June 27th, 2015 1:36 am

First Posted: 9/10/2013

Wyoming Area first-year coach Nick Diaco had his girls playing well early on against Tunkhannock Wednesday. The Warriors claimed the first set, 25-17.

The next three, though, Tunkhannock returned to mid-season form for a 3-1 (17-25, 25-17, 25-17, 27-25) win.

It wasn’t a bad start for a team filled with sophomores looking to score a conference upset.

“It was the best game we’ve had all year,” Wyoming Area first-year head coach Nick Diaco said. “The first game was exciting. Our blocks were big. Our attacks were big.”

It was the fourth straight win for the Tigers.

No doubt, the Warriors (1-3) came out swinging.

In fact, it was nine straight points on Audrey Hiedacavage’s serve — and numerous big swings by Samantha Acacio — that gave Wyoming Area a 13-4 lead in the opening set.

But that’s when Tunkhannock finally figured it out.

Tunkhannock closed the second set on an 11-5 run, taking advantage of six Wyoming Area hitting errors, and pulled out on a 14-5 run in the third.

Wyoming Area jumped out to another large lead in the final stanza, 16-9, only to see Tunkhannock answer with a 12-6 run, knotting the score at 22.

Acacio finished with a game-high 13 kills, while Jessica Sorick added 10 kills for Wyoming Area.

“Most of my team is sophomores that played junior varsity last year, and it’s a big difference jumping up to varsity,” Diaco said. “We look forward to teaching them further. I’m proud of the effort each match.”


Dallas 3

Pittston Area 0

Olivio Musto made seven kills and registered seven digs, one block, five service points and three aces to lead Dallas to a 25-16, 25-15, 25-21 win over Pittston Area Monday.

Amy Bolton added 10 service points, including six aces in the victory while Dallas’ Mallory Faux made five kills and two blocks.

Kaitlyn Simyian had 10 kills and a pair of aces for Pittston Area. Jackie Rabender made 11 assists for the 0-4 Patriots. Marley O’Brien had seven service points, three aces and three kills.

Nanticoke 3

Wyoming Area 0

Aubrey Hiedacavage boasted 25 assists for Wyoming Area in a losing effort against Nanticoke Monday.

Celeste Deslish had seven kills and six digs to lead the Trojans Monday. Lauren Rinehimer garnered 18 digs.


Wyoming Area 1

Berwick 0

A.J. Lenkaitis scored the only goal of the game to lead Wyoming Area to a 1-0 victory over Berwick on Tuesday in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division III boys soccer game.

Aaron Carter had six saves in the shutout. Lenkaitis’ goal came in the 64th minute and was unassisted.

Pittston Area 11

MMI Prep 0

Jordan Consagra had a hat trick and an assist, while Matt Tavaglione scored the first goal of the game and also contributed two assists Monday for Pittston Area.

Colin Tracy scored twice and added an assist. Pittston Area went on to score five goals in the first half and six in the second.

Holy Redeemer 1

Wyoming Area 0

Holy Redeemer’s Brandon Povilitis scored the game’s only goal in the 61st minute on a header in the box with an assist from Robert Dougherty Monday in Exeter.

Ian McGrane made 14 saves to pick up a win despite the Royals being outshot 15-5. Aaron Carter stopped four shots for the Warriors.


Lake-Lehman 1

Wyoming Area 0

Korri Wandel scored the lone goal of the game to propel Lake-Lehman to a 1-0 victory over Wyoming Area in a rain-shortened Wyoming Valley Conference field hockey matchup. The Black Knights (3-0-1) remain undefeated on the season in a game that was called after 40 minutes.

Wandel hit the game winner with 13:55 remaining in the first half off a pass from Tracy Snyder. Tiffany Malinowski made three saves for the Black Knights.

Wyoming Area (1-4) was led by Christina Granteed’s three saves.

Crestwood 5

Wyoming Area 0

Elizabeth Dessoye pitched a hat trick to guide the Comets to a shutout Monday.

Casey Cole produced a goal, and Ashleigh Thomas gathered four points (goal, two assists). Dallas Kendra made 16 saves for the clean sheet. The Warriors’ Christina Granteed thwarted 15 shots.

Pittston Area 3

Hanover Area 1

Dana Maurizi and Alana Platukus each had goals in the first half to lift Pittston Area Tuesday.

Maurizi assisted on Platukus’ goal and also added another one of her own unassisted in the second half. Pittston Area outshot Hanover 18-6, with Lea Garibaldi making three saves and pitching shutout for he time played.

The Pittston Area field hockey team would also like to invite Greater Pittston to Yogurt-in-Love today, Sept. 15 from 5-9 p.m. to support the team. A portion of each sale will generously be donated to the team.


Coughlin 4

Wyoming Area 1

The Crusaders swept the singles competition and earned a win in doubles to defeat the Warriors Friday.

The team of Julia Banas and Lauren Perry picked up the lone win for Wyoming Area.

Pittston Area 4


Haleigh Zurek, Claudia Shandra and Mykhaela Moher won their singles matches to lead Pittston Area to a victory over GAR Tuesday.

The Pittston Area team of Sara O’Hop and Sarah Velehoski added a straight-set victory in doubles.

Diane Lopez and Josmalyn Rivas teamed up for GAR’s lone win in a straight-set doubles victory.

Crestwood 4

Wyoming Area 1

The Comets swept the singles events en route to a match victory Monday.

Kristi Bowman continued her success with a 6-2, 6-1 win at first singles against Anna Thomas. Brittany Stanton (6-0, 6-2) and Jennie Snyder (6-0, 6-1) also won their singles meets.

Wyoming Area received its only victory from Julia Banas and Lauren Perry, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) in first doubles.


Wyoming Area 177

Hanover Area 197

Topny Shaver shot a 41 to lead the Warriors to the win Friday.

Fred Schiel Jr. shot a 40 and earned medalist honors in the effort for the Hawkeyes.

Pittston Area 179

Hazleton Area 192

Tyler McGarry earned medalist honors, shooting a 42, as Pittston Area defeated Hazleton Area Tuesday at Fox Hill Country Club.

Tyler Mooney added a 43 Pittston Area, while David Zydko recorded a 46 in the victory. Rich Gawel led Hazleton Area, shooting a 43 in the loss.

Lake-Lehman 179

Wyoming Area 185

Nick Egan’s 40 earned him medalist honors at Huntsville Monday, and Black Knights teammate Adam Motovidlak added a 43 in the victory.

Maddy Wharton (43) and Courtney Melvin (44) paced the Warriors, who were just behind the past of Lake-Lehman. Gavin Kross’ 48 and Ryan Wrubel’s 50 rounded out the scoring for Wyoming Area.