PIAA basketball: Wyoming Seminary boys advance; Holy Redeemer beaten at the buzzer

WILKES-BARRE – When time counting down eventually became an ally, Wyoming Seminary used it expertly, protecting the ball until Mastery Charter South fouled, then converting enough free throws to gradually expand a lead. Two plays when the Blue Knights were fighting the clock, however, were instrumental in getting Wyoming Seminary into position to excel in […]

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PIAA basketball: Nanticoke Area girls press their way to first-round victory

WILKES-BARRE — Based on what they watched all week, the defenders on Nanticoke Area’s girls basketball team took one look at their opponent and knew something was amiss. A couple starters weren’t on the floor. “We did watch them on film and noticed a senior was missing,” Nanticoke Area guard Alyssa Lewis said. All the […]

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PIAA basketball: Hazleton Area boys slam Norristown; Northwest advances

SALEM TWP. — A former teammate let Joe Grula know time was running out. The clock was under two minutes, and if Grula was going to get that basket it had to come soon. So with a quick move and mighty leap, the Hazleton Area senior slammed the basketball through the hoop. Not that the […]

Comments - 11:22 pm - updated: 11:23 pm.

PIAA basketball: Crestwood girls fall short of program’s first state win

WILKES-BARRE — With expert accuracy, Sarah Richards stepped back and swished a 3-point shot. Then Julia Makowski hit another. And suddenly, the Crestwood Comets were little more than two minutes away from the program’s first-ever state playoff win. Could this be happening? Could their dreams turn to reality? Hold on. Susquehannock was holding the fort. […]

Comments - 10:30 pm - updated: 11:24 pm.

Dallas defeats Lower Dauphin in 5A opener

EXETER — This guy one game. Somebody else the next game. Maybe another fella the game after that. Dallas’ ability to have a go-to guy du jour is what has made the Dallas Mountaineers a dangerous team all season. Friday was Joey Parsons’ turn for the lead role as he awakened a stagnant offense in […]

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PIAA basketball: Holy Redeemer girls open Class 3A bracket with win

EXETER — Even a horrendous second quarter and a slower pace wasn’t enough Friday night. The Holy Redeemer girls basketball team was able to overcome both. Sam Rajza kick-started a bland offense in the third quarter and Sam Yencha dominated the boards with 13 rebounds as the Royals defeated Hughesville 44-34 at Wyoming Area Secondary […]

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Northwest runs into trouble in dropping girls basketball state debut

COAL TWP. — With a sudden dash and a daring flip, Brenna Babcock slithered down the lane, made a layup and drew a foul before converting a three-point play that pulled Northwest within four points. It was just under six minutes into the opening quarter. And it was as close as the Rangers came to […]

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PIAA girls hoops preview: Kylie Doherty inspires Crestwood’s girls basketball state run

It’s been 34 years since Crestwood went to either a district championship game or a state playoff battle. Then Kylie Doherty showed up this season. And the Comets accomplished both feats. Coincidence? Maybe not. The Comets insist that the wheelchair-bound Doherty, a seventh-grade student who served as the team’s honorary captain for 2017-18 while battling […]

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WVC boys teams begin state basketball journey

Thirteen years. That’s how long it’s been since the Wyoming Valley Conference sent a boys basketball team to a PIAA= championship game. Now, the six remaining teams seek to break that unlucky number as they embark on a trek they hope ends in Hershey later this month. Dallas and Nanticoke Area begin state play Friday, […]

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Abington Heights boys basketball defeats Dallas for D2-5A title

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — The shot selection was fine in Dallas coach Mark Belenski’s eyes. It’s what happened after they were released that doomed the Mountaineers on Sunday night. Poor shooting coupled with inadequate rebounding was a recipe for disaster as Abington Heights defeated Dallas 61-36 for the District 2 Class 5A boys basketball title at […]

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