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FRED ADAMS/FOR THE TIMES LEADERRyan Krawczeniuk and Rasheed Moore have played basketball together since they were six years old. The two earned Co-Player of the Year honors for their efforts this past season with the Meyers Mohawks.
FRED ADAMS/FOR THE TIMES LEADERRyan Krawczeniuk and Rasheed Moore have played basketball together since they were six years old. The two earned Co-Player of the Year honors for their efforts this past season with the Meyers Mohawks.
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The Dynamic Duo is no more. It's time for Meyers' Ryan Krawczeniuk and Rasheed Moore, who've played basketball together since 6-year-olds, to go their separate ways.
But not before earning one more achievement – Times Leader Co-Player of the Year honors. Their contributions to Meyers' success this season, and the past four for that matter, made it too difficult to choose one over the other.
The bond that started as teammates in the youth leagues at the Wyoming Valley CYC is obvious. Moore said he considers Krawczeniuk more like a brother than a friend. Krawczeniuk gave a sibling-like answer to why they'll play at rival PSAC colleges.
“Because he's mean to me,” joked the sharp-shooting guard.
Not quite.
“It's just the way things happened,” Moore added.
They came close to playing together once again in college. Instead, they'll be adversaries. Krawczeniuk will play at Mansfield University and Moore will join East Stroudsburg. The two Division II programs played in the PSAC quarterfinals this season.
“Get to play each other,” Krawczeniuk said. “It will be fun. We're both really competitive, but at the end of the day we'll be friends.”
“We're going to play against each other which is going to be a weird experience because we were always on the same team,” Moore said. “It's going to be different, but you just have to look forward to it.”
Unlike the original Dynamic Duo, there was no clear-cut Batman or Robin with Krawczeniuk and Moore. At times, Krawczeniuk would be at the forefront. At others, Moore would. And on many occasions, they would share the spotlight with Krawczeniuk doing his damage mostly on the perimeter and the 6-foot-6 Moore doing his destruction inside.
“We have a bond that not many can compete with around here,” Krawczeniuk said. “Obviously, we know each others game inside and out.”
“We started playing together at a young age and we just built chemistry from then on,” Moore said. “We started off not knowing the game and learning it together.”
And excelling at it as well. Krawczeniuk entered his high school years with a lot of fanfare and became a starter as a freshman. Moore also broke into the starting lineup his freshman season and developed into a dominant inside player.
As seniors, Krawczeniuk led Division III of the Wyoming Valley Conference with a 19.0 scoring average. Moore was second with 16.5 points per game. Moore led the Mohawks with 239 rebounds and 86 blocked shots; Krawczeniuk led the team with 111 assists and 84 steals.
In their four seasons together, Meyers compiled an 89-16 overall record that included a 56-game WVC regular-season winning streak that will be handed over to the new batch of Mohawks next season. Meyers also won four WVC divisional titles, a District 2 Class 2A championship and advanced to the PIAA state playoffs three times.
Alas, the ride had to stop some time and it did in the first round of the state playoffs. A key injury and lack of depth wore on Meyers as it lost 57-47 to Trinity.
It took a few days before Moore could come to grips with the loss.
“I was upset because I'll never be able to put a Meyers uniform on again or go to the state final,” Moore said. “Looking back, there is nothing you can really do. I had a great four years and now it's time to move to the next step and have the next door open to my career.”
But it seems unlikely either will ever lock this last door for good.
“It was unbelievable,” Krawczeniuk said. “We've played together since 6 years old in CYC basketball. It was a pleasure to play with him my entire life.”

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