Sports

Saxton: Stewart, Abreu returning for 4th annual Thunder Cup at Grandview |Aug 12, 2018

When the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series heads to Grandview Speedway on Thursday, August 23, three-time NASCAR Cup Champion Tony Stewart and two-time Chili Bowl Nationals champion, Rico Abreu, will strap into a 410 sprint car and compete with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.

Hamburg repeats as Pa. American Legion Division 2 champions |Aug 5, 2018

HERSHEY >> The Hamburg Reds are still the only state champions the Pa. American Legion baseball Division 2 tournament has ever known.

Legendary ‘68 Morgantown Legion team still basking in Berks League title 50 years later |Aug 4, 2018

The summer of 1968 has long been remembered as a turbulent and tumultuous time.

Saxton: No better entertainment than a night at the races |Jul 16, 2018

So the weekend is approaching and you are trying to come up with something to do that will be enjoyable for the family. Maybe you can come up with something new, something different and something that is exciting.

Host West Lawn tops Daniel Boone for Berks League crown |Jul 16, 2018

WEST LAWN >> Truth be told, Darrien Mogel had no interest in pitching Monday night.

First 2018 wins for Manmiller, Wilson, Lisowski at Grandview |Jul 15, 2018

BECHTELSVILLE >> Every NASCAR feature winner that stood in victory lane on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway in the action sponsored by Whelen Engineering posted their first feature win of the season.

Zweizig does it all as Oley Post tops Norchester |Jul 12, 2018

BUCKTOWN >> As he headed for the dugout during the postgame, Daymond Zweizig received a tap on the shoulder and had the pitch-counter placed in his hand.

West Lawn stays hot, beats Boyertown 9-3 |Jul 12, 2018

WEST LAWN >> Boyertown will have to battle its way back through the losers’ bracket of the Berks County Legion League playoffs after a 9-3 second-round loss to West Lawn Thursday night at Owls Field at Ted Palka Park.

Saxton: Concert adds to Pocono race weekend at month’s end |Jul 8, 2018

Stroudsburg, Pa., natives Christian Porter and Regina Sayles, known together as acclaimed musical duo Porter & Sayles, will perform a pre-race concert prior to the start of the Gander Outdoors 400 on Sunday, July 29 at Pocono Raceway.

Firefighters, police, ballplayers compete in 1st Conner Kleffel Memorial Softball Tournament |Jun 29, 2018

Local firefighters, police and community members united to compete in the inaugural Conner A. Kleffel Memorial Softball Tournament at the Leesport Playground Ball Fields on June 22 and 23.

Kutztown tennis coaches Louann and Dale Reppert presented Aces Award |Jun 26, 2018

The Berks County Tennis Association presented Kutztown tennis coaches Louann and Dale Reppert with the 2018 Berks County Tennis Community Aces Award during the Hits for Hope Night of Champions Gala & Awards Ceremony on June 23.

Boyertown’s Strunk claims long-sought STSS win at Bridgeport |May 3, 2018

BRIDGEPORT, N.J. >> Finally, Jeff Strunk is a Short Track Super Series winner.

Snyder, Grim, Watt victorious on opening night at Grandview |Apr 22, 2018

BECHTELSVILLE >> A full card of regular season NASCAR points paying events Saturday night at Grandview Speedway got the 2018 racing season underway on a very exciting note, as Danny Snyder, Brad Grim and Ryan Watt, all, took home Opening Night wins at the popular high-banked third-mile clay oval in Bechtelsville.

TATUM: Golden opportunities for Pa. turkey hunters |Apr 16, 2018

You might say that this year’s upcoming spring gobbler season is a study in bronze and gold. After all, turkeys are often described as the state’s big “bronze” birds, and since this represents Pennsylvania’s 50th year of spring gobbler hunting, that makes it the golden anniversary for the sport.

Golf: Ryan, Genuardi selected to compete in Valley Forge Pro-Am |Apr 16, 2018

Helping the future leaders of Montgomery County — and, eventually the state and the nation — has been the mantra of the Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Council ever since it was organized in 2015.

Friesen first in inaugural Bruce Rogers Memorial at Grandview |Apr 15, 2018

BECHTELSVILLE >> Mother Nature finally cooperated with the racing community on Saturday night and produced beautiful weather and the 56th racing season at Grandview Speedway got underway in front of a very large turnout of fans.

Kutztown swimmers enjoy successful season |Apr 12, 2018

The Kutztown Area High School swim team enjoyed another successful season this winter. This year’s team was comprised of returning swimmers senior Nikolette Nolte, sophomores Greta Feiertag and Annika Gally, and the team’s newest swimmer, freshmen Devon Becker.

VILLANOVA PARADE: ‘Nova’s true blue faithful throw another party in Philly |Apr 5, 2018

PHILADELPHIA >> This is getting to be old hat for Villanova fans.

Delaware bomber DiVincenzo boosts Villanova to another national title |Apr 3, 2018

SAN ANTONIO >> Villanova is going to need a bigger trophy case in the Davis Center.

SAXTON: Green Lane racer Snyder doing it his way in 2018 |Mar 26, 2018

When NASCAR Late Model stock car racing returns to Grandview Speedway, Danny Snyder will be part of the racing action.

