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Comets win thrilling volleyball match

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Karissa Levenoski led Crestwood to a 3-2 girls volleyball victory over Wyoming Area on Tuesday with 17 service points, 21 assists, 15 digs. The Comets Crestwood survived a five-set thriller 19-25, 25-17, 26-24, 24-26, 15-7.Teammate Bryanna Hurn finished with five aces, 12 kills, eight digs, while Julie Murphy recorded 11 service points, 27 digs, five aces in the win.Wyoming Area’s Jess Sorick had seven kills and eight aces and Rachael Solano finished with 18 assists, 14 digs.Nanticoke 3, Meyers 0The Trojans won by scores of 25-10, 25-13, 25-8 as Lauren Rinehimer had 26 assists, six kills, four service points and three aces.


Spartans too much for improved Cougars

KINGSTON – Last season is a distant memory for the Hazleton Area girls soccer team. Even with the same cast of players, the Cougars did not look like the same team that finished at the bottom of the Wyoming Valley Conference standings, behind schools with a fifth of the enrollment.Hazleton Area fought for 80 minutes with one of the top teams in the conference Tuesday at Spartan Stadium. Wyoming Valley West was able to get through a stringent Cougar defense and strong goalkeep...

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Letter to the Editor: U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta scolded for stance on FEMA’s buyout policy

Why is U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta so intent on allowing fossil fuel infrastructure in areas that are prone to flooding capable of destroying homes? (See “Barletta wants FEMA policy revised in favor of gas development,” Aug. 20, at timesleader.com).Barletta misses the central purpose of the Federal Emergency Management Agency as an agency that identifies areas where extreme weather might occur and prevents development. If FEMA buys out a property because a flood destroyed th...

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Luzerne County Council attacks criticized

After giving his gavel a workout, Luzerne County Council Chairman Rick Morelli threatened to adjourn Tuesday’s committee meeting if some of his colleagues didn’t stop making personal attacks.“If I hear one more, I am ending this meeting,” Morelli said. “Respect each other. That’s all I’m asking.”One of the most charged statements came after Councilman Harry Haas proposed the county raise money to help fund county-owned Moon...

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Following his own rules, Monfils into US Open QFs

NEW YORK — Gael Monfils follows his own rules.The guy does things on a tennis court no one else has — or can. Just search his name on YouTube and watch any of many video clips showcasing his speed and agility; start with the parallel-to-the-ground, a-few-feet-in-the-air dive at this year’s French Open.He sips soda during breaks in his matches, raising the can in a toast to his agent.He is currently without any coach at all, in an era when som...

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New coach brings new styles to Wilkes

In his first season as a head football coach, new Wilkes mentor Trey Brown was expecting some rough patches during his first five-plus months on the job.That’s including losing the top three offensive players from the Colonels last year as leading running back, quarterback and receiver all left the program for undisclosed reasons and still had a combined eight years of eligibility remaining after combining for nearly 3,000 yards of offense a year ago.

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Crusaders beat heat, Comets

WILKES-BARRE — The month of August was cooler than usual in our area. So when boys soccer practice officially started, most players didn’t have an opportunity to experience hot weather for the upcoming season.On Tuesday afternoon, as temperatures soared near 90 degrees, the heat didn’t effect the Coughlin or Crestwood team as they battled for the first time since meeting last October in the District 2 Class 2A quarterfinals.Both teams didn’t show ...

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NFL suspends Irsay 6 games, fines him $500,000

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — The NFL suspended Jim Irsay for the first six games of the season and fined him $500,000 for violating its personal conduct policy, coming down hard on the Indianapolis Colts owner Tuesday just hours after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from an embarrassing March traffic stop.Commissioner Roger Goodell said Irsay is barred from team facilities, practices and games and cannot represent the Colts at NFL meetings or events. The fine is the maximu...

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Franklin sounds off on clock management

The questions were over, but James Franklin had a few more things he wanted to say.Unsolicited, the Penn State coach wrapped up Tuesday’s press conference by addressing his staff’s philosophy on the two-minute drill.Not coincidentally, it was in the spotlight at the end of Saturday’s win over UCF.During the Nittany Lions’ decisive field goal drive, Franklin was criticized on the ESPN broadcast for his clock management, namely his conser...

