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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Brian DeFebo found out that you never say never. As it turned out, he found good fortune with a car that he had no plans to bring back to Mahoning Valley Speedway after its last appearance ended in the wall during a 2016 meet.

However, during the previous week’s feature, his regular mount had an engine problem and he was forced to bring out the car he reserves for touring events. The car proved worthy, as DeFebo drove to his second win of the season, defeating fellow title hopefuls Eric Beers and Kris Graver in the 35-lap contest.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Jim Thorpe Blue and Franklin Township Maroon posted wins in recent Panther Valley Little League Tournament play.


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Garrett Lienhard hit a grand slam Sunday to help Jim Thorpe Blue post a 16-4 victory over Carbon.

Lienhard had with three hits, including a double, while Adam Romanchick also collected three hits.

Drew Wimmer added a pair of doubles, with Colby McHugh contributing two hits and Noah Rosahac a home run.

Ben Seachrist and Chip Baldassano shared the pitching duties for Thorpe.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

July 18, 1957 — The Lehighton-Weissport Union School District appoints Thomas Faulkner to be its new head coach for both football and track. Faulkner fills the vacancy left by Ben Jones. The 28-year-old graduated from Upper Darby High School and Gettysburg College and will teach history. Besides coaching, Faulkner will go on to establish the Lehighton Athletic Booster Club football league in 1958. He will coach Lehighton for six seasons and post a record of 25-32-2.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Franklin Township head coach J.C. Dietz (right) talks to his players and assistant coaches during Monday’s game against Lower Nazareth. JUSTIN CARLUCCI/TIMES NEWS

NAZARETH — Early run support makes everything easier.

Lower Nazareth posted the game’s first two runs in the second inning, and its starting pitcher Sarah Banko was on cruise control.

Banko tossed four innings of one-run ball during Lower Nazareth’s 7-2 victory over Franklin Township in the Section 6 8-10 Little League tournament on Monday.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Anthracite Gray and Franklin Township both posted recent wins in the Panther Valley Little League tournament.


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Brad Hood pitches a three-hitter and struck out nine to lead Anthracite Gray to a 4-1 victory over Jim Thorpe Blue.

Tyler Black belted a two-run homer for the winners, while Hood helped his own cause with a two-run single.

Anthracite also received a hit and run scored from Chase Weaver and A.J. Jewells.

Monday, July 17, 2017
Lehighton’s Sky Faust lays up a shot during the A-Town Throwdown basketball tournament at Sports Fest. DON HERB/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Copyright - DonHerb

ALLENTOWN — Kayley Kovac and the rest of the Jim Thorpe seniors wanted to reach Sunday of SportsFest’s A-Town Throwdown basketball tournament. After falling short of that feat in prior summers, that group realized time was running out.

Not only did the Olympians earn one of the 16 spots in Sunday’s single-elimination tournament, it did one better by winning a game on the final day of the event. After going 2-1 in pool play and defeating Nazareth (38-36) early Sunday morning, Northampton ended the Olympians’ run a couple hours later with a 56-38 victory.

Monday, July 17, 2017
Tamaqua first baseman Noah Matyak prepares to scoop the ball on a bounce while Hazleton’s Kevin Guzman dives back to the bag. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

There was no need for a third meeting between the Tamaqua and Hazleton Little League All Stars.

That’s because Tamaqua took care of business on Saturday in the District 18 9-11 year-old tournament final, posting a 9-3 victory. Tamaqua, which also beat Hazleton earlier in the week, finished the double-elimination tournament unbeaten.

The win gave Tamaqua the District 18 championship and sends it into the first round of Section 6 Tournament play on Thursday in Bucks County, where the Northampton Little League will roll out the red carpet for the double-elimination tourney.

Monday, July 17, 2017

July 17, 1994 — John Dispensa fires a five-hiiter to help lift the Birches to a 5-2 victory over Lehigh/West Bethlehem in the opening game of their best-of-three NorCo Legion playoff series. Dispensa, who strikes out five batters in the contest, delivers an RBI single in the first inning to help his own cause. The winners, who never trail in the contest, also receive a run-scoring double from Ross Berger and two hits from Dan Borden. The Birches will go on to win the series, two games to one.

Monday, July 17, 2017

BETHLEHEM — Halfway through the regular season, Northern Valley Connie Mack head coach Eric Klein wasn’t sure what direction his team was headed.

The Chargers were 5-5 and the young team appeared to be in limbo.

“We spoke to them at the time,” recalled Klein about his team’s former state. “We’re a young team and we needed some time to get it together. We let them know that even though 12 teams make the playoffs, there are no guarantees that we will be there.”

“But they started hitting the ball and running the bases. We started to come together as a team.”