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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Beginning this coming Friday, those who enjoy hunting crows, groundhogs and coyotes will need to have their 2011-12 Pennsylvania hunting license.

Yes, the 2011-12 license year begins July 1, and hunting and furtaker licenses are now on sale their the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Pennsylvania Automated License System, over-the-counter at issuing agents, county treasurer's offices and all PGC region offices and its Harrisburg headquarters. In addition, licenses can be purchased through the PALS website at www.pa.wildlifelicense.com.

Friday, June 24, 2011
It was a season of Hope at Tamaqua

Just call it a "Hope and a Dream."

Competing on high school track's biggest stage, Tamaqua's Kayla Hope had just unleashed the three best long jumps of her career.

But in the blink of an eye, her incredible day of personal records was no longer good enough.

Hope's gold medal dreams had suddenly turned to silver and she had just one opportunity left to change them back.

Just call it a "Hope and a Promise."

A 40-meter sprint down the runway, a perfect takeoff that came within a hair of the foul line, and another personal record followed.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Lehigh Valley was eliminated in the loser's bracket final of the Carpenter Cup softball tournament on Thursday.

Mercer County, New Jersey beat Lehigh Valley, 6-1. Both of LV's losses in the double-elimination tourney came at the hands of Mercer County. Lehigh Valley had a 4-2 tournament record and finished in third place.

Thursday's game was tied 1-1 when Mercer erupted for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull out the win.

Northern Lehigh's Megan Filchner and Palmerton's Martinia Herring were both members of the Lehigh Valley squad.

Friday, June 24, 2011

June 24, 1975 Kenny Moyer allows just four hits to hurl Lehighton to an 8-2 Lehigh Valley Junior Legion win over Fountain Hill. Moyer adds two hits at the plate and knocks in a run. Don Blauch collects two hits, one a two-run single, and scores two runs while George Zellers, Denny Kuehner and George Harris each contribute two hits. The winners also receive two runs scored from Eric Snyder.

Friday, June 24, 2011

A big day on the mound and at the plate by Sawyer Smith helped Northern Valley gain a win over North Parkland on Thursday.

NORCO LEGION

N. Parkland-No. Valley

Sawyer Smith almost had as many hits at the plate as he allowed from the mound in leading Northern Valley (11-1) to a 6-2 Norco Legion win over North Parkland.

Smith went 3-for-3 and knocked in three runs to lead his club offensively. The Northwestern product also pitched a complete game four-hitter, allowing just one earned run and two walks while striking out four.

Friday, June 24, 2011

The Lehigh Valley and Schuylkill-Berks American Legion baseball leagues will compete in an all star game Monday, June 27 at the Reading Phillies' First Energy Stadium.

The 10-team LVL and the 16-team Schuylkill-Berks League will each send 27 players to the event, which starts at 7:05 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students and can be purchased through any team managers or at the game. Proceeds from the game will be donated to charity.

Five TIMES NEWS area players will take part in the game.

Friday, June 24, 2011
nancy scholz/times news Northern Lehigh's Jake Kern (7) is wrapped up from behind as he runs down the sideline for the Red team in the McDonald's All-Star football game on Thursday.

NAZARETH – Usually all star games are all about the passing game. But the more balanced offense won out in Thursday's Lehigh Valley McDonald's All Star Classic.

The Gold team (Northampton Country, Phillipsburg and Palisades) was outgained overall, but it mixed the run and the pass efficiently in beating the Red team (Lehigh, Carbon, Monroe countries) 24-14.

Several area players were on the losing end, but were still happy for the opportunity to play in one last high school game.

Friday, June 24, 2011
Colts' Keer to play football at Wilkes

Marian High School senior JT Keer has announced that he will continue his academic and football career at Division III Wilkes University.

Keer was a versatile player on both sides of the ball for the Colts this season, spending time at wide receiver, running back and quarterback on offense and cornerback and safety on defense.

@$:He led Marian in receptions with 20 for 258 yards and three touchdowns. He was named second team all TIMES NEWS area wide receiver and was selected to the Schuylkill County All Star football team.

Thursday, June 23, 2011
No Header!

The U-6 Gladiators took first place in the Lehighton 3v3 Soccer Tournament which took place on June 19 at the Lehighton High School and was sponsored by the Lehighton Area Soccer Club. Team members include, from left, assistant coach Sherry Meckes, Dawson Meckes, AJ Light, Mackenzie Yuhas, Matthew Sofranko, Maddy Sofranko, Steven Yuhas, and head coach JD Light.