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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Coaches named

The Tamaqua School board recently approved the following coaching appointments:

Sam Bonner, Jim Thorpe, head football coach; Michael Bonner, Lehighton, and Robert Clemson, Nesquehoning, varsity football assistant coaches; Clarence Opolsky IV, no town given, junior varsity football head coach; Dave Malkin, Lansford, freshman football coach; Terry Knoblach, Tamaqua, junior high football coach; Lance Malatak, Jim Thorpe, junior high assistant coach; Michael Sweigert, Tamaqua, volunteer football coach, and Tylor Wolfe, Tamaqua, volunteer junior high coach.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

June 20, 1992 Kerry Smith belts a grand slam and also earns the pitching win as Lehighton rolls to a 13-3 Lehigh Valley Legion win over Northwestern. Smith blasts his homer in the second inning and finishes the game with two hits and five RBI. He also strikes out five batters. Randy Hydro aids the win with two hits and a pair of RBI while Brian "Pip" Rehrig and Greg Flyte each chip in with RBI singles.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
bob ford/times news Richard Smith of the Panther Valley Black Diamonds slides safely into second base as Matt Stillwell of the Franklin Township Shockers applies the tag.

Don Rehrig gave some simple instructions to his Franklin Township Shockers' prior to their Keystone Babe Ruth League game with the Panther Valley Black Diamonds.

The first piece of advice was meant solely for Shockers' starting pitcher Alex Storm, who was making his first start of the season. The second was in the direction of the whole team when they faced opposing Black Diamonds' pitcher Mark Williams.

It didn't take long for Rehrig's instructions to pay dividends.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

It may be hard to believe, but it is true. Kevin Frandsen is enjoying the game as much as he ever did.

The IronPig infielder that had 228 big league at-bats from 2006-2010 has watched the injury-riddled Phillies constantly overlook him as they make their moves above.

All Frandsen does is work hard where he is at.

"My goal is to win here," Frandsen says. "The group of guys we have and the coaching staff we have is pretty easy to play here. It's hard to get frustrated."

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Northern Valley's Zach Palansky pitched a five-hit shutout Monday to lead his team to a 2-0 Lehigh Valley Legion win over Southern Lehigh.

Palansky walked just one and struck out nine batters in his gem.

The Chargers scored both their runs in the fourth inning. Cody Hallman knocked in one run while Kris Seiler brought home the other. Seiler also collected two hits and scored one of his team's runs.

Josh Kern chipped in with a hit and stolen base for Northern Valley, which improved to 6-4.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) kicked off its annual summer co-ed volleyball league on Thursday evening at Black Diamond Park in Coaldale.

Opening night was dominated by sweeps, as VBC Lehighton Tomahawks, Balls Deep and Sandstorm all picked up three wins apiece.

THURSDAY'S RESULTS

Just the Tip-VBC Lehighton Tomahawks

VBC Lehighton Tomahawks posted a three-game sweep of Just the Tip, 25-8, 25-15, 25-20.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Paiste's passion leads to his success

Henry Paiste says tennis has never come easy for him.

Paiste swears he wasn't blessed with enormous natural talent.

Paiste even admits that his younger brother is a much better athlete.

The home-schooled Northwestern School District sophomore may be right about all those things it's just that his back-to-back District 11 singles championships make it hard to believe.

Paiste has done his best impression of a tennis 'natural' the past two seasons. His combination of power and finesse on the court has overwhelmed his opposition.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

June 19, 1971 Rick Holvek knocks in six runs and Northwestern rolls to a 20-3 Lehigh Valley Legion win over Palmerton. Bittner collects four hits and scores four runs for the winners, who use a 12-run fifth inning to put the game out of reach. Joe Sutjak finishes with two hits, two runs and knocks in three while Denny Hunsicker adds a pair of hits and scores three times. Woody Hermany and Turoscy each contribute two hits and two RBI.

Monday, June 18, 2012

June 18, 1944 Summit Hill pushes across two ninth-inning runs to pull out a 6-4 Black Diamond League victory over Coaldale. "Jake" KoKozuch gains the pitching win with a five-hit, 10-strikeout performance. Tony George, Joe McHugh, Donnie Frey and Kness all collect two hits for the winners while Francie McHugh scores a pair of runs. Coaldale pitcher "Punjab" Hedash also strikes out 10 batters but suffers the loss.

Monday, June 18, 2012
Bombers' Szukics was in the fast lane

Monty Szukics ended his Palmerton Area High School track and field career with a sizzling senior season. Thanks to his talent and versatility, Szukics will now be able to look at the plaque that lists the school's track and field records and see his name on it five times.

Szukics set individual records in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, was a member of the record-breaking 400 and 1600 meter relay teams, and became the single season points record holder.