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Redeemer nets first boys soccer win

FREELAND — Eric Schramm and Josh Perta each struck the back of the net for Holy Redeemer in a 2-0 boys soccer win over MMI on Tuesday.The Royals, who outshot the Preppers 25-12, picked up their first win of the season as keeper Anthony Khoudary made 12 saves.Wyoming Valley West 5, Hazleton Area 1Michael Tandoh scored his third goal of the night at 27:49 of the second half, capping off the win. Jonathan Poziak scored early in the second h...

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Letter to the Editor: Swoyersville Senior American Legion Baseball team grateful for community backing

On behalf of our Swoyersville Senior American Legion Baseball team, the Mullay family and our entire Swoyersville American Legion Baseball Organization we extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported us this season.Our team had an unforgettable run that included a second consecutive league title and unbeaten regular season record, a Pennsylvania Region 5 championship, a state title and a top-four finish at the recent Mid-Atlantic Regional Tourney. We ended up among the fin...

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Exeter council members try to sever law firm in fired cop case

EXETER — Several council members tried unsuccessfully Tuesday night to fire the law firm that is handling the case against terminated borough police Sgt. Leonard Galli.However, those council members did succeed — thanks to tie-breaking votes from Mayor Cassandra Coleman-Corcoran — in stopping payment to the firm for bills totaling nearly $150,000.Council members John Morgan, Denise Adams and Joseph Pizano voted to sever all ties with the Philadelphia la...

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Swoyersville council lauds Senior American Legion team

SWOYERSVILLE — Borough Council on Tuesday proclaimed Sept. 2 “Red Dog Day,” commending the hard work of its Senior American Legion baseball team for garnering the state title, and then moving on to Mid-Atlantic regionals with a stellar performance.Coach Gary Gavrish said the team was the first from the Wyoming Valley since 1935 to win the state title. He said out of 4,500 regional teams competing, the team ranked 32 for the season.He lauded 17 players b...

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Yuknavich’s Luzerne County trial continued until November

WILKES-BARRE — A jury trial in one of two county theft cases against embattled Wilkes-Barre Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Yuknavich has been continued until November.Yuknavich — who stands accused of abusing his position to embezzle tens of thousands of dollars from the department — signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors last week, agreeing to resign his role as chief and pay $45,000 in restitution.In the wake of the news, Luze...

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U.S. Sen. Bob Casey talks ISIS, flood aid, Sherman Hills in Times Leader interview

WILKES-BARRE — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey on Tuesday said the United States has several options to deal with the terrorist group ISIS other than putting boots on the ground.Casey, D-Scranton, said diplomacy, sanctions and support from our allies are key in dealing with ISIS — the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — an organization he said is a “very powerful and very real threat.”Casey said the Obama Administration is “in the midst” of ar...

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Goodbye 109th? Not likely, general says

KINGSTON — A U.S. Department of Defense proposal to reduce the National Guard in Pennsylvania — including cuts that likely would close the 109th Field Artillery armories in Wilkes-Barre, Nanticoke and Plymouth — faces one mammoth hurdle, according to the man who heads the Guard: It can’t be done without the governor’s consent, and the governor has said no.The proposed cuts aren’t part of any current budget plan, Maj. Gen. Wesley E. Craig, the sta...

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Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Northeastern Pennsylvania

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Luzerne County and surrounding counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania until 10 p.m.A severe thunderstorm by definition is a thunderstorm that produces one inch hail or larger in diameter and/or winds equal or exceed 58 miles an hour. The size of the watch can vary depending on the weather situation.They are usually issued for a duration of four to eight hours. They are normally issued well in advance ...

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Nittany Lions adjusting to life back in the US

Penn State’s buses pulled up in Happy Valley a few ticks before 3 a.m. on Sunday. Some 13 hours later, the Nittany Lions were back on the field.The new schedule installed by James Franklin now has the team practicing on Sundays and then taking off on Mondays. In the past, it had been the other way around.And not even a flight back from Ireland was going to change the itinerary as the Lions begin preparations for Saturday’s home opener against Akron....

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