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Dominic Hockenbury running for gold at PIAA Class 2A Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University

Plenty of things have changed for Dominic Hockenbury since the Lake-Lehman distance star won his first track and field gold medal during last year’s state finals.Since then, he’s collected another first-place PIAA finish in cross country, gained respect among his peers in the running community and added his name to the prestigious Penn Relays competition.The biggest difference, however, may be the strong sense of self-confidence Hockenbury has accumulated ove...

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Hazleton Area advances to the District 2-4 Class 4A championship

HAZLETON — Delaware Valley’s final swing of the softball season sent a sizzling line drive at Hazleton Area pitcher Celine Podlesney.Catch. Easy throw to first. Double play. The epitome of Thursday’s District 2-4 Class 4A semifinal game.Hazleton Area made the plays when needed and DelVal didn’t as the Cougars posted a 5-1 victory to head to the championship game for a fourth consecutive year.

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Crestwood holds off Dallas for District 2 boys lacrosse title

DALLAS TWP. — Crestwood escaped its own penalty trouble in the first half, then made Dallas pay for penalties late in the game.Robert Coslett and Ryan Magin scored goal 24 seconds apart midway through the fourth quarter to allow the Comets to finally break away and turn back the host Mountaineers, 14-9, Thursday night in the District 2 boys lacrosse championship game.Dallas rallied from a three-goal deficit to tie the game in the third quarter and cut a multi-goal ...

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Yankees ace Masahiro Tanako works 3 scoreless innings in rehab start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

MOOSIC — After missing nearly a month of game action, Masahiro Tanaka really wasn’t looking for anything special.But his minor league rehabilitation start Thursday for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders was solid enough to provide the injured New York Yankees ace pitcher with a sense of encouragement.Tanaka worked three scoreless innings for the RailRiders in their eventual 10-inning, 4-3 comeback victory over Durham at PNC Field, allowing just two hits whi...

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Penn State, James Franklin find local flavor on trip to Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — With some of the Wyoming Valley’s biggest Penn State fans in front of him, James Franklin decided to have a little fun with a captive audience.Up on stage at the F.M. Kirby Center for the final stop of the school’s Coaches Caravan Thursday, the Nittany Lions coach announced that he had received a pair of recruiting commitments. That triggered a telltale rustling for phones as screens lit up as a handful of people checked to what they might have miss...

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Letter to the Editor: Wilkes-Barre association grateful for partners in mayoral forum

The purpose of the Downtown Residents Association is to work to promote and improve one of the oldest neighborhoods in Wilkes-Barre.We do this by sponsoring public presentations, advocating for our neighbors and holding community functions. To this end, we recently held a mayoral forum.We wish to take this opportunity to express our thanks to those people who made our recent event such a success. The Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association and the Greater Wilkes-Barre...

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Holy Redeemer wins 5th straight District 2 title

DALLAS — It’s hard to defend a title one time. Just imagine defending it multiple times.Well, Holy Redeemer made it look pretty easy Thursday night at Dallas High School.John Carr had a match-high 17 kills, and Chris Mennig’s cross-court spike set off the celebration as the Royals swept North Pocono, 3-0, in the District 2 Class 2A championship match.It’s the fifth straight title for Holy Redeemer, which opens up state play Wednesday ag...

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SNL writer addresses local students

KINGSTON — One of the head writers from Saturday Night Live had a simple message for Wyoming Valley West Middle School students on Thursday night.“I want to give you two pieces of advice,” Robert Klein told the students. “The first thing is that whatever your favorite hobby is — whatever it is that you like to do — don’t ever let anyone tell you that it’s not cool.“My second piece of advice is to get good grades. It&#...

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Kyle Kowalski’s gem puts Hanover Area in D2-2A title game

HANOVER TWP. – Hanover Area hurler Kyle Kowalski may never top this game in high school career, certainly at this stage. Mid Valley starter Alex Varaksa will surely remember mowing down the Hawkeye lineup for nine innings.Together, they put together a pitchers’ duel which will be revered to come in District 2 baseball circles.Unfortunately one of them had to go home with a loss. Hanover Area’s Kyle Windt made sure of it with a game-ending RBI single in ...

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Tunkhannock Area School Board nixes contract, teachers to strike on Friday

TUNKHANNOCK — Tunkhannock Area School District teachers will go on strike Friday.The teachers union announced the strike after the school board voted against a teachers contract Thursday night, according to a parent who attended the meeting and to televised reports.The parent said she received a text message and an email from the school district informing her that there would be no school Friday.School Board President Philip Farr could not immediately be...

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