Sokoloski: Cougars share the spotlight, share success at states

That do-it-all demon wearing number 35 must be the main weapon for the Hazleton Area Cougars. No wait, it has to be the big guy bringing double trouble with the double zero on his back. But look over there, where No. 12 and No. 22 are dunking the ball. Good gosh, which one do you […]

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PIAA basketball: Hazleton Area boys advance to Class 6A semifinals

BETHLEHEM — Even when Abington’s offense awoke with a blistering fourth quarter, Hazleton Area didn’t flinch. The Cougars were that dialed in Saturday afternoon at Bethlehem Liberty High School. Hazleton Area answered those 41 fourth-quarter points by Abington with 38 of its own, and the Cougars were never really threatened in their 94-86 victory in […]

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PIAA basketball: Hazleton Area boys defeat Pocono Mountain West, reach state quarters

WILKES-BARRE — Hazleton Area moved to the Elite Eight in unusual fashion Wednesday night. Fashion, as in clothing. A snafu forced the Cougars to wear Wilkes University men’s basketball uniforms, but they looked snazzy nonetheless in a 69-50 victory over Pocono Mountain West in a PIAA Class 6A second-round boys basketball game. District 2 champion […]

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PIAA basketball: Nanticoke Area girls can’t shake Gwynedd Mercy in Class 4A second round

HAMBURG — In the final minute of the first quarter, Nanticoke Area scored its first basket. Gwynedd Mercy immediately answered with a buzzer-beating bucket. In the last minute of the second quarter, Nanticoke Area closed within six points. Gwynedd Mercy made sure its lead was eight at halftime. That’s how it went for the Trojanettes […]

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PIAA basketball: Northwest, Wyoming Seminary boys eliminated in second round of states

POTTSVILLE — When halftime arrived at Martz Hall Wednesday night, Northwest seemed to be in striking distance, provided Moravian Academy did not keep hitting 3-pointers at the same rate. The Lions didn’t. They came out shooting better than the first-half rates of making half their attempts and a 3-pointer every two minutes. Moravian Academy’s sharpshooting […]

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PIAA basketball: Dallas boys suffer double-overtime heartbreak in Class 5A second round

HAZLE TWP. – Dallas fought back from three down in the first overtime and four down to take a lead into the final minute of the second overtime before its most successful boys basketball playoff run in the past 27 years came to an end Tuesday night at Hazleton Area High School. Chad Kratzer came […]

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PIAA basketball: Holy Redeemer girls lose defensive duel in Class 3A second round

BETHLEHEM — It wasn’t so much the ability of St. Basil Academy’s ability to steal the ball away that had Holy Redeemer more than a bit flustered. It was the way the Panthers played body-to-body, hands-in-your-face defense that caused most of the frustration. And ultimately, it kept Holy Redeemer from reaching the state quarterfinals for […]

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Holy Redeemer senior Sam Rajza has Royals rolling in PIAA playoffs

After injuring her knee twice in a matter of weeks while playing two different sports, the pain became so limiting that it sent Sam Rajza the doctor’s office. No wonder. The two-sport senior standout at Holy Redeemer High School had suffered a torn ACL while playing in summer leagues in July. And doctors told her […]

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Dallas seniors hoping to extend careers with win over Allentown Central Catholic

Only six of the 96 boys basketball teams left in the PIAA state playoffs will finish the season with victories. That means plenty of heartbreak and for many, the end of their playing days. Sure, a fortunate few will go on to play in college. But for most, when the season ends so does the […]

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PIAA sets sites for WVC basketball teams

The sites for the PIAA state basketball second round games involving Wyoming Valley Conference teams have been announced. On Tuesday, the Dallas boys will play Allentown Central Catholic at 8 p.m. at Hazleton Area High School. Also Tuesday, the Holy Redeemer girls play St. Basil at 7:30 p.m. at Bethlehem Freedom High School. Three WVC […]

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