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Carbondale native fired by Astros

General manager Ed Wade has been fired from the Houston Astros by new owner Jim Crane.

Wade, a Carbondale native, said Monday that he is disappointed he will not be with the team when prospects he added arrive.

“I do think the work we have done with regard to depth in the system will be saluted in due time,” Wade said, according to the Associated Press. “We had a lot of work to do when we first got here.”

Wade joined the team in 2007. He spent the previous two seasons as a scout after serving as general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies from 1998 to 2005.

The Phillies made the postseason five times since Wade left, including in 2008 when they won the World Series.

“If this turns out the way the Philadelphia experience did, then good for them,” Wade said.

Jones put on injured list

Former Lackawanna College wide receiver Donald Jones has been placed on injured reserve by the Buffalo Bills, ending his season.

Jones started in all eight games he played. Buffalo’s fifth-leading receiver is sidelined with an ankle injury.

In his second season as a professional, Jones caught 23 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown.

Jones is missing from the lineup as Scranton native Mike Munchak, a first-year head coach, brings the Tennessee Titans to Buffalo for today’s National Football League game.

The Titans are 6-5.

Scranton student-athletes honored

The Landmark Conference recognized 248 student-athletes, including 43 from the University of Scranton, on its Fall Academic Honor Roll.

Five cross country runners who graduated from local high schools were included among those honored at Scranton.

Holy Cross graduates Jason Bohenek and Benji Brust and Scranton Prep graduate Chris Cummings were named from the men’s team while Scranton Prep graduates Kathleen Druther and Cara Notarianni were among the selections from the women’s team.

Chargers win RAFL title

The Electric City Chargers won the Regional American Football League title when they won a battle of unbeatens from the New York Predators, 18-16.

Both teams went 10-0 in the RAFL regular season and took 13-0 overall records into the championship game.

The Chargers beat the Philadelphia Braves, 42-6, and the Philadelphia Gators, 34-16, in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

Prep, VV runners compete in regionals

Scranton Prep sophomore Tessa Barrett was 34th in the girls’ race and Valley View senior Aaron Wilkinson was 47th in the boys’ race Nov. 26 in the Foot Locker Northeast Regional Cross Country Championships at Sunken Meadow State Park, N.Y.

Barrett, one of 86 runners, finished in 19:47.9.

Wilkinson, one of 121, ran in 17:03.5.

The event featured top high school runners from seven states – Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland and New Hampshire.

Miners set players’ meeting

The Scranton Miners baseball organization will hold an informational meeting for all existing and new players that want details about the spring 2012 season.

The meeting will be conducted at the Connell Park Baseball Complex, 716 O’Hara St., Scranton, meeting room Wednesday from 6-7 p.m.

The meeting is for parents of 8-under to 12-under players. For more information, contactscrantonminersbaseball@gmail.com.

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