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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

It may be hard to believe, but it is true. Kevin Frandsen is enjoying the game as much as he ever did.

The IronPig infielder that had 228 big league at-bats from 2006-2010 has watched the injury-riddled Phillies constantly overlook him as they make their moves above.

All Frandsen does is work hard where he is at.

"My goal is to win here," Frandsen says. "The group of guys we have and the coaching staff we have is pretty easy to play here. It's hard to get frustrated."

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Northern Valley's Zach Palansky pitched a five-hit shutout Monday to lead his team to a 2-0 Lehigh Valley Legion win over Southern Lehigh.

Palansky walked just one and struck out nine batters in his gem.

The Chargers scored both their runs in the fourth inning. Cody Hallman knocked in one run while Kris Seiler brought home the other. Seiler also collected two hits and scored one of his team's runs.

Josh Kern chipped in with a hit and stolen base for Northern Valley, which improved to 6-4.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) kicked off its annual summer co-ed volleyball league on Thursday evening at Black Diamond Park in Coaldale.

Opening night was dominated by sweeps, as VBC Lehighton Tomahawks, Balls Deep and Sandstorm all picked up three wins apiece.

THURSDAY'S RESULTS

Just the Tip-VBC Lehighton Tomahawks

VBC Lehighton Tomahawks posted a three-game sweep of Just the Tip, 25-8, 25-15, 25-20.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Paiste's passion leads to his success

Henry Paiste says tennis has never come easy for him.

Paiste swears he wasn't blessed with enormous natural talent.

Paiste even admits that his younger brother is a much better athlete.

The home-schooled Northwestern School District sophomore may be right about all those things it's just that his back-to-back District 11 singles championships make it hard to believe.

Paiste has done his best impression of a tennis 'natural' the past two seasons. His combination of power and finesse on the court has overwhelmed his opposition.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

June 19, 1971 Rick Holvek knocks in six runs and Northwestern rolls to a 20-3 Lehigh Valley Legion win over Palmerton. Bittner collects four hits and scores four runs for the winners, who use a 12-run fifth inning to put the game out of reach. Joe Sutjak finishes with two hits, two runs and knocks in three while Denny Hunsicker adds a pair of hits and scores three times. Woody Hermany and Turoscy each contribute two hits and two RBI.

Monday, June 18, 2012

June 18, 1944 Summit Hill pushes across two ninth-inning runs to pull out a 6-4 Black Diamond League victory over Coaldale. "Jake" KoKozuch gains the pitching win with a five-hit, 10-strikeout performance. Tony George, Joe McHugh, Donnie Frey and Kness all collect two hits for the winners while Francie McHugh scores a pair of runs. Coaldale pitcher "Punjab" Hedash also strikes out 10 batters but suffers the loss.

Monday, June 18, 2012
Bombers' Szukics was in the fast lane

Monty Szukics ended his Palmerton Area High School track and field career with a sizzling senior season. Thanks to his talent and versatility, Szukics will now be able to look at the plaque that lists the school's track and field records and see his name on it five times.

Szukics set individual records in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, was a member of the record-breaking 400 and 1600 meter relay teams, and became the single season points record holder.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Why'd it take five months to get the full story?

Last January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the rate at which adults were becoming obese was leveling off. The CDC based this claim on a comparison of 2003-4 and 2009-10 data reported in National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) resumed its summer basketball league at the North and Middle Ward Playground in Tamaqua with a total of eight games being played on Monday and Wednesday evening.

Cuz-N-Joes's Place, Ryan's Oil & Heating and R.R. Frey Services all came out with two wins apiece this week to remain undefeated atop the standings.

MONDAY'S RESULTS

Guerrilla Squad-

Ryan's Oil & Heating

Ryan's Oil & Heating started off this week's action with a close victory over Guerrilla Squad, 49-44.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

With spring gobbler season having ended two weeks ago, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reminded hunters who harvested a spring gobbler with their regular tag to report their harvest and that the more than 13,000 hunters who purchased a second spring gobbler license have a mandatory reporting requirement, regardless of whether they harvested a bird using this special license.