Letter to the Editor: Attend rally in Wilkes-Barre to support victims of violence

In our community, virtually everyone is or knows a victim or survivor of crime.Crime is not “somebody else’s problem” but, rather, a collective challenge that has often devastating effects on individuals, families, neighborhoods, schools, businesses and our community as a whole.During 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week – April 19 to 25 – we can embrace this special week’s theme that “engages communities and empowers v...

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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders snap four-game skid

Slade Heathcott kept lifting the ball high into the air.It wound up lifting the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders to their first victory in five games.Healthcott began Friday night’s game his first career Triple-A home run and ended it with a game-winning sacrifice fly in the 10th inning as the RailRiders beat the Syracuse Chiefs, 8-7 to snap a four-game losing streak.Jose Ramirez pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory.He...

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Penn State ready to show off results at Blue-White Game

At first, James Franklin was reluctant to make any comparisons.At first.The difference between this spring and last spring? The Penn State coach was having trouble to put it into words.“I don’t know if I can compare it,” Franklin said Thursday. “It’s really… I can only compare things that are similar.”Once he got going, however, he had trouble stopping.“It’s night and day,” Frank...

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Dallas softball salvages week by topping Coughlin

PLAINS TWP. — A miserable week became a little brighter Friday for the Dallas softball team.Saddled with two losses and 15 innings with just one run through the week, the Mountaineers were able to rebound with a 3-0 victory over Coughlin in a Wyoming Valley Conference interdivisional game.Dallas (2-2 Div. 2) lost 5-1 to Wyoming Area on Monday and then 1-0 in eight innings to Crestwood on Tuesday. Another setback against a struggling Coughlin team would have made an...

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Wyoming Area baseball stays perfect in WVC play

WEST PITTSTON — The energy certainly hasn’t faded. Not at Atlas Field, where Wyoming Area keeps on winning.After knocking off Berwick 10-2 on Friday, the Warriors made it through the first cycle of the schedule in Division 2 of the Wyoming Valley Conference without a loss.Now at 5-0 in league play and atop the division, Wyoming Area hopes that it has the foundation for its first District 2 championship team in program history.And Ron Musto knows al...

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Hailee Bumont scores 6 goals in Coughlin girls lacrosse victory

Hailee Bumont scored six goals and Savanna Robinson and Kristi Pearage both added three goals apiece to lead Coughlin past Lake-Lehman, 14-10, in Wyoming Valley Conference girls lacrosse on Friday.Alyssa Adams scored four goals for Lehman and Katie Strohl finished with two.Crestwood 14, Dallas 6Daniella Callaghan and Lizzy Dessoye each scored four goals as the Comets topped Dallas, 14-6, in girls lacrosse action on Friday night.Roga...

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Jimy Hettes returns to UFC Octagon with something to prove

More than two months later and Jimy Hettes still doesn’t like to talk about that January night in Las Vegas.Minutes before he was set to leave the locker room for a preliminary card at Ultimate Fighting Championship 183, something happened. Hettes passed out backstage. Doctors and commission officials wouldn’t let the Swoyersville featherweight go on. The fight was canceled, and the 27-year old Hettes was transported to the local hospital instead.

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Nanticoke’s Pokrinchak tosses one-hitter

Kyle Pokrinchak threw a one-hit shutout, surrendering only a leadoff double in the fifth inning in Nanticoke’s 4-0 win over Meyers on Friday in a WVC Division 3 game.Pokrinchak walked just two, struck out two and retired 12 of the first 13 batters he faced before O.J. Almonte doubled for the Mohawks (1-4 WVC).Nanticoke (4-1) put the game away with three insurance runs in the top of the seventh, a...

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Zawatski heading to Purdue

Wyoming Valley West’s Standout swimmer, Edward J. Zawatski III, recently signed his Letter of Intent to play at Purdue University. Seated from left, Billie Jo Zawatski, mother; Edward J. Zawatski III; Edward Zawatski, father. Standing from left Dave Novrocki, principal; Chris Barnic, assistant principal; Sandy MacKay, athletic director; Dave Robbins, assistant principal; Frank Tribendis, coach.

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Hazleton Area sweeps singles play in victory over Coughlin

Wister Yuhas won at No. 1, starting Hazleton Area’s sweep of singles play in the Cougars’4-1 victory over Coughlin in Wyoming Valley Conference boys tennis on Friday.Adam Grolla won in straight sets at No. 2 singles and Alec Losen took a three-set victory at No. 3.Coughlin captured the final doubles match.Holy Redeemer 4, Wyoming Valley West 1Chris Kocon and Russell Kutish each recorded wins in singles action as the Roya...

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