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Hazleton Area pitcher Dante Biasi delivers a pitch during a game with LaSalle High School during the PIAA quarter-final championships at Parkland High School in Allentown Thursday. Don Carey Times Leader Photo.Hazleton Area sophomore Dante Biasi emerged as a standout at the plate and on the mound for the Cougars in 2014 and was named WVC Player of the Year by area coaches.
Hazleton Area pitcher Dante Biasi delivers a pitch during a game with LaSalle High School during the PIAA quarter-final championships at Parkland High School in Allentown Thursday. Don Carey Times Leader Photo.Hazleton Area sophomore Dante Biasi emerged as a standout at the plate and on the mound for the Cougars in 2014 and was named WVC Player of the Year by area coaches.
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WVC Baseball Coaches All-Stars

Player of the Year: Dante Biasi, Hazleton Area

DIVISION 1-2

First team

Joe Baran, Hazleton Area

Sal Biasi, Hazleton Area

Anthony Caladie, Crestwood

Joe Champi, Pittston Area

Matt Dacey, Holy Redeemer

Jordan DiValerio, Berwick

Bill Gregory, Wyoming Valley West

Tony Hernandez, Hazleton

Ryan Hogan, Wyoming Valley West

Tyler Kolb, Lake-Lehman

Kyle Lupas, Coughlin

Jordan McCrum, Dallas

Domenic Oliveri, Dallas

Sean Soltysiak, Tunkhannock

Nigel Stearns, Dallas

Curt Yenchik, Crestwood

Honorable mention

Scott Bean, Lake-Lehman

Justin Brojakowski, Dallas

Cody Brown, Tunkhannock

Chad DeBona, Dallas

Derek Distasio, Crestwood

Robbie John, Hazleton Area

Jake Jones, Berwick

Eric Kerr, Holy Redeemer

Dave Klein, Hazleton Area

Zach Lopatka, Wyoming Area

Brian Markowski, Crestwood

Dave Marriggi, Coughlin

Evan McCue, Wyoming Valley West

Anthony Melito, Berwick

Chris Panzarella, Hazleton Area

Cody Paraschak, Lake-Lehman

Josh Razvillas, Pittston Area

Jeremy Sabecky, Wyoming Valley West

Michael Schwab, Pittston Area

Jorden Stout, Berwick

Jim Strickland, Holy Redeemer

Ryan Weiss, Tunkhannock

Mike Wozniak, Coughlin

Jeremy Zezza, Wyoming Area

DIVISION 3 ALL STARS

Alec Andes, MMI Prep

Mike Blazaskie, Hanover Area

Mike Bugonowicz, Hanover Area

Matt DeMarco, Meyers

Nick Deno, Hanover Area

Kevin Evans, GAR

Eric Gurzynski, Northwest

Charlie Karchner, MMI Prep

Mike Malshefski, Nanticoke

Tyler Myers, Nanticoke

Joe Olszyk, Nanticoke

Christian Pack, Hanover Area

Asa Saidman, Wyoming Seminary

Mike Sulcoski, Hanover Area

Zac White, Northwest

John Wickiser, Hanover Area



On the Wyoming Valley Conference’s top baseball team, it was a sophomore who made the biggest impact.


Hazleton Area had multiple MVP candidates emerge on its 2014 roster as the Cougars won the District 2-4 Class 4A tournament and made a run into the state quarterfinals. On Thursday, WVC coaches honored Dante Biasi by naming him the league’s Player of the Year upon releasing its all-star teams.


Biasi was joined on the Division 1-2 first team by teammates Joe Baran, Sal Biasi and Tony Hernandez.


Dante Biasi emerged as a standout at the plate and on the mound. By season’s end, he was batting third in the Cougars’ potent lineup and typically manning left field when not pitching.


He got the ball from coach Gino Cara to start the district championship game at PNC Field, and the lefty threw six-plus innings of shutout ball to beat Delaware Valley and give the Cougars their first D2 crown since 2005.


In the program’s first PIAA tournament victory, he helped spark a late rally against Hempfield with a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth.


Hazleton Area led WVC teams in the top two divisions with four first-team all-stars, followed by Dallas with three — Jordan McCrum, Domenic Oliveri and Nigel Stearns.


Wyoming Valley West (Bill Gregory, Ryan Hogan) and Crestwood (Anthony Caladie, Curt Yenchik) each had two first-team selections.


Rounding out the Division 1-2 first team was Joe Champi (Pittston Area), Matt Dacey (Holy Redeemer), Jordan DiValerio (Berwick), Tyler Kolb (Lake-Lehman), Kyle Lupas (Coughlin) and Sean Soltysiak (Tunkhannock).


The Division 3 coaches all-star team was led by six members of Hanover Area’s district finalist squad — Mike Blazaskie, Mike Bugonowicz, Nick Deno, Christian Pack, Mike Sulcoski and John Wickiser.


Local coaches also finalized details for the WVC Senior All-Star Game, which will be played at 5 p.m. on July 1 at Mountain Post Legion field in Rice Township.


Hazleton’s Cara will coach the East squad while Wyoming Valley West’s John Milius will coach the West squad.


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