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Comets win thrilling volleyball match

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 assist...

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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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