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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
  • Paul Beaudoin-The Alley Cat

    Paul Beaudoin is a 17-year-old bowler from Lakeland high-school and a pretty good one at that. His home alley is Idle Hour Lanes in Dickson City. Beaudoin bedazzled his opponents this season winning the under 17 district level tournament in March averaging a 241 and taking top honors. That was just the beginning at states in May in Reading again Paul pounded the pocket for a 744 series a 247 average and top honors. “Just found a good line to […]

  • Burgette brings home win while Sockwell stopped on points.

    Stephon Burgette earned a win on Friday night in the Summer Thunder Boxing Series at the Hilton hotel and conference center. Burgette won on points and advances to 4-1-1 in his professional career. RJ Sockwell lost a split decision on points in the main event on Friday night. Sockwell lives in Dunmore but graduated from Stroudsburg Area high-school . With the lose that drops RJ’s record to 7-3-1 in his professional boxing career and ends a five fight winning streak.

  • Summer Thunder Amateur Bouts

    Friday night at the Hilton hotel and conference center in Downtown Scranton it was Summer Thunder-the next series in local boxing. 6 amateur bouts took place with 4 more professional fights on the card.

  • Max Impact on Coal Street Park Baseball Complex

    Players from the 18u Showcase Max Impact baseball team move a bench at Coal Street Park in Wilkes-Barre. They are here as part of a summer community relations clean-up program. Taking care of the baseball field at Coal Street is their project. “Basically this was their idea. The city issued us Coal Street Park for the entire summer. They knew that this place needed a lot of tender loving care. So they we’re kind of joking about it say hey […]

  • Tunkhannock reaction to Papi walk-off hit

    At the right moment on Sunday-Virginia Cavalier All-American Mike Papi delivered the game winning hit against Mississippi in the College World Series. It didn’t take long for the echo to resonate in Wyoming County Mike’s former coach at Tunkhannock -Gary Custer watched every pitch. “Yes 3-2 count. I mean it was a big question mark there for a minute. He like I said before he comes thru in pressure situations-right guy in the right place,” said Gary Custer. Joe McCarthy […]

  • Pittston boxer ready for Friday night

    Vinny Scarantino is an 18-year-old amateur boxer from Pittston. On Friday night June 20th at the Hilton hotel and conference center in Downtown Scranton he fights in Summer Thunder the next local boxing event in the area. This is his 17th amateur fight.

  • Summer Thunder Boxing Preview

    Dauri Aquino is on the card next Friday night June 20th for Summer Thunder Boxing. It’s the next stop at the Downtown Hilton hotel and conference center in Scranton. Aquino is a 21-year-old amateur fighter looking to turn pro soon. This is his 7th amateur fight.

  • Loyalsock Township Captures 3rd State Baseball Championship

    The Loyalsock Lancers boy’s baseball team made it back-to-back PIAA “AA” State Baseball Titles with a 5-1 win over Central on Friday at Medlar Field on the campus of Penn State University. This is the Lancers 3rd state baseball championship in school history. Starting pitcher Kyle Datres went the distance for the win allowing only 5 hits while striking out 6 batters. Jimmy Webb with the big blow in the 6th a triple to the largest part of the ballpark. […]

  • Shawn Williams Newest Cutters Manager

    Shawn Williams is the son of former big league skipper Jimy Williams. Shawn named the Williamsport Crosscutters manager for 2014. Williamsport is the Class “A” short-season NY-Penn league affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. Jimy Williams was the 1999 manager of the year when he lead the Boston Red Sox to the ALCS that season. He has over 900 win in the majors between Toronto, Boston, and Houston.

  • Meet the 2014 Williamsport Crosscutters

    On Wednesday afternoon on the field at the Susquehanna Bank Park at Historic Bowman Field the 2014 short season “A” Williamsport Crosscutters professional baseball team held their first media session to kick off the summer. Williamsport is managed by Shawn Williams-the son of former Toronto, Boston, and Houston manager Jimy Williams. This is Shawn’s first professional managerial experience. 2014 (5th) round pick Rhys Hoskins is in camp. He will play 1B. He played his college baseball at Sacramento State.  In […]

  • RailRiders try it again with Toledo

    The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders took on the Toledo Mud Hens Tuesday night at PNC Field. Francisco Cervelli batted 2nd in Dave Miley’s line-up reaching base in the 1st inning on a single to center. Cervelli was then involved in a line drive double-play where he was doubled off first base for the 2nd out of the inning. That didn’t stop Kyle Roller from hitting a 3 run home-run to left in the same inning for the 3-0 lead. The Mud Hens […]

  • R.J. Sockwell ready for ‘Summer Thunder.’

    Dunmore’s R.J. Sockwell goes for his 6’th straight win when the ‘Summer Thunder’ boxing event returns to Scranton on June 20’th.  Sockwell was 65-9 in his amateur career and has found his rhythm as a pro.  The 26 year old is developing a ‘stick and move’ jab to go along with his power.  R.J. brings a big crowd when he steps into the ring.


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