Friday, August 26, 2016

Local Sports

Saturday, August 20, 2016
Hunting-Trapping Education Instructor Joe Jakobosky, Pine Grove, has been teaching the course for more than 30 years, most often through the Friedensburg Fish & Game Club, Friedensburg. LISA PRICE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Copyright -

I have a major regret about hunting. I wish I would have started sooner.

I grew up in the wilds of suburbia, where people I knew hunted for things like a better apartment or a bargain at a store. I thought hunting took place just one day a year, that Monday after Thanksgiving when we didn’t have school. I thank my lucky stars that getting a job in Wilkes-Barre led me to finding a house in Shickshinny, where my new neighbors hunted every day and every species that they could.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

August 20, 1946 - Johnny Kozak stars on the mound, and Larry Furey does damage at the plate in Lansford’s 9-3 Panther Valley League victory over Lehighton. The win sends the Panthers into the league’s championship finals. Kozak tosses a five-hitter, walking three while striking out 10. Furey collects three hits, scores two runs, and steals two bases. Joe Fignar adds a pair of hits and knocks in two runs, while “Toss” Ponting adds two hits and two runs. The winners, managed by Sammy Genits, also receive a pair of hits from Zolota.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

One way to set today’s stage is to state what I hope you already know. I enjoy doing everything that needs to be done to create this column.

I better. If I didn’t, what a waste of time. Since June of 1989, I’ve created more than 1400, and what probably takes you two minutes to read usually takes me 10 hours to write.

Maybe it takes that long because I value style as much as substance. I know if I cloak the really important concepts in creative or clever or comical writing, you’re more likely to remember them. If you remember them, you just might try them and feel better.

Friday, August 19, 2016
Pleasant Valley’s Josh Schillinger follows through after hitting his drive. The Bears opened their season on Thursday. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Marian picked up a Schuylkill League victory over Weatherly on Thursday as the scholastic golf season opened for several area teams.

Pottsville-Jim Thorpe

Potsville defeated Jim Thorpe in a Schuylkill League Division 1 contest, 347-372.

Alex Everly of Pottsville was the low scorer with a 79.

Chris Micciche led the Olympians with a round of 80. Carter Wolfe tallied a 91.

Pottsville 347, Jim Thorpe 372


Alex Everly 79, Josh Zelinsky 81, Noah Fredericks 92, Bernie Guzick 95


Friday, August 19, 2016

August 19, 2008 - Nick Tristani shoots an even-par 72 at Mountain Valley to lead Marian to a 350-366 Schuylkill League golf victory over Jim Thorpe. The Colts also receive an 86 from Drew Sherkness, while Brandon Dopira chips in with a 90. The low round for the Olympians is shared by Dean DiBonifazio and Ben Stermer, who each card an 83.

Friday, August 19, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Two American Olympic swimmers were on their way home Friday after being pulled off a plane a day earlier to testify about an alleged robbery at the Rio Olympics that Brazilian police said was made up. The lawyer for a third U.S. swimmer said he would make a $10,800 payment and leave Brazil later in the day.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Marian football season tickets will be on sale during the Colts’ home scrimmage with Northern Lehigh on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 9 a.m. and at Meet the Colts night on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Tianna Bartoletta kicked off her country’s whirlwind run of medals on the night. So, by all rights, she should get to name it.

Fittingly, the newly crowned Olympic long jump champion went with “Awesome Hour.”

In a span of about 60 minutes Wednesday night, U.S. athletes hauled in a bevy of medals: Bartoletta and Brittney Reese went 1-2 in the long jump, Tori Bowie captured a bronze in the 200 and Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin swept the medals in the 100-meter hurdles – a feat that’s never been accomplished in that event.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

August 18, 1993 - Four pitchers from the West squad combine to strike out 15 batters and lead their team to a 13-3 victory in the annual Panther Valley Little League Tournament all-star game. Tamaqua’s Matt Leitzel and Vince Boyer each fan five, while Ryan Bamford, also from Tamaqua, strikes out three. Winning pitcher John Stanko, of Lansford, whiffs two. Boyer also homers in the contest, while Jason Seiple of Tamaqua bangs out a pair of doubles. Leitzel finishes with two hits, and Brian DeGiosio of Summit Hill adds a run-scoring double.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Day 13 of the Rio Games features medal action in track and field, beach volleyball, platform diving, wrestling and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local):


Usain Bolt should be lining up for gold medal No. 8 at 10:30 p.m. in the 200 meters and the biggest drama may not be whether he wins, but whether he cracks the once-thought-untouchable 19-second barrier. He already owns both the world record at 19.19, and the Olympic record at 19.30.