Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins blank Syracuse for 2-0 series lead

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Coming into the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach John Hynes said he expected the games to be tight.How about lopsided?After beating the Syracuse Crunch by four on Friday, the Penguins turned in another sound victory on Saturday with a 4-0 shutout to take Game 2. Matt Murray stopped 27 shots for his first postseason shutout and Jayson Megna, Carter Rowney and Tom Kostopoulos all scored on the power play in the first p...

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RailRiders split doubleheader with Pawtucket

MOOSIC — After losing the first game of a doubleheader, it can be hard to rebound for the second, especially the way the RailRiders dropped the opener of Saturday’s twinbill against Pawtucket at PNC Field.But gritty Scranton/Wilkes-Barre showed poise against the Red Sox, losing the first game 4-1 before winning the second 7-4.The opener was one the RailRiders would like to forget except for right-hander Bryan Mitchell, who threw the team’s first complet...

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Lauding ‘Fast Eddie:’ Zawatski wins swimmer of the year

Ed Zawatski came. He saw. He conquered.In his four years on the Wyoming Valley West boys swimming team, not once did a District 2 swimmer ever beat Zawatski in a race. Not when he was a freshman. Not when the sprinter tried his hand at medley, backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke or even distance events. Not even close at regionals.Unblemished in hundreds of races, Zawatski leaves his mark as one of the top male swimmers to ever come out of the Wyoming Valley Conference. ...

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2014-2015 Times Leader Boys Swimming All-Stars

Terry VrabecWyoming Valley WestSr. – Breast/MedleyVrabec returned to the top of the regional podium with a Class 3A championship in the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.41. He finished just 14-hundredths of a second short in the 200 IM with a second-place showing of 2:05.27. In his first year with the WVC champion Spartans, he also took the 200 medley relay team to a regional gold. His Spartans’ relay squa...

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Busy week sends Nanticoke softball into first place

NEWPORT TWP. — Three days. Three games. Three victories.First place.Pulling off the trifecta proved to be difficult Saturday afternoon for Nanticoke, which needed to rally from three runs down to defeat Wyoming Valley West 6-5 in a Wyoming Valley Conference interdivisional softball game.Five consecutive hits with two outs in the fifth inning gave Nanticoke (5-1 Div. 2) just what it needed to overcome Valley West (3-5 Div. 1). Coupled with wins Thursday (...

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Hazleton’s Russ Canzler still turning heads in baseball

Although he’s played in 29 Major League games, Russ Canzler has never broken spring training with a Big League club, or earned a promotion prior to August.This season could finally be Canzler’s time.The 29-year-old Hazleton native was one of the last cuts from Phillies camp earlier this month, and can be in line for a call-up much sooner than the fifth month of the season.

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Venesky on Outdoors: Anglers’ carelessness can become a line of death for wildlife

The warnings are timely.Every spring the Pennsylvania Game Commission sends out a reminder cautioning people against picking up or disturbing young wildlife.In the fall, when bucks begin to display rutting activity and deer movement increases, the agency send out another release reminding motorists to be on the look out.Perhaps another warning needs to be issued - once before the start of trout season and again in June when bass season opens. These are two of ...

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Gobbler season ushers in spring

Ned O’Haire is so passionate about the spring gobbler season that he’s used two weeks of his vacation time from work just to hunt one particular bird. For several seasons the Pittston resident didn’t miss a day.But now, O’Haire has cut back — by his standards.“Now I hunt about four to five days a week,” he said.Spring gobbler seasons opens on May 2 and runs through May 30. While O’Haire intends to keep up his rig...

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April weather hasn’t hurt RailRiders franchise much in the past

For just the third time since the Yankees became Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s affiliate in 2007, it took 15 games or more into the season for a game to be postponed due to weather.When Thursday’s game with Pawtucket was lost because of inclement weather, it was Game No. 15 on the RailRiders schedule. The only times it took that long into the season for a SWB Yankees or RailRiders game to be postponed was in 2012 — the season which every game was played on the road whil...

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Meyers baseball takes two from GAR

WILKES-BARRE — It took 17 days to finish, but Meyers got the job done.The Mohawks baseball team completed a game that was suspended on April 8 due to darkness, scoring three runs in the top of the 10th before holding off a GAR rally to win 17-16 on Saturday at Gibby Field.Meyers (4-4 WVC) followed that up by again shutting the door on the Grenadiers in the final inning, picking up a 9-8 win to earn the season sweep of the city rivals.GAR (1-8) had origin...

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