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Monday, August 13, 2012

August 13, 1987 Daryl Snyder slugs a two-run homer and also picks up the pitching win in leading Jim Thorpe to an 11-4 win over Weatherly in a Panther Valley Little League tournament game. Steve Snerr and Kyle Armbuster each contribute three hits while Mike Kmetz tosses the final two frames to preserve the victory. For Weatherly, Jason Donadi and Nick Zeleznock both collect two hits.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

MALLORYTOWN, Ontario For recreational bass anglers, one of the biggest decisions they face is what color bait is the right color bait and when is the best time to fish that color.

In the Northeast, from the St. Lawrence to the Potomac, from the Susquehanna to the Delaware and all rivers in between what works at one location almost always is going to work at another. All that is needed is finding the right color bait for the species being fished.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Aaron Smith, a 2005 Jim Thorpe High graduate, spent his senior year as an Olympian after playing the three previous years as a member of the Tamaqua Blue Raiders.

Smith lettered in football, basketball and baseball at Jim Thorpe.

He was also very successful in all three sports at Tamaqua and continued that at Jim Thorpe as a member of the 2004 Anthracite 8 Football League champions and the 2004 District 11 AAA Runners-up.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Copies of the "2012 Pennsylvania Big Game Records" are available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission online at The Outdoor Shop, http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/, by calling 1-888-888-3459, or by mail at PA Game Commission, Dept. MS, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797. Over the counter sales cost $5, which includes sales tax; mailed copies are $6.25, which includes shipping and handling costs.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Picture a wise old yogi with a flowing white beard in a flowing white robe. A hermit who meditates high on a remote mountain and only reveals the secrets of the universe to truth seekers serious enough to make the ascent.

Now picture his knees bent and arms raised for balance, one foot forward, a wild look in his eyes. His bare feet on a surfboard and the surfboard atop the crest of a frothing wave.

I saw such an image on a poster more than 30 years ago. I'll never forget it, probably because the caption contained such good advice.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

STATE COLLEGE - There was a fury of questions being fired at Bill O'Brien Thursday afternoon at Beaver Stadium. O'Brien just sat there cool, calm, and collected and answered back with what seemed to be an immense amount of pride.

Since taking the job at Penn State O'Brien has maybe had to endure more obstacles than any other coach in the history of college football, and all before the players have even taken the field.

The message O'Brien kept reverting back to was that it was time to move on.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

August 11, 1990 Mick Snyder collects three hits and knocks in a pair of runs to help Franklin Township cruise to an 11-1 victory over Jim Thorpe in the Panther Valley Little League tournament. Chad Rex adds two hits, two runs and knocks in two runs. Travis Fink picks up the pitching win, allowing just five hits while striking out seven. The winners also receive two hits from Kerri Ann Wargo and Bron Leupold.

Friday, August 10, 2012

At Wednesday's Schuylkill County Football Coaches Association Preseason Media Conference at Maroons Sports Bar and Grill in Pottsville, a new feature debuted and the 2012 SCFCA Hall of Fame Class was announced.

For the first time, a former high school player was featured, and Wednesday's event was held in honor of former Marian standout and U.S. Army Specialist 4th Class Rick Balliet.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Matt McGloin answered questions in a more relaxed manner than he did last year at Penn State's Annual Media Day before the start of the season.

Joe Paterno never named a starter last season, letting both McGloin and Rob Bolden take first-team snaps in practice every week. Even though McGloin had better statistics and higher scoring rates, Bolden started the first six games of the season.

Not this year.

Friday, August 10, 2012

PHILADELPHIA After trading off three players, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and manager Charlie Manuel have all but announced that they're holding tryouts for 2013.

The most obvious example is in left field, where Domonic Brown has supplanted Juan Pierre.

But while the game changes in front of them, the Phillies' bullpen remains mostly the same. Due to a run of injuries in the season's first month to Mike Stutes, David Herndon and Jose Contreras a crop of young relievers have had what has amounted to a season-long, major league tryout.