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Friday, April 19, 2013

Ryan's Oil & Heating defeated Vesuvio's, 78-52, on Wednesday to capture the 2013 Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) Winter Basketball League Championship. It marked the fourth straight ESRC Winter Basketball League Championship for Ryan's Oil & Heating and it's seventh Winter League Championship in the past eight years.

Ryan's got off to a blistering start by knocking down five of its nine three-pointers in the game's first 10 minutes to take a 27-23 lead. Ryan's then increased its lead to 43-33 at halftime behind 11 first-half points from Jon Scheuer.

Friday, April 19, 2013
Ryan's Oil & Heating captured its fourth straight Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) Winter Basketball League Championship with a 78-52 victory over Vesuvio's on Wednesday evening at the Tamaqua Area Athletic Center. Members of the championship team include front row (kneeling), from left, Shawn Tray, Jon Scheuer, Joe Schaeffer and Jeff Peel. Back row (standing), Jeff Krusinsky, Kieran Conway, Mike Zulkowski, Mike Stankiewitch and ESRC Executive Director Jason Boris. Special to the TIMES NEWS

Ryan's Oil & Heating captured its fourth straight Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) Winter Basketball League Championship with a 78-52 victory over Vesuvio's on Wednesday evening at the Tamaqua Area Athletic Center. Members of the championship team include front row (kneeling), from left, Shawn Tray, Jon Scheuer, Joe Schaeffer and Jeff Peel. Back row (standing), Jeff Krusinsky, Kieran Conway, Mike Zulkowski, Mike Stankiewitch and ESRC Executive Director Jason Boris.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
nancy scholz/times news Northwestern third baseman Josh Williamson puts the tag on Salisbury's Justin Aungst

Following a loss to Southern Lehigh to begin the week, the Northwestern Lehigh baseball team had its eyes set on getting back into the win column.

One major obstacle, however, was in the Tigers' sight as they welcomed the Colonial League's lone unbeaten team in Salisbury on Wednesday afternoon.

Salisbury wasted no time in making their case as the league's premier squad. The Falcons (11-0 overall; 8-0 in Colonial League) scored five runs in the first inning, and Tyler Cooperman gave up just one hit over seven innings as Salisbury defeated the Tigers, 8-0.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
@Caption Stand Alone:Carbon United's Team Mayhem wins tournament Carbon United Soccer Club Team Mayhem won the U13/14 championship at the 6th Annual Hunter Meckes Soccer Tournament. It was the third straight year that Team Mayhem has captured a championship at the tournament. The team had a 2-0-1 tournament record, defeating FC Pocono, 4-1; Carbon United Soccer Club Team Stealth, 8-0; and finishing with a 1-1 tie against Towamencing Soccer Club Thunder. Team Mayhem, which plays in the Lehigh Valley Youth Soccer League, consists of boys and girls from Jim Thorpe, Tamaqua, Panther Valley, Palmerton, and Lehighton. Team members are, front, Shane Meckes. Kneeling, from left, coach Frank Bokan (with team mascot Chase Bokan), Rajah Quinones, Dylan Pettit, Sean Choley, Patrick Lawler, Jake Burkhart and Aubrey Blasiak. Standing, Michael Solt, Frank Bokan, Zeka Elkhyati, Brendan Morgans, Riley McHugh, Todd Stelling and assistant coach Lynn Stelling.

Carbon United Soccer Club Team Mayhem won the U13/14 championship at the 6th Annual Hunter Meckes Soccer Tournament. It was the third straight year that Team Mayhem has captured a championship at the tournament. The team had a 2-0-1 tournament record, defeating FC Pocono, 4-1; Carbon United Soccer Club Team Stealth, 8-0; and finishing with a 1-1 tie against Towamencing Soccer Club Thunder. Team Mayhem, which plays in the Lehigh Valley Youth Soccer League, consists of boys and girls from Jim Thorpe, Tamaqua, Panther Valley, Palmerton, and Lehighton. Team members are, front, Shane Meckes.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

April 18, 1975 Northwestern uses the long ball to cruise to a 15-4 Centennial League victory over Pocono Mountain. The Tigers, coached by Mike Haberern, slug three homers in posting the win. Todd Schellhamer opens the scoring by hitting a grand slam in the first inning. One frame later, Larry House blasts a two-run homer. Kevin Corman also goes deep, drilling a two-run shot in the fourth. House picks up the pitching win, allowing just four hits while striking out nine, while Ron Weiner contributes four hits at the plate.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Kosciolek's love for hoops started early

Brett Kosciolek has vivid memories of himself flying down the court and dunking the basketball.

He can see himself taking hundreds and hundreds of shots in an attempt to perfect his jumper.

Kosciolek pictures those things like they happened yesterday.

But the dunks and jump shots that Kosciolek was thinking about weren't happening yesterday, or earlier this season, or even in the past year.

No, Kosciolek was reflecting back quite a bit further to his pre-school years. Back then, the court was a hallway in his house and the ball was a nerf.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Jones a natural leader for N'western

Leaders ascend to their positions in different ways. Some are thrust into it. Others try to force themselves into a position of authority.

But the best leaders are those who just let it happen. Those who see a void and fill it.

That's how Sara Jones became the the leader for the Northwestern girls basketball team.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Sam Young hands off to Abigail Kaspszk in the 3200 relay. The Bears won the event in 10:35.49.

The Mountain Valley Conference track meet between the Pocono Mountain West and Pleasant Valley girls' teams came down to the final event Tuesday afternoon.

With the Lady Bears clinging to a one-point lead heading into the 1600-meter relay, the winning team would claim victory for their school.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
RON GOWE/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Sabreena Strauch takes a throw in the discus in Tuesday's meet against Palisades and Pen Argyl. Strauch won the javelin and placed third in the shot put.

Palmerton's boys and girls and the Northwestern girls picked up sweeps in Colonial League track action on Tuesday.

Blue Mountain

-Jim Thorpe

Blue Mountain swept Jim Thorpe in Schuylkill League action, with the boys falling 82-68 and the girls dropping a 98-52 decision.

The Blue Mountain boys used strong performances in the field events, taking the shot put, discus and javelin en route to the victory. Khaaliq Lynch (100, long jump) was the only multiple event winner for the Olympians

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

April 17, 1964 Don Jones collects two hits and knocks in a pair of runs to help Lansford post a 7-5 victory over Northwestern. The Panthers, coached by Vince Spisak, jump out to a 6-0 advantage and hang on for the win. Paul Goida contributes two hits, one a double, and knocks in a run while Ed Sabol adds two hits and a run scored. John Zubek also chips in with a two-run single. Mike Lukac gains the mound win, allowing just two hits in his five innings of work.