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John Erzar

Position: Reporter/Sports
E-Mail Address: jerzar@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: (570) 991-6394


About John Erzar

John Erzar covers high school football, baseball and softball, NASCAR and IndyCar racing and Little League for The Times Leader Media Group. He is an avid fan of the Baltimore Ravens, Washington Nationals and Cleveland Cavaliers. He enjoys weight training and music, particularly Marillion and Mushroomhead. He also volunteers his time as a coach at the Wyoming/West Wyoming Little League.

Latest Stories by John Erzar

WILKES-BARRE — The Catholic Youth Center is supposed to be a neutral site for the annual Robert McGrane Boys Basketball Tournament.
It doesn't work that way for Holy Redeemer's Darius Washington.
In the building where he grew up playing basketball, Washington scored a game-high 30 points to lead the Royals to a 71-65 victory over Hanover Ar

Washington paces Royals to McGrane title

WILKES-BARRE — The Catholic Youth Center is supposed to be a neutral site for the annual Robert McGrane Boys Basketball Tournament. It doesn't work that way for Holy Redeemer's Darius Washington. In the building where he grew up playing basketball, Washington scored a game-high 30 points to lead the Royals to a 71-65 victory over Hanover Ar

As linemen, Lake-Lehman's Connor McGovern and GAR's Saul Wilkins had the unsung job of making the skill players look good. The contribution of the two, though, didn't go unnoticed.
McGovern and Wilkins were the only Wyoming Valley Conference players selected to the Pennsylvania Football Writers' Class 2A All-State football team.
“It's amazi

Lehman's McGovern, GAR's Wilkins named to Class 2A all-state team

As linemen, Lake-Lehman's Connor McGovern and GAR's Saul Wilkins had the unsung job of making the skill players look good. The contribution of the two, though, didn't go unnoticed. McGovern and Wilkins were the only Wyoming Valley Conference players selected to the Pennsylvania Football Writers' Class 2A All-State football team. “It's amazi

The best season in Crestwood football history became even better on Monday as two players were selected to the Pennsylvania Football Writers' Class 3A All-State team.
Running back Frank Aigeldinger and defensive back Lance Blass were the only players from the Wyoming Valley Conference selected. Valley View offensive lineman Zach Venesky was the on

Aigeldinger, Blass named All-State

The best season in Crestwood football history became even better on Monday as two players were selected to the Pennsylvania Football Writers' Class 3A All-State team. Running back Frank Aigeldinger and defensive back Lance Blass were the only players from the Wyoming Valley Conference selected. Valley View offensive lineman Zach Venesky was the on

No more dominating performances by Hazleton Area guard Sal Biasi.No more high-flying acts by GAR's Isaiah Francis or Meyers' Tyriek Steward.And finally, yes finally, the Fazzini brother pipeline at Crestwood has dried up. Chris Fazzini, the last of the trio, is now at King's College.That's just some of an incredible talented senior class last seaso

Transition season for WVC boys basketball

No more dominating performances by Hazleton Area guard Sal Biasi.No more high-flying acts by GAR's Isaiah Francis or Meyers' Tyriek Steward.And finally, yes finally, the Fazzini brother pipeline at Crestwood has dried up. Chris Fazzini, the last of the trio, is now at King's College.That's just some of an incredible talented senior class last seaso

YATESVILLE — Pittston Area had 24 minutes to atone for the first eight on Monday night.Those eight, though, were just too troublesome to overcome.Pittston Area fell behind by 16 points after the first quarter and had several rally attempts rebuffed as Holy Cross held on for a 55-39 victory in a non-conference boys basketball game.Pittston Are

Patriots fall to Holy Cross

YATESVILLE — Pittston Area had 24 minutes to atone for the first eight on Monday night.Those eight, though, were just too troublesome to overcome.Pittston Area fell behind by 16 points after the first quarter and had several rally attempts rebuffed as Holy Cross held on for a 55-39 victory in a non-conference boys basketball game.Pittston Are

WILKES-BARRE — Holy Redeemer found out it could do some good things in its boys basketball season opener against Scranton on Friday night.
The Royals also found out there is one aspect that really, really needs some work — rebounding. Scranton's ability to constantly grab errant shots helped the Knights to a 61-49 victory.
“We g

Redeemer falls to Scranton

WILKES-BARRE — Holy Redeemer found out it could do some good things in its boys basketball season opener against Scranton on Friday night. The Royals also found out there is one aspect that really, really needs some work — rebounding. Scranton's ability to constantly grab errant shots helped the Knights to a 61-49 victory. “We g

Dunmore game on WQMY

The PIAA Class 2A football semifinal game between District 2 champion Dunmore and District 3 champion Wyomissing will be televised live by WQMY. Kickoff is 1 p.m. Saturday at Northern Lehigh High School in Slatington. Dunmore (13-1) will be seeking its fourth trip to a state championship game. The Bucks last played for a state title in 2012, losin

WVC boys basketball races could be quite competitive

WILKES-BARRE — The season is new, but the favorites remain the same in Wyoming Valley Conference boys basketball. However, the distance between the haves and the have-nots has tightened. “This is our third year in Division I and it's the first time we see a lot of parity in it,” Dallas coach Doug Miller said. Dallas was mentione

LEHMAN TWP. — An icy field and bitter cold kept big plays to a minimum in Saturday afternoon's UNICO All-Star Classic at Lake-Lehman High School.
Holy Redeemer's Pat Villani, though, made one that was as memorable as any in the history of the charity game that started in 1952.
Villani turned a short reception into an unexpected 54-yard touc

Green wins UNICO game

LEHMAN TWP. — An icy field and bitter cold kept big plays to a minimum in Saturday afternoon's UNICO All-Star Classic at Lake-Lehman High School. Holy Redeemer's Pat Villani, though, made one that was as memorable as any in the history of the charity game that started in 1952. Villani turned a short reception into an unexpected 54-yard touc

PIAA State Football Glance

CLASS 4AFirst Round Parkland 10, Easton 7 OT St. Joseph's Prep 47, Ben Franklin 20 Coatesville 31, Downingtown East 12 Pennsbury 25, Upper Dublin 14 State College 27, Erie McDowell 6 Pine-Richland 21, Pitt. Central Catholic 13 Wilson 9, Central Dauphin East 6 Central Dauphin 16, Governor Mifflin 13 Quarterfinals St. Joseph's Prep 34, Park

Wyoming Area announces first quarter honor roll

Vito Quaglia, principal of Wyoming Area Secondary Center, recently announced the students who qualified for the Honor Roll for the first marking period ending Nov. 3. The following policy adopted by the Wyoming Area Board of School Directors will be utilized as the criteria for selection of the high school honor roll: High honors, A student must re





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