Sports

New indoor facility T-3 Golf offers endless golf season |Sep 14, 2017

Drew Witouski calls himself a “golf enthusiast,” after first being introduced to the sport nearly four decades ago and spending the past 10 years playing more competitively.

Lymphoma survivor Nolte goes for the goal in Kutztown’s cancer awareness game |Sep 13, 2017

Niki Nolte is no stranger to facing challenges head on.

College Corner: Exeter grad Wesley going hard for Canisius volleyball |Sep 10, 2017

Junior Sara Wesley continues to be a mainstay with the Canisius College women’s volleyball team.

Manual Labor: A week to forget at the shore |Sep 10, 2017

Over the 40 plus years I have been writing Salt Spray there always is at least one week when conditions conspire to make it truly difficult to find anything good to say about the fishing at the shore.

Swarmer, Alexy enjoy second seasons in pro baseball |Sep 7, 2017

Last June, Matt Swarmer and A.J. Alexy began their professional baseball journeys.

Saxton: Searching for solutions for NASCAR’s troubles |Sep 3, 2017

Let me share with you some of the comments and thoughts received from readers of my various columns on motorsports … mostly covering NASCAR.

Shuey over Schutz in photo finish; Buckwalter wins modified race at Grandview |Aug 27, 2017

BECHTELSVILLE >> The outcome of the 30-lap BRC NASCAR Late Model feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway came down to a photo finish between Brian Shuey and current point leader and defending champion Chuck Schutz.

Saxton: NASCAR putting fans inside the rides for Cup playoffs |Aug 27, 2017

For the first time in the sport’s history, NASCAR will live-stream an in-car cameras on Twitter for all 10 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs races in 2017, NASCAR announced today.

One win, two point titles for Buckwalter in Action Track USA finale |Aug 18, 2017

Kutztown >> Great weather, fantastic crowd, and a terrific night of racing brought down the curtain for the three weekly divisions at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on Wednesday night.

Pauch Jr. wins 3rd straight Tobias Classic at Action Track USA |Aug 7, 2017

Kutztown >> Attempting to manhandle a USAC All Pro SpeedSTR for 75 laps — while dicing for position with 25 other throttle-jockeys — can be an intimidating chore. But the long distance of the Dick Tobias Classic has proven to be no problem for Billy Pauch Jr.

Salt Spray Report: Bites abound but keepers harder to come by at the Jersey shore |Aug 3, 2017

Summer flounder is dominating the fishing news in a variety of ways here at the Jersey shore this week.

Prestige, $10,000 await winner of Saturday’s Forrest Rogers Memorial |Aug 3, 2017

PRESTIGE AND $10,000 AWAITS WINNER OF PIONEER POLE BUILDINGS FORREST ROGERS MEMORIAL SATURDAY AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

Von Dohren, Sipe, Grim win July 29 features at Grandview |Jul 30, 2017

BECHTELSVILLE >> Craig VonDohren, the nine-time and defending Grandview Speedway Modified point champion, hadn’t been to victory lane at the 1/3-mile banked clay oval since August 20, 2016.

Kutztown falls to Hamburg Red in Jr. Babe Ruth title game |Jul 29, 2017

The two best teams in The Keystone Baseball League’s Junior Babe Ruth division faced each other for the championship on July 19 at the Kutztown Park.

Exeter grads to host charity softball tournament |Jul 29, 2017

EXETER >> Over the past several years, Derek Evans has been all about making a stand — even when his body has rejected him.

Hamburg making the most of Pa. Legion’s first ‘Division 2’ postseason |Jul 23, 2017

It’s been 30 years since Hamburg has made an appearance in the Pennsylvania American Legion state baseball tournament and 54 years since the organization won its only first and only state title.

Saxton: Pocono Raceway in good hands with Igdalsky as CEO |Jul 22, 2017

A change in leadership has taken place at a major auto racing facility. Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky has resigned his position to pursue other opportunities effective immediately.

Hamburg hosting tournament in inaugural two-division season of Pa. legion ball |Jul 9, 2017

In a year just concluded in which the PIAA expanded its classification system from four to six, Pennsylvania’s American Legion baseball organization joined the party by hopping on the class train.

Schutz lights it up in Firecracker 40 win at Grandview |Jul 9, 2017

BECHTELSVILLE >> Fans that attended the racing action on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway certainly got their money’s worth. All feature events had side-by-side, three to four wide action throughout their respective shows that produced two repeat winners, two season first winners that included a first career win.

Larson lights up Independence Day at Grandview |Jul 6, 2017

BECHTELSVILLE >> On a Fourth of July celebration of speed, Kyle Larson wowed a jam-packed NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series crowd and claimed his third straight Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Car Speedweek victory, while Duane Howard scored the win in the NASCAR Modified 30-lap event at the Grandview Speedway on Tuesday Night in an event presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings.

Norchester fends off Twin Valley’s rally attempt |Jul 6, 2017

BUCKTOWN >> It was like money in the bank.

SAXTON: Boyertown native Thomson headed to USAC Hall of Fame at long last |Jul 2, 2017

More than 60 years ago I took an interest in auto racing. It all started when I went to my first race and saw Freddy Adam flip in turn one at the Reading Fairgrounds. I was hooked.

Boyertown’s Wieand dominates Daniel Boone en route to shutout |Jun 28, 2017

BIRDSBORO >> By no means would anyone ever classify Justin Wieand as an angry person.

Berks/L-L wins Carpenter Cup for second straight year |Jun 25, 2017

The Berks/Lancaster-Lebanon softball team captured its second straight Carpenter Cup championship on June 22 at FDR Park in Philadelphia with a 2-1 victory over Tri-Cape in the final.

Legion baseball: Hamburg’s upswing continues with 6-2 win over Kutztown |Jun 18, 2017

HAMBURG >> Saturday night provided a reminder of what Hamburg baseball accomplished at the high school level a year ago and what it could be again a year later, within the confines of American Legion ball.

Kressley, Kline, Lisowski score wins at Grandview |Jun 18, 2017

BECHTELSVILLE >> Ma Nature was defeated at Grandview Speedway on Saturday as afternoon showers looked as if they would force another show to be cancelled. However management held off and the track crew did a great job to make racing possible.

Buckwalter wins Flyin’ Farmer; Strada wins sprint thriller |Jun 11, 2017

Kutztown >> Wednesday’s racing program at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds paid tribute to the late, great Tommy Hinnershitz. Hailing from nearby Oley, Hinnershitz was one of the very best Sprint Car racers of the 1930’s, ‘40’s, and ‘50’s.

Sites secures Savage 61 Back Yard Brawl win |Jun 11, 2017

FORESTVILLE >> Kody Sites picked a good time to get back to victory lane in the roadrunner division.

7th annual Hits for Hope Tennis Tournament set for June 20-25 |Jun 11, 2017

The 7th annual Conrad Weiser Hits for Hope Tennis Tournament is set for June 20-25, again drawing a large player pool from locally and beyond. The tournament which raises money for a different charity each year, is the largest tennis tournament in Pa.

Cozze, Schutz, Lilick continue run of new winners at Grandview |Jun 11, 2017

BECHTELSVILLE >> Three different feature winners entered the record books on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway in their respective divisions in the Whelen Engineering sponsored racing events.

Saxton: Free racing for recycling at Pocono on June 9 |Jun 4, 2017

Thanks to Monster Energy, fans can enjoy all of the racing action and fun activities at Pocono Raceway on Friday, June 9 for free just by recycling any size Monster Energy can.

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.