Tom Kostopoulos to return to WBS Pens for next season

WILKES-BARRE – There was one factor that motivated Tom Kostopoulos to return to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for the 2017-18 season. Sure, the support of his family, teammates and Pittsburgh management meant a lot, as did his desire to win a championship. But in the end, the 38-year-old was motivated to keep playing because he’s still […]

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At season’s end, several WBS Penguins ponder their futures

Now that things are settling in and the first-round playoff exit is in the past, many of this season’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will look toward the future. And there’s a chance several familiar faces won’t be back. There are 14 unrestricted free agents on the roster that finished the 2016-17 season, along with seven players who […]

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WBS Penguins still stinging from abrupt exit

WILKES-BARRE — Surrounded by empty locker stalls and a quiet room that for the last seven months bustled with activity every day, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head coach Clark Donatelli still had a hard time grasping his team’s first-round playoff exit on Sunday. “It’s kind of surreal,” he said. “This is probably as bad as it gets […]

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WBS Penguins see their season end thanks to a hot goaltender

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — When he was asked about the importance of Game 5 earlier this week, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Tim Erixon said these are the games everyone plays for, and that nobody remembers a regular-season battle such as, for example, Game 51. After Sunday’s Game 5 of the Atlantic Division Semifinals against the Providence Bruins, […]

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Poor start dooms WBS Penguins in Game 4

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins needed their killer instinct to finish off the Providence Bruins in Friday’s Game 4 of the Atlantic Division semifinals. Down 2-1 in the series and facing elimination, the Bruins needed to play with desperation. The desperate team won. The Penguins never recovered from a sloppy first period where they […]

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Special teams power WBS Pens to a 2-1 win over Providence in Game 3

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Game 3 of the Atlantic Division semifinals was exactly what Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head coach Clark Donatelli expected. Goals were few and far between, special teams were key and Casey DeSmith was stellar in net. It all added up to a 2-1 Penguins win over the Providence Bruins and a 2-1 series lead […]

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Cameron Gaunce, WBS Penguins ready for playoff homestand

WILKES-BARRE — Cameron Gaunce didn’t get frustrated while he was a healthy scratch for Pittsburgh’s first-round playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was a situation that he couldn’t control, so why get upset, he reasoned. Still, it wasn’t easy to watch and not play. “You do want to get out there more. You […]

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WBS Penguins forward Tom Sestito cherishing postseason experience

WILKES-BARRE — Tom Sestito has made a career out of battling opponents on the ice. The veteran Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward is still among the most physical players in the game, but this postseason, in addition to the Providence Bruins, Sestito is battling another foe: Father Time. That’s why the 29-year-old Sestito wasn’t bothered when Pittsburgh […]

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Goaltending will be key when WBS Penguins face Providence

The only difference between the two starting goaltenders for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins first-round playoff series against the Providence Bruins might be the uniforms. Penguins rookie Casey DeSmith and Bruins netminder Zane McIntyre both dominated the AHL this season, finishing first and second in goals against average and save percentage. And the similarities don’t end there. […]

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WBS Penguins not dwelling on past playoff success to prepare for Providence

WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have faced the Providence Bruins three times over the last four postseasons, and they’ve won each one. So does the upcoming fourth playoff matchup against the Bruins mean the Penguins can parlay that past success into an advantage this time? Not hardly. Nevermind the fact that the Penguins swept the […]

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Lady Eagles' Goins is Salem-bound

Grayce Goins probably had one of the most difficult tasks of any local volleyball player during the 2016 season. The Surry Central defensive specialist and libero was one of the focal points of the Lady Eagles' defense, during a season in which the team was rebuilding.

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Rising to the occasion

Kaylee Freed played an important role on North Surry volleyball teams that won 46 matches and two Western Piedmont Athletic Conference titles the past two seasons, but expected her sports career would end when she graduated.

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Hurley to coach at state games again

The Powerade State Games High School Soccer Showcase will take place June 24-25 at the UNC Greensboro Soccer Stadium, and as usual, Mount Airy head soccer coach Will Hurley will be a part of it.

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Lady Cards move Into second-place tie

Mount Airy already knew it had its work cut out for it on Thursday evening, when East Surry came calling. It didn't help the Lady Bears' cause that they had to figure out a way to stop the likes of Greensboro College recruit Mary Jo Lowe.

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Bears batter Villains again

On Wednesday night, the Granite Bears of Mount Airy registered a 9-2 win over Bishop McGuinness, and as a result, tallied back-to-back wins over the Villains in the last two days.

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Cards sweep two from Camels

Conference co-leader East Surry had to be reminded of that on Tuesday evening, when the fourth-ranked Cardinals started slowly in game one of a doubleheader with Atkins at Barry Hall Field.

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Strong second half lifts Central

Surry Central's girls' soccer team earned its second Western Piedmont Athletic Conference win on Monday evening, earning a 3-0 victory over North Surry in Dobson.

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Lankford inks with Presbyterian

After a four-year career that included four All-Conference honors and two Northwest 1A Conference Player of the Year citations, the senior walked off the court at the Dean E. Smith Center on the afternoon of March 11 as a state champion.

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Cardinals just miss team victory

The East Surry tennis team has encountered rough sailing in the early part of its 2017 season, struggling against several of the area's top programs.

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