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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

July 25, 1969 — Steve Pajakinas fires a one-hitter to lift Tamaqua to an 8-0 win over McAdoo and the District 18 Little League championship. Pajakinas allows a fifth-inning single and one walk, while striking out eight. Whitey Williams leads the offense with three hits, two of them doubles, three runs and two RBIs. Dennis Yelito adds two hits, a pair of runs, and an RBI, while Brad Geiger chips in with a hit and two runs scored. The winners also receive a hit and a run from Pete Polyak.

Monday, July 24, 2017

July 24, 2002 — Phil Blacketter and Jared Ahner both belt home runs to help Franklin Township gain a 7-5 Panther Valley Little League tournament victory over Nesquehoning. Ahner connects for a two-run shot in the first inning, while Blacketter’s three-run blast in the fifth proves to be the difference in the contest. The winners receive doubles from Shane McEvoy, winning pitcher Dylan Smith, and Brian Horn, while Ahner finishes the game with two hits. For Nesquehoning, Mike Confer hits a three-run homer.

Monday, July 24, 2017
FILLIES Softball seniors HONOREDThe Schuylkill League Division 3 champion Marian Fillies softball team was recently honored at its year-end banquet. Senior members of the team were, front row from left, Kelsie Kocela, Miranda Antiga, Mackenzie Joy (holding division championship trophy), Karlee Gimeno, manager Angelina Krupko; back row, assistant coach Damian Joy, head coach Joe DeAngelo and assistant coach Joe Brennan. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Schuylkill League Division 3 champion Marian Fillies softball team was recently honored at its year-end banquet. Senior members of the team are, front row, from left, Kelsie Kocela, Miranda Antiga, Mackenzie Joy (holding division championship trophy), Karlee Gimeno and manager Angelina Krupko. Back row, assistant coach Damian Joy, head coach Joe DeAngelo and assistant coach Joe Brennan. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Monday, July 24, 2017
Tamaqua’s Cian McLaughlin puts the tag on Lehigh’s Bryant Sedlock at second base. Sedlock was called out on the play. Scan this photo with the Prindeo app to see a photo gallary of the game. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

RICHBORO – It’s hard to beat a team twice. It’s even more difficult to do it in the postseason.

Tamaqua battered Lehigh in an opening-round game of the Section 6 9-11-year-old Little League Tournament last Thursday, posting a 15-5 victory in four innings.

Lehigh was ready for the rematch.

Jack Evans’ sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Zander Lynn and lifted Lehigh to a 10-9 victory over Tamaqua Sunday at William B. Curry Memorial Field.

Monday, July 24, 2017

LIMEPORT – Pitching and defense.

Northern Valley head coach Erich Klein believes they will be the keys to whether his club can continue to travel deeper into the Connie Mack State Tournament at Limeport Stadium this week.

Both were present Sunday afternoon as the Chargers stayed alive in the double-elimination tournament with an impressive 3-1 victory over Northampton. It was a sharp turnaround from Friday when the Chargers committed seven errors in their opening-game, 11-2, loss to Nazareth.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Franklin Township Maroon won a pair of Panther Valley Little League tournament games over the weekend.

Franklin shut out Anthracite White on Saturday, and then defeated Jim Thorpe Red on Sunday.

PVLL 11-12 TOURNEY

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Anthracite White

Brady O’Donnell had three hits and knocked in four runs to help Franklin Township Maroon post an 11-0 victory over Anthracite White.

O’Donnell had two singles and a double, and also scored two runs.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Five Times News area softball players were recently selected to the 2017 Pennsylvania High School Association All-State Softball Teams.

Three — Tamaqua’s Cailyn Joseph, Northern Lehigh’s Kaitlin Hoffman, and Northwestern’s Brooke Wehr — made the First Team in their respective classes, while two others — Tamaqua’s Jada Schellhammer and Courtney Hoffman — were Second Team selections.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

It’s not asked nearly as often as the which-comes-first question about the chicken or the egg. But it should be. After all, your answer to it affects your health.

“Which comes first, a healthy life or a healthy lifestyle?”

Before you dismiss the question as a less-than-clever way to begin a health and fitness column, hear me out. Acquaintances often share with me a plan they have to improve their health.

Saturday, July 22, 2017
Hickory Run State Park has numerous picnic tables and grills in the lake area, and an easy, family-friendly beach trail. LISA PRICE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Strapped for cash? The answer to vacation woes lies within reach, as the sprawling Hickory Run State Park includes nearly 16,000 acres that are loaded with miles of hiking trails and trout streams.

About 11,000 years ago the Paleoindians arrived in the Poconos, where they found dark forests comprised mainly of spruce and other evergreen trees. As you drive the roads within and nearby Hickory Run State Park, your view from the vehicle windows may seem largely the same.

Saturday, July 22, 2017
The Tamaqua 9-11 Little League all-stars defeated Lenape Valley on Friday night in the Section 6 tournament. The team is shown here after winning the District 18 title. Members include, front row, from left, Cian McLaughlin, Blaise Gigli, Mason Ligenza, Brian Hinkle, Zander Coleman, Connor Dillon, Luke Kane, Noah Matayak, Chase Andrews, Cooper Ansbach, Lucas Kamant, Wyatt Steigerwalt, Ethan DiBonifazio; back row, league president Bill Angst, and coaches Sean McLaughlin, Trevor Steigerwalt and Jeff Erie. TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO

RICHBORO – Pitching and defense have been hallmarks of the Tamaqua 9-11-year-old all-star team throughout the postseason.

The offense is pretty impressive, too.

Tamaqua pounded out 17 hits en route to a 13-7 win over Lenape Valley in its second game of the double-elimination Section 6 9-11-year-old Little League Tournament Friday night at William B. Curry Memorial Field.