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sey hit Susquehanna’s Austin Cowperthwait with a 61-yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds left in the half for a 2717 lead. Old Forge quarterback Colin Carey led the County offense. He was 8-for-15 for 147 yards, including an 84-yard touchdown pass to teammate David Argust. He also carried six times for 51 yards. Lou Febbo, also from Old Forge, ran 11 yards for the other County touchdown.

tests. Those who show the most promise at the clinics are invited to train in Lake Placid, N.Y. at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and will be considered for selection to the U.S. Junior Development Luge Team. “We’re trying to identify future athletes, but the number one thing for the kids is that it’s just plain fun,” Zimny said. “They have the opportunity to learn a new sport and slide down a big hill on an actual luge sled with inline rollerblade wheels.” Another reason Zimny believes kids should come to the event is the potential for an Olympic career. “A kid with an Olympic dream has a lot of opportunities available,” he said. “Luge is a relatively small sport in the United States. If kids have talent there is an endless amount of possibilities.” The Search produced reigning women’s World Champion Erin Hamlin, along with eight members of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Luge Team. For complete information and to register for the USA Luge Slider Search, call 1.800.USA LUGE ext 105 or visit

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Lackawanna Trail grad Marvess Rosiak makes a tackle in the 78th Annual Dream Game.

Miners sign two players The NEPA Miners signed 2009 West Virginia University graduate Anthony Wood, an All-conference football player for Coach Mark Duda at Lackawanna College as part of the 10-0 North East Conference Championship team. Wood played cornerback with three interceptions, two forced fumbles and 22 tackles before getting a scholarship to play at West Virginia for Rich Rodriguez and eventually the late Bill Stewart. The Miners also signed former Scranton and Lackawanna College quarterback A.J. McKenna. Fresh off of the indoor football season with the Erie Explosion, McKenna is looking forward to playing outdoor football and the opportunity to play at home. McKenna is coming off of aseason with the Erie Explosion of the United Indoor Football League. He led the team to a 9-4 record and a Northern Division Championship. He set the tone to start the season with a 20-32 passing performance for 282 yards and 10 total touchdowns, six passing and four rushing. He led the Explosion in passing yardage per game, total passing and passing efficiency. Prior to his time with the explosion, McKenna played for the Reading Express in 2011 after a NFL Rookie Camp with the New Orleans Saints in 2010 signing as a free agent after the NFL draft. McKenna, a graduate from Scranton High School, finished 7-4 his senior season before starting his collegiate career at Lackawanna College.

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Abington 12U girls win softball tournament The Abington Girls 12U All-Stars recently took home the championship at the Dickson City Tournament. Members of the Abington Girls 12U All-Stars are, in front from left: Maddie Brown, Emily Mahoney, Anna VanWert. Second row: Samantha Petty, Nadia Solan, Cassidy Bartkowski and Paige Morgan. Third row: Ashlynn Fitzgerald, Allison Fiorillo, Allison Kane, Emily Scarfo and Nina Kozar. In back: Coaches Jim Brown, Pat Scarfo, TJ Bartkowski and Rich Solan.


Current athletes from Pennsylvania include 2012 Youth Olympic gold medalist Summer Britcher of Glen Rock, World Cup medal winner Jayson Terdiman of Berwick and Overall Youth World Cup silver medalist Theresa Buckley of Allentown. The connection to luge in the Keystone State does not stop there. In the winter months, Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton, features a small, unrefrigerated luge track, the only such facility in the Northeast. USA Luge uses the Slider Search, now in its 27th season, as its primary means of athlete recruitment. U.S. Luge athletes have captured more than 560 international medals since 1994. Included in that total are silver and bronze medals during the 1998 and 2002 Olympic Winter Games, 25 World Cup victories, four overall World Cup doubles crowns, 18 Junior World Championship titles and 12 Senior World Championship medals. According to Zimny, the Slider Search hosts events in four to six cities each year and chooses the most talented athletes from the overall pool for training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center on ice.

BMX Results

Twirlettes host baton clinic The Double R Twirlettes recently hosted an annual baton twirling clinic. Lindsay Frank, back row, center, who is feature twirler at Miami University, twirling ambassador to Peru, and national baton twirling champion, was the guest instructor. For details on the Twirlettes or to register for lessons held at the Waverly Community House, call 489.1935 or visit

Abington softball team wins tournament The Abington Girls 12U Softball Team captured the Tripp Park girls softball tournament July 28. The girls were undefeated in the tournament. This is the third All-Star tournament win for the team this season. Shown in front, from

left: Nadia Solan and Emily Mahoney. Second row: Emily Scarfo, Allison Fiorillo, Paige Morgan, Cassidy Bartkowski, Anna VanWert, Maddie Brown, Ashlynn Fitzgerald and Samantha Petty. Coaches in back: Pat Scarfo, TJ Bartkowski, Rich Solan and Jim Brown.


