Marranca helps WA to one win; Zambetti finishes first in PA sweep

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch | September 30th, 2017 8:46 am

HANOVER TWP. – Wyoming Area freshman Aubriana Marranca finished 10th in a strong six-team field during Wednesday’s Wyoming Valley Conference girls cross country cluster meet at Hanover Area High School.

Wyoming Area beat Meyers, 15-50, but lost to Hanover Area, 23-34, and Holy Redeemer, 23-32.

The six-team meet included five of the top eight teams in the 19-team WVC.

Defending champion Dallas, which Wyoming Area was scored against in an earlier meet, remained unbeaten with a 24-37 win over Holy Redeemer and two other easier victories.

Holy Redeemer dropped into a third-place tie at 10-2.

Hanover Area, Wyoming Seminary and Wyoming Area all have winning records while occupying the sixth-through-eighth spots in the standings.

Holy Redeemer’s Lindsey Williams, the defending District 2 Class 2A champion, won in 19:49.

Dallas had five runners in the top eight.

Marranca led Wyoming Area, finishing two spots in front of teammate Gwen Glatz.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

Pittston Area 4-0

Nicole Zambetti won by more than a minute in a six-team meet on her home course Wednesday.

Pittston Area defeated Northwest, Berwick, Nanticoke and Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech, all by the maximum 15-50 scores because the teams did not have the five necessary runners for a team score.

Zambetti ran the 3.1-mile course in 21:48 to beat Coughlin’s Emma Fortune by 1:14.

Shawna Rodzinak, Genny English and Mary Silinskie gave Pittston Area the next three finishers.

The Lady Patriots are 10-2 going into Wednesday’s meet against first-place Dallas at Misericordia University.

Pittston Area 38th of 40

Pittston Area competed in the PIAA Foundation Meet Sept. 23 in Hershey, placing 38th out of 40 teams in the Girls Gold race for Class 3A teams.

The Lady Patriots had the minimum five runners to compete as a team. They entered two freshmen, a sophomore and two juniors in the meet, which draws some of the top teams and individuals in the state as an early chance to test themselves on the Parkview Course, which is used for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Championships.

Nicole Zambetti completed the 3.1-mile course in 21:36 to place 84th out of 281 runners.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

Wyoming Area 1-2

Michael Branley finished 16th to lead Wyoming Area during Wednesday’s six-team meet at Hanover Area.

The Warriors defeated Meyers, 15-50, but lost to Holy Redeemer, 15-50, and Hanover Area, 20-33.

Pittston Area 3-1

Berwick defeated Pittston Area, 21-38, Wednesday, but the Patriots beat three other teams while running the meet on their home course.

Pittston Area topped Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech, 17-44, and both Northwest and Nanticoke by 15-50 scores.

Nate Ridgley finished fifth for Pittston Area. Kyle Mlodieczewski was sixth and Kyle Angradi eighth.

GIRLS SOCCER

Wyoming Area 4

Wyoming Seminary 0

Wyoming Area moved into sole possession of second place in WVC Division 2 by controlling play, outshooting host Wyoming Seminary, 26-4, in the Friday night game.

The Lady Warriors are 9-2.

Crestwood 5

Pittston Area 0

Vanessa Atie had a hat trick and an assist to lead Crestwood in Wednesday’s road victory.

The Lady Comets defense limited the Lady Patriots to one shot and did not allow a corner kick.

Lake-Lehman 3

Wyoming Area 2

Wyoming Area took a second-half lead before falling short against visiting Lake-Lehman Wednesday in a battle for first place in WVC Division 2.

Even in defeat, the performance against the defending champion Black Knights was another example of the program’s continued progress.

The Lady Warriors improved from three conference wins in 2014 to five in 2015 to eight in 2016. They have exceeded that total with five six games remaining. Lake-Lehman beat Wyoming Area, 9-0, in both meetings last year and handed the Lady Warriors their only earlier loss of this season, 6-2.

“I feel like we graduated to the next level here,” Wyoming Area coach Nikki Sitkowski told the Times Leader after the effort against a team that has its key players back from a trip to the state Class 2A semifinals last season.

Lake-Lehman improved to 9-1 while Wyoming Area temporarily dropped into a three-way, second-place tie.

