Leandra Ramos

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Leandra Ramos of Nanticoke won five games and struck out 26 during the Trojans' sweep of the week's slate.
Leandra Ramos of Nanticoke won five games and struck out 26 during the Trojans' sweep of the week's slate.
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School: Nanticoke

Grade: Freshman

Sport: Softball

Position: Pitcher

All in the Family: Leandra is the daughter of Luis and Susan Ramos of Nanticoke. She has five step-brothers named Nick, Carlos, Lou, Robert and Jeff — who are all involved with the sport of football.

Statistically Speaking: Ramos picked up all five pitching victories last week while sparking Nanticoke’s five-game winning streak over a five-day stretch that pulled the 6-2 Trojans within a half-game of first-place Hazleton Area in Wyoming Valley Conference Division I. Ramos struck out 26 batters during the week while allowing just 32 hits and 10 earned runs to five opponents. Ramos wasn’t bad with the bat, either. She hammered a grand slam for the first home run of her life, drilled three doubles, knocked in seven runs in one game and scored the winning run in last inning of another.

MVP: That could stand for most valuable player or most valuable pitcher, and to Nanticoke last week, Ramos was both. She began her big week by throwing a two-hit shutout with nine strikeouts against Lake-Lehman on Tuesday as the Trojans evened their season record at 2-2. Ramos followed that by going 2-for-3 with a grand slam and a two-run single among her seven RBI in a 12-5 win over Wyoming Area. In that game, she also recorded five strikeouts to get Nanticoke over the .500 mark. From there, Ramos went 2-for-4 with a double and picked up the victory in the circle, allowing six hits and two earned runs in a 4-3 victory over Crestwood. Ramos topped that pitching performance the next day, throwing a three-hitter Friday while surrendering just one earned run in a 7-2 victory over Dallas. Finally, Ramos finished her week-long spree in the WVC by striking out 10 batters in a thrilling 7-6 victory over Pittston Area. She also went 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles. Her second double began the bottom of the seventh inning, and sparked victory when Ramos raced home with the winning run when Jenny Lipowski delivered a game-ending single.

Coach’s Corner: “The more you sit down and have a moment to reflect, it’s incredible,” Nanticoke coach Ryan Stetz said of the week Ramos put up. “She’s just a hard worker, very coachable, a very good teammate and she’s a really tough competitor. It starts in the classroom, she’s a great student. Good things happen to good people, and she’s a good person. She’s very confident in her abilities. She’s been coming up very big for us in key situations. She’s playing very well right now. The future is very bright for her.”

Did you know?: Ramos may paint a pretty picture for Nanticoke when she’s pitching from the circle or producing game-changing swings at the plate, but her athletic feats pale in comparison to when she has a pencil in her hand. “I’m a pretty good artist,” Ramos said, before bragging, “I can draw. My dad can draw. If I look at something, I can pretty much draw it.” That may not be where her future studies will take her, though. “I like math and science,” Ramos said. “Those are things I might want to pursue as a career.”

From her angle: It didn’t take Ramos long to decide which moment meant the most to her in a smorgasbord of head-turning feats last week. “My grand slam,” she said. “It was my first home run. At first, I didn’t even know it was over the fence. When I found out it did (go over), I was really happy. I work on my hitting a lot. The grand slam really made me happy, but all of my hits boost up my confidence. I’ve been pitching for six or seven years, and it’s paid off. My curve works pretty good, I throw some changeups in there — I just mix them up and sometimes it works well. Usually, my ball does what it wants to do. I’m pretty pleased. I’m confident. My first game (at Nanticoke), I was so nervous that I was going go do badly. Right now, I’m pretty happy I’m doing well, and I hope I keep it up. They (her teammates) accepted me, they support me in the circle. My parents are so proud of me. They’re the ones who I’m glad I’m making happy.”

Week in Review: The Pittston Area boys tennis team is certainly happy to have Trent Woodruff manning the squad’s top singles spot. He rolled to four victories last week, including a 6-1, 6-1 win against MMI Prep, a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Wyoming Valley West and a 6-2, 6-4 win against Hazleton Area. Woodruff also proved he can dig deep, pulling out a three-set victory against Berwick. Dallas’ Steve Wempa put some work in while pulling out three straight-set victories, cruising past Coughlin, 6-3, 6-0, clocking Crestwood, 6-0, 6-1 and whipping past Wyoming Valley West, 6-2, 6-2. MMI Prep’s Nick Dilov downed Tunkhannock, 6-1, 6-4 and collected another straight-set victory over Coughlin, 6-2, 6-3. Other top singles players who earned straight-set victories included Holy Redeemer’s Josh Wychock, Wyoming Area’s Nick Leon, Wyoming Seminary’s Chris Kim and Berwick’s Luke Whitenight.

