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Past articles by Paul:

WVC athletes condition for long seasons in first practices for fall sports

A 25-yard stretch of grass that inclines painfully upward with each grueling step sits off to the side, overlooking the sports fields at the Plains-Solomon Complex. Coughlin players call it “The Hill.” Coughlin coach Ciro Cinti has another name for it. “Punishment,” Cinti chuckled. It’s that time of year again, when athletes across the Wyoming … → Read More

Kids take the reins at Pocono Downs harness camp

PLAINS TWP. — The most difficult part of a busy harness racing experience for Alexis Wesnak was simply staying out of the way. Of the hind legs of the horses. During her visit to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation Camp at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono this week, Wesnak learned a most valuable lesson. … → Read More

John Burke wins 5th straight Giants Despair Hillclimb

LAUREL RUN — With its Dukes of Hazzard-themed resemblance and its Dixieland horn, Ray Kocin’s racing automobile has grown into one of the most popular annual attractions at the Giants Despair Hillclimb. This time, it grew a bit disruptive. The 1980 Chevy Sport Modified — also nicknamed “The General Lee” after the car in the … → Read More

Joe Montana’s secret to success: leaning on others to help him up

PLAINS TWP. — Even legends sometimes fall.And nobody took a harder spill than Joe Montana → Read More

Penn State coach Franklin becoming a man of many hats

HAZLETON — Now it can be told.Since leading Penn State’s Nittany Lions to the Big → Read More

Wilkes-Barre Triathlon taking a year off this summer

After 35 straight years of splashing, speeding and sprinting through the waters, roadways and fields → Read More

Coughlin grad Ron Solt’s career fell short of Super Bowl

WILKES-BARRE — Somewhere deep down, Ron Solt feels slightly slighted.His nine-year NFL career included playoff → Read More

Penn State football’s turnaround season could be capped by Big Ten title

The question was about Penn State, and Bill O’Brien quickly perked up.“I could answer this → Read More

Luzerne County baseball fans relish World Series win for the ages

HAZLETON — Just outside the Third Base Luncheonette, the Hazleton eatery Joe Maddon made famous → Read More

Local Olympians made memories to last a lifetime in Rio

Brushing shoulders with some of the world’s greatest sports stars left Kat Sharkey a bit → Read More

Sean Robbins returns as Wilkes-Barre Triathlon champion

LEHMAN TWP. — While the 35th annual Wilkes-Barre Triathlon may not have been the most → Read More

US women eliminated in Olympic field hockey with controversial loss

Late in the first quarter, Wyoming Seminary graduate Kat Sharkey got her stick on a → Read More

Kolojejchick, USA field hockey fought to the end for opening victory

They walked into an electric atmosphere right at the start.They were up against the No. → Read More