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Started here at WNEP in November of 1990 as a Video Coordinator then branched out into shooting news and operating our KU Satellite truck. Trips to the Democratic National Convention NYC and Woodstock made life interesting. I enjoyed the helicopter flights with Jack, Dave, and Randy. We once flew into NYC to JFK to pick up a tape. Wow what a flight! Time flew bye. From News to Sports I made the switch in 1997 when my great friend Dave Bertram left for NC. He was the best and taught me most of what I apply today. Jim Coles and I shared many trips up and down I81. Jim Coles is the best reporter/anchor in the business and a NY Giants fan. I like the Eagles. People always ask me what I like to cover. I usually say High-School Wrestling. These kids get little TV coverage, but more internet life than other sports besides football. Anthony Rivera from Shikellamy was my first true State Champion I covered. Zain Retherford and Ryan Solomon the last. From there I've enjoyed shooting, reporting and anchoring the sports all over Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. I have a beautiful wife (who teaches 6th,7th and 8th graders) and an 9 year old son(brown belt in American DoJo Karate and a great swing from the left side for baseball. I love dogs. We've gone from a yellow lab to a beagle.
Favorite sports moments covered include:
(1) Bucknell winning another Patriot League title 2013
(2) The AHL 2001 Calder Cup Finals in Canada with the Penguins. Trip to New Brunswick Canada and St. John with Bonvie. Great food and the reversing falls there. Outstanding.
(3) Gerry McNamara hitting the game winning shot against Notre Dame in the Carrier Dome in front of 33,000 people (2002)
(4) Brennan King of the Red Barons in 2006 hitting for the natural cycle and ending it with a grand slam on his last at bat-probably never see that live again in my life, and (5) covering the Governor's Cup 2008 championship in Durham, North Carolina with Paul Kielbasa-first title for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 20 seasons of minor league baseball. Field of Dreams shot there and ran into the Black Widow-World Billiards Champion.
(6) Best hitter Chase Utley.
(7) Many moments in the football booth with George Curry and Steve Armillay.


Recent Articles
  • Wilkes-Barre GAR vs. Nanticoke

    The Wilkes-Barre GAR Grenadiers boy’s basketball team pulled away from the Nanticoke Trojans in the 2nd half on Tuesday night to win 59-29. Tino Altavilla nailed back-to-back 3 pointers midway thru the 3rd quarter to help push GAR to the victory. GAR is at Hanover Area on Friday night. That game can be seen live on WNEP2.

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    Holy Redeemer @ MMI

    Holy Redeemer Sr. Alexis Lewis began the week within shooting distance of 2,000 points.  Lewis needed 54 points to reach that plateau as the week started at MMI.   Lewis scored 38 points in the lop-sided win.

  • Pittston Area vs Hazleton Area

    Hazleton Area and Pittston Area came into the 2’nd week of January with just one loss on the season in girls basketball.  Two of the better teams in the Wyoming Valley Conference took to the court in Hazleton. The Lady Patriots prevailed 54-43.

  • Pocono Mountain West @ Stroudsburg- Girl’s basketball

    Pocono Mountain West is led by “AAAA” 1st team All-State Forward Jackie Benitez. Her team traveled on the road to play Stroudsburg in a girl’s high-school basketball game in the brand new Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. Benitez is headed to Siena next season to play Division I women’s college basketball. She already has 1,500 career points and is looking for another Mountain division title to add to her resume. Her team won tonight over Stroudsburg 57-34.

  • Stroudsburg @ Pocono Mountain West- Boy’s basketball

    Former Stroudsburg star Rich Baker is now the Head Basketball Coach at his alma mater.  The (7-4) Mounties took on Pocono Mountain West in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Mountain Division tilt. It was the Mountaineers winning 63-50 over the Panthers.

  • Hazleton vs Crestwood-WVC Division I match-up

    Crestwood took a 38-22 lead into the locker room at halftime on Thursday night against Hazleton in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division I boy’s high-school basketball match-up, but couldn’t hold the lead as the Cougars stormed back for the 68-66 overtime win over the Comets on their home court. Hazleton outscored Crestwood 46-28 in the 2nd half and overtime for the two point win in this boy’s high-school basketball game in Mountain Top.

  • Scranton Prep vs. Abington Heights-Boy’s Basketball

    Scranton Prep took a 28-19 lead into the half on Saturday afternoon in a high-school boy’s basketball game with visiting Abington Heights. Tim Rose stole the ball near mid-court right before the half and then scored on the easy lay-up for the 9 point lead. The Comets trimmed the lead to five in the 4th quarter, but the hot hand of Bobby Casey hitting several three-pointers pushed the Cavaliers to the 55-50 win in a Lackawanna League match-up.

  • Riverside vs. Old Forge-Taylor Lions Club Tournament

    Riverside defeated Old Forge 56-41 in the Taylor Lions Club Boy’s high-school basketball tournament on Tuesday night.

  • Tunkhannock Kiwanis Wrestling Tournament in 37th year

    The action is intense, fast paced and often very competitive. The matches are held in the gymnasium on three mats and in the Tunkhannock Area high-school cafeteria on another two. More than 200 wrestlers from around the region come here for the Wyoming County Kiwanis tournament every year between Christmas and New Year’s. “We use in the Kiwanis to help promote in the children in the youth of the community. We also use this as a fund-raiser for the wrestling […]

  • 37th Annual Tunkhannock Kiwanis Wrestling

    26 schools participated in the 37’th annual Tunkhannock Kiwanis wrestling tournament.  Lake-Lehman’s Derek Dragon win his 100’th career match.  Mt. Carmel Area’s Allen Yancoskie, Wyalusing’s Dylan Otis, and Gar’s Saul Wilkins also came up with first round wins.  The Championship Finals are set for Tuesday at 5pm at Tunkhannock H.S.

  • Penn State Pinstripe Bowl Reaction with Jim Coles

    Jim Coles caught up with Anthony Zettel, Mike Hull, Christian Hackenberg, and Daesean Hamilton after Penn State’s big come from behind win over Boston College in the 2014 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night. With the 31-30 victory Penn State finishes the season with a record of (7-6).

  • Dunmore vs Abington Heights-Lynett Tournament

    Dunmore will face Scranton Prep in the final of the Girl’s Lynett Tournament after their 38-33 win on Saturday against a very young Abington Heights basketball team coached by John Bucci.

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