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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

There were several errors in the story on the District 18 10-11 Little League game between Tamaqua Blue and Franklin Township that appeared in Monday's TIMES NEWS.

In the first inning, Casey Rother hit a two-run home run, not Thaddeus Zuber as stated in the article. Zuber had a lead-off walk and Rother followed with the home run.

Cody Scherer was the relief pitcher for Tamaqua Blue.

The picture that was with article also identified the wrong Tamaqua player. It was Zeke Wassel sliding into third base, not Josh Inama as stated in the paper.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Tamaqua Area School District Athletic Department is offering season ticket packages for the 2011 fall athletic seasons and the Senior Citizen's Gold Card.

The following packages are being offered for fall sports:

* Football Season Tickets: Adults: $12 Students: $6 (4 Home games)

* Volleyball Season Tickets: Adults: $20 Students: $10 (7 Home games)

* Boys Soccer Tickets: Adults: $30 Students: $15 (9 Home games)

* Girls Soccer Tickets: Adults: $20 Students: $10 (6 Home Games)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
 Photo courtesy of Maryann Photography

The Jim Thorpe 7-8 year-old All-Stars recently captured their second tournament championship of the summer. Jim Thorpe followed up its Hazleton Tournament title by winning the West Hazleton Tournament. Jim Thorpe was the only undefeated team in the tournament and won the championship game with a 5-4 extra-inning victory over Valley East. In the title game, Jared Marykwas had a game-tying triple in the sixth inning. Anthony Voto had three singles and Davier Calcano had an inside the park home run and a single.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
bob ford/times news Panther Valley Black Diamond second baseman Brandon Gurka puts the tag on the Pocono Mountain Outlaws' Tommy Robson. Robson was safe on the play.

In the early going, the Panther Valley Black Diamonds weren't hesitant.

As last night's American League tournament winner's bracket final went on, the Pocono Mountain Outlaws pitcher Joel Soler, caught the hosts on their heels.

Soler turned up the pressure even more in the Keystone Senior Babe Ruth League Tournament after the visitors gave him enough run support heading into the final inning.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Grabbing the early lead in any sport is an advantage that often produces positive results.

In Sunday night's Keystone Senior Babe Ruth playoff at Christman Field, The Franklin Township Hurricanes jumped out to a 5-0 first inning lead and rolled to a 13-1 mercy rule win.

The victory allows the Hurricanes to remain alive in the loser's bracket of the double elimination.

"Coming out with an early lead is always nice," said Hurricanes head coach Rick Strohl. "I thought it was really important to do that in order to get the win against a good team like Forks."

Monday, July 18, 2011
Tamaqua wins Neifert Tournament

The Tamaqua Blue 9-year old team captured the championship of the 10th annual Edward Neifert Tournament hosted by Tamaqua Little League. There were eight teams in the tournament at Dutch Hill Field and Tamaqua Blue finished with a perfect 4-0 record, posting 10-run rule victories in every game. Tamaqua beat Cressona, 14-0 in the championship game. Members of the team include, front row, from left, Luke Van Buskirk, Carson Barron, Joe Minehan, Dante Agosti and Adam Rex.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Over the last couple of years, concussion awareness has become more prominent in today's athletic society.

It all started a few years ago with examinations of deceased ex-football players' brains and the finding of deteriorations within them. Research then matriculated to boxers and hockey players, and now every major sport pays close attention to the cause and affect of head injuries.

Monday, July 18, 2011

NORTH WALES - With a 3-0 lead after an inning, Northern Valley was in position to win its first losers bracket game and advance into the third day of the Region 2 Tournament.

But after that first inning, Bath's pitchers settled in and shut down the Chargers for the rest of Sunday's game. Bath scored in five of the next eight innings to record an 12-3 win Sunday at Nor-Gwyn Elementary School in North Wales Township.

The loss ends the season for the Lehigh Valley League regular season champion Chargers.

Monday, July 18, 2011

July 18, 2002 Scott McGonigal collects three hits, scores three runs and knocks in three to help Jim Thorpe cruise to a 22-2 win over Beaver Banks in the Panther Valley Little League tournament. Joe Hughes and Kyle Porembo add to the onslaught as each finish with two hits and four RBIs. The winners, who score 15 runs in the third inning, also receive two hits and three RBIs from Jake Zurn. Eric Busocker strikes out five in earning the pitching win while Josh Hontz and Patrick Dennis chip in with two hits apiece.

Monday, July 18, 2011
ron gower/times news Tamaqua's Josh Inama is safe at third base while Franklin Township third baseman Collin Haupt waits for ball.

BUTLER TOWNSHIP - Tamaqua Blue played like a hurricane on Sunday afternoon.

First came the initial onslaught, with heavy hitting and numbing pitching giving Tamaqua a quick 4-0 lead. Next came the eye, a lull from that earlier punishment. Then came the back wall, another pounding by the batters.

The result was an 8-4 win over Franklin Township for the District 18 10-11 Little League Tournament championship on the Valley East field.