Coughlin, Valley West to meet in D2 final

KINGSTON — The scenario was eerily familiar to Wyoming Valley West head coach Linda Fithian.Her squad heading into an overtime match with a District 2 Class 3A Field Hockey Tournament final appearance on the line.For the past two years, the Spartans have come up short and as Hazleton Area charged out of the gates in overtime and threw everything it had at the Spartans defense, even coach Fithian wondered if the streak would extend to three years.But two ...

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Crusaders roll in D2 girls soccer opener

PLAINS TWP. — Emma Sukowaski drilled the ball off a direct kick and watched it sail toward the net.The Coughlin junior saw it whack off the cross bar and right back in the hands of Tunkhannock keeper Brittney Sickler.A bad break? Perhaps. A few inches lower and the ball sneaks in.Little did she know at the time, though, it was a sign of things to come.Sukowaski opened the scoring with one minute left in the first half, and Coughlin found the b...

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Comets grab first D2 win in 6 years

WRIGHT TWP. – Maybe it was the unending downpour, or simply the uneventful finish, that dampened Crestwood’s jubilation. But Comets coach Russ Kile had to prong his team to run out to the field, to show some excitement at the final whistle.“Join your teammates. We won a district game. Let’s show some enthusiasm.”Eight-seeded Crestwood handcuffed the No. 9 Lake-Lehman offense in a 3-1 victory in the District 2 Class 2A girls soccer first roun...

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Abington Heights shuts out Wyoming Area in District 2 Class AA girls soccer opener

SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — Wyoming Area goaltender Caitlin Butchko did her best to keep thirteen-seeded Wyoming Area in the game against third-seeded Abington Heights, but the Comets offensive attack proved to be too strong.Despite controlling the ball for much of the first 4o minutes, Abington Heights was held scoreless, due to solid defensive play and several excellent saves by Butchko, until Michaelina Holmes chipped a cross from Ally Christman into the back of the net with 18:...

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Youth rules for Cougars, Mountaineers

DIMOCK – The lineups have changed – and taken on a distinctly younger look – but the results are something the Hazleton Area and Dallas boys teams have seen before.The two youngest lineups at Wednesday’s District 2 Cross Country Championships are also the only two Wyoming Valley Conference boys teams that will still be running as a group Nov. 1 in Hershey in the PIAA Championships.The district’s most established individual runner – ret...

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MIKE DROZDAFB — GARWith leading rusher Anthony Maurent out with an injury, GAR needed someone to pick up the slack against Holy Redeemer. Fullback Mike Drozda was the guy.Drozda rushed 18 times for a career-high 146 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns as the Grenadiers rallied for a 28-24 victory. What made Drozda’s performance even more impressive is his third ca...

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Dallas duo dominates girls race

DIMOCK – A total of 238 girls in three different classifications completed the 3.1-mile Elk Lake course at Wednesday’s District 2 Cross Country Championships.Nobody did it faster than Ally Rome and Lindsey Oremus.Few even came close.The Dallas teammates finished 1-2 in the Class 2A race and led the defending state team champions to a second-place finish that secured one of the district’s two berths at the PIAA Championships in Hershey Novembe...

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Health can be as important as talent

The best team usually wins. Unless the best team isn’t the healthiest on the field.When injuries pile up, a promising season could sink quickly. Meyers started the season 3-0, but has lost five in a row. Northwest lost its first two and has now ripped off six consecutive wins.Northwest was considered a better team than Meyers entering the Wyoming Valley Conference football season. But it’s doubtful anyone thought the Rangers were 49 points better than Meyers ...

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Hackenberg, OSU’s Barrett coping with rapidly shifting expectations

Two second-year quarterbacks will face off on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett is facing skyrocketing expectations. True sophomore Christian Hackenberg has had to recalibrate his.Statistically, the two signal-callers have gone in opposite directions in the past month.Barrett and Ohio State have put up record numbers on offense after a disheartening loss to Virginia Tech in Week 2. Hackenberg, meanwhile, hasn’t been able to duplic...

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Spooky bowling fundraiser will benefit Salvation Army

WILKES-BARRE — Zebra Communications, the student run public relations agency at Wilkes University, will host a bowling event with a Halloween theme to benefit the Salvation Army.“Chacko’s Spooky Charity Challenge” will include two hours of bowling, one pizza pie, one soda and shoe rental. The fee will be $15 for adults and $8 for participants 12 and under. Children who come with a costume and supervisor are free. There will be 50/50 tickets for sale and a Fa...

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