers at the plate to lead Palmerton to a 3-0 Lehigh Valley Legion victory over West End Youth Center. Perich allows just three hits in gaining the pitching win. Steiger, meanwhile, gives his team an early lead by belting a two-run homer in the first inning. Palmerton also receives an RBI single off the bat of Pete Ziegenfuss.

Saturday, June 15, 2013
AP PHOTO Max Homa tees off on the eighth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Merion Golf Club, Friday in Ardmore, Pa.

ARDMORE - It's Father's Day weekend and what would have been better than be able to see your son make the cut and be playing in the final round of the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club.

John Homa, who was born and raised in Nesquehoning and graduated from Marian High School in 1971, has been involved in acting for the last 25 years and is a successful acting coach.

His son Max, who just completed his senior year at the University of California, help lead his team to 11 tournament wins and was the medalist at the NCAA Championships in Georgia this spring.