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Saturday, June 23, 2012

The moment will live forever in Philadelphia Phillies lore.

Phillies fans everywhere can almost assuredly replay and describe the memory at the drop of a red and white hat.

The Phillies' Brad Lidge stands in the stretch and delivers an 0-2 pitch to Tampa's Eric Hinske. Hinske swings over Lidge's deadly slider, which had worked beautifully so many times throughout the year, to get strike three and clinch the 2008 World Series.

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Marian Baseball Camp

The Marian Colts Baseball team recently held its Skills & Drills Baseball Camp for area youths. Under the direction of head coach Jeff Nietz and assistant coach Curt Gimbi, young players from all over the area learned fundamental skills while taking part in various competitions with players from the Colt program acting as instructors. Among the award winners were, front row, from left, Cole Ackerman (New Ringold), Anthony Coccio (New Ringold), Braydon Sherry (Hometown).

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Guess what? There is no way to escape aging. You are of the nature to grow old and die.

Both old age and death are inevitable.

While that's hardly a heartwarming thought, it certainly is true. And it certainly is something you should think about even if thinking about it depresses you.

Because thinking about it just might get you up off your butt and exercising, get you eating good things instead of junk. Yes, I know some will read this intro and do the opposite because there's no winning a war against inevitability, but I hope that way of thinking is not for you.

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Klapatch stars on mound and at plate

The only consolation Diane Klapatch had while coping with an injury during the 2011 softball season was that she had one year left in her high school career.

She battled through the back injury during her junior year by helping the team as a designated hitter. Despite being one of Pleasant Valley's top hitters, she spent the entire season yearning to get back on the pitchers mound.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Longtime Pennsylvania Game Commission employee Dan Figured has been promoted to Northeast Region director by executive director Carl Roe. Figured, who most recently served as Northeast Region Law Enforcement Supervisor, fills the vacancy created when Steve Schweitzer retired April 13.

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Nothing is more satisfying for an angler after battling a king salmon on a Lake Ontario charter trip than seeing it in the net off the stern of the boat.

OSWEGO, N.Y. – According to the lyrics of the song, in the summertime, the living is easy and the catfish are jumping.

For anglers booking charter trips this summer on Lake Ontario, however, all that matters is that the fishing is as easy as it gets. That is especially true for those targeting king salmon, which, while not exactly jumping into the boat, they have been aggressive and caught in good numbers.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

June 23, 1975 A four-run second inning helps Tamaqua gain a 6-3 Schuylkill County Legion win over Schuylkill Valley. Bob Bydlon, Mike Miorelli and Tom Frendak each deliver RBI singles during the big inning while Kevin Holmberg adds a sacrifice fly. Whitey Williams contributes a hit and run scored while Jim Abromitis scores one run and knocks in another. Rick Jones scatters seven hits to gain the pitching win.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

This week we are going to get back to golf swing mechanics. I wish to talk today about correcting some misconceptions about the golf swing. Of all the sports that I know, golf is the one that is overanalyzed and misrepresented the most. My intent today is to dispense some truths and to debunk some myths about the golf swing.

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Franklin rolls to win over JT

Franklin Township played long ball in its District 18 11-12 tournament opener at Jim Thorpe on Friday night to come away with a 16-3 four-inning win.

Danny Keer hit two home runs, while Jonathan Herman belted another as Franklin banged out eight extra base hits in the contest.

The winners banged out 14 hits on the night, jumped on Jim Thorpe early and never looked back.

Franklin will now host Valley East on Monday night, while Jim Thorpe will travel to Weatherly on Monday night.

Friday, June 22, 2012

After two innings of play, it looked like it was going to be another long night for manager Brad Rauch and the Northern Valley baseball team.

A six-run second inning gave visiting Emmaus a comfortable early lead, but the Chargers showed more life in the late innings to make things interesting.

A sixth inning rally made things interesting, but in the end the Chargers fell short as the hosts dropped an 8-6 Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League decision on Thursday evening.