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May 31. 2013 11:18PM
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With some extra time to prepare, Wyoming Valley West is hoping to extend its winnings streak against District 3 teams in the state tournament.

The details for the Spartans’ opening game in the PIAA Class 4A tournament were released Friday. Valley West will face District 3 runner-up Exeter on at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Pittston Area’s field at the Primary Center in Hughestown.

Valley West won its fifth District 2 title in the last eight years on Monday but did not learn its next opponent until the D3 tournament concluded on Thursday night.

Exeter (17-8) lost 1-0 to Lower Dauphin on Thursday, with the lone run scoring on an error in the sixth inning.

The Spartans have won their last two PIAA games against the D3 runner-up, edging Central Dauphin in 2009 and cruising past Penn Manor last season. Both games were also in the first round.

Valley West won at Pittston Area’s field three weeks ago, beating the Patriots 10-3.

All-stars on Sunday

Right before the state tournament opens, a new District 2 all-star game will begin.

The inaugural Field of Dreams game will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at PNC Field, pitting senior standouts from the Wyoming Valley Conference against seniors from the Lackawanna Baseball League.

Representing the WVC will be Wil Amesbury (Meyers), Bart Chupka (Wyoming Area), Clay DeNoia (Berwick), Josh Featherman (Coughlin), Mickey Ferrence (Hanover Area), Jake Granteed (Wyoming Area), Morgan Higgs (Nanticoke), Jordan Houseman (Pittston Area), Zach Kollar (Hanover Area), T.J. Lashock (Berwick), Josh McClain (Tunkhannock), Kyle Miller (Berwick), Will Morales (Berwick), Greg Petorak (Dallas), Elliot Snyder (Crestwood), Brian Stepniak (Dallas) and Ty Weiss (Tunkhannock).

Three Valley West players — Nick Hogan, Mike Leonard and Joe Pechulis — were selected but will not participate because their season is still going on.

Pittston Area’s Paul Zaffuto will coach the WVC squad.

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