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Wednesday, June 8, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Anthony Farole of the Franklin Township Shockers slides safely into second base as Zack King of the Panther Valley Black Diamonds goes to apply the tag.

Countless aspects of the game of baseball come into play throughout the course of seven innings every time a team takes the field. However, in last night's Keystone Senior Babe Ruth League match-up between the Panther Valley Black Diamonds and the Franklin Township Shockers, one of the lesser-known aspects proved to be the difference: familiarity.

The continued know-how between PV's pitcher Zach Stanko and catcher David Marouchoc trumped the bats of the Shockers at paramount times, as the hosts pulled out a 9-4 win and improved their record to 3-1 on the young season.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Thorpe powerlifting team finishes unbeaten

The Jim Thorpe High School Powerlifting Team completed another successful season. The team was undefeated in team competition. In the six competitions, the Olympians captured 98 individual medals, seven best lifter awards and four first place team trophies.

The team's first competition was the USA Powerlifting Stars and Stripes Bench Press and Deadlift Championships held in Clark Summit. Eighteen team members competed with 14 of them winning first place medals. Tom Acker won best lifter award for the deadlift.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association All-Star game will take place this Saturday evening at Rotary Field in Schuylkill Haven.

There are 14 local TIMES NEWS coverage area athletes taking part in this weekend's game, which will begin with an opening kickoff at 7 p.m.

Jim Thorpe has eight members, while Marian and Panther Valley both have three players who will take to the field as members of the North team.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

ALLENTOWN – Coming into Tuesday night's game Ryan Feierabend was as hot as the IronPigs. The winning pitcher in four of his last five starts, the left-hander looked to continue the winning ways of Lehigh Valley.

Coming home from a road trip that garnered six wins in eight games, Lehigh Valley was dealt a rude homecoming by the Durham Bulls. An area hitter had a homecoming of his own as he led the pasting of Feierabend for eight runs as Durham upended the IronPigs 9-1.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Six TIMES NEWS Area players are among the 25 players to make the roster of this year's the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup Classic baseball team.

Pleasant Valley's Drew Borger and Derrick Walling, Lehighton's Tyler Harris and Tyler Hill, Northern Lehigh's Jake Kern and Palmerton's Christian Marcin have made the roster, while Palmerton's Aaron Cook and Pleasant Valley's Danny Hrebik are two of the three alternates.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The 2011 Tamaqua Summer Basketball League, sponsored by the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC), will tip-off its season on Wednesday, June 8, at the North and Middle Ward Playground in Tamaqua.

This year's league consists of 10 teams and over 100 players, many of whom have excelled locally on the scholastic and collegiate hardwood.

There will be three games on opening night beginning at 6:00 p.m. Starting on Monday, June 13, the ESRC will move to a four-game schedule, which begin at 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June 7, 1970 Rick Sassaman pitches a shutout to lead Tamaqua to a 4-0 Schuylkill County Legion win over Pine Grove. Sassaman allows just a pair of early singles and tosses hitless ball over the game's final five innings. Ed Bednarz collects two hits, one of them a triple, and scores a run while Glenn Behr adds a hit and run scored. The winners, who score two runs in both the second and third frames, also receive a double off the bat of Joe Ames.

Monday, June 6, 2011

June 6, 1995 Northern Lehigh's Heather Reifinger plays double duty at the Carole Weil All-Star Classic, pitching both the Colonial League and Mountain Valley Conference all-stars into the finals. Reifinger earns the win for the CL against the East Penn East in a 4-3 decision when Katie Boyd of Palmerton doubles home the tying run and scores the winner on a wild pitch. When the MVC is in need of a hurler in the second contest, the Bulldog tosses four innings and strikes out nine against the East Penn West.

Monday, June 6, 2011

There are not many occasions in sports when both teams win. According to the scoreboard Saturday at the Deppe All Star Game, the Blue team topped the Red team, 13-5 in the first of two contests for this year's high school senior all starts.

But none of the players left the field feeling like they lost the game.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

June 4, 1961 Joe Carazo collects four hits, two of them triples, scores three runs and knocks in two to help Palmerton open Lehigh Valley Legion play with a 9-5 victory over Emmaus. Luke Sebo collects two hits and drives in four while Ed Kosciolek adds a pair of hits and scores twice. The winners also receive a home run and three runs scored from George Neyer. Dick Noll tosses a six-hitter to gain the pitching win.