HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division III Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division II Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division I Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS TRACK AND FIELD: 2019 Lackawanna Track Conference Coaches’ All-Star Teams

As the spring sports season enters its final week, ON THE BLOG begins to put a bow on the 2018-19 scholastic sports year. Today, the Lackawanna Track Conference Coaches' All-Star Teams are released. Western Wayne coach Justin Collins organizes a meeting of the coaches...

Wade, Didi team up for ‘extraordinary’ play

Didi Gregorius ranges up the middle to field a ground ball by Malquin Canelo in the third inning. Gregorius would spin and throw to first in time to get the Lehigh Valley leadoff hitter, but that wasn't even the most impressive defensive play he was a part of Friday...
Here’s looking at you, kid

Here’s looking at you, kid

This marks my final post at Take 2. I am leaving the Standard-Speaker and Times-Shamrock for a new adventure. Five years ago, Rebecca Kivak and I started this blog as an extension of our print column of movie reviews, lists and Academy Awards coverage, and it became...

No. 3: Baseball returns to NEPA

No. 3: Baseball returns to NEPA

"Our young people today will experience the thrills we had so many years ago." -- Pennsylvania governor and Scranton native Robert P. Casey The date: April 26, 1989 The place: Lackawanna County Stadium The situation: Years of dreaming led to decades of planning....

Spelling Bee win sends Scranton girl on whirlwind trip

Spelling Bee win sends Scranton girl on whirlwind trip

May 5, 1949: Tension was high in the final round of the Lackawanna County Spelling Bee at Koch-Connelly Post 121 of the American Legion, Scranton. Lorraine Rozaieski of West Scranton and Marie Boyle of North Scranton entered the round after defeating 14 other spellers...

Takeaways from the Cannes Film Festival

Takeaways from the Cannes Film Festival

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival wrapped up a fortnight of film and glamour Saturday, the South Korean dramedy “Parasite” walked away with the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or. And while Times-Shamrock did not send Take 2 to France to cover the festival and rub...

No. 4: The Captain comes to Scranton

No. 4: The Captain comes to Scranton

"They gave me a standing ovation when I grounded out." -- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter The date: July 6-10 and Aug. 22-24, 2013 The place: PNC Field The situation: Fans look forward to the occasional injury rehab series at minor league parks. Minor league teams look...

No. 5: Knupfer’s triple sends Red Barons to finals

No. 5: Knupfer’s triple sends Red Barons to finals

"It was just mentally draining." -- Red Barons infielder Jason Knupfer The date: Sept. 9, 2001 The place: Dunn Tire Park (Buffalo, N.Y.) The situation: On a night when they had so many chances to put away the Buffalo Bisons and the semifinal round of the 2001...

Debbie Gibson works her way through hits at Kirby show

Debbie Gibson works her way through hits at Kirby show

Aug. 1, 1991: With lights and glitz, Debbie Gibson opened her show at F.M. Kirby Center with songs from her debut album, “Out of the Blue.” When she finished “Only in My Dreams,” the crowd of over 1,000 people began chanting “Debbie, Debbie.” Gibson thanked the crowd...

No. 6: The catch

No. 6: The catch

"That's three runs if he doesn't come up with it, and we're in deep, deep trouble." -- Red Barons manager Lee Elia The date: Sept. 11, 1992 The place: Lackawanna County Stadium The situation: For the first time ever, the Red Barons were in the playoffs, playing in...

A new generation

A new generation

Longtime Dunmore High School football coach Jack Henzes Jr. has hung up his whistle.

No. 7: The Yanks are coming

No. 7: The Yanks are coming

"If Scranton had an interest in us, we had an interest. It was our first choice." -- Yankees general manager Brian Cashman The date: Sept. 21, 2006 The place: Lackawanna County Commissioners meeting room (Scranton) The situation: For a year, the day was coming. It...

Don’t worry, Robert Pattinson will be great as Batman

Don’t worry, Robert Pattinson will be great as Batman

Last week, it was widely reported that Robert Pattinson would be the next Batman in DC Comics’ latest reincarnation of the Caped Crusader. Pattinson will replace Ben Affleck after the actor appeared in three movies as the superhero. But to many, Pattinson will always...

I double-dog dare ya!

I double-dog dare ya!

By stonewalling Congress at every turn and thumbing his nose at the constitution's separation of powers, Trump seems to be begging for impeachment.