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Monday, August 8, 2011
PHOTO COURTESY OF INDIANA UNIVERSITY Indiana Univesity senior and Panther Valley grad Allysa Vavra qualified for the Pan Am Games with her outstanding efforts at the U.S. National Swim Championships that ran from late last week through the weekend.

Indiana Hoosier senior and Panther Valley alum Allysa Vavra continued her successful national swimming campaign qualifying for the 2011 Pan Am games at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships held at Palo Alto, California.

Vavra finished 26th in the 200-meter breaststroke in which she broke her own personal best and Hoosier record with a time of 2:33:31beating the previous record of 2:33:57. Along with her 26th-place breastroke finish Vavra also competed in the 400 medal relay where the Hoosiers ended up 14th.

Monday, August 8, 2011

August 8, 1999 Jim Thorpe's Mike Deacy and Willie McHose both hit first inning homers and the East go on to cruise to a 23-8 win over the West in the annual Panther Valley Little League Tournament all-star game. Brandon Kusko of Nesquehoning also belts a homer for the winners, who put the game away with an 11-run fourth inning. McHose gains the pitching win and finishes with two hits and four RBIs. Dave Versuk of Franklin Township adds two hits and a pair of RBIs while Weatherly's Eric Graham adds a two-run double.

Monday, August 8, 2011

The team of Tom Tirpak, Terry Fritz, Jim Batman and Stanley Kozuch combined efforts to claim the top prize in the 24th Annual Diligence Fire Company Golf Tournament held July 30 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club, Lehighton.

The foursome recorded a score of 56 to win the "scramble" tournament, finishing six strokes ahead of their closest challengers.

Second place went to the team of William Luksavage, Andy Fredley, Joe Petrole and Keith Morey. They carded a 62.

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer volleyball league had its first round of playoffs on Thursday, August 4 at Black Diamond Park in Coaldale.

Sandstorm (the defending league champion) and top-seeded Valley Athletic Supply won both their respective matches and advanced to Tuesday evening's championship game.

The championship match is a repeat of last year's final, when Sandstorm defeated Valley Athletic in four games to claim the title.

SEMIFINAL RESULTS

Sandstorm-

Team Ram Rod

Monday, August 8, 2011

Molly Maguires Pub and Getz's Transportation will battle for this year's Jim Thorpe Summer League Basketball championship after recently winning semifinal matches.

Molly's downed Highland Beverage while Getz's disposed of Mauch Chunk Pharmacy.

In addition to the title game, which is set for Monday evening, the all-star rosters have also been announced. The all-star game will be played on Thursday, Aug. 11.

PLAYOFF RESULTS

First Round

Getz's-JTNB

Saturday, August 6, 2011

FRIEDENSBURG – Spending a day afield or on the water with one's spouse can be a rewarding and enjoyable outdoors experience.

Learning how to use a spinning rod or load a rifle from one's spouse, however, can be trying for both parties.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Hunters looking to participate in this year's Pennsylvania elk season have until Friday, Aug. 26, to submit an application through the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Pennsylvania Automated License System. This can be done at any issuing agent or through the "Buy Your Elk License" icon in the center of the agency's homepage at www.pgc.state.pa.us.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

August 6, 1948 Lou Brida strikes out nine batters and tosses all nine innings to help lead last-place Coaldale to an 8-5 upset win over first-place Lehighton in a Panther Valley League contest. Mike Sachon collects three hits and scores three runs for the winners, while Gene Ambrose adds a pair of hits and two runs. Coaldale also receives two hits from Brida, John Welsh, Al Zummers and Frank Radocha.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

LONG POND - With all eyes on the economy this week, it isn't too much of a surprise to see NASCAR Sprint Cup car owners looking to find sponsors for their race cars for the 2012 season.

Team owner Jack Roush was one who told the media at Pocono International Raceway Friday that he is confident that he will be able to find the money to have four fully sponsored cars next year.