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Friday, June 22, 2012

June 22, 1987 Bill Zahora takes over as Marian girls head basketball coach after longtime mentor Elsie Tola retires the position and becomes the head coach at Immaculate Heart Academy High School in New Jersey. Prior to gaining the Fillies' job, Zahora was the head coach of the Jim Thorpe girls for five years and then was an assistant boys coach at Panther Valley and Marian. Tolan, meanwhile, leaves Marian after posting a 496-85 record over 21 years.

Friday, June 22, 2012

One thing is for certain with the Modified Triple 25s at Mahoning Valley Speedway, put 22 top shelf drivers on a quarter mile oval for 25 feature laps and you get action that is fast, furious and all out clash to the finish.

In the second running of the new Mahoning signature series, which was sponsored by Fastenal of Lehighton, Don Wagner of Wharton, NJ, Kevin Rex, Jr., of Lehighton and Zane Zeiner of Bath scored wins. In each of the events the leaders had to fend off constant takers who made them all earn their visit to the Winner's Circle.

Friday, June 22, 2012
Connor puts it all together for Bears

Last year as a sophomore member of the Pleasant Valley soccer team, Dianna Connor played the typical role of an underclassman. Connor primarily stayed in the background and did her best to help the team out whenever the occasion presented itself.

This year, with most of the Bears' offensive playmakers from the 2011 season having graduated, Connor didn't just step up her game in their absence. She took over.

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Panther Valley Breaker Boys will host the Elizabethtown Mustangs on Saturday in the divisional round of the Great Eastern Football Association playoffs. The game will be played at 1 p.m. at the Ginter Field in Summit Hill

The game could be an offensive shootout as No. 2 seeded Breaker Boys were the second highest-scoring team in the Valley Conference this season with 319 points while the No. 3 seeded Mustangs were third in the conference in scoring.

The teams had a combined 13 GEFA All-Stars between them this season.

Friday, June 22, 2012

If you haven't noticed, this whole week has been dedicated to honoring our Spring Sports Athletes of the Year.

And over time, the process of naming these award-winners has advanced ten-fold.

Statistics are compiled, debates arise, votes are taken, photo shoots are set up, and a full page is designated for each sport in each season.

In the past, namely 15-20 years ago, a "Player of the Year" may have been mentioned in someone's column or one story may have included seven different winners in a season wrap-up. But now they are given the recognition they deserve.

Friday, June 22, 2012
bob ford/times news Lehighton's Michael Balliet of the Gold team takes on Red team offensive lineman JT Krincek of Pen Argyl.

In All Star events such as the McDonald's Lehigh Valley Football Classic that was held on Thursday night at Nazareth, team chemistry can be somewhat of a problem.

Trying to mesh together different personalities from different schools, who in many instances considered themselves rivals last fall is most certainly a challenge.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Six members of the Panther Valley Breaker Boys were named Great Eastern Football Association All-Stars.

The players will join coach Scott Reese as part of the Valley Conference team for the Rob Marrero All-Star Game. Heading the list of Breaker Boys named to the squad is three-time All-Star defensive end Tony Stoeckel. Joing Stoeckel will be two-time All-Star wide receiver Shawn Nunemacher, center Josh Eisenhower, cornerback/quarterback Craig Zurn, linebacker Bryant Butala and safety Dave Boyle.

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Franklin Township Shockers rallied from an early deficit to defeat the McAdoo/Treskow Nationals in a Keystone Senior Babe Ruth League game..


After spotting McAdoo/Treskow three runs in the top of the first inning, Franklin Township roared back for a 7-3 victory.

The Shockers James Farano settled down after a rough start to blank McAdoo/Treskow over the final six frames and record the pitching win. Farano allowed six hit and struck out eight in the game.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Carbon County Babe Ruth Baseball League has announced its 2012 playoff schedule.

The league will open its eight-team, single-elimination playoffs on Friday with four quarterfinal games. The semifinals will take place on Saturday with the championship game scheduled for Monday at Christman Field in Franklin Township.

Following is the playoff schedule:

Friday, June 22


No. 1 seed JT Bruins vs No. 8 seed FT Hawks at Jim Thorpe High School, 5:45 p.m.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

June 21, 2005 Chas Field blasts a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning to break a tie and help lift Lehighton to a 6-4 Lehigh Valley Legion win over Salisbury. Field and Joel Porambo both finish with two hits while Derick Reis knocks in three runs. Joe Kistler chips in with a double and run scored. Reis, who relieves starter Trevor Lawrence, picks up the pitching win by throwing two scoreless innings.