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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Towamensing remained undefeated in Panther Valley Little League 9-10 year-old Tournament competition with a pair of wins.

On Tuesday, Towamensing defeated Franklin Township Gray 8-1. The winning pitcher was Cody Waterhouse. He gave up one hit, two walks, and struck out seven batters.

The top hitters for Towamensing were Ryan Yacone who went 3 for 3, Monte Baez with a double and a triple, and Tanner Burnett with a triple. The Franklin Township pitcher was Zach Crum, who also hit a triple.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

@Breif.Head:

Lehighton catcher Jacen Nalesnik was honored recently by being named to the Max Preps Freshman All-American Baseball team.

Nalesnik, the only underclassman from Pennsylvania to be chosen, led the Indians with a .478 batting average that included 26 runs, 43 hits, 45 RBI, 13 doubles and four home runs.

He was also a member of the Lehighton Legion team this summer.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Panther Valley and its season ran out of gas Tuesday night.

No-hit by East Stroudsburg's Rob Solano, the Black Diamonds dropped a 7-0 decision and were officially eliminated from the Keystone Senior Babe Ruth playoffs.

"He was absolutely nasty," said PV manager Chris West. "He had great command of his pitches and had us off-balance all night. It wasn't that anything he threw was overpowering but he kept our kids off-balanced and that's all he needed to do.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Allison Updike has proved she can throw the javelin with the best in Pennsylvania and the U.S.

Now Updike is competing with the best junior javelin throwers in the world.

Updike, who will be a senior at Tamaqua Area High School in the fall, qualified for the finals of the women's javelin competition Tuesday morning at the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Foundations) Junior World Track and Field Championships, which are being held at Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, this week.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Even in its early years as a Northwestern vs. Northwestern game, the Tackle ALS Flag Football event was a big deal in New Tripoli. Its reach has grown each year, making its motto, "Raising awareness one community at a time," ring very true.

It started with the Northwestern community. After a few years neighboring Northern Lehigh got on board.

Last year, for the first time, teams from Palmerton, Catasauqua and Lehighton joined in.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
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Physical Therapy Specialists, Hometown, is the sponsor for the Fifth Annual Speed, Power and Agility Camp, which is being held at Tamaqua Area High School. The four-week camp has 28 participants, ranging from junior high to college athletes from throughout the area, who work on drills to improve their speed. Sam Bonner of Physical Therapy Specialists, who is also Tamaqua's head football coach, is the camp director. Here, Bonner watches as Josh Zehner and Chris Hartung work on a drill that involves running and pulling the rope between them.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Former professional football player Gerald Willhite will speak at the Sokol Hall in Palmerton on Friday, July 27 at 7 p.m.

Willhite, well known for his backflip in the end zone, will be available to meet and greet the public and sign autographs at 6:45 p.m. prior to his presentation.

He was selected by the Denver Broncos in the first round (21st overall) of the 1982 NFL Draft. A 5'10", 210-lb. running back from San José State University, Willhite played for the Broncos from 1982 to 1988. He appeared in Super Bowl XXI against the New York Giants.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

July 21, 1986 Jeff Hausamann earns the pitching win and also collects two hits and two runs scored to help Northwestern gain a 6-5 win over Lehighton in the opening game of their Lehigh Valley Legion best-of-three playoff series. Dave Bettler adds two hits, one a double, and knocks in a pair while Rob Seyfried and Andy McCauley each finish with two hits. The winners, coached by Danny Schellhamer, also receive an RBI hit from Dan Perich.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010
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Members of the Tamaqua Blue All-Stars in this year's Panther Valley Little League 11-12 year-old Tournament include, front row from left, Owen Bates, Hanna Perla, Brandon Rex, Dakota George and Russ Blaker. Second row, Jon Hadesty, Zack Coleman, Connor Hartung, Bud Moyer, Matt Minchhoff, Dillon George and Nick Clemson. Back row, assistant coaches Dave Clemson and Dave Hadesty, head coach Joe Coleman and assistant coach Tom Blaker.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010
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Members of the Lansford All-Stars in this year's Panther Valley Little League 11-12 year-old Tournament include, front row from left, Darren Goida, Sam Stanko, James Doerr, Nate Miller and Seth Oriel. Second row, William Cannon, Zack Gilbert, Brandon Mantz, Hunter Nause and Anthony Michalik. Back row, head coach Tim Goida and assistant coaches Matt Zedalis and Dave Stanko. Nick Mazzie is also a member of the team.

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