Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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Monday, July 25, 2016

He scored more points than any other boys basketball player in Palmerton history.

He starred at the University of Pennsylvania, and went on to tour with the Harlem Globetrotters as a member of the Washington Generals.

He became a fixture on Blue Ridge Communications TV13 as a basketball color commentator, famous for his Chuck Taylor sneakers and his board he used to diagram plays.

Bob Mlkvy was a local legend, both on the floor and off. This past weekend, Mlkvy passed away at the age of 77.

Saturday, July 23, 2016
Both the Whiskey Springs and Bloody Skillet ATV trails are well-marked with plenty of parking available at trailheads. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO.

It’s an easy drive to 88 miles of great trails in Clinton and Centre counties.

Yet, there are common complaints, from both sides of the throttle. From the ATV riders, you’ll hear things like “there’s no place to ride anymore” and from people who live near places locally where ATV enthusiasts ride illegally, “All I want to do is sit on my porch in the evening, and not listen to those things.”

So here’s the solution for those who have spent up to $10,000 or more on an ATV, without having a place to ride it. Put your ATVs on a trailer, and head to Clinton and Centre counties.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

A study published in the June issue of JAMA Oncology offers the world a way to reduce deaths from cancer by more than half and new cases from occurring by nearly the same rate. We just have to stop smoking, start exercising, maintain a healthy body weight, and drink alcohol in moderation.

Saturday, July 23, 2016
The Valley Regional Warriors 16u girls fast pitch travel softball team earned its third first place finish this past weekend in Quakertown. Team members are, bottom, Taylor Kost; middle row, from left, Miranda Chinchar, Jessie Porter, Maddie Garland and Cailyn Joseph; top row, from left, scorekeeper Alan Kost, Nicole Salerno, Torie Naradko, Melodi Raskiewicz, Jada Schellhammer, assistant coach Troy Schellhammer, Mady Heller, Brooke Zellner, and head coach Heather Dale. Missing from the photo are Aleah Kost and assistant coach Gene Dale. Chinchar, Joseph, Schellhammer and Zellner are from Tamaqua Area High School; Salerno is from Lehighton Area High School. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO.

The Valley Regional Warriors 16u girls fast pitch travel softball team will head to the upcoming USSSA Eastern National Championships tournament in East Hartford, Connecticut, on a high note, as the team earned its third first-place finish of the season in the USSSA Extreme Summer Heat World Series Qualifier this past weekend at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Quakertown.

The team was the seventh seed after pool play, but earned three wins to meet No. 1 and previously unbeaten Morris County, New Jersey, in the title game.

Saturday, July 23, 2016
Long was a three-sport star at Thorpe

Matt Long graduated from Jim Thorpe High School in 2001 and in his career he earned 10 varsity letters in three sports; football, basketball and baseball.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Jim Thorpe belted seven home runs in a Panther Valley Little League Tournament rout of Franklin Township.


PV 11-12 Tournament

Jim Thorpe-Franklin

James Lordi and Jared Joyce both belted three home runs to lead Jim Thorpe to a 19-4 victory over Franklin Township in an 11-12 year-old tournament game.

In addition to his home run barrage, Joyce also added a double. Anthony Voto chipped in three hits for Thorpe, including a home run.

Lordi was the winning pitcher in the four-inning, mercy-rule shortened game.

Friday, July 22, 2016

July 23, 1983 - Mike Barry belts a three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Franklin Township a 10-8 victory over Valley West in the District 18 Little League tournament. Barry finishes the contest with three hits, and pitches all eight frames to gain the mound win. Jean Buskirk, Damian Walck, and Dan Butz each collect two hits, while Wilbur Green contributes another three-run home run.

Friday, July 22, 2016

July 22, 1993 - The Colonial League unanimously accepts seven Centennial League schools that applied for applications at an emergency meeting at Nazareth. The schools accepted include Lehighton, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern, Palmerton, Pleasant Valley, East Stroudsburg, and Notre Dame of Green Pond. The vote is the first step in a long process of realignment. Stroudsburg and Pocono Mountain opt not to apply to the league. In the end, only four (Palmerton, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern, Notre Dame) of the schools end up in the Colonial League.

Friday, July 22, 2016
Towamensing’s Cody Wallace slides safely into second as Panther Valley second baseman Anthony Collevichio attempts to make the tag. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Ask most athletes, coaches and fans the importance of a quick start in a championship game and the unanimous answer will be: “very.”

Thursday night in the championship finals of the Keystone Senior Babe Ruth tournament, Towamensing utilized timely hitting with stifling defense to jump out to a commanding lead over rival Panther Valley before staving off a comeback for the title, 10-4.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Tamaqua Blue and Franklin Township White both posted victories in the Panther Valley 9-10 Tournament, while Franklin Township continued its roll in the Hazle Township 7-8 Tournament.


PV 9-10 Tournament

Tamaqua Blue-FT Maroon

Behind a balanced offensive attack and a solid pitching performance, Tamaqua Blue posted a 15-4 victory over Franklin Township Maroon.