Sports

Schuylkill Valley High School breaks ground on new stadium |May 24, 2017

The Schuylkill Valley School District celebrated a milestone when they broke ground on their new stadium project at 6:30 p.m. in the current stadium on May 22. The project is set to be completed in September 2017.

Hearing impairment doesn’t deter Hamburg junior Smith |May 22, 2017

They said he’d never walk. Never do much of anything, really.

Krummel, Pfeil, Lilick, Myers and Cassel score feature wins at Grandview |May 22, 2017

BECHTELSVILLE >> Saturday night racing action finally returned to Grandview Speedway after two weeks off courtesy of Mother Nature with four different winners and one repeat winner in the respective classes in the T.

Wilson downs Twin Valley in county championship |May 22, 2017

READING >> The Wilson Bulldogs won four baseball games last season and finished dead last in Section 1 of the BCIAA.

Brandywine Heights bests Exeter in 8 to claim Berks League title |May 22, 2017

LYONS >> Exeter came into Thursday night’s BCIAA championship softball game at Lyons Field unbeaten in 20 games.

SAXTON: World of Outlaws to invade Jersey |May 16, 2017

Claiming to be the Greatest Show on Dirt, the World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Car Series is set to invade New Egypt Speedway on Tuesday night May 23rd for the 5th Annual Jersey Outlaw Classic. This will be the only Garden State appearance by the World of Outlaws in 2017.

Pauch Jr. Wins Dick Tobias Classic for SpeedSTRs; Alex Bright Takes 600 Sprint Main on Opening Night At Action Track USA |May 15, 2017

Kutztown >> The 2016 racing season, at least at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds, was not a good one for Billy Pauch Jr.

Twin Valley honoring 1977 softball state champion |May 1, 2017

Twin Valley’s softball team began the 1977 season as a promising squad with plenty of potential.

Brandywine’s Rothermel edges Hamburg’s Bucheit for Berks singles title |May 1, 2017

SHILLINGTON >> There are times a tennis match can turn on a single game.

TATUM: For trophy rockfish, patience pays off |Apr 30, 2017

Setting out to build his own charter boat from scratch back in 1973, Tom Ireland realized the epic task would require plenty of patience. But working from just a stem pattern and rib pattern and relying on Juniper Cedar from North Carolina to serve as planking for the hull (later coated with fiberglass) Ireland ultimately launched his 42-foot craft, a Chesapeake Bay Deadrise design boasting a 15½ foot beam, in 1975.

SAXTON: NASCAR keeps searching for right All-Star race formula |Apr 21, 2017

As the engines fired, the lightbulbs buzzed – it was a first for the annual non-points extravaganza. Never before had an all-star race been run under the lights. Dubbed “One Hot Night,” the 1992 race signaled a new era, one that became tradition for the fan-favorite event.

60 years later, Honey Brook native Patton’s one-game big league stint as unique as ever |Apr 20, 2017

Back in April of 1957, Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up” topped the national music charts, I Love Lucy was the most-watched television show and Dwight Eisenhower was a few months into his second term as president.

College Corner: Hamburg grad Hepner reaching new heights at Shippensburg |Apr 9, 2017

Kali Hepner (Hamburg) >> The Shippensburg junior finished third in the pole vault at the Colonial Relays on April 1 in Williamsburg, Va. Hepner cleared 11 feet, 11¾ inches, a personal record outdoors that ranks second on the PSAC performance list and is an NCAA Division II provisional height.

College Corner: ESU’s Eidson a natural in the steeplechase |Apr 3, 2017

Rachel Eidson (Daniel Boone) >> East Stroudsburg freshman Rachel Eidson competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the first time in her college career and came away a winner.

Grandview Speedway owner Bruce Rogers dies at 82 |Apr 1, 2017

Bruce Rogers, owner of Grandview Speedway, died Wednesday, March 29. He was 82.

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.