Cedar BMX Park, Clarks Summit “Olympic Day” (June 23) Moto 1 - 26-30 Cruiser: 1st - RJ Vargo, 2nd - Donald Brennan, 3rd - Brandon Hoover Moto 2 - 36-40 Cruiser: 1st Chris Roth, 2nd - Frank Black, 3rd - Chris Gerlach Moto 3 - 26-30 Girls Cruiser: 1st - Jessy Vargo, 2nd - Becky DePrato, 3rd - Laura Basara Moto 4 - 5 & Under Novice: 1st Kasey Turner, 2nd - Jackson Drake, 3rd - Miss Delaney Steele Moto 5 - 7 Novice: 1st - Jacob Byers, 2nd - Billy Gentile, 3rd Eric Nemeth Moto 6 - 8 Novice: 1st - Gabriella DeCesare, 2nd - Nicholas Swift, 3rd - Selena Hoover Moto 7 - 9 Novice: 1st - Caleb Seamans, 2nd - Ryan Boub, 3rd Patrick Landers , 4th - Emma Wagner Moto 8 - 10 Novice: 1st - Jessica Stangline, 2nd - Mark Strenkoski, 3rd - David Kuzmick, 4th - David Morgan, 5th - Joseph Bootz Moto 9 - 12 Novice: 1st - Rich Drummond, 2nd - Austin Basara, 3rd - Krista Martin, 4th - Brandon Strenkoski, 5th - Jacob Urban, 6th - Steven Yordy Moto 10 - 13 Novice: 1st - Christian Harris, 2nd - Bailee Jones, 3rd - Shawna Bootz Moto 11 - 15 Novice: 1st - Chris Taylor, 2nd - Brad Bortree, 3rd Matt Stangline, 4th - Brandon Hoover, 5th - Austin Harris, 6th Josh Dougherty Moto 12 - 19-27 Novice: 1st Dennis Condusta, 2nd - Tristan Halliday, 3rd - Christopher Terhune Moto 13 - 28-35 Novice: 1st - Jay Williams, 2nd - Randy Willauer, 3rd - Joe Speicher, 4th - Nick Dicton Moto 14 - 41 & Over Novice: 1st John Lee, 2nd - Clint Nichols, 3rd - Dave Stangline, 4th - Ray DeCesare Moto 15 - 6 Inter: 1st - Ben Byers, 2nd - Max Roth, 3rd - Kenneth Payne Moto 16 - 8 Inter: 1st - Nathan Smith, 2nd - Jake Gentile, 3rd - Ty Martin, 4th - Christian Black, 5th Ray DeCesare Moto 17 - 9 Inter: 1st – Gavin Drake, 2nd - Pat Murphy, 3rd Tim Karlavige Moto 18 - 10 Inter: 1st - Gavin Bruno, 2nd - Tyler Wagner, 3rd David DePrato Moto 19 - 12 Inter: 1st – Brandon Bolish, 2nd – Nate Proleika, 3rd – Seth Drake Moto 20 - 15 Inter: 1st - Cale Wary, 2nd - Dylan Turner, 3rd Lake Serafin Moto 21 - 28-35 Inter: 1st – Mason Byers, 2nd - Mike Butry, 3rd Shawn Martin, 4th - DJ DeCosmo Moto 22 - 12 Expert: 1st - Dan Uhranowsky, 2nd - Brett Butler, 3rd - Garrett Harris Moto 23 - 13 Expert: 1st - Colin Domnick, 2nd - Jacob Gerlach, 3rd - Devin Stickles Moto 24 - 19-27 Expert: 1st - RJ Vargo, 2nd - Brad Northup, 3rd Frank Regal

From left: Matt O’Malley, Mary Theresa O’Malley Ruddy, Patrick Mark O’Malley II and Patrick O’Malley.

Annual race honors community- minded man The 20th Annual Hook O’Malley 5K Run/Walk against Cancer will be held Aug. 26 at McDade Park, Scranton. The race will be held in memory of area resident Hook O’Malley, who believed in the spiritual, emotional and physical health of the youth in his community. Registration will be from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. and the race will start promptly at 10 a.m. Pre-registration cost will be $15 until Aug.23, and the race day price will be $20. For pre-registration information call 570.346.1828. There will be awards given in various age groups and T-shirts to the first 50 registrants. The race will be held regardless of the weather. The race is held in memory of Hook O’Malley, who believed in the spiritual, emotional, and physical health of the youth in his community.


NASCAR Truck Series driver Todd Bodine, left, tees off as Paul Chilek, Dexter Loeble, Mike Trudnak, Rob Crain and Mike Hales look on at the third annual ’Onion Slice’ charity golf tournament.

Golf tourney breaks record

More than 224 golfers participated in the sold-out, third annual “Onion Slice Open,” hosted by Todd and Janet Bodine at the Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club in Mountaintop Aug. 2. The event was the largest golf tournament in the state of Pennsylvania and the largest fundraising golf tournament in Blue Ridge Trail history. The proceeds of $105,000 will be invested in services to help pediatric patients treated for brain injuries and other

neurological impairments at Allied Services Heinz Rehab Hospital. The grand total raised by the Onion Slice Opens since 2010 is over $279,000. This year’s tournament was presented by Northeastern Pennsylvania Toyota Dealers and Jack Williams Tire. Additional sponsors included Tootsie Roll, the Tambur Family, many NASCAR drivers and friends of Todd “the Onion” Bodine.

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