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Friday, July 29, 2016

LONG POND – Hendrick Motorsports has rarely lacked speed at Pocono Raceway.

The organization has an impressive 17 wins at “The Tricky Triangle,” with the four most recent coming as season sweeps in 2013 (Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne) and 2014 (Dale Earnhardt Jr.).

But the results in recent weeks have been up-and-down, with Johnson’s third-place finish at Indianapolis last Sunday snapping a three-race streak without a top-10 for himself and Hendrick Motorsports.

Friday, July 29, 2016

LONG POND — New Jersey native Martin Truex Jr. who calls Pocono his “hometown track” earned his third pole of the season and his first career pole at Pocono Raceway on Friday.

Truex Jr. will certainly be feeling right at home for Sunday’s Pennsylvania 400 (1 p.m. NBC Sports) where he will hope to match the speed his team displayed in practice and qualifying throughout the day on Friday.

Friday, July 29, 2016

The broader, the better.

Some males feel that way about women’s backsides. I do not. I do, however, feel that way about this column.

Though I won’t shy away from subject matter that applies solely to senior citizens or little leaguers or middle-aged moms, I would rather write about topics that pertain to all.

Though I won’t avoid a subject just because I haven’t personally experienced it, I prefer including that along with the results of studies and observations by experts as a way to widen the scope.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Richie Failla had four hits Wednesday to help Franklin Township defeat Tamaqua Blue, 16-7, in a Panther Valley 11-12 year-old Little League tournament tiebreaker game.

Randy Bongiorno aided the winning cause with a double and two singles, while Jack Lorenz and Brayden Lutz both contributed three hits.

Jacob Neeb gained the pitching win. Josh Steigerwalt finished on the mound for Franklin Township.

Nate Wiekersham hit two homers for Tamaqua, while Anthony Coccio added a homer and single. Teammate Jerome Balliet chipped in with two hits.

Friday, July 29, 2016

July 29, 1995 - Travis Hand tosses a no-hitter to help Towamensing gain a 2-1 walk-off victory over Summit Hill in the Panther Valley Little League tournament. Hand walks five and strikes out 12 during his pitching gem. He allows an unearned run as a result of two errors. Matt Johnston delivers an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth, which plates Tony Chupa with the game-winning run. The winners also receive a hit and run scored from Jimmy Marks.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Franklin Township’s 7-8 year-old all-star team captured back-to-back championships, winning both the West Hazelton and Hazle Township tournaments. They finished their all-star season undefeated with a perfect 9-0 record. Team members included, front row from left, Carter Bellis, Ashton Wentz, Austin Green, Hunter Steigerwalt, Jesse Waksmunksi, Ryan Kusse; middle row, coach Marlin Bellis, Hunter Kintz, Aiden Solt, Jayce Lawrence, CJ Dietz, Zach Schrantz, Dominic Lawrence; back row, coach Todd Solt, manager JC Dietz, and coach Trevor Lawrence.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Schuylkill East Teeners are VFW State runners-up

The Schuylkill East Teeners finished second in the 13/14-year-old VFW State Tournament, held in Pottsville. The team consisted of players from Tamaqua, Pottsville and Schuylkill Valley. Tamaqua’s Nathaniel Noftz earned the MVP Award for Schuylkill East for his pitching performance throughout the tournament. Members of the team include, front row from left, head coach Kevin Stanton, Riley Stanton, Damon Yost, Dante Agosti, Kevin.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Franklin Township White pulled within one win of the Panther Valley Little League 9-10 tournament championship by posting a win over Franklin Township Maroon.



Berlinsville scored four runs in the first inning and went on to claim a 7-4 victory over the Limeport Dodgers.

Cody Krupa (Northern Lehigh graduate) had a pair of hits, scored a run, and knocked in one for the winners. Mike Wozniak contributed a pair of hits and three RBIs, while Kyle Buchman added two hits and a pair of runs.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July 27, 1944 - Toddy Bimler pitches a six-hitter to lead Mauch Chunk to a 3-1 Panther Valley League victory over Nesquehoning. Bimler tosses all nine innings, allowing three walks while striking out two. The winning pitcher also receives outstanding defense as “Woo” Leopold makes a key running catch with two runners on base in the seventh inning, and “Chiseler” Eberts turns a backhanded stab into a double play in the ninth to preserve the lead. Eberts collects three hits in the contest, while John Brosious adds two hits and a run scored.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The late Bob “Heavy” Scherer was a hard-as-nails type of racer and there is no question he was looking down and beaming from ear-to-ear after a pair of twin-50 lap features run in his honor took place Saturday night at Mahoning Valley Speedway.

Earl Paules and Austin Kochenash scored the respective wins on a hot and steamy night of racing that was a classic rough-and-tumble short track show with intensely close action and tempers flaring afterward. Yes, “Heavy” would have loved this.

Most of the combating centered on Kochenash, who drew cheers and jeers by night’s end.