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...
Walking the plank on a sunken ship

Walking the plank on a sunken ship

Rep. Liz Cheney's conservative bona fides are pretty hard to argue against. She's daughter of former VP Dick Cheney with a career devoted to bedrock Reagan-era Republican principles.  She will not, however, kiss Donald Trump's seditious ring and kowtow to his Big Lie...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 453: Thinning herd rejects immunity

Coronavirus Diaries Day 453: Thinning herd rejects immunity

It's certainly welcome news that Gov. Tom Wolf plans to lift COVID crowd restrictions on May 31, but the low note sounding in the background is falling vaccination numbers that signal no decisive end to the virus anytime soon.  Wolf said ending the restrictions is...

Rudy gets a bite

Rudy gets a bite

The irony is ripe. Rudy Giuliani's frantic efforts to shop around Hunter Biden's laptop computer at the Department of Justice has come back to bite him.

Coronavirus Diaries Day 455: Primary Education

Coronavirus Diaries Day 455: Primary Education

Ubiquitous campaign billboards, yard signs and TV ads say the state's primary election is fast approaching, but I've yet to see any that remind voters what day we go to the polls. It's May 18. I checked. Twice. An interested observer pointed out that while most voters...

Let’s try that again!

Let’s try that again!

The Republican majorities in the Pennsylvania legislature cannot help themselves when it comes to enacting laws for the sake of political convenience. In 2019, the party almost unanimously backed a new law allowing widespread use of mail-in ballots, figuring it would...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 448: Witness for the world

Coronavirus Diaries Day 448: Witness for the world

A jury of 12 brought justice for George Floyd, but a brave, quick-thinking 17-year-old girl with a cellphone made it possible. To grasp the power of Darnella Frazier's spontaneous documentation of a murder in progress, one need only read the initial description of the...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 445: Thank you

Coronavirus Diaries Day 445: Thank you

A note of thanks to all of you who responded to my Sunday column about Paulie's passing with love, grace and empathy. I was a little embarrassed by how hard I was taking his death and expected to be ridiculed for writing a eulogy for a cat. What I could not expect was...