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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Public input is being sought by the Pennsylvania Game Commission on drafts of its ruffed grouse and northern bobwhite quail management plans.

Both can be reviewed on the agency's website at www.pgc.state.pa.us by clicking on the "Draft Grouse Management Plan" and "Draft Quail Management Plan" icons under the large photo in the center of the homepage.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

After finding their way into the losers bracket and their backs against the wall, the Franklin Township Shockers knew there was only one thing for them to do: Win.

A five-run second inning boosted starting pitcher Anthony Rossino as the Shockers stay alive by downing the Towamensing Yankees 8-2 in the Keystone Babe Ruth playoffs last night.

"They came out a little lethargic and they began to swing the bats in the middle innings, capitalized on a couple of their miscues and came out with a [win]," Shocker coach Donnie Rehrig said.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

HARRISBURG Adventuresome anglers looking for new waters to explore know how time consuming and even frustrating it can sometimes be to come up with quality, comprehensive information on a given stream or lake.

Now, however, owners of a Garmin GPS have a new tool available to them that will put tons of fishing details right at their fingertips, making the search for angling nirvana easier than ever.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

One of the most exciting plays in baseball is a play at the plate.

While they are somewhat common, to have more than one in a game could be considered rare.

On Friday night in the Schuylkill County Teener League Tournament Championship game, Pine Grove and Tamaqua Penn Medical were involved in three such occurances.

Those trio of plays not only provided fans with some excitement but they ultimately meant the difference on the scoreboard.

Friday, July 15, 2011

The year was 1979 and Jim Tkach was in his first year as head football coach at Palmerton.

During the second week of that season, the Blue Bombers traveled to take on Southern Lehigh.

In the stands that day a young Coopersburg native watched as Tkach's team pulled off a 13-0 upset to hand their rookie coach his first-ever victory.

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Tamaqua Blue and Penn Medical each stayed alive in local baseball playoff action Thursday night.

SECTION 6 9-10 LL TOURNAMENT

Tamaqua-Pennridge

Tamaqua Blue picked up a 4-2 win to eliminate Pennridge and advance in the Section 6 9-10 Little League Tournament at Perkasie on Thursday night.

Nick Breiner picked up the win, while Matthew Gazdick came on to close things out for Tamaqua Blue.

Friday, July 15, 2011

ALLENTOWN – Joe Savery made his return to Lehigh Valley and made an impact. His two shoutout innings were enough to get the win as the IronPigs split a double header with Syracuse last night to open the second half of the season.

After losing the first game, 3-2, to the Chiefs, Lehigh Valley responded with a 5-2 win in the nightcap..

Savery, who was a starter last year at Lehigh Valley, came on in relief of starter Scott Mathieson, who was sent down from Philadelphia. In his first game back at Lehigh Valley he pitched two scoreless innings.

Friday, July 15, 2011

CONYNGHAM There was a chance to play in Saturday's District 18 10-11 year old Little League Tournament championship game on the line.

When the dust cleared after the six innings, Tamaqua Blue was the one who got enough down on both sides of the ball to pull out a 11-6 victory over Franklin Township.

Friday, July 15, 2011

July 15, 1978 Ten TIMES NEWS area wrestlers win championships at the first annual Lehighton Takedown Club tournament. In the Senior Division, Panther Valley's Duane Slonaker (185 pounds) and Mike Kruczek (Hwt) join Lehighton's Kevin Snyder (170) as champs. In the Intermediate Division, Lehighton's Steve Brownmiller (135) and Scott Barry (Hwt) along with Panther Valley's Martin Maurer (155) earn gold medals. The Junior Division produces four area titleists - Palmerton's Joe Ruzicka (65), Spanky Jordan (75) and Mike Behler (105) and Lehighton's Mike Brownmiller (85).