School: Pittston Area
Sport: Girls Soccer
All in the Family: Allie is the daughter of Steve and Sophie Barber of Pittston Twp. Her dad is a former wrestling coach at Wyoming Valley West, and her older brother Steven was a standout wrestler and football player for Pittston Area. She has an older sister, Mary Beth, who began her high school career playing soccer and ended it on the sidelines as a cheerleader.
Stats: Barber scored four goals during Pittston Area’s 14-2 victory over MMI, giving her 100 for her high school career.
Reaching her goal: While 10 different players scored in Pittston Area’s runaway victory, Barber produced points when it mattered most. She scored four of the team’s first five goals to get the Patriots off to a strong start - and get her milestone goal out of the way. That was the plan, said Barber, who was aware she was only four away from her career 100th goal coming in.
Coach’s corner: “She’s an excellent forward,” Pittston Area coach Nicole Tieso said. “She’s also a leader on the field. She’s not selfish, she distributes the ball very well. She has speed and she’s a great ballhandler. She’s just an all-around good player. She knew she only had four to go (for her 100th goal). To me, it was even more of a milestone for her to hit it in her junior year.”
Did you know? When she’s not scooting around the soccer field, Barber can be found on a fast-break for Pittston Area’s girls basketball team or running full-speed for the Patriots’ track and field squad. No wonder she spends part of her off time working the fast food drive-through at McDonald’s.
From her angle: “You don’t really think of scoring 100 goals. It was an awesome feeling,” Barber said. “My team made it more special - they all hugged me and made it a big thing. I wanted to just get it over with and just do it. It was a nice feeling.” Although she may have rather her 100th goal would be the game-winner in a one-point win, Barber said the lopsided victory didn’t dampen the moment a bit. “If you think of all the goals I scored,” Barber said, “I had to get goals against better competition to get in that position in the first place.”
Week in review: It was a big week for Holy Redeemer’s golf team, which kept getting par or under performances through three victories. Mariano Medico led the way with par-36 matches against Wyoming Seminary and Nanticoke Area, and shot 1-under 35 against MMI. Medico shared medalist honors with teammate Ryan Crossin, who also scored 36 against Nanticoke Area. Chase Makowski went 2-under 34 against MMI and hit par 36 against Sem. And Alex Rowan and Mike Bowland both finished at par 36 against MMI and Sem, respectively. … Crestwood running back Frank Aigeldinger led a big weekend for high school football’s ground attack, rushing for 323 yards on 21 carries and scoring on touchdown runs of 9, 3, 61 and 65 yards in a victory over Pittston Area. Northwest’s Austin Mazonkey was nearly as impressive, rushing for 200 yards on 11 carries and scoring on 64- and 45-yard touchdown runs and also grabbing a touchdown on a 46-yard pass play. Hanover Area running back Isaiah Taylor carried the offense with 195 rushing yards on 24 carries and a 24-yard touchdown run in a loss to Lakeland. And from the air, Tunkhannock receiver Brett Stage attacked with five catches for 124 yards, including touchdowns of 35 and 59 yards, in a victory over Montrose. … Lake-Lehman standout Dominic Hockenbury ground out a time of 16:35 in boys cross country. Tunkhannock’s showed why it was the state’s preseason top-ranked team when Jack Tidball finished with a 17:19, while his teammates Jake Toczko, Carson Ayers and Ben Siegel all cracked the 18-minute mark. And Andrew Plyers of Hazleton Area finished with a time of 17:34 in a tri-meet. … Three field hockey players hit the trifecta, with each scoring three goals in a game. Wyoming Valley West’s Danielle Grega accomplished all the scoring for the Spartans in a 3-2 victory over Dallas. Meanwhile, Wyoming Seminary’s Mallory Lewkowicz went for three goals in a 7-0 win over Abington Heights and Crestwood’s Elizabeth Dessoye scored three of the team’s five goals in a shutout of Wyoming Area. … Kyle Gregaris of Crestwood did them one better on the boys soccer field, scoring four goals in a victory over Meyers. Tunkhannock’s Aiden Cronin and Berwick’s Joshua Maron both had a three-goal game during the week. And while Holy Redeemer’s Ian McGrane didn’t score any goals, he didn’t allow any, either. The keeper made 14 saves in a 1-0 shutout of Wyoming Area. … Holy Redeemer’s Lydia Lawson had five goals and an assist against Wyoming Area, while her girls soccer teammate Emily Schramm had two goals and three assists in the same game. Lake-Lehman’s Shoshana Mahoney had three goals against Nanticoke Area and Coughlin’s Nora Fazzi made four assists against Hazleton Area. … Dallas’ Olivia Musto led the team to its first girls volleyball win of the season with seven kills and seven digs. Tunkhannock’s Erin Smith scored 20 points and had 18 assists and 12 aces in a victory over Wyoming Valley West, then she came back with 21 assists and eight points in a win over Wyoming Area. Lake-Lehman’s Diana Sutliff made 20 kills and had eight blocks against Nanticoke Area. Holy Redeemer star Nicole Slavoski made 18 kills against Delaware Valley and served 17 points with seven kills against Lehman. Redeemer’s Lexie Evans had 28 assists in that Delaware Valley match. Hanover Area’s Shalianna Rios made 26 digs and five aces against GAR, while Crestwood’s Nicole Jankowski had 10 aces among her 21 service points while her teammate Emily Sipple served nine aces in a match against GAR. Wyoming Area didn’t come away with victory, but Aubrey Hiedacavage kept the Warriors competitive. She had 25 assists in a loss to Nanticoke Area and added 20 more, along with five digs, in a defeat to Tunkhannock. … Coughlin’s Dana Schneider was a two-time winner on the tennis court at No. 1 singles, posting a 6-0, 6-2 victory against Berwick and a 6-2, 6-2 sweep against Wyoming Area. Crestwood’s Kristi Bowman had a pair of singles sweeps, including a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Tunkhannock. And MMI’s Stephanie Pudish lost just one game while winning from the top singles spot against Holy Redeemer.