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WVC Boys Soccer capsules

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Wyoming Valley Conference Boys Soccer CapsulesDIVISION I (Class 3A)Hazleton AreaCoach: Rob Schoener, 3rd seasonHome Field: Maple Manor Field (former Bishop Hafey football field)2013 Record: 2-13Key Players Lost: Mauro Notaro; Robert Vitagliano


Realignment headlines 2014 boys soccer season

It’s no secret why the Wyoming Valley Conference boys soccer league realigned for the 2014 season.After some controversy at last season’s district seeding meeting, the WVC coaches voted by majority to dump the power alignment it has used in the past and adopt a foundation where teams are now in divisions according to classifications.Several other sports in the district use the classification format, but in years past with separation in boys soccer being by a ...

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Dallas out for postseason glory

Even in spite of Dallas’ Wyoming Valley Conference title, the Mountaineers entered the state playoffs last year as gigantic underdogs. District 3 continually churned out quality teams that had lashed WVC girls soccer teams at states, and the conference had little-to-no experience against the rest of the state since making the move from a spring to a fall sport.Two overtime bouts in the state playoffs changed everything. One, a 1-1 win over Northern York settled in overtime; t...

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Cougars look to continue growing

The first win is out of the way and Misericordia enters the 2014 season having not lost a game now in more than nine months.A season-ending win against FDU-Florham was the first victory in Misericordia history, but before that the team was brimming with confidence. That means the Cougars are entering the 2014 season looking to pick up where they left off in 2013.“I think (the win) provided a lot of energy and excitement going into the offseason,” Misericordia...

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Abington Heights grad, Corey Spangenberg, leads Padres to victory

SAN DIEGO — Abington Heights 2009 graduate Cory Spangenberg had a two-run single for his first big league hit and Tyson Ross pitched six strong innings to lead the San Diego Padres to a 3-1 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.Spangenberg, the team’s first-round pick in the 2011 draft, had his contract selected from Double-A San Antonio and started at third base. He came up with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth inning and singled to right off reli...

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Friend carries on Larksville benefit after passing of organizer

If a person or an event needed a hand, Sandie Reese was there to lend it.When the Larksville Volunteer Fire Co. canceled its bazaar last year, she started the Larksville Fall Festival to raise money for the fire company.After Reese’s death from a heart attack on Feb. 16, Swoyersville Councilman Chris Concert, a good friend who volunteered with her, vowed to continue the festival in her honor.Sandie’s Fall Festival, billed as a bigger and better eve...

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Hamels, 3 Phils relievers combine to no-hit Braves

ATLANTA — On Labor Day, Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia bullpen spread the workload on a no-hitter.Hamels and three Phillies relievers combined on the season’s fourth no-hitter, blanking the Atlanta Braves 7-0 Monday and giving a last-place team a rare reason to celebrate.It was all the more unusual in that Hamels left the game with his bid intact after six innings. He was fine with the decision, too, having already thrown 108 pitches at a hot afternoon at T...

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Labor Day picnic revives old tradition

WILKES-BARRE — On a day when many have off from work and school, the Rev. Shawn Walker was among those who came to Kirby Park Monday to celebrate the nation’s workforce.The day-long celebration featured fun and activities for the entire family, along with live entertainment, but it also had a serious side.Walker, pastor at the First Baptist Church of Wilkes-Barre and a member of the Wilkes-Barre Area School District Board of Education, was among those to spea...

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Two hospitalized following Route 309 crash

TRUCKSVILLE — Kingston Township police say two people have been hospitalized following a two-vehicle crash on Memorial Highway (state Route 309) this afternoon.An earlier report that a coroner had been called to the scene was incorrect.The crash occurred just after 4:30 p.m. at the intersection with the driveways for Sheetz and Pendragon Square.The driver of an SUV and a motorcycle driver were taken to hospitals. The motorcycle driver was in very serious...

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Good things come to those who wait. After waiting out a rain delay that lasted two hours, ten minutes on Sunday and forced the game’s continuation Monday morning, the RailRiders pulled out a 2-1 victory over Lehigh Valley, then posted a 4-1 victory in the ensuing seven-inning game. That did more than just give the RailRiders a feel-good finish to the 2014 season, it allowed them to pass Lehigh Valley for fifth place in the International League North Division. It also gave the RailRiders...

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RailRiders take two, ride out of last place

MOOSIC — Don’t try to convince Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders catcher Austin Romine the final games of a lost Triple-A season were a lost cause.Don’t tell that to the RailRiders pitching staff, either.Romine rifled a home run off the top of the center field wall Monday as the RailRiders finished their 2014 season with two victories over Lehigh Valley, 2-1 in the completion of a suspended game and a 4-1 victory in the ensuing regular seven-inning game ...

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Trucksville church group will light watch fires for veterans

In war, watch fires were lit on hilltops and at the mouths of rivers after a battle, so those separated from their units could find their way back.On Sept. 19, the “Remembering Our Veterans Memorial” group from Back Mountain Harvest Assembly of God Church, Carverton Road, Trucksville, will light a watch fire to spiritually guide home, remember and honor all the POW/MIA from America’s wars and conflicts, said John Tasco, who represents the group.The ligh...

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Wilkes-Barre police investigating early morning shooting

WILKES-BARRE — City police are investigating an early-morning shooting that sent one person to the hospital.Police responded to North Meade Street just before 4 a.m. this morning for a report of a gunshot victim in a vehicle.Police say that one person was transported to a local medical facility for non life-threatening injuriesThe investigation of the shooting is ongoingCheck back with The Times Leader for updates.

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Hazleton police investigating the deaths of two

HAZLETON — Police are investigating the deaths of two individuals in a Hazleton home.Police were dispatched to the 800 block of James Street at around 8 p.m. on Sunday for a report of two unresponsive people. The individuals have not been identified at this time, or how they died.Police say that the investigation is ongoing, and that they do not believe it was a random act of violence.

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Rain could damper Labor Day plans, last until the midweek

Happy Labor Day!Rain could threaten Labor Day plans today, and the threat will stick around up until the midweek.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 69 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Overcast skies lingered over the Wyoming Valley this morning, along with a mixture of fog and mist in some areas.Isolated showers will be possible this morning, along with areas of fog before 11 a.m. After noon today, the...

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Letter to the Editor: Tunkhannock rector responds to discussion about God and sex

I read Pastor Dan Nichols’ illuminating words about God and sex, and I would like to offer my thoughts.I do not believe God created sex. I do believe God created humans in the image and likeness of God, a God who is compassionate, loving, unbounded by human interpretations.Nor do I believe God is male, but one who gave life to this planet (and possibly others) in the fullness of God’s being, which encompasses female and male.Nor do I believe that s...

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Luzerne County juggling union negotiations

Employees in three of Luzerne County government’s 10 unions are still working under collective bargaining agreements that expired at the end of 2013, and negotiations are about to begin on three more contracts expiring the end of this year.The status of negotiations for contracts that already expired, according to county Administrative Services Division Head David Parsnik:• Leaders of the residual union continue meeting with the administration to discuss opti...

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2014 Tennis Capsules

Another season of high school tennis kicks into full gear this week and this season could be full of surprises. Last year’s 3A WVC champions, Crestwood, lost all seven starters from last year’s 12-4 team. Despite losing last year’s District II 2A singles champion, Nathalie Joanlanne, Wyoming Seminary is still eyeing a return to the District II finals.For schools like Hazleton Area and Hanover Area, just getting enough girls on the squad has been tough. Both teams ...

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