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Flannelly, Royals cruise to victory

WILKES-BARRE — When the dust settled and Abington Heights was finally able to get a clean look at the basket, any chance of a comeback, or any residual memories of last season’s district semifinal double overtime victory over the Royals, faded away.Like a boxer knocked down twice in the first round, all that was left on the Holy Redeemer court was a long bout that seemed to go on for eternity for the Comets’ bewildered coach.In a statement game, Holy Re...

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Patriots win WVC opener over Comets

YATESVILLE — In the Wyoming Valley Conference Division I opener for both teams, Pittston Area showed its strength from the middle weights in a 44-27 win over Crestwood on Thursday night.Dan Gambini (152), Dave DeLeo (160), Carmen Falcone (182), Jake Vaxmonsky (220) and Brandon Goodlavage (285) all won by pin for the Patriots, who will participate in this weekend’s X-Calibur Tournament at Wilkes University and hosted by Wyoming Seminary.Dylan Miale (120), Bran...

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Lehman tops rival in boys hoops

LEHMAN TWP. — The Back Mountain rivalry in boys basketball was held on Thursday night and went in the favor of Lake-Lehman with a 56-53 win over Dallas.The Black Knights overcame a four-point deficit after one quarter before holding off the Mountaineers in the fourth quarter.Ben Brooks’ 16 points led Lehman, while Mike Symeon added 11.For Dallas, Allen Fell netted a game-high 23 points, while Matt Ross tossed in 14....

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Crusaders’ defense squeezes Meyers

WILKES-BARRE — Pat Toole has seen this story too many times already.One good quarter. Maybe two really good frames.Now, the Meyers head coach is waiting for his boys to put together one complete game.Meyers got the start it wanted, jumping out to a 22-10 lead. But Holy Cross tightened up the defense, holding the Mohawks to just 23 points over the final three quarters in a 56-45 victory in exhibition boys’ basketball Thursday night.This w...

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X-Calibur experience begins today

Local wrestling fans have waited a long time for this weekend, the iWrestle.com X-Calibur Tournament being held at Wilkes University and hosted by Wyoming Seminary.The price of admission for the two-day event surely will be worth it to see nonstop action for two full days as plenty of highly-regarded wrestlers throughout Pennsylvania and the entire country will be displaying their skills.Eight schools from the area — including the host Blue Knights, who are the rei...

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Drazenovic ready to return for Pens

After spending the last few weeks watching players leave for Pittsburgh, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are looking forward to welcoming one of their veterans back.Head coach John Hynes said after Thursday’s practice that center Nick Drazenovic, who has been sidelined since late October with a lower body injury, is ready to return to the lineup tonight.Drazenovic practiced in full all week and said he feels good although he’s still working on his conditio...

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Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and Joel Maddon take a swing at lifting Hazleton children

HAZLETON — The motivation of the children-oriented charity known as the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation is pretty clear.“I like finding worthwhile individual people who want to help communities and kids,” Cal Ripken Jr. said. “Joe Maddon is the best at that.”So it didn’t take a lot of persuasion for Ripken to get involved with the pet project of Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who his trying to restore his hometown of Hazleton through a fou...

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Harbaugh mum; Murray looks good in practice

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is declining to respond to reports that he is weighing an offer from Michigan to become the new football coach at his alma mater.Harbaugh has one season remaining on the $25 million, five-year contract he signed in January 2011. Several media outlets, including ESPN and the NFL Network, have reported Harbaugh has a six-year offer on the table from the Wolverines to return to Ann Arbor.“As you know, I’ll onl...

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Lauren Hill to become honorary coach

CINCINNATI — Lauren Hill’s basketball career is finished.The freshman at Mount St. Joseph decided Wednesday to give up her playing career after achieving her goal of scoring in a game even as she fights an inoperable brain tumor. Hill will continue raising money for cancer research as she spends time with her family.Coach Dan Benjamin sent an email saying she would be an honorary coach with the team. Her decision came one day after she scored during a 66-65 w...

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Penguins’ Crosby details his mumps experience

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby saw the picture.He couldn’t believe the size or shape of his face.“That’s not what I looked like before I went on the ice,” Crosby said of a screen shot that made it around Twitter last Friday.The swelling that was visible on the right side of Crosby’s face following a morning skate not only made him an Internet sensation, but it also turned out to be a symptom of mumps, which the Penguins announced ...

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