GAR High School product Christian Skrepenak has announced he will continue his academic and athletic careers at King’s College where he will play basketball for Monarch head coach J.P. Andrejko.
At 6-foot-9, 320-pounds, Skrepenak was thought by many to follow in the footsteps of his father Greg , a former football star at the University of Michigan who played several seasons in the NFL. Despite earning all-state honors in football as a junior at GAR, the younger Skrepenak had other ideas and decided instead to follow his heart and play basketball, the sport he described as his “first love”.
“I always preferred basketball over football. People expected me to play football so I felt like I had to play,” Skrepenak stated. “I liked football, but I love to play basketball and what it came down to is that I really like basketball more than I do football.”
His decision to enroll at King’s was greatly influenced by education as Skrepenak will study in the college’s outstanding computer science program. Skrepenak also said his familiarity with Andrejko was another important factor in his decision to attend Kings.
“He (Andrejko) is one of the reasons I am coming to King’s to play basketball,” Skrepenak noted. “I always enjoyed his camps, always enjoyed the way he was as a person and the coach that he is. I like his style of play and the fact he has such a good head on his shoulders. He makes good decisions and I am excited about playing for him.”
As senior at GAR, Skrepenak helped guide the Grenadiers to a 17-10 record by averaging 17 points and 13.9 rebounds per game while blocking 70 shots. He was a two-time Wyoming Valley Conference all-star and was selected to play in the George P. Moses WVC Senior All-Star Game.
SECTION 5 10-11 SOFTBALL
Bob Horlacher 19, Nanticoke 0
Hope Jones pitched a gem from the circle, striking out 11, and went 2-3 with a home run and four RBI at the plate to lead Bob Horlacher to the state tournament with a shutout victory over Nanticoke in the championship game.
Sarah Kuderka added three hits, while Deleaney chipped in two hits for Bob Horlacher.
Bob Horlacher will face off against Warrington Little League Saturday at 2 p.m. in the state tournament at Exton Little League.
Plains 9, Hazleton 3
John Fagotti allowed four hits in six innings to lead Plains to avictory over Hazleton in the winners bracket of the Wyoming Valley Junior Legion playoffs at Roosevelt Field in Swoyersville. Joe Delucca threw a scoreless seventh to close out the win for Plains.
Fagotti and Delucca also contributed at the plate with two hits each to help their cause on the mound. Chase Nowak chipped in with a triple, while Mike Brown, Dave Ceklosky, Leroy Fettig and Josh Gartley also had key hits for Plains in the victory.
Plains moves onto the championship game and will face the winner of the Mountain Post vs. Hazleton semifinal game scheduled for today. The winner of the championship game will advance to the regional tournament to be held in Northampton. Mountain Post or Hazleton would need to defeat Plains twice to advance.