WILKES-BARRE — The King’s College swim team will be hosting a benefit for Monarch swimmer Logan Kraus from 6-9 p.m. Sunday at Rodano’s on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre.
The junior swimmer suffered an injury which has left him unable to compete for the team or attend the remainder of the fall semester and possibly longer.
Kraus suffered a freak, significant injury while at practice, which left him temporarily paralyzed. He was diagnosed with a contusion on his spinal cord, which is what caused the paralysis. Normally, this type of injury is from some form of blunt-force trauma, not during normal everyday swimming.
The doctors have said he is expected to make a full recovery but have not provided a timetable. Kraus faces an expensive and lengthy rehabilitation.
King’s has decided to help offset some of the costs of Kraus’ medical bills by holding this benefit. Entry will be $20 and will include pizza, stromboli and soda as well as a raffle ticket. There will be multiple items in the raffle including a signed football from New York Giants wideout Victor Cruz, a free night at the Mohegan Sun Casino and two free buffets.
For more information or to make a donation, contact coach Matt Easterday at 570-208-5900 ext. 5758.
Delaware Valley 71, King’s 44
King’s struggled badly from the floor in its Freedom Conference opener, falling on the road to fellow league contender Delaware Valley. King’s shot just 28 percent from the floor (14-of-50) in the game while making only 6.3 (1-16) from three-point range. The Monarchs also committed 21 turnovers in the game.
John and Chris Fazzini led the Monarchs with eight points each while Dan Rutecki added seven points and team-highs of eight rebounds and three assists.
Eastern 82, Wilkes 67
Eastern used a 33-12 run over the last 11:56 of the game to beat the Colonels in the league opener.
Wilkes was led by Steve Stravinski, who scored 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 4-for-6 beyond the arc. Stravinski also added a game-high eight rebounds. Connor Evans joined Stravinski in double figures with 10 points and a game-high five assists.
FDU-Florham 71, Misericordia 70
Misericordia opened its Freedom schedule with a one-point loss at FDU-Florham.
The Cougars rallied from a 17-point first-half deficit to take a 70-69 lead, but FDU pulled out the win with a catch-and-shoot rebound bucket as time expired.
D.J. Marlow had a team-high 16 points to lead four Cougars in double figures. Jason Kenny had 14 points and Griffin Sponaugle added 12. James Hawk had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
PSU Scranton 80,
PSU Wilkes-Barre 59
Senior Hasiin Dixon had 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead Penn State Scranton to win on Tuesday night. Penn State Wilkes-Barre was led by freshman Dean Shaner with 12 points and 8 rebounds.
Eastern 49, Wilkes 28
Wilkes shot a season-low 18.5 percent from the field while dropping a decision to visiting Eastern in both teams’ league opener. The Lady Colonels finished 10-for-54 from the field and 2-for-21 from three-point range in the loss.
Catey McFadden led all Wilkes scorers with eight points and five rebounds. Chelsea Smelas and Cara Basile each added six points and combined for 17 rebounds.
King’s 85, Delaware Valley 74
King’s forward Jennifer Fabian made her final game in her native Doylestown count, scoring a career-high 27 points with 12 rebounds in the Freedom Conference opener.
Fabian, a 2013 Central Bucks West High School graduate, reached her milestone mark by making 10-of-16 shots from the field and was 3-of-4 from three-point range. She also added 12 rebounds. Kayla Feairheller followed with 15 points with a trio of three-pointers while Kasey Seitz also finished with a double-double, totaling 12 points, 10 assists and five rebounds.
FDU-Florham 62, Misericordia 54
Misericordia’s fourth-quarter rally came up short as the Cougars dropped their Freedom Conference opener.
Justine Seely led the Cougars with a double-double (16 points, 13 rebounds) and tied her own school record with seven blocked shots. Rachel Carmody added 12 points and nine rebounds.
Before the game, freshman forward Rachel Carmody was named the ECAC Division III South Rookie of the Week.