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Saturday, July 13, 2013

With one week remaining in the regular season of the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer basketball league, the six team playoff field has been set, with Mike Stower Coal & Oil leading the standings with an undefeated 7-0 record with one game remaining.

Stower's will try to cap off an undefeated season and the top overall seed for playoffs when they do battle with defending league champion Ryan's Oil & Heating (5-1) on Monday at 8:00 p.m. at Tamaqua's North and Middle Ward Playground.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

July 13, 1962 Donnie Jones collects two hits, both of them doubles, and knocks in a pair of runs to help lead Lansford to a 7-5 Teener League all-star win over Summit Hill. Joe Simcik contributes two hits, two runs scored and an RBI to the winning cause while Mike Lukac adds a two-run single and also gains the pitching win. Mongi chips in with an RBI single with Dennis Boyle adding a hit and run scored. For Summit Hill, Smyrl finishes with two hits and two RBIs.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

The pursuit of optimal health and fitness can be fascinating and frustrating, primarily because it needs to be approached as an individual endeavor. In other words, while research and conventional wisdom can serve as guides, they should never supplant personal experience.

But that requires time and trial and error.

Take my problem of feeling sleepy after lunch as an example.

Friday, July 12, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Franklin Township captured the District 4 15-year old championship by defeating Valley on Thursday. Franklin Township now advances to the state playoffs.

DRUMS - Win and in.

An undefeated Franklin Township squad accomplished just that, eliminating Valley with a 7-2 victory in the District 4 15-year old Babe Ruth Tournament.

The win sends Franklin to the Pennsylvania 15 year-old state tournament next week in Williamsport. The team also made an appearance in the 13-14 year-old tournament last year.

Friday, July 12, 2013

OREFIELD - Northern Valley's Alex Smith was staying with North Parkland's Brett Kosciolek pitch for pitch.

They put on a pitchers' duel for six and a half innings of yesterday's Lehigh Valley Legion playoff game.

Smith retired the first nine batters he faced before allowing an infield single. Kosciolek surrendered his first hit of the game in the sixth inning.

While both pitchers received back up from their defense, the game's lone run came on a flyball that no one could get a glove on.

Friday, July 12, 2013

July 12, 2002 Jeremy Ligitt's pitching and Chris Wehr's hitting lead Summit Hill to a 12-0 win over Nesquehoning in the opening round of the Panther Valley Little League tournament. Liggit tosses a one-hitter, striking out 11 batters while walking just one. Wehr collects a single, double and a pair of three-run homers. He scores four times and knocks in seven runs. Justin Roberts and Robert Coccio both contribute a pair of hits to the victory while Dan Farole adds a double.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Tamaqua Blue moved within one win of the District 18 10-11 Little League championship by defeating Valley East in the winner's bracket final.

In other action, Towamensing was eliminted from the 10-11 tourney while Tamaqua's legion team was ousted from the Schuylkill-Berks playoffs.

Panther Valley also came up short against Bushkill Township in the Keystone Senior Babe Ruth finals.

DISTRICT 18 10-11

LITTLE LEAGUE

Tamaqua-Valley East

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Franklin Township put itself in good position with a win in the District 4 15-year old Babe Ruth tournament on Wednesday night.

DISTRICT 4 15

BABE RUTH

Lansford

-Franklin Twp.

Franklin Township jumped out to an early lead and then exploded for eight runs in the fourth inning for a 15-1 win over Lansford in the winner's bracket final.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A day after relying on its pitching, Bushkill Township's high-powered offense was on display.

After squeaking by Franklin Township with a dramatic, 1-0 win to reach the Keystone Senior Babe Ruth Championship Series, the runs came in bunches for the Minutemen on Wednesday night.

Bushkill (10-7-1) pounded out 20 hits to earn a decisive 14-2 win over Panther Valley in the first game of a best of three series. All nine starters contributed in the win, with each player picking up at least one hit.

Thursday, July 11, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Northern Valley's Josh Kern fires a pitch to a Fullerton batter in Wendesday night's Lehigh Valley Legion playoff action.

Brad Rauch had a pre-game talk with his starting pitcher before Northern Valley's opening round game against regular season nemesis Fullerton.

Whatever the words were that were exchanged between Rauch and Josh Kern, the message must have sunk in. Once Rauch put the ball in Kern's hand to start the game, the righty went on to have a stellar performance against the same team he had previously lost to nearly a week and a half ago.