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Friday, August 13, 2010

BETHLEHEM As the Eagles finish up another week at Lehigh, this time they're preparing for their first preseason game at home against Jacksonville on Friday night.

While Kevin Kolb taking over the starting quarterback position is probably the biggest story of training camp, the success of the defense will have a lot more to say about how far the Birds go this season.

So even when the starters are long gone against the Jags Friday, there will still be a lot of notes to takes for coaches and even fans.

Friday, August 13, 2010

It was 20-some years ago that my mother and father took me to my first Reading Phillies baseball game.

Now-a-days, I see myself continuing to attend minor league baseball games with my father and son Wyatt to watch the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

The difference, however, is that I catch myself visiting Coca Cola Park - the home of the Philadelphia Phillies' AAA affiliate - more than I visited Reading years back.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

August 12, 1956 The Jim Thorpe Indians rally from a 5-1 deficit to gain a 6-5 10-inning Upper Lehigh Valley League win over Saegersville. Jimmy McElhenney, Louie Huber and Michael Hodor each collect two hits for Thorpe, while Johnny Smith contributes a triple. Francis Juracka chips in with a hit and two runs scored. Willard DeFebbo strikes out seven in earning the pitching win.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Northern Lehigh School Board on Monday approved the following athletic appointments for the 2010-11 school year:

Michael Bonner, Assistant Track Coach, $2,859.85.

Jonathan DeFrain, Assistant Softball Coach, $2,859.85.

Renee Evans, Senior High Fall Intramurals, Tennis, $793.56; Senior High Spring Intramurals, Tennis, $793.56.

Scott Gerould, Assistant Track Coach, $2,859.85.

Todd Herzog, Senior High Spring Intramurals, Weightlifting, $793.56; and Senior High Fall Intramurals, Weightlifting, $793.56.

Bob Hicks, Assistant Softball Coach, $2,859.85.

Thursday, August 12, 2010
tj engle/times news Mike Solt prepares to release his disc on the first hole of the Riverview Disc Golf Course that he designed in East Penn Township.

Shortly after graduating college, Mike Solt began talking to his uncle Mike Padgett about an unusual kind of sport disc golf.

It didn't take long for the 2002 Penn State graduate to give the game a shot.

"It was something to do," Solt said of the sport. "I went down to the Allentown area and picked up a disc at Play It Again Sports. I went to the South Mountain course over at Lehigh University campus, and actually hated it at first.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission summer volleyball championship will take place on Thursday at 6 p.m. Top seed Valley Athletic Supply will face the winner of the Sandstorm, Volleyball Cronies match, that will resume Thursday at 5:30 p.m., as the two could not complete the match due to darkness. The best of five series is tied 2-2, and the final game will be played to 15.

Semifinals

VA-Pup N' Suds

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Jim Thorpe Adult Men's Summer Basketball League championship game is set for tonight. Highland Beverages and Molly Maguires advanced to the title game with semifinal wins last week.

Highland-Getz's

Highland Beverages stunned Getz's Transportation with a 62-48 victory to prevent last year's champions from defending their title.

Derick Reis sparked Highland Beverages with five treys for a game-high 15 points, while Brad Hurley ended up with 14.

Kyle Busocker led Getz's Transportation with 14 points, while Eric Busocker chipped in with 13.

Molly Maguires-

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

August 11, 1994 Adam "Bud" Watts slugs a two-run homer in the sixth inning to snap a tie and lift Tamaqua to an 8-6 victory over Nesquehoning in the Panther Valley Little League tournament championship game. Kyle Spotts collects three hits, one a double, while Ryan Wertman and Adam Knoblauch both finish with two hits. Tony Pieracini adds a triple and two RBI, and Jimmie Barron earns the pitching win.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Kovatch donating car for hole-in-one

The Carbon County Chamber of Commerce's sixth annual golf outing will be held at Blue Ridge Country Club on Friday, Aug. 20. The tournament will have a 1 p.m. shotgun start. For more information, call the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce at 610-379-5000 or email to mail@carboncountychamber.org. A 2010 Ford Fusion Sport, donated by Kovatch Ford in Nesquehoning, will be given away for a Hole in One. Standing next to the car are golf tourney committee members, from left, Jack Sturm(co-chairman), Jennifer Lesher, Ralph Cortazzo, Sheila Knappenberger, Marj Federanich and Dave Kurz.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

August 7, 1963 A pair of home runs from Christy Lisella helps Summit Hill gain a 10-3 win over Coaldale in the Panther Valley Little League tournament. Lisella drills a two-run blast in the third inning and then connects for a grand slam in the sixth. "Gitchy" Goyda and Dan Snoha each finish with two hits and two runs scored while winning pitcher Miller strikes out seven batters. John Fada also chips in with three hits while "Flexer" Novak adds two.