Nanticoke Area’s magical run ends in state semifinal

BETHLEHEM — The pivotal moment for Nanticoke Area came with just about five minutes to play Tuesday night. Nationally ranked Imhotep Charter already had the game well in hand, reaching a 40-point lead to enact the mercy rule and a running clock. There was only one thing left for Nanticoke Area to do at Bethlehem […]

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Nanticoke Area boys basketball face nationally ranked Imhotep

Shortly after advancing to the PIAA Class 3A state semifinals Sunday, Nanticoke Area boys basketball coach John Beggs compared his team to the next opponent, Imhotep Charter. “I know they have a guy going to Rhode Island and a guy going to South Carolina, and both those teams are playing in the NCAA tournament today,” […]

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Nanticoke Area advances to states semifinals

BETHLEHEM — As that big lead was whittled to two points, the Nanticoke Area Trojans went back to what gave them the advantage Sunday afternoon. Cody Piestrak opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer and closed out a 10-3 run with another as Nanticoke Area defeated West Philadelphia 78-62 in a PIAA Class 4A boys […]

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Holy Redeemer girls basketball teams falls to Goretti again in states

BETHLEHEM — Summoning all their strength and energetic speed, a determined Holy Redeemer girls basketball team wasn’t going to let another state quarterfinal game slip away easily. So the Royals staged a spirited rally that produced a 10-point run and cut their ever-growing deficit down to eight points. It didn’t last long. A supremely talented […]

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Valley West girls basketball falls to Archbishop Wood in PIAA quarters

BETHLEHEM — In its past two playoff games, Wyoming Valley West’s lock-down defense didn’t allow more than 32 points to either opponent. Archbishop Wood hit that total by halftime. The strong and fluid Vikings found the key quickly Saturday, knifing through Valley West’s zone defense while squashing a dangerous Spartans shooting attack to coast to […]

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Holy Redeemer girls basketball rolls in victory over Mount Carmel

HAZLETON — Nothing seems to be a problem for the Holy Redeemer girls basketball these days. Not having several days off due to a blizzard. And certainly not the second-ranked team in the state, riding a 20-game winning streak, with just one loss this season. In a game that was out of reach before a […]

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Holy Redeemer has no answers for Neumann-Goretti

BETHLEHEM — Kentucky recruit Quade Green and Villanova-bound Dhamir Crosby-Roundtree have clearly been Neumann-Goretti’s best players this season. They weren’t Friday night and that made for a very difficult situation for Holy Redeemer. Headed by mammoth 6-foot-9, 255-pound Marcus Littles on the boards and the timely shooting of 6-4, 215-pound Mike Milsip, Neumann-Goretti did what […]

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GAR’s season comes to an end in second round of states

BETHLEHEM — Will Johnson and Andrew Campbell opened Friday night’s game with consecutive 3-pointers for GAR. Three days away from the gym because of Winter Storm Stella didn’t seem to affect the Grenadiers. At least not at first. Once West Philadelphia turned up the heat on defense, GAR showed signs of the layoff. The result […]

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Nanticoke girls fall in second round of state basketball play

ALLENTOWN — They were right there. The Nanticoke Area Trojanettes were even at the half and within striking distance even during an ugly third quarter. But they never could quite overcome the quickness and precision of an opponent that suddenly turned the tables on Nanticoke and cut short its promising state run. Speedy Gwynedd Mercy […]

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Nanticoke Area reaches boys state basketball quarterfinals

ALLENTOWN — Ever since they can remember, the Nanticoke Trojans had a vision. And by banding together, they came a little closer to turning a childhood fantasy into reality. Luke Butczynski scored a team-high 18 points, Justin Casey and Trahjan Krupinski played big on the boards Friday and the Trojans used a strong second half […]

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