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Saturday, June 30, 2012
Matt Weaver of Tamaqua connects with a pitch during a 9-1 victory over Freeland in a District 18 Little League 11-12-year old winner's bracket semifinal on Friday night. Weaver's sweet swing produced a double.

FREELAND In 2001, the Arizona Diamondbacks won the World Series defeating the New York Yankees.

A big reason for their success was their one-two punch of Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson. The two future Hall-of-Famers overpowered batters at the plate time and time again.

The Tamaqua 11 & 12 year-old baseball squad looks to be following the game plan of the 2001 D'backs.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Except for pursuing foxes, coyotes or crows, opportunities to hunt in Pennsylvania on a Sunday have long been virtually nonexistent. Now, however, a new nonprofit is launching a grassroots effort to try and overturn the decades-long ban that prohibits sportsmen and women from heading afield on the second day of the weekend.

Friday, June 29, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's Adam Bates leaps to pull in a throw before tagging out Valley View's Devin Masser at second base Thursday.

The first time that Valley View and Tamaqua met on the baseball diamond, the game turned out to be quite a battle as VV took a one-run thriller.

This time around, however, the winners erased any doubt that they were the better team, downing the Blue Sox 8-1 in a Schuylkill-Berks Legion contest.

In fact, in the first meeting the game came down to the final out. Tamaqua had the bases loaded before that last out was made. In Thursday's game, though, things were decided early.

Friday, June 29, 2012

June 29, 2003 Ryan Porambo collects three hits at the plate and also gains the pitching win as Lansford pulls away from Beaver-Banks for a 16-4 win in the District 18 11-12 Little League tournament. Two of Porambo's hits are triples. Thomas Eisenhower adds two hits, one a homer, while Ryan Blasko and Aaron Tucker each contribute a double and two singles. The winners, who explode for 10 runs in the second inning, also receive two hits from both Andrew Tucker and David Wagner.

Friday, June 29, 2012

There was no elementary school wrestling team when Ren Shoop attended Jim Thorpe High School.

In fact, Shoop had to wait until his sophomore year to take part in intramural wrestling and waited until his junior year to compete as a varsity wrestler, the first year for the program.

He's stayed around the sport long since graduating from Jim Thorpe High in 1966. And now he'll return to the wrestling program where his career started.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

With just 10 laps to run in Saturday's Modified main at Mahoning Valley Speedway, Tommy Flanagan appeared to be on his way to winning. However, after a restart at lap 25 his motor failed and Bobby Jones became the benefactor.

Jones, who hails from Palmerton, then had to shield off Earl Paules and Nevin George en route to his second win of the season.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

June 28, 1976 George Harris delivers a run-scoring double in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Lehighton a 4-3 Lehigh Valley League walk-off win over Whitehall. Harris brings home Mike Galasso, who started the rally by being hit by a pitch. Kevin Moyer goes the distance on the mound for the pitching win. Moyer, whose three-run homer accounts for his team's other runs, scatters five hits and strikes out six batters.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A team's heart and determination can simply be measured when adversity strikes during the course of a ball game.

The Lansford 11 and 12 year old baseball squad, which has been fighting to win ball games all summer, showed Jim Thorpe that when adversity strikes they will strike back.

After giving up a four-run lead in the third inning, Lansford rallied to score two runs and eliminate the Olympians from the District 18 tournament by a score of 6-4.

The Lansford success started in the second inning.

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Mike Feifel/TIMES NEWS Danny Keer rounds the bases after he hit a homerun vs. White Haven on Wednesday night. FT beat WH 23-2.

Staying alive.

That was the chant the 12-year-old Franklin Township little league team used in its dugout after its victory over White Haven on Wednesday.

Franklin Township beat up on White Haven in its losers' bracket game at Phifer Ice Dam, winning 23-2 in four innings of play. All 11 Franklin players reached base safely and scored at least one run on the day. It was the perfect way for Franklin to bounce back from its previous loss to Valley East.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Chase Utley takes a swing before stepping into the batter's box last night on a rehab assignment with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. He went 2-for-5 and hit a home run in a 10-3 win over Rochester.

ALLENTOWN - "So far so good."

The first words uttered by Utley after the game were a bit of an understatement considering what had just occurred.

The 10,100 capacity fans at Coca-Cola Park represented all Phillies fans as they gave a standing ovation to their hero as he rounded the bases in the top of the fourth inning. Moments earlier, the slugging second baseman drilled a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall for a solo home run.