Sports

Many positives in the Hamburg Reds’ season |Jul 23, 2014

With a victory already under their belts, the Hamburg Sr. American Legion Reds were poised to go far in the Schuylkill/Berks League earlier this month. But their dreams of a league championship faded away when they lost their next two games to be eliminated from the tournament.

Crestwood swimmers defeat Womelsdorf |Jul 23, 2014

The Crestwood swim team defeated Womelsdorf on July 16, 232-186. Below are the top finishers for the Crestwood team.

Fleetwood swim team defeats Maple Springs |Jul 23, 2014

The Fleetwood swim team improved to 3-1 on the season after defeating Maple Springs on July 13, 249-188. Top finishers for Fleetwood were:

Boyertown Lady Ballers win the Stellar Basketball Tournament |Jul 22, 2014

The Boyertown Lady Ballers, a high School varsity summer basketball team, played in the annual Stellar Basketball Tournament held at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown.

Boyertown Legion Bears fall short of Berks League title |Jul 22, 2014

It was an interesting Berks County playoff tournament. It featured weather delays and postponements, exciting contests (including an upset), and, of course, some controversy. In the end, however, the Boyertown Bears came up just short in their bid for yet another Berks County Championship.

Lee Mecherly retires from coaching after 37 years with the Bear-Cubs |Jul 22, 2014

For 37 years, Lee Mecherly coached the Boyertown Bear Cubs Junior Legion team. He won numerous league titles, regional and state titles. Mecherly stepped down as the coach in November of 2013, but still spends numerous hours working on the field which bears his name, making sure that it’s one of the best fields, if not the best field, in Berks County.

Tim Buckwalter back in the winner’s circle at Grandview Speedway |Jul 21, 2014

Tim Buckwalter, an ARDC midget racing standout has won several midget features at Grandview Speedway, but he had never won a 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 358 Modified feature until Saturday night in the activities sponsored by Hatfield Quality Meats and televised by RCN-TV 4.

Area racing round-up |Jul 21, 2014

Lincoln Speedway (Outlaws) Daryn Pittman led all 35 laps, but it was Brian Montieth who was the show July 17 at the Lincoln Speedway. Pittman started on the pole and bested Outlaw “King” Steve Kinser into turn one as the field trailed with Brian Montieth way back in 15th lap after lap Montieth picked off the Outlaws before passing Joey Saldana for second on lap 23, and then set his sites on Pittman.

Fleetwood swimmers defeat Wyomissing |Jul 18, 2014

The Fleetwood swim team improved to 2-1 in the Berks County Swimming Association after defeating Wyomissing on July 7, 272-187. Below are the top finishers for Fleetwood in the meet.

Leesport swim team defeats West Reading |Jul 17, 2014

The Leesport swim team defeated West Reading on July 7, 237-143. Below are the top finishers for Leesport.

Amity A.C. defeated by Topton swimmers |Jul 17, 2014

The Amity A.C. swim team fell to 1-2 on the season after losing to Topton on July 7, 235-225. Below are Amity’s top swimmers from the meet.

Crestwood swim team defeated by Robesonia |Jul 17, 2014

The Crestwood swim fell to Robesonia on July 7, 240-195. Below is listed the top finishers for Crestwood in the meet.

Boyertown American Legion Bears earn a clutch victory over Norchester |Jul 15, 2014

With each passing year, the beauty and fascination of the standard, double-elimination playoff format used at most levels in American Legion baseball tournaments continues to grow on me. The manner in which the various “starting brackets” are interconnected to form the resulting winner’s bracket and loser’s bracket, and indeed, the way that these two brackets interact as the tournament progresses, is a fascinating intellectual exercise to me.

Up to Speed with David Barr: Keselowski cruises at New Hampshire for third win of season |Jul 14, 2014

Hello readers, Brad Keselowski continued to show why he will be a threat to be reckoned with come Chase time as he picked up his third win of the season and it was once again a dominant performance.

Boyertown Bear-Cubs keep winning with a new head coach |Jul 8, 2014

Some things never change when it comes to junior legion baseball in Boyertown. Lee Mecherly retired as the Bear-Cubs coach. He was replaced by Neil Fox. He is helped by his assistants - Ryan Fox (Neil’s brother), Marty Bauer and Roger Eidle.

Hamburg’s Rayell Heistand named to national field hockey team |Jul 7, 2014

Rayell Heistand, a 2008 Hamburg Area High School graduate, was named to the 2014-2015 National Field Hockey Team. Selections were made after the Women’s National Championship Tournament at Spooky Nook in Lancaster.

Exeter catcher Derian Sarlat aims for the sky |Jul 3, 2014

Exeter Legion catcher Derian Sarlat is back for his final season of summer American Legion baseball. He is one of two college players (with Jake Lloyd the other) on the squad this season, and he’s hoping to make some noise with the Blue Jays this season.

Boyertown Grizzlies primed for a state Jr. Legion title |Jul 2, 2014

According to Mooch Houck, the Boyertown Jr. Legion Grizzlies’ manager, the team is looking good. They have a record of 30-3 so far and they’re in first place by two games with six games to play as of July 1.

Area racing round-up |Jun 30, 2014

Big Diamond The misfortune of Meme Desantis became the good luck of Billy Pauch Jr.. Desantis tangled with a lapped car while leading with two laps to go, handing the lead over to Pauch, who then raced to his third win of the season in the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic 358 Modifieds at Big Diamond Speedway.

All-Berks spring sports awards |Jun 27, 2014

The Berks County League announced its spring sports All-Berks teams. Below are local athletes named to one of the teams.

Exeter Blue Jays off to a good start in Berks Legion League |Jun 26, 2014

With the 2014 legion season halfway through, the Exeter Blue Jays are looking to have another stellar season. Through Saturday (6/25), the team is 9-3, and there seems to be no looking back.

PA Strikers U14 Black Fast Pitch Softball Team wins States |Jun 25, 2014

The PA Strikers U14 Black Fast Pitch Softball Team recently won the ASA Pennsylvania State Tournament which was held in Drifton over the weekend of June 20 – June 22.

Eight winners at Action Track USA in Kutztown |Jun 20, 2014

The weather was mid-summer hot, but the action on the speedway was even hotter as the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds presented the second annual Ronnie Tobias Memorial Race on Wednesday, June 18.

Pa Strikers U14 win 1st Place at National Qualifier |Jun 18, 2014

MORGANTOWN-- The PA Strikers U14 Black Fast Pitch Softball Team recently won First Place in the ASA Central Atlantic National Qualifier held over the weekend of June 7 and 8 in Dover, Delaware. The two-day tournament was a National Qualifier meaning the winner of the tournament would earn a “berth” to the ASA Nationals being held in late July in San Diego, California.

Rebuilding year for Exeter Jr. City/County |Jun 18, 2014

No coach likes the word “rebuilding,” but you might have to use it to describe the 2014 season for the Exeter Jr. City/County baseball team. The Cardinals return just two players from last year’s team, and have just one 16 year-old on the team.

Area baseball wrap-ups |Jun 17, 2014

Boyertown Sr. Legion GAME 13 – Boyertown 12, Daniel Boone 2: Andrew Bauer and Chase Endy combined on a four-hitter as the Bears defeated the Orioles, 12-2. Austin Madeja had two hits and scored four runs for the Bears, who won the nine-inning game in the bottom of the seventh inning when they scored an unearned run, while Quinn Hair and Tyler Comport also added two hits each.

Bears encounter a few speed bumps |Jun 17, 2014

With the calendar’s now reading mid-June, the season is in full-force for the Legion Bears. The starters from the high school Bears have returned, and the team is in the heart of its Berks County League schedule.

Howard Pfeil, Hirthler and Bakers are winners at Grandview Speedway |Jun 17, 2014

For the third time this season Duane Howard put the Mike Petruska-owned/Atlas Paving No. 66 in victory lane in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway.

Area baseball wrap-ups |Jun 16, 2014

Kutztown The Kutztown American Legion baseball team began the week with a 3-1 eight inning victory over Fleetwood. Dustin Smith tripled in the winning run in the top of the eighth.

Fleetwood 10UA girls softball team wins championship |Jun 16, 2014

Earlier this month, Berks county residents were treated to a favorite American spring sound - the solid thunnkkk of bat hitting ball as the Fleetwood Girls Softball Association (FGSA) dominated the Berks Girls Softball League (BGSL) spring playoffs.

Brandywine Heights High School sports awards banquet |Jun 16, 2014

On May 30, the Brandywine Heights High School Sports Booster Club hosted their 49th annual Awards Banquet. Over 260 athletes, parents and coaches attended the affair.

Boyertown Optimist softball a growing program |Jun 13, 2014

It’s spring, and while some girls play lacrosse, others play softball. Not many people know that the Optimist Club of Boyertown runs a softball program. The program started in 1974 by Bill Spade and Bill Vendetti.

Up to Speed with David Barr: Jr. claims first Pocono win |Jun 9, 2014

Hello readers, Pocono isn’t usually known for great finishes but Sunday’s race was filled with late-race drama. There were several different pit strategies and a late caution wiped all that out and resulted in a 19-lap dash to the finish.

Pottstown Roller Derby hosts doubleheader: the NYC Dow Jones Average vs Penn Jersey Hooligans, Pottstown Roller Derby Rockstars vs State College Area Roller Derby |Jun 9, 2014

The 422 Sports Complex hosted a roller derby doubleheader on Saturday, June 7.

Area racing round-up |Jun 8, 2014

Big Diamond Speedway Jeff Strunk was the winner in Friday evenings Modified feature at Big Diamond Speedway with Ray Swinhart coming home second. Kevin Smith was third followed by Duane Howard and Points Leader Rick Laubach fifth.

Up to Speed with David Barrr: Johnson makes it back to back |Jun 5, 2014

Hello readers, Another race at Dover and the result was the same, with Jimmie Johnson turning in yet another dominating performance and claiming the win on the concrete track. Congratulations to Johnson on his ninth win at Dover.

Oley/Topton American Legion trying to repeat as Schuylkill/Berks champions |Jun 4, 2014

The Oley/Topton Sr. Legion Patriots have known little else but success since they have moved over to the Schuylkill/Berks, including winning the league championship last season.

Stockon a winner in the first Thunder on the Hill event of the year at Grandview |Jun 4, 2014

Chase Stockon of Elizabethtown, IN., was the class of the field as the eighth Annual USAC Eastern Storm opened Tuesday night at the Grandview Speedway. Stockon earned $6,000 for the win in the 40 lap Jesse Hockett Classic, an event run in the memory of the “Rocket Man” Jesse Hockett who lost his life in a garage accident.

Up To Speed With David Barr: Johnson claimes 4th 600 win |May 27, 2014

Hello readers, After 600 grueling miles at Charlotte Motor Speedway, one driver was celebrating his fourth career win in the Coca-Cola 600. Congratulations to Jimmie Johnson and his team on their win in the 600.

Kidztri3 hosts 1st girls only triathlon June 14 at French Creek State Park, Elverson |May 20, 2014

Kidztri3 hosts the first girls only triathlon and duathlon at French Creek State Park, Elverson.

Up To Speed with David Barr: Hamlin survives ?Talladega |May 5, 2014

Hello readers, Talladega was as unpredictable, wild, and crazy as most expected it to be. Congratulations to Denny Hamlin, who was able to avoid all the carnage and be out front when the caution came out on the last lap due to a large piece of debris laying on the racing surface on the frontstretch.

Master Kim’s Black Belt Academy participates in 35th Annual Keystone State Invitational Championships |May 5, 2014

On Saturday, April 26 students from Master Kim’s Black Belt Academy, in Bechtelsville traveled to Salisbury High School to compete in the 35th Annual Keystone State Invitational Championships.

Kutztown Youth Athletic Association holds opening day ceremonies |May 5, 2014

The Kutztown Youth Athletic Association’s (KYAA) opening day ceremonies held on May 3, marked the official start of the youth baseball and softball seasons.

Two Pa Strikers teams win 1st at Spring Thaw Tournament in Morgantown |May 1, 2014

Two of the PA Strikers Fast Pitch Softball Teams, based in Morgantown, recently won first place in the “Spring Thaw Tournament” held over the weekend of April 12 and 13 in Morgantown.

50 teams celebrate life of Coach Dean Secord at Memorial Soccer Tournament |Apr 30, 2014

Twin Valley High School hosted a futsal soccer tournament on April 27 for the Secord family.

Skating senior Ellen Laincz |Apr 29, 2014

Ellen Laincz, 72, is a shining example of how to cut through the ice and live life on the edge.

Fries sisters to play field hockey at Kent State University |Apr 29, 2014

Maggie and Jamie Fries are seniors at Oley Valley High School, and members of the Oley field hockey team. The fraternal twins are very close, and will remain close when they go off to college together.

Logano becomes second multi-time winner of year |Apr 29, 2014

Hello readers, Races at Richmond are usually filled with drama and Saturday night was no exception. The drivers hadn’t even gone a quarter of a lap before the first caution of the night came out when Clint Bowyer and Kyle Larson made contact, which sent Larson into the wall.

Doug Manmiller a winner again at Grandview Speedway |Apr 22, 2014

Last season at Grandview Speedway Doug Manmiller was only able to muster up one feature victory to his credit in the NASCAR Modified division. On Saturday night he won his second feature race of the season and showed that he is planning to be a factor in the chase for the point title.

Can Harvick make it back to back at Richmond? |Apr 21, 2014

Hello readers, Now that the off week is behind us, it’s back to racing this Saturday night in Richmond at Richmond International Raceway.