The game was scoreless until the final minute of the first half when Mackenzie Love scored for Lake-Lehman.

Aleah Kranson converted Erica Gallagher assists into the tying and go-ahead goals for Wyoming Area in the first 11 minutes of the second half.

Sarah Salus rallied Lake-Lehman into a tie 13 minutes later, then scored the game-winning goal on a direct kick with less than three minutes remaining.

“I was so excited,” Sitkowski said. “ … To hold that lead for as long as we did, to hold it scoreless as long as we did, too; I take that as a win.”

Wyoming Area 4

Meyers 1

Aleah Kranson scored twice in Monday’s win that set up the first-place showdown in WVC Division 2.

Amanda McCormick scored the only goal of the first half. Erica Gallagher had a goal and Christina Kosco two assists in the second half.

BOYS SOCCER

Coughlin 6

Wyoming Area 0

George Oko and Christian Kosik each scored twice as Coughlin shutout Wyoming Area Thursday.

Crestwood 4

Pittston Area 0

Hubert Herrera scored two goals to lead Crestwood past Pittston Area Thursday.

Wyoming Area 5

Nanticoke 2

Gavin Lahart scored his team’s first four goals Sept. 23 to lead Wyoming Area to the non-league victory.

Tunkhannock 2

Pittston Area 0

Tunkhannock shut out the host Patriots Tuesday.

GIRLS TENNIS

Tunkhannock 4

Wyoming Area 1

Brianna Pizzano won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles for Wyoming Area in Tuesday’s loss.

Wyoming Area finished 7-6 for fifth place of 10 teams in the WVC Class 2A Division. The Lady Warriors qualified for a return trip to the District 2 Class 2A Tournament that begins Tuesday. Final pairings were still being determined at presstime.

Dallas 3

Pittston Area 2

Abby Connors won in three sets at first singles for Pittston Area Tuesday.

Pittston Area finished 8-5 in the WVC and second of four teams in the Class 3A Division. The Lady Patriots made the District 2-4 Class 3A Subregional quarterfinals where they will play at either Abington Heights or Williamsport either Thursday or Friday.

Hazleton Area 4

Wyoming Area 1

The second doubles team of Emily Cheskiewicz-Abigail Drendall went three sets Monday to get Wyoming Area its only win in the match against unbeaten Hazleton Area, which has already clinched the Wyoming Valley Conference Class 3A Division title.

Cheskiewicz-Drendall defeated Kim Delregno-Sophia Sebo, 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 10-8.

Hazleton Area’s Stephanie Mazurek, who won Class 3A last year, defeated Wyoming Area’s Brianna Pizzano, 6-1, 6-2, in a first singles match between defending district champions.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Pittston Area 3

GAR 1

Portia Weidlich had 19 service points, including 10 aces, along with five kills Wednesday when Pittston Area defeated GAR, 25-14, 25-18, 27-29, 25-8.

Ryana Power added 15 points with the help of eight aces. Elizabeth Charney had 17 assists and 10 kills.

Wyoming Area 3

Lake-Lehman 1

Brandi Sorokin’s 12 kills and three blocks led Wyoming Area to Tuesday’s come-from-behind, 23-25, 25-11, 25-20, 25-11 victory over Lake-Lehman.

Monica Henderson had nine aces. Olivia Astolfi added six kills.

Delaware Valley 3

Pittston Area 0

Defending champion Delaware Valley swept host Pittston Area, 25-7, 25-11, 25-12, Monday.

Portia Wiedlich had eight digs and two kills for the Lady Patriots. Elizabeth Charney had five assists and a kill.

FIELD HOCKEY

Abington Heights 1

Pittston Area 0

Abington Heights posted the shutout at home Friday.

Wyoming Area 2

Wallenpaupack 1

Wyoming Area used Wednesday’s road win to improve to 7-1 in WVC Division 1.

Wyoming Valley West 7

Pittston Area 0

Karaline Stelma’s had trick allowed Wyoming Valley West to open a five-goal halftime lead Wednesday.

Wyoming Area 7

Tunkhannock 0

Wyoming Area held Tunkhannock without a shot in Monday’s win.

Kayla Kiwak, who had an assist