Editor’s note: Once again, to no surprise, football highlights this week’s edition of ‘Upon Further Review.’ However, there was also fall baseball and a historic coach resignation.
Pittston Area’s offense proved to be too much for Williamsport in a 48-14 win at Charley Trippi Stadium. The start of the game was delayed 20 minutes because the Millionaires’ bus was unable to find the field in Yatesville. Tony Avvisato had 16 carries for 95 yards and three touchdowns.
PA’s first score came on a 74-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jack Stankoski to Joe Consagra.
Wyoming Area and Crestwood combined for nine turnovers and each had nearly 100 penalty yards in a 26-14 Warrior win on the gridiron. The Comets had a 14-13 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but WA’s Herron and Karcutskie combined on a 35-yard catch-and-run to regain the lead and hold on for the win.
Sister Sandra Grieco resigned as head girls basketball coach at Seton Catholic. Grieco, known as the “First Lady” of local girls basketball, was 166-34 in her career. She posted seven WVC Division 2 titles, five of which came consecutively since 1979.
The coaching torch was passed to Margie Pace, a former player under Grieco at St. John’s in Pittston.
St. John’s opened its fall baseball season by losing a pair of games to Bishop O’Hara and Carbondale St. Rose, respectively. Mike Valenti led the locals at the plate against Carbondale with a 3-hit performance, including a double off the fence. Pitcher George Hizny had two hits for the Johnnies against Bishop O’Hara.
Exeter High School opened its ‘63 campaign by shutting out Edwardsville, 13-0, in West Side Conference action. Exeter went 67 yards for its first score. Johnny Labar scored from the 1-yard line for the lead. Later in the game, Tony Maslousky scored from 5 yards out. Labar added the two-point conversion. Exeter’s passing attack was 1-of-2 for 5 yards.
Pittston came back from a 7-0 deficit to beat West Wyoming, 13-7, in high school football. Tony Amato punched in West Wyoming’s first score. But Phil Falzone answered for Pittston. However, the biggest blow to West Wyoming was a 47-yard touchdown run by Toby Anzalone in the third quarter that sealed the win for Pittston.