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Saturday, July 7, 2012

As of Monday, the Philadelphia Phillies had played exactly half of their 2012 baseball schedule.

Their record at the time: 36-45. Eleven games back of the first-place Washington Nationals in the National League East. Eight games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Wild Card.

Never thought I would use the words "back of," "Nationals" and "Pirates" when describing the Phillies, but I guess there is a first time for everything.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

With two weeks remaining in the regular season, R.R. Frey Services, Ryan's Oil & Heating and Schick's Café Calcutta sit tied atop the standings in the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) summer basketball league.

With an abbreviated schedule this past week due to the holiday, Cuz-N-Joe's Place and defending champion R.R. Frey Services picked up victories.


Cuz-N-Joe's Place-Jimmy's O's Chicks

Cuz-N-Joe's Place snapped a three-game losing streak with a 78-70 victory over Jimmy O's Chicks.

Friday, July 6, 2012
bob ford/times news Jonathon Herman of Franklin Township slides safely into third base as Monte Baez of Palmerton/Towamensing awaits the throw.

Most nights, Daniel Keer's pitching performance would have grabbed the headlines.

But Thursday night, Keer's pitching had to take a backseat – to Keer's hitting.

Thanks to Keer's huge effort on the mound and at the plate, Franklin Township defeated Palmerton/Towamensing, 10-4, to remain alive in the District 18 11-12 year-old Little League Tournament.

"Daniel is always a huge factor in our games, but tonight he kind of took that to another level," said Franklin Township coach Frank Bokan Jr. "He has really been locked in at the plate this entire tournament.

Friday, July 6, 2012

The Panther Valley Little League Tournament will begin its 55th season on Saturday.

There will be both and 11-12 year-old tournament and a 9-10 year-old tournament.

The 11-12 year old tourney will be comprised of nine teams, who will a round-robin format that begins on July 7 and conclude on July 23.

The 9-10 year old tourney will have eight teams and will also use a round-robin format that will begin on July 8 and end on July 20.

11-12 Year-old Schedule

(all games at 6 p.m.)

Saturday, July 7

Jim Thorpe Red at Franklin Gray

Friday, July 6, 2012


"He is like LeBron James Jr., but worse."

Up until about two weeks ago, that was the phrase I used to describe the Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard.

Since then things have only gotten worse for the Magic and their fan base. So much so that I think Howard might be making a run at the award currently owned by John Edward. For those who have no idea what I am talking about, search South Park episode 615 and enjoy.

Friday, July 6, 2012

CONYNGHAM Tamaqua Blue manager Ed Titus was able to manage a smile.

It would be easy to understand if Titus had a frown on his face or was displaying some frustration. Afterall, his team had just been routed by Valley West, 21-3, in the District 18 9-10 year old Little League Tournament.

But Titus choose to stay positive.

"There's tomorrow," Titus stressed.

Friday, July 6, 2012
Marian baseball team seniors and award winners

The Marian baseball team recently held its end of the year team recognition banquet at Capriotti's Catering Hall in Trescow. The Colts celebrated another successful season and recognized graduating seniors and team award winners.

Friday, July 6, 2012

July 6, 1969 Mike Steigerwalt collects three hits and scores a run to help Lehighton gain an 8-5 Lehigh Valley Legion victory over Parkland. Rich Kelowitz delivers a key two-run single for the winners while Danny Kunkle and Billy Kunkle both finish with a hit and two runs scored. Charlie Hansler, who adds a hit and run scored, earns the pitching win.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Earl Paules and Don Wagner each garnered Modified wins Saturday night at Mahoning Valley Speedway and in the process they kept their tight point battle going strong as the season's midway juncture nears.

Point leader Paules of Palmerton picked up his second victory in the make-up race from June 3. Starting seventh, he had to work his tail off in taking the lead from Scott Meckes.

Wagner passed Tom Flanagan on 17 then held off John Bennett for his third 2012 verdict.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Tamaqua and Northern Valley both dropped games in legion baseball action Thursday.

The Blue Sox fell to Minersville in Schuylkill-Berks play while the Chargers lost a Lehigh Valley Legion decision to Coplay.


Tamaqua's Derek Rottet had three hits and scored a run but it wasn't enough as Minersville earned an 8-3 victory.

Ryan King had a pair of hits and gained the pitching win, striking out nine, to lead the winners. David King added three hits while Isaac Melochick had two hits and knocked in three runs.