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Saturday, August 3, 2013
bob ford/times news Jimmie Johnson in the Lowes No. 48 Chevrolet broke a track record at Pocono Speedway on Friday and earned the pole position for Sunday's 400

Inclement weather put a damper on qualifying at the June race at Pocono Speedway.

Mother Nature once again had an impact on qualifying Friday, however it wasn't rain that affected the racing this time around. Cloud cover yes, that's right cloud cover was the big story on Friday at Pocono International Raceway.

An abundance of clouds, cooled the track down enough to help drivers hit speeds that have never been seen before at Pocono in Sprint Cup competition.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Representatives of waterfowl organizations, interested hunters and the public are invited to attend a briefing Friday, Aug. 9, 1 p.m., at the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area administration building, 9552 Hartstown Road, Hartstown.

Saturday, August 3, 2013
bob ford/times news Ryan Newman is riding momentum from last week's win into Pocono.

LONG POND - Ryan Newman's first win of the season last weekend couldn't have come at a better time. Newman, an Indiana native, had the pole at the Brickyard and led 45 laps en route to his triumph at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The victory also vaulted Newman from 19th to 16th in the point standings, leaving him only 25 points outside of the top-10 and an automatic berth in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Newman is also one of three drivers between 11th and 20th with a win, giving him a very realistic shot of making the Chase as one of two wild cards.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

August 3, 1984 Joe Gillespie tosses a four-hitter and strikes out 12 batters in leading Summit Hill to a 10-5 Panther Valley Little League tournament win over Lansford. Jimmer Kane delivers an RBI single in the third inning and a run-scoring double in the sixth. Chris Poko knocks in a run with a single and also scores a run while Joe Perilli chips in with an RBI single. The victory by Summit Hill overshadows an outstanding day at the plate by Lansford's Tom Rosahac, who finishes with a two-run single, an RBI triple, and a two-run homer.

Friday, August 2, 2013

August 2, 1965 Leo O'Donnell hits a pair of doubles and scores three runs to help Jim Thorpe gain a 6-2 victory over Coaldale in the opening game of the Panther Valley Little League tournament. Francis Schlenner goes the distance on the mound, finishing with a four-hitter. The winning hurler walks three, strikes out four and scores a run. Jim Kmetz also contributes to the win with a hit and run scored.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Coordinated Health is providing a free coaches clinic on concussions, sudden cardiac arrest, heat acclimatization and movement prep on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Tamaqua Auditorium. These are the hot topics in athletics today.

Parents, coaches, students-athletes, youth coaches, and the public in general are invited to attend this educational session. A question and answer session will be provided at the end.

Registration is not necessary, but would be appreciated, to Mike Hromyak, Tamaqua Athletic Director at

Thursday, August 1, 2013

August 1, 1972 Dan Weiksner connects for a home run while Gary Nothstein does the job on the mound in leading Coaldale to a 2-1 upset win over Nesquehoning in a Panther Valley Little League tournament game. Weiksner finishes the contest with two of his team's three hits. His homer comes in the fourth inning and wipes out a 1-0 deficit. Nothstein relieves Tim Schilling and allows just one hit and no runs in four innings of work. Nothstein also strikes out 10 batters.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July 31, 2007 Anthony Agosti hits a grand slam and a two-run double to help Tamaqua defeat Council Rock Newtown, 10-5, to claim the Section 6 10-11 Little League championship. Agosti's slam comes during a seven-run second inning with the other runs scoring on Nate Edmonds' three-run blast. Edmonds also pitches four innings of relief, allowing one run and striking out seven, for the mound victory. Dalton Nunemacher collects a pair of hits, one a double, while Bo Rottet scores three runs.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Tamaqua Blue team received the Joe Plasko Memorial Trophy after capturing the 11-12 year-old championship of the Panther Valley Little League Tournament. Tamaqua Blue capped an undefeated run through the tourney with a 14-4 victory over Lansford on Friday. Cody Scherer was the winning pitcher and also scored four runs in the title clinching win. Brady Moyer had three hits for Tamaqua while Nate Boyle and Nick Breiner added two hits each. Team members include, front row, from left, Nate Boyle, Brayden Knoblauch, Pat Burns, Michael Bonetsky and Cody Hamm.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

After winning the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer basketball league championship last week with three upset victories in five days, Vesuvio's continued its string of upsets in the 24th annual Catasauqua Tournament of Champions.

On Tuesday night, Vesuvio's defeated Pammer Chiropractic (the North Catasauqua summer basketball league champion) by a final score of 56-46. North Catasauqua was the defending Tournament Champion.