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Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Franklin Maroon wins PVLL 11-12 CHAMPIONSHIPFranklin Township Maroon won the 11-12 year-old Panther Valley Little League baseball tournament. Members of the team are, front row, from left, Aiden Rarick, Michael Yeakel, Noah Barndt, Michael Bowman, Owen Serfass, Hunter Hetler. Second row Brady O’Donnell, Austin Greene, Josh Steigerwalt, Ian Rarick and Wyatt Sherer. Back row, coaches David Yeakel, Jason Arndt, Kevin O’Donnell, Ron Steigerwalt and Ed Rarick. AJ Light was also a member of the team. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Franklin Maroon won the Panther Valley Little League age 11-12 baseball tournament. Members of the team are, front from left, Aiden Rarick, Michael Yeakel, Noah Barndt, Michael Bowman, Owen Serfass, Hunter Hetler; second row from left, Brady O’Donnell, Austin Greene, Josh Steigerwalt, Ian Rarick, Wyatt Sherer,; back from left, coaches David Yeakel, Jason Arndt, Kevin O’Donnell, Ron Steigerwalt and Ed Rarick. Missing from photo is team member A J Light.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Anthracite captures PVLL 9-10 CHAMPIONSHIPAnthracite won the 9-10 year-old Panther Valley Little League baseball tournament championship, going undefeated. Members of the team are, front row, from left, Chase Krynock, Brennan Kunkle, Jase Horvath, Connor Penberth, Brody Breiner and Brady Jones. Second row, Danny Wehr, Gavin Yuricheck, Spencer Black, Nico Bochicchio and Cameron Caffery. Back row, coaches Steve Krynock, Josh Black, Chris Jones, and Wally Breiner. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Anthracite won the Panther Valley Little League age 9-10 tournament, going undefeated. Members of the team are, front from left, Chase Krynock, Brennan Kunkle, Jase Horvath, Connor Penberth, Brody Breiner, Brady Jones; second row from left, Danny Wehr, Gavin Yuricheck, Spencer Black, Nico Bochicchio, Cameron Caffery; and back from left, coaches Steve Krynock, Josh Black, Chris Jones, and Wally Breiner, head coach.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August 1, 1956 — Bob Lusky collects four hits and scores three runs to help Tamaqua roll to a 16-3 Tri-County Legion win over Palmerton. The winners, coached by Don Evans, break a tie game with nine runs in the sixth inning. Larry Leitzel, who finishes with three hits and three runs, collects two hits in the big frame. Jim Kristoff pitches all nine innings for the mound victory, and also helps his own cause with four hits and a run. Steve Yasenchak adds three hits and a pair of runs, while Bill Alonge finishes with two hits and two runs.

Monday, July 31, 2017

July 31, 1967 — Dave Hoffman pitches a four-hit shutout to lead Coaldale to a 4-0 victory over Jim Thorpe in a Panther Valley Little League tournament game. Joey Hedash finishes with three hits for the winners, including a two-run double in the fifth inning. John King scores a pair of runs, one coming on a steal of home. For Thorpe, Billy Clewell and Don Herman both collect doubles.

Monday, July 31, 2017

LONG POND – One day might not seem like a lot, but to drivers competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, it all adds up. With a schedule that runs from the end of February through the middle of November, every day matters.

Officials at Pocono Raceway took a step toward giving the drivers, teams and their families a chance to get some of that time back this weekend by shifting qualifying to Sunday prior to the race.

Early returns were favorable.

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Berlinsville Braves dropped the opening game of their best-of-three Blue Mountain League playoff series Sunday against the Orioles.

Berlinsville reached the postseason with a victory over Bethlehem Steel Friday.

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Justin Jachowicz, a Panther Valley graduate, tossed a five-hitter to lead the Orioles to a 6-4 victory over the Berlinsville Braves in the first game of their playoff series.

Jachowicz walked three and struck out seven.

The two teams meet at 5:45 p.m. today in Game 2.

Monday, July 31, 2017

LONG POND - Kyle Busch has certainly achieved a lot of “firsts” in his career, and on Sunday at Pocono International Raceway, he was able to check one more racetrack off his list.

Bush dominated the day at Pocono, capturing the Coors Light Pole Award earlier in the afternoon, and then brought that same speed to the race a few hours later to bring home the Overton’s 400 hardware. Busch would not be denied, leading a race-best 74 laps. With the victory, the Las Vegas native now has 39 career wins.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

LONG POND – Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for Sunday's 44th Annual Overton's 400 with a lap of 179.372 mph (50.175).
It is Busch's 24th pole in 447 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, and his fifth pole in 2017. It is his fourth pole in 26 races at Pocono.
Busch also was fastest in final practice, turning a lap of 176.824 mph (50.898).
Martin Truex Jr. qualified second with a lap of 178.866 mph (50.317).
Jamie McMurray will roll off third in his McDonald's Chevrolet after a lap of 178.034 mph (50.552).

Friday, July 28, 2017
Nescopeck State Park features Lake Francis, and the easy, scenic hiking trail that travels around it. Nescopeck Creek parallels many of the parks’ 19 miles of trails. LISA PRICE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

It’s fitting that the entrance road to Nescopeck State Park is named Honey Hole. The definition of the name is a place that has a valued resource; Nescopeck State Park is just that. Possibly one of the lesser-visited state parks in our area, at least by people from our area, it’s a short and scenic drive (see directions, below).

Friday, July 28, 2017
Dillon Smith

In 2010 Dillon Smith, in his last year at Jim Thorpe, was recognized as the District 11 Class 2A Scholar Athlete in Wrestling. It was the culmination of an outstanding career both as an athlete and as a student.

When he graduated, he had earned four varsity letters in both soccer and wrestling and was captain of both teams in his senior year. He excelled in wrestling where his overall record of 141-38 established the Jim Thorpe career win record until it was broken in 2016 by Kevin Gentile (142 wins).