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Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Jim Thorpe Area Sports Hall of Fame organization needs help in obtaining names and addresses of the members of the 1935 Mauch Chunk Catholic High School football team or names and addresses of a relative of a team member. All players/coaches of that team (or a person representing them) will be honored at the Aug. 18 induction banquet.

If anyone has information on team members or their relatives they can contact any of the following JTSHF members: Craig Zurn (570-325-3855 or 570-325-3631); Ron Sheehan (570-325-4244); Wilmer Redline (570-325-3073) or Jack Kmetz (570-325-4923).

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Local MMA fighter in control Andy Beil, top, of Slatington, seems to be in control of his opponent, Colby Slonaker of Sunbury, during "Rock the Cage" MMA cage combat on Saturday in Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall. The 12-bout event was held in tribute to Jim Thorpe, the Olympian. Beil edged Slonaker in a split decision. Beil was one of five fighters on the card representing Rat Pack Fighting Systems of Palmerton. The Rat Pack fighters had a 4-1 record on the night.

Andy Beil, top, of Slatington, seems to be in control of his opponent, Colby Slonaker of Sunbury, during "Rock the Cage" MMA cage combat on Saturday in Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall. The 12-bout event was held in tribute to Jim Thorpe, the Olympian. Beil edged Slonaker in a split decision. Beil was one of five fighters on the card representing Rat Pack Fighting Systems of Palmerton. The Rat Pack fighters had a 4-1 record on the night.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
bob ford/times news Haris Cokrlija of Franklin Township slides safely into third base during Monday's game against Freeland.

With two outs in the sixth inning, Franklin Township's Frank Bokan III was relieved from his pitching duties after the tying run scored on a fielding error.

Bokan's disappointment didn't last long.

In the bottom half of the sixth, Bokan singled and eventually trotted across home plate with the game-winning run to lift Franklin Township to a 4-3 victory over visiting Freeland in the loser's bracket of the District 18 11-12 year old All-Star Tournament.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Franklin Township Shockers staged an incredible rally to edge the Pocono Outlaws in a baseball game on Monday.

KEYSTONE BABE RUTH

Pocono-Franklin Twp.

The Franklin Township Shockers exploded for right runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to stun the Pocono Outlaws, 9-8. in a Keystone Babe Ruth League game.

Trailing 7-1 heading into the home sixth, the Shockers rallied for the victory.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Mike Feifel/TIMES NEWS Ryan Howard signs autographs for fans prior to a recent IronPigs game.

The fans at Coca-Cola Park have been rewarded for their undying support. Leading all of Minor League baseball again in attendance, the fans had a chance to see Chase Utley up close and are now treated to a weeklong stay by Ryan Howard.

Even manager Ryne Sandberg is thrilled to have their big-league influence in the clubhouse.

Both Phillie sluggers showed their true character when they reached Coca-Cola Park. Instead of traditionally wearing their pants low, covering the top of their shoes, they wore them high, up by the knee, just like every other IronPig.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

As the the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer volleyball league flips the calendar to July, defending league champion Valley Athletic Supply and Victorious Secret remained tied atop the standings with records of 11-1.

The two teams are set to clash on Tuesday evening (5:30 p.m. at Black Diamond Park in Coaldale) with sole possession of first-place on the line.

Sandstorm, the 2010 champion and 2011 runner-up, remains a few games back with a record of 11-4.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

July 3, 1948 Ernie Rossi collects five hits to lead a potent Lansford offense that cruises to a 14-4 Tri-County Legion win over Slatington. Rossi also scores two runs for the winners, who use a seven-run fourth inning to take control of the game. Morgie Shinton contributes three hits and a pair of runs scored while "Crystal" Hanas blasts a home run and double. Pete Shears and Phillipovich each add two hits and a run while Joe Chuckran gains the pitching win. Chuckran scatters seven hits and strikes out five batters.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

The 11th annual Coach 'K' Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, July 7 at Mountain Valley Golf Course in Barnesville. The event is held in memory of Cazzie Kosciolek, a long time teacher and coach in the area, who passed away in March, 2001, following a bout with cancer. Kovatch Ford in Nesquehoning has donated a Ford Focus to be given away to the first participant who gets a hole-in-one on the par-three Hole No. 2.

Monday, July 2, 2012
nancy scholz/times news Northern Valley's Zach Palansky slides safely into third base.

Looking to improve upon its playoff seeding with the Lehigh Valley Legion baseball playoffs just around the corner, Northern Valley took care of business on Saturday night with an 11-5 victory over Salisbury.

Going into the game, the Chargers were tied with Fullerton for third place in the standings at 8-7, with Lower Mac holding down the second seed at 8-6.

But with a Lower Mac loss to West Allentown on Saturday, the Chargers have moved up into the number two spot and control their own destiny from here on out in the playoffs.

Monday, July 2, 2012
ron gower/times news Vince Mele of the Franklin Shockers is tagged trying to steal second base by the Franklin Hurricanes second baseman Mike Cataldo.

Pitcher Dane Ciavarella had confidence that his teammates would push some runs across the plate sooner or later.

Finally, in the seventh inning, a three-run rally propelled the Franklin Township Hurricanes to a 4-2 Keystone Babe Ruth League win over the Franklin Township Shockers.

"There were two good teams out on that field today," said Ciavarella, who finished with seven strikeouts and two walks. "It definitely did start off slow for us, but our offense progressed throughout the game, especially in the late innings. We continued to play good defense."