Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Local Sports

Monday, May 2, 2016
Representing the Times News area at the 32nd Annual Schuylkill County Female Scholar Athlete Banquet were, from left, Allison Amodea of Tamaqua, Kelsey Van Horn of Panther Valley and Maureen Kloap of Marian. JUSTIN CARLUCCI/TIMES NEWS

POTTSVILLE — It’s one thing to perform in the classroom, and it’s another to excel in athletics.

Three outstanding Times News area senior scholar athletes shined bright over the course of their high school careers. The TN trio were part of a group of 15 seniors from Schuylkill County high schools who were acknowledged at the 32nd Annual Female Scholar Athlete Banquet at Pine View Acres in Pottsville on Sunday.

Monday, May 2, 2016
The Palmerton No.1 doubles team of Logan Miller (front) and Jordan Dopsovic picked up their team’s only victory against Allentown Central Catholic on Saturday. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

ALLENTOWN — A veteran Allentown Central Catholic team ruined Palmerton’s return to the District 11 Class AA team tennis tournament on Saturday on the Cedar Crest College campus.

The Bombers, making their first district appearance in three seasons, dropped a 4-1 opening round decision to the Vikings.

But the loss didn’t happen before the Bombers’ doubles teams put on a light-up-the-sky, fireworks showing.

Monday, May 2, 2016

May 2, 1958 - Lehighton breaks a scoresless tie with four runs in the sixth inning and maintains the advantage for a 4-1 Lehigh Valley League win over Emmaus. Bernie Semmel starts the Indian uprising with a single and two stolen bases. Ted Boyer delivers an RBI single and eventually scores on Tom Herman’s hit. Boyer races home on a wild pitch. The winning pitcher for Lehighton, coached by Dallas Heffner, is Gary Stout.

Monday, May 2, 2016
Northern Lehigh first baseman Austin Lancsak (left) fields the ball as pitcher Chad Cederberg (7) hustles over to cover the base. MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS

Palmerton edged Pen Argyl in baseball action on Friday to clinch a berth in the District 11 playoffs.


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Palmerton had just two hits but held on for a 2-1 Colonial League win over Pen Argyl that clinched a District 11 playoff berth.

Brody Boehler picked up a sacrifice fly for the Blue Bombers (10-6, 8-5), while Jonathan Schwartz scored two runs with three walks and two stolen bases. Zach Silfies also collected a hit.

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Monday, May 2, 2016
Jimmy the Groundhog Guy built a special tower for hunting groundhogs that he could tow with a truck or ATV. LISA PRICE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The first groundhog sighting of the year will always make me remember Jimmy, the Groundhog Guy. He’d get a kick out of that ...

At first, I was just amused, but after a couple phone calls, I began to marvel. Who was this guy anyway? Like Elvis or Shaq, he needed no last name; in fact, hardly anybody even knew his last name. He was known only as Jimmy the Groundhog Guy.

Monday, May 2, 2016
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The Carbon County Area Hall of Fame banquet will be held Sunday, May 29 at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe. The doors will open at 1 p.m.

This year’s inductees are:

Palmerton - John Kleintop, Ted Plessl and Mike Dakan.

Lehighton - Jim Remaley, Monroe Berger and Rick Stroup.

Nesquehoning - Gary Barna, Nicole Hackenberg and Erick Hackenberg.

Lansford - Joseph Jaso, Donnie Fredericks and Ed Shubeck.

Jim Thorpe - Terry McElmoyle, Tricia McElmoyle and Farley Foster.

Summit Hill - Trevor Lawrence Jr., Tom Bonner and Dave Evans.

Monday, May 2, 2016

I tend to think of each column as a gift I give to you, and something about that mindset is certainly true. The more valuable I deem the gift, the more difficult it is to find the right wrapping paper.

For instance, take the topic of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), which contain noteworthy changes from the 2010 version. Unfortunately, what’s most important hides inside the monstrous document (I printed 79 pages of a PDF and don’t have it all) about which dozens of articles have been penned.

Monday, May 2, 2016
Northern Lehigh’s Kaitlin Hoffman (facing camera) is greeted by her teammates after hitting one of her two grand slams in Friday’s victory over Notre Dame. MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS

Hits and runs were hard to come by for the Northern Lehigh softball team over the course of a three-game losing streak.

Friday afternoon however, the Bulldogs only needed three innings of play to make that losing streak a thing of the past.

Northern Lehigh was running on all cylinders as it cruised to a 16-1 Colonial League victory over Notre Dame of Green Pond.

Monday, May 2, 2016

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Two cars went airborne, 35 were involved in an accident of some kind, and Danica Patrick had the wind knocked out of her in a vicious crash into the wall.

Just another demolition derby at Talladega Superspeedway.

Brad Keselowski won the crash-fest Sunday that was dominated by multiple wrecks that caused millions of dollars in damage to race teams. It was Keselowski's fourth career win at Talladega and second victory of the season, and ended Joe Gibbs Racing's streak of four consecutive victories.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Stroudsburg’s Jake Jakobsen and Palisades’ Tyler Marsh won the $1,000 scholarships as the District 11 Class AAA and Class AA scholar-wrestlers of the year as selected by the District 11 Wrestling Coaches Association.

The awards, announced at Sunday’s annual banquet at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center in Hanover Township, Northampton County, were selected by a panel from senior athletes nominated by their coaches and schools.

Lehighton’s Tegan Durishin and Bethlehem Catholic’s Cole Karam were acknowledged for having the top essays submitted by scholar-wrestlers.