Monday, June 27, 2016

Local Sports

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The youth movement was quite evident during Saturday’s Modified feature at Mahoning Valley Speedway as teenagers Nick Baer, Jack Ely and Kyle Strohl all came close to winning.

But when all was said and done, the experienced Eric Beers showed the young talent he is still the man to beat, winning for a fifth time.

Not only was Beers celebrating the night’s accomplishment, he was also basking in his 50th career Modified feature win at the Lehighton paved quarter-mile oval.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Towamensing’s third baseman Zach Silfies tags out Dale Edwards of Franklin Township during Tuesday’s game. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Towamensing and Franklin Township both entered into its Keystone Senior Babe Ruth contest at opposite ends of the success spectrum.

While both programs are about midway through the regular season, Towamensing has lost only two games. Franklin, on the other hand, has only won two.

That success pattern held true Tuesday night at Christman Field, as the Joe’s hot offense proved too much for the hosts, as they belted out 12 hits en route to a 10-3 victory.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
NL’s Hoffman was area’s ‘Queen of the Diamond’

The Northern Lehigh softball team calls the position of shortstop “Queen of the Diamond.”

This past season, that position belonged to sophomore Kaitlin Hoffman.

Hoffman was not only the “Queen of the Diamond” for her team this season, but after a sensational campaign, Hoffman is now “Queen of the Times News area.”

A complete player — offensively, defensively and from the pitching circle — Hoffman has been named the 2016 Times News Softball Player of the Year.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Panther Valley picked up a trio of victories in local baseball action.


Panther Valley defeated Freeland, 9-3.

Anthony Micholik led the charge for PV with a double, triple, two runs, and an RBI. Matt Hudicka drove in a pair of runs, while Ryan Taras smacked a double and scored a run.

Panther Vy. 051 103 0 - 9 9 2

Freeland 010 110 0 - 3 4 4

Taras and Weber; Kalinosky, Osifat (6) and Osifat, Walsh (6). W - Taras. L - Kalinosky

PV-Hazle Twp.

Panther Valley cruised by Hazle Twp. behind Teague Schimdt’s complete-game shutout, 15-0.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Towamensing Joe’s win CCJBR title

Regardless of the outcome of Monday night’s Carbon County Junior Babe Ruth championship game, the winning trophy was headed back to the Towamensing area for a second straight year.

Initially, it looked as if the Towamensing Bombers were going to be the ones staking claim to the Paul Yuricheck Memorial Championship trophy.

However, after putting up solid fifth and sixth innings, the Towamensing Joe’s showed why they were defending the title from a year ago.

The Joe’s got their grasp on the trophy once again by posting a 14-5 victory over the Bombers.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Marian pitcher Joe Nahas (front, center) signs a letter of intent to attend the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on a baseball scholarship.Sitting next to Nahas are his father Joseph and his mother Tracy. Standing behind them are, from left, Colt baseball coach Tony Radocha, Marian Principal Sister Bernard Agnes, and Marian Athletic Director Stan Dakosty. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Selecting a college.

There are almost always twists and turns during the process.

Marian’s ace pitcher, Joe Nahas, followed a windy road over the past two years and recently reached his final destination.

The stud Colt hurler will attend the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the fall to continue his academic and baseball careers.

“The process started last summer and we’ve had a bumpy road,” explained Nahas about his selection process. “There was a lot of interest and a lot of let downs,

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Hay battles back from injury to earn state gold

Spencer Hay thought his track career was over.

Suffering from a stress fracture in his left tibia and enduring hours of rehab, the Palmerton senior was twice told by doctors he couldn’t return to practice.

With the season already underway and his return in doubt, the state medalist from a year ago made a difficult decision.

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Tamaqua Blue Sox and the Carbon Monarchs both split a pair of legion games over the weekend, while the Berlinsville Braves picked up two wins in Blue Mountain League action.

Tamaqua and Valley View each captured a game in their doubleheader. Carbon downed Emmaus, but fell to Coplay/Fullerton.

Berlinsville took a pair of games against Northampton.


Valley View-Tamaqua

Game 1

Brady Akins pitched a complete game and knocked in two runs at the plate Sunday to help Tamaqua earn a 6-4 win over Valley View Sunday.

Monday, June 20, 2016
Numbers show that Bears’ Mickens was the best

At its core, running is a sport driven by numbers.

Distance. Time. Place. All play a role in determining one’s performance in any given race.

Pleasant Valley senior Jenn Mickens is motivated by data and statistics. Mickens, who will major in economics and statistics and continue her track career at Lehigh University, diligently tracks her workouts, monitoring her splits to track her progress and see where she can improve.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Allison Updike understands perspective.

When Updike captured her second consecutive NCAA Division II women’s javelin title for Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA, at the end of May, it capped a stellar collegiate career that was marked with its share of highs and lows.

“Looking back, I couldn’t tell you this would have happened,” Updike said. “It was definitely a roller coaster ride.”