Twin Valley continues ascent, revels in program’s first state playoff win |Mar 23, 2018

Over the past three years, about the only thing that has been trending higher than the Twin Valley girls basketball team is the Dow.

SAXTON: Richard Petty selling part of legendary personal collection |Mar 19, 2018

NASCAR legend Richard Petty said that after “accumulating stuff” for 80 years, it’s time to sell some of his most famous cars, trophies and other items.

SAXTON: Boyertown’s Gular hitting the road in 2018 |Mar 12, 2018

Mike Gular, a long time campaigner at Grandview Speedway, Big Diamond Raceway and other area tracks, is ready for even more dirt track Modified racing in 2018. He is becoming a traveling man.

TATUM: Reader reactions reflect great divide in gun debate |Mar 12, 2018

The great gun debate rages on now more than ever in my email inbox where reader reactions to last week’s column have been stacking up at both ends of the spectrum and everywhere in between.

Four champions lead Hamburg to District 3 Section 1 team title |Feb 18, 2018

Four Hamburg wrestlers won individual titles at the District 3 Class 2A Section 1 tournament Saturday as the host Hawks won the team title.

college corner: Drexel’s DeSanto primed for postseason run |Feb 18, 2018

Austin DeSanto had a great regular season with the Drexel wrestling team. Now the true freshman will test the waters in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Tournament March 3-4 in Hempstead, N.

Eagles win ultimate prize, beat Patriots in Super Bowl |Feb 5, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. >> The Eagles believed. Then they beat Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at their own game to register their first Super Bowl title.

The Underdog is alive and well! Check out these and email in your own Eagles Underdog (or cat or person) |Jan 25, 2018

The Underdog Eagles will be playing the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Now’s the time to get your Underdogs out and show off. Send a photo of your pet or you or a family member all decked out in Eagles gear to

Kutztown weightlifter sets U.S. record, places 3rd at Youth Pan-Am Championships |Jan 22, 2018

The road to international youth weightlifting championships has been a long and challenging journey for Kutztown Area High School senior Kate Wehr, but the hard work and commitment has been well worth the time and effort.

Hamburg’s Heistand selected to U.S. National Development Squad |Jan 21, 2018

Following three days of training at the 2018 United States Women’s National Team Trial held at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, PA, the USWNT coaching staff announced the 2018 U.S. Women’s National Development Squad on Friday afternoon.

Twin Valley U14 girls soccer caps undefeated season with shootout win |Nov 30, 2017

The Twin Valley Fireballs U14 girls soccer team went undefeated (10-0) this fall and won the Philadelphia Area Girls Soccer (PAGS) U14 Barca division on a penalty kick shootout victory in the final.

Saxton: Region’s big names taking aim on inside track in Trenton |Nov 26, 2017

This event could very well go down as one of most talked about racing events of the year. Imagine high speed open cockpit race cars competing on the dirt indoors and it is attracting some of the best known racing talent in the East to take part.

College Corner: Boone grad Valverde named NEAC Player of the Year |Nov 12, 2017

Brenden Valverde capped off a big freshman season with the Penn State Berks men’s soccer team by being named the North Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year.

SAXTON: 21-year-old Rahmer continues family legacy with Williams Grove title |Oct 20, 2017

Williams Grove Speedway, one of the most popular of the Central Pennsylvania speedways, closed its 2017 racing season on October 6 having crowned its season champions in both the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint car division and the HJ Towing & Recovery 358 sprint car division.

Kressley dominates Mods at the Madhouse at Grandview |Oct 15, 2017

BECHTELSVILLE >> It was a spooky Halloween night, but there weren’t any tricks for Brett Kressley, as the 25-year-old scored his first NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series victory at the ‘Mods at the Madhouse Traffic Jam’ on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway.

Outdoors: A crowded week for October hunters |Oct 15, 2017

This marks an eventful week in the great out-of-doors for Pennsylvania’s fraternity of hunters as our increasingly crowded outdoors calendar swings into mid-October. Let’s take a look at the veritable cornucopia of outdoors options that kicked in Saturday, Oct.

Kutztown, Hamburg battle it out in Field Hockey Cancer Awareness Game |Oct 14, 2017

The Field Hockey Cancer Awareness Game, Kutztown vs. Hamburg, Sept. 30 raised awareness about cancer and celebrated cancer survivor Kutztown senior Niki Nolte and Kempton father Ethan Kunkel who is battling cancer.

College Corner: Exeter grad Hangen setting the stage for Shippensburg volleyball |Oct 14, 2017

The Shippensburg women’s volleyball team is off to a big start this fall and a key component on the squad is freshman setter Emily Hangen.

Road Scholar Transport wins back-to-back league titles |Oct 5, 2017

Road Scholar Transport recently won the championship of the Tri-County 50 & Over Senior Modified Men’s Softball League, started in 2013, behind the great pitching performances of Mike Long and Les Garrison throughout the playoffs.

Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove to kick off playoffs in 2018 |Oct 1, 2017

Here is some news of interest for the many drag racing fans out there. The complexion of the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship will take a new form as four of the national events will change dates for the upcoming season.

Capps, Force, Butner, Krawiec victorious at Maple Grove |Sep 24, 2017

MOHNTON >> Ron Capps powered to the Funny Car victory Sunday at the 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

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.