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Pittston Area's Paul Chmiel gestures to the camera after hitting a home run against Tunkhannock in 2004.
Pittston Area's Paul Chmiel gestures to the camera after hitting a home run against Tunkhannock in 2004.
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JUNE 2004

Wyoming Area baseball lasted the longest of all local teams in the PIAA District 2 baseball and softball tournaments.

The Warriors beat Mid-Valley and Scranton Prep to advance to the quarterfinals. They would eventually fall to Nanticoke, 4-2. In that game, the Warriors scored a run in the first after a Ryan Overman sacrifice fly. Overman drove in the next run with a single in the seventh.

That brought up sophomore Lou Falzone. Nanticoke pitcher Dan Nearhouse got Falzone swinging to end the game.

JUNE 1994

Wyoming Area’s A.J. DeLucca won four medals in the Junior High District 2 track meet at Wyoming Area. He won gold in the long jump and silver in the triple jump, 100 dash and the 200 dash.

The 3200 relay team of Dave Ruggles, Matt Cash, Jacon Lucas and Pat Aritz won a silver medal. Aritz set a gold medal in the high jump and set a District 2 record. Jeff Wisnosky won a bronze medal in the pole vault.

Those performances helped the Warriors to an overall silver medal finish.

JUNE 1984

Rick Romanko, of Hughestown, took top honors at the Mr. Wyoming Valley Bodybuilding Contest at Hanover Area.

In addition to being named Mr. Wyoming Valley, Romanko also won trophies for Best Arms, Best Back, Best Chest, Most Muscular and tops in the heavyweight class.

In the previous year, Romanko was named the Most Muscular and Best Poser at the Mr. Anthracite Bodybuilding Contest in Scranton.

JUNE 1974

Track stars from Pittston Area and Wyoming Area competed in the third annual Meet of Champions sponsored by the Wyoming Valley Track Coaches Association at Wilkes-Barre Municipal Stadium.

Pittston Area’s Jimmy Cefalo, a double winner at the 1974 District 2 meet, set two new Meet of Champion records in winning first place in the 100-yard dash and the 220-yard dash. Cefalo ran the 100 in 10 seconds flat, while running the 200 in 22.7.

Pittston Area junior Ed Heston set a new school and Meet of Champions record in winning the two-mile run with a time of 9:49.4. Wyoming Area’s Dom Mazzarella set a new Meet of Champions mark in placing first in the 440-yard dash in 50.6 seconds. Warriors’ Harry O’Dell set a meet record in the javelin with a toss of 178-11.

JUNE 1964

The second annual All-Sports Banquet, honoring St. John’s High athletes and sponsored by St. John’s Holy Name Society, was held this week in 1964.

The head table, as seen in the ‘64 edition of The Sunday Dispatch, was Rev. Thomas Hannigan, athletic moderator Rev. William Wheeler, guest speaker Sime Bernosky, toastmaster Bob Linskey, assistant basketball coach Harry Connors, head basketball and baseball coach John Connors, head football coach John Hopkins, assistant fooball coach Patrick Brennan, Mayor Robert Loftus, general chairman Don Hoban, Edward Spohrer, John Cummings, Robert Walsh, Frank Lyons, Gene Durling and society president Paul Melvin.

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