It seems Crestwood’s Jay Popson not only produces points as a quarterback on the football field, he’s pretty good at scoring on the boys lacrosse field, too. Popson popped home six goals to lead the Comets past North Pocono, then topped that performance with seven goals and three assists in a victory over Tunkhannock. His Crestwood teammate Andrew Bobynskyj also scored six goals in that win over North Pocono and finished with four goals and six assists against Tunkhannock. And the Comets received four goals form Ryan Magin in the thrashing of North Pocono. Dallas Matt Ross punched home five goals, and the Mountaineers needed every one of them to down Danville, 11-10. …

On the girls lacrosse field, Pittston Area’s Haley Norwillo finished with a 10-goal week, scoring five times against Lake-Lehman, four more against Dallas and adding another goal against Delaware Valley. Her Patriots teammate Sara Ruby matched that total, finishing with five goals against Lehman, three against Dallas and two against Delaware Valley. Dallas teammates Samantha Delamater and Julia Baloh each scored four goals in a victory over Pittston Area. Alyssa Adams led Lake-Lehman past Pittston Area with six goals. Crestwood outlasted Coughlin behind five goals from both Lizzy Dessoye and Daniella Callaghan in a game where Coughlin’s Brigid Wood also scored five goals. Wyoming Seminary’s Lexi Quick put up four goals against Lake-Lehman and five goals against Delaware Valley. Enough of this scoring already. Wyoming Seminary goalie Kelley Gavin made seven saves in a 19-5 victory over Tunkhannock, made seven more saves in an 11-3 victory over Lake-Lehman and turned away 17 shots in a 17-7 win over Delaware Valley. …

Dominic Hockenbury continues to win big for Lake-Lehman in boys track and field. He set a school record by winning the 3,200 meters in 9:22.61 against Hanover Area. Then Hockenbury won four events in a meet against GAR, capturing the 3,200, 1,600 and 800 runs, and teaming on the winning 3,200 relay. Northwest’s Tyler Burger took four individual victories in a win over Holy Redeemer, finishing first in the 110 hurdles, the 300 hurdles, the high jump and long jump. Crestwood’s Jabob Walsh won the 110 and 300 hurdles, along with the long jump against Hazleton Area. GAR’s Marquan Kemp won the 100 and 200 individual events and teamed on the winning 400 and 1,600 relays, and Wyoming Area’s Isaiah Marsola took first place in those same events against Hanover Area. Northwest’s Zach Briggs pulled out victories in the 400 and 800 and competed on the winning 1,600 and 3,200 relays. …

Coughlin’s Tamar Bourdeau blazed to victory in the 100 and 200 sprints and in the 100 and 300 hurdles in a girls track and field victory over Wyoming Valley West. Her Coughlin teammate Norah Rosencrans pulled out three victories — in the shot put, discus and javelin — in that meet. Wyoming Area’s Marcyssa Brown pulled out first-place finishes in the 200 dash, long jump and triple jump in a victory over Hanover Area. Hazleton Area’s Emily Malone won the 100, 200, pole vault and fueled the winning 400 relay team in a win over Crestwood. …

Holy Redeemer’s Mike Conlon added fuel to the fire for the Royals on the boys volleyball court, dishing out 32 assists in a victory over Coughlin. His hard-hitting teammate Mike Prociak used those setups to burn a couple of teams, pounding home 15 kills in a victory over Dallas and 20 kills against Coughlin. Wyoming Valley West’s Mark Burridge put down 20 kills in a victory over Lake-Lehman, had 24 more kills and 10 service points against Berwick, and added 16 kills and 13 digs against Dallas. Bryce Mattson put Dallas over the top with 20 kills against Valley West, while his Mountaineers teammate Steve Darling dished out 31 assists. Hazleton Area’s Alex Gregoire made 21 kills against Tunkhannock and killed 14 more points in victory over Lake-Lehman, while setter Brett Barron kept setting the Cougars up with 26 assists against Tunkhannock and 29 assists against Lehman. Nanticoke’s Ed Lukowski had 27 assists and nine kills in a victory over Crestwood and followed that with 23 assists against Hanover Area. Crestwood’s Chris Dexter had 20 assists against Nanticoke. Valley West’s Ray Ercolani served 17 points, including six aces, in a victory over Lake-Lehman and served 19 points as the Spartans bested Berwick, while his Spartans teammate John Butchko finished with 16 digs against Dallas. …

Dig this, plenty of pitchers are flourishing in Wyoming Valley Conference baseball. Hanover Area’s Mike Bugonowicz finished with a five-inning perfect game and struck out 11 of the 15 outs in a victory over GAR. He was also pretty good at the plate, ripped a double, four RBI and scoring a run in a win over Wyoming Seminary. In that win, Hanover Area’s John Wickiser and Mike Blazaskie combined on a four-inning, one-hit shutout. Wickiser picked up the win, striking out nine of the 10 batters he faced as the Hawkeyes pitchers recorded 11 strikeouts against 13 batters. Wickiser added two doubles, three RBI and two runs scored in his victory. Blazaskie brought his bat also, smoking two doubles, scoring three runs and driving one home against Sem before ripping a double and driving home three runs against Nanticoke. Nanticoke’s Kyle Pokrinchak tossed a complete-game, two-hit shutout at Meyers. Wyoming Valley West’s Logan Zavada surrendered two hits, struck out five and didn’t allow an earned run — but drove home two himself in a complete-game 4-1 victory over Berwick. Northwest’s Eric Gurzynski allowed two hits and struck out eight in a five-inning victory over MMI Prep. Hazleton Area’s Sal Biasi struck out 12 and surrendered just four hits in a complete-game victory over Tunkhannock. Lake-Lehman’s Pete Borum allowed one run and fanned seven in a five-hitter against Crestwood. Meyers’ Keith Ostrowski allowed one run while throwing a four-hitter at Wyoming Seminary. That doesn’t mean the bats are dead. Holy Redeemer’s Nick Oley had two home runs in a victory over Pittston Area. Coughlin’s Kyle Lupas had a homer, drove home two runs and scored two more in a 4-3 victory over Holy Redeemer, went 2-for-4 with three RBI and scored a run agaisnt Holy Redeemer and went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run against Dallas. Pittston Area’s Josh Razvillas had a double in every game he played played last week. He laced a double for the only extra-base hit of the Ashby Game and scored two runs against Wyoming Area; had a home run, double, drove home three runs and scored two more in a victory over Tunkhannock; and ripped another double against Holy Redeemer. His Patriots teammate Joe Champi had two hits and reached base all four times he came to the plate to win the Ashby Trophy as the game’s top player in a victory over Wyoming Area. Crestwood’s Tyler Jones had four RBI, two hits and scored twice against Tunkhannock. Berwick’s Jordan Stout had four hits — including two doubles — with three runs and two RBI against Lake-Lehman, while his Bulldogs teammate Zach Andress had three hits, a double, two RBI and two runs in that victory over Lehman. Dallas’ Jordan McCrum had three hits, including a home run and a triple, while finishing with four RBI and four runs against Coughlin. His Mountaineers teammates Justin Brojakowski had a triple, scored a run and drove home three against Coughlin and Chad DeBona had a triple and scored four times in that victory. And Nanticoke’s Joe Olszyk had three hits, three RBI and scored twice against Hanover Area. …

Crestwood’s Colleen Borum had three hits, drove home three runs and picked up the victory in the softball circle in a 5-4 victory over Lake-Lehman. Hazleton Area’s Lexi Wolk hammered a homer against Dallas, then had three hits and accounted for three runs in a victory over Coughlin. Jenna Lipowski’s two-run homer lifted Nanticoke to a 4-3 win over Crestwood, then the Trojans got another big blast — a home run and three RBI — from Kelsey Rinehimer on her 18th birthday in a victory over Dallas. Wyoming Valley West rode four hits, including two doubles, by Audi Wells and a home run and two RBI from Haley Gayoski to lash Lake-Lehman. Wyoming Area’s Emily Wolfgang blasted a home run and a triple among her three hits against Pittston Area. Her Warriors teammate Nicole Cumbo had a triple in that victory while striking out seven from the circle in a five-inning, one-hit shutout, then she came to throw a four-hitter while hitting a double against Wyoming Valley West. Tunkhannock’s Erin Smith allowed just one hit and one run during a nine-strikeout performance against Valley West, then picked up her second win of the week with seven strikeouts and one earned run against Coughlin. Her Tigers teammate Ashley Knott provided plenty of support against Coughlin with three hits, including a homer and a double. Northwest’s Kelsey Yustat worked a five-inning, three-hit shutout and added a home run at the plate against Wyoming Seminary. And Hazleton Area’s Samantha Varela homered and picked up the victory in the circle with five strikeouts against Dallas.

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