First Posted: 2/4/2014
After defeating Berwick the week before to claim the District 2 Class AAA Dual Wrestling Championships, Pittston Area went to Coughlin and lost to Shikellamy in the first round of the state tournament.
Against the Braves, Matt Walsh (125) won in a decision, while Phil Dunn (140) and Andy Depew (160) won by technical falls. AJ Carey and John Laboranti won by pins in the loss.
The Wyoming Area girls basketball team shut out Northwest for 10 minutes in the second and third quarters, but the Rangers managed to pull out the win in overtime, 36-33.
Both teams’ slow offenses led to the low-scoring affair. The score was just 4-4 with 2:30 left in the first quarter, when Megan Devers blocked a shot then put back an offensive rebound on the other end to put the Warriors up, 6-4.
Wyoming Area was led by Devers with 12 points. Jamie Bierlein had seven points for the Warriors.
Wyoming Area copped its second straight Wyoming Valley League Championship by taking down league rival Scranton Central, 98-73, in a “swim-off” at King’s College natatorium.
The exclusive “swim-off” was prompted weeks earlier when the two teams swam to an 86-all tie. Both clubs finished 12-0-1 to set up the championship.
Sophomore phenom Deanna Cassetori, along with Nadine Pribula and Karen Winsock, turned in triple-victory performances
Pittston Area’s John Licata improved his record to 12-0 after the Patriot grapplers improved to 3-2-1 on the heels of a come-from-behind-win over Bishop Hoban, 38-29.
The Patriots fell to an 18-0 hole early as Hoban earned pins in the first three matches. Dale Eckrote bgan the comeback with a 10-0 decision at 121 pounds. Fred Kotula then got a pin a 126, while Ed Hall earned a fall at 134 pounds. John Connors finally gave the locals the lead at 140 pounds with a technical fall. Phil Dunn and Licata finished off the match with a pair of pins before heavyweight Bob “Banjo” Sylvester got a pin and clinched the win.
St. John’s boys basketball team picked up a pair of wins over Wilkes-Barre Club and St. Mary’s.
The Johnnies outlasted Wilkes-Barre, 53-47, behind 14 points from Mike Burke. Against St. Mary’s, Frank Allan scored a game-high 20 points to remain unbeaten in second-half play in the Catholic League.