Sports

Kutztown swimmers overcome obstacles for successful season |Mar 27, 2017

The Kutztown Area high school swim team recently completed a successful swim season. This year’s team was comprised of returning swimmers junior Nikolette Nolte, sophomore Amy Yoder and new freshmen swimmers Greta Feiertag and Annika Gally.

Saxton: Phoenixville’s Aquilante sweeps GTS opener in St. Petersburg |Mar 27, 2017

Flying the Phoenixville colors, Andrew Aquilante took home two wins in the No. 32 Phoenix Performance Ford Mustang Boss 302 on the challenging streets of St. Petersburg recently to sweep the GTS opener for the Pirelli World Challenge.

PASSHE Op-Ed: State System strategic review key to Kutztown University’s future |Mar 24, 2017

As a member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania is part of the strategic review being undertaken by the State System—a top-to-bottom examination of the operations of all 14 System universities and the Office of the Chancellor.

Twin Valley’s ascent culminates with trip to states |Mar 20, 2017

Shortly after he was named Twin Valley girls basketball coach back in 2015, Mark Morrow had a conversation with the returning Raiders trio of Taylor Knorr, Julie Wallace and Gabby Parlaman.

Saxton: ‘Geezer’ getting in on Late Model action at Grandview |Mar 19, 2017

Weather conditions permitting, the 2017 NASCAR stock car racing season kicks off at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, March 25 and Joe “Geezer” Fanelli will be moving from the BRC Late Models to the primary class of competition, the NASCAR T.

College Corner: Lebanon Valley softball lifted by Toth’s recovery |Mar 19, 2017

Savannah Toth (Daniel Boone) >> It took 14 months of hard work and determination but sophomore Savannah Toth is back on the field with the Lebanon Valley softball team. And, she’s not just playing, she’s doing an outstanding job at the plate and catching for the Dutchwomen.

Reading Derby Girls open 2017 season |Mar 15, 2017

On Sunday, March 12, the Reading Derby Girls (RDG) opened their 2017 roller derby season in a bout against Dutchland Derby Rollers (DDR) of Lancaster at Skateaway, Shillington, RDG’s home rink.

Kutztown pitcher, National Guard member Hultz blends life as student-athlete-soldier |Mar 14, 2017

Command is an attribute most pitchers need to succeed at the college level.

Saxton: Reading Race Reunion and Car Show returns after making moves |Mar 13, 2017

When Brad Reinert took over the promotion of the Reading Fairgrounds Race Reunion & Car Show, he vowed to keep the popular off-season event going.

College Corner: Bortz at the ready for East Stroudsburg baseball |Mar 6, 2017

Ben Bortz (Exeter) >> Ben Bortz is in his fourth season pitching for the East Stroudsburg baseball team and the 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior right-hander figures to see plenty of action on the mound this spring.

Three locals advance to states out of Southeast AA Regional |Mar 6, 2017

Schuylkill Valley’s Jack Bennett was northeast Berks’ top finisher over the weekend at the daunting South East AA Wrestling Regional at Wilson, one of just three from the area to qualify for this week’s PIAA Class AA Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey.

First-year head coach Kline leads Hamburg to team title at sectional |Mar 6, 2017

HAMBURG >> David Kline knew he’d have big shoes to fill when he assumed the wrestling head coaching position at Hamburg following the resignation of Derek Sola – a program legacy and seven-year veteran at the helm of the Hawks who left in July to start a program at Berks Catholic.

Computer error gives, then takes away team title from Gov. Mifflin |Mar 6, 2017

The Academy Awards broke out at the District 3 Swimming Championships last Saturday at Cumberland Valley.

Schuylkill Valley achieves total turnaround with PIAA berth |Mar 6, 2017

When Schuylkill Valley’s current batch of seniors were freshman, the Panthers went 3-19. The boys’ basketball program’s nadir came in head coach Taylor Grim’s second season at the helm.

Wrestling: Brandywine’s Hubble wins District 3-AA title |Mar 6, 2017

Brandywine Heights heavyweight Michael Hubble needed a miracle.

Fisher, Kase claim sectional titles for Kutztown |Mar 6, 2017

HAMBURG >> Wrestling runs deep in the Fisher family. Kutztown sophomore Tyler Fisher proves it every time he steps on the mat.

Saxton: Coventry Mall Race Car Show set for March 10-12 |Mar 5, 2017

The annual Coventry Mall Race Car Show, organized by Scott Hoffmaster, takes place this weekend from March 10-12 at the Pottstown shopping center. Featured in the show will be racers from nearby Grandview Speedway, Montgomery County Quarter Midget Club (located in Phoenixville), Wicked Effects Car Club and much more.

Saxton: 10th annual Dirt Track Heroes car show fast approaching |Feb 27, 2017

The event staff of the 10th annual Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Show continues to add the finishing touches on what will be another great event coming together as the past, present and future of auto racing joins forces together under one roof in Phillipsburg, N.

Schedule announced for Grandview Speedway’s 55th season |Jan 8, 2017

BECHTELSVILLE >> Kicking off the 55th consecutive season of auto racing entertainment at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway will be the first of several doubleheaders featuring the Outlaw Enduro competition and Blast from the Past Vintage Racers on Sunday, March 18th.

Pauch goes out on top; Strada, Hoch Silfee also honored at Action Track awards gala |Jan 8, 2017

Macungie >> The Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center played host to a crowd of 230 on Saturday, January 7, as the 2016 champions and top point-earners from the JeffreyHogueRealtor.

Saxton: Bouchard’s iconic ride to add to Motorsports 2017 expo in Oaks |Jan 1, 2017

When Ron Bouchard won the Talladega 500 NASCAR Cup race in a photo finish with Darrell Waltrip and Terry Labonte in 1981, it was considered one of the biggest upsets in NASCAR history. The win helped Bouchard clinch the Rookie of the Year honors even though he raced in just 22 of the 31 scheduled races that year.

Saxton: Boyertown business sweetens pot for indoor racing series |Dec 5, 2016

With the start of the Indoor Auto Racing Season just a week away at Trenton’s Sun National Bank Center, the pressure just got turned up on all Three Quarter (TQ) Midget racers entered.

Eagles release Aaron Grymes, add Paul Turner |Nov 21, 2016

PHILADELPHIA >> Doug Pederson opened his day-after news conference with a statement that had everything to do with embattled wide receiver Nelson Agholor.

Saxton: NASCAR should do even more to rein in Cup kings competing in XFinity, Trucks |Nov 14, 2016

I have long felt that NASCAR should keep Cup drivers from racing in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series. It is something that I have had strong feelings about for a long time. Many in the industry feel the same way and certainly I have heard from a large number of fans that shared my thinking.

Watching his mother fight cancer, Perk Valley’s Jimenez continues to step up on field, at home |Nov 11, 2016

GRATERFORD >> Cancer has no regard for rules. It has no regard for life’s trails and trials. It shows no mercy.

SAXTON: Indoor racing coming to Trenton, Allentown |Nov 7, 2016

Tickets are now on sale for the Trenton (NJ) and Allentown (PA) Indoor auto racing events, promoted by Len Sammons Motorsports Productions (LSMP).

Saxton: Bridgeport holding event to honor late racer, URC official Midge Miler |Oct 30, 2016

Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway is ready for its first United Racing Club/360 Sprints Big Track Classic on Nov. 4 and 5 honoring the late, great competitor and URC official Midge Miller for the inaugural Midge Miller Memorial.

Kutztown Hall of Fame adds Conrad, McGonigle, honors 1959 hoops team |Oct 24, 2016

The Kutztown Area High School Athletic Hall of Fame honored former two-sport standout Megan Conrad and coaching icon Harry McGonigle and the 1959 state championship boys basketball team in a ceremony held on Oct.

SAXTON: Pair of Kings: Petty worth appreciating even more after Palmer’s passing |Oct 23, 2016

Richard Petty and Arnold Palmer have done more for their sports than anyone else I can think of. Petty is referred to as “The King” in NASCAR stock car racing and Arnold Palmer, who passed away just recently, was referred to as “The King” in professional golf.

College Corner: Exeter grad Yocum thrust into lineup, rights the Ship |Oct 23, 2016

Sophomore Chase Yocum didn’t expect to see much action at quarterback for the Shippensburg football team this season. The Raiders had a standout at that position – junior Ryan Zapoticky.

Bally Sportsmen hold annual youth pheasant hunt |Oct 10, 2016

Overcast skies and some light haze did not dampen the spirits of a dozen youngsters who participated in the annual junior pheasant hunt held on Saturday, September 8 at the grounds of the Bally Sportsmen’s Association in the hills above Bally.

Saxton: Mods at the Madhouse bound for Grandview on Oct. 15 |Oct 2, 2016

Grandview Speedway closes out their Saturday night racing schedule as the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series features Mods at the Madhouse on Saturday, October 15 – a thrilling three-division show headlined by a Big-Block/358 Modified Monster challenge – plus action from the Sportsman and the TSRS Sprint Car Series.

Johnson, Brown, Nobile, Krawiec win at Dodge NHRA Nationals |Oct 2, 2016

MOHNTON >> Tommy Johnson Jr. raced to the Funny Car victory at the Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway on Sunday.

College Corner: Smith, Wachowicz stick together at Alvernia |Oct 2, 2016

Emily Smith and Laura Wachowicz were teammates with the strong Exeter Township girls’ volleyball team and now they are teammates on the Alvernia University women’s volleyball team.

Saxton: Kenseth hoping to be in the zone at Dover |Sep 30, 2016

It had been a while since I had been to a Phillies’ game. Recently I headed down to Citizens Bank Park. It is always a challenge to head down that way with I-95 in a constant state of construction/repair.

Saxton: Bridgeport Speedway bringing in the Big Blocks |Sep 18, 2016

With the auto racing season winding down, a few tracks have turned to some big events and Bridgeport, N.J. Speedway is one of them as they offer a two-night show this weekend. The Speedway will introduce The King of the Big Blocks – sponsored by K&A Excavating Company, Inc.

College Corner: Gingrich gets St. Joe’s women’s soccer off to strong start |Sep 11, 2016

The St. Joseph’s women’s soccer team is off to a 4-1 start and the main reason is the play of Emily Gingrich.

Hamburg’s Haus hauls in Late Model title at Port Royal |Sep 11, 2016

PORT ROYAL >> Andy Haus of Hamburg picked up the 2016 Super Late Model Championship with a 9th place finish on Sept. 9.

Strunk steals show for sixth Freedom 76 victory at Grandview |Sep 11, 2016

BECHTELSVILLE >> Jeff Strunk, “the Bechtelsville Bullet,” had been having a rather mediocre season, at least by his usually high standards, at Grandview Speedway behind the wheel of the Glenn Hyneman-owned No.

Saxton: Past champions, hopefuls vying for Freedom 76 Classic title |Sep 5, 2016

Many of the top names in dirt track Modified stock car racing have won the Freedom 76 Classic at Grandview Speedway. And there are many top names in the sport that are still without a win in the prestigious race.

Von Dohren, Schutz, Henn crowed season champions at Grandview Speedway |Sep 4, 2016

BECHTELSVILLE >> The crowning of the 2016 point champions after Saturday night’s season finale at Grandview Speedway was a mere formality.

Pauch Wins SpeedSTR Main; Hocker Scores Big in 600 Sprint National at Action Track USA |Aug 27, 2016

Kutztown >> One thing is for certain, Billy Pauch, the veteran racer from Frenchtown, N.J., knows how to spark a reaction from the crowd.

Pauch, Strada, Hoch win point titles at Action Track USA |Aug 27, 2016

Kutztown >> A long period of heavy afternoon rain forced cancellation of the 2016 season finale at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on Sunday, August 21.

Saxton: Grandview, Big Diamond gearing up for big finishes |Aug 27, 2016

At Grandview Speedway this Saturday, the battle for the championships in all three divisions of NASCAR sanctioned stock car racing comes to an end. The WNPV-1440AM Radio sponsored night of racing will feature the T.

Pa Prep Live 2016 High School Football Preview now live |Aug 22, 2016

At Pa Prep Live, we embarked on a mission to gather quality content on all 93 teams in District 1 and the Catholic League.

Von Dohren scores 100th modified win at Grandview |Aug 21, 2016

BECHTELSVILLE >> It all began in 1981 when Craig VonDohren won his first modified feature at Grandview Speedway. As time went on the defending point champion continued to rack up the wins driving for either the family or other car owners.

Saxton: Northeast Outlaw Pro Mods returning to Maple Grove on Aug. 27 |Aug 21, 2016

They’re back by popular demand. The Northeast Outlaw Pro Mods (NEOPMA) return to Maple Grove Raceway on Saturday, August 27, for the annual Rumble at the Grove sponsored by Penske Truck Leasing and CJ Tire and Automotive Services.

Schera representing his Berks roots amid rapid rise in horse racing world |Aug 19, 2016

Matt Schera’s circuitous journey from aspiring weatherman to one of the most successful thoroughbred owners in the nation is the stuff that dreams – and scripts – are made of.

Von Dohren celebrates 7th Forrest Rogers Memorial win at Grandview |Aug 14, 2016

BECHTELSVILLE >> Current T.P. Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified point leader Craig VonDohren, the defending Pioneer Pole Building/Forrest Rogers Memorial race winner, gave himself a hefty birthday present when he scored the win in the 50-Lap NASCAR Whelen 358 Modified All-American Racing Series feature event Saturday night at Grandview Speedway.

Paules Picks Up SpeedSTR Win; Bright Shines Again In 600’s; Anderson Is Komet 100 Victor at Kutztown’s Action Track USA on August 3rd |Aug 10, 2016

Kutztown >> It was the calm before the storm ... a very pleasant night to be sitting outdoors at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds. Suddenly, though, the winds of change began to howl as “Hurricane Earl” touched down at the Berks County oval on Wednesday night, August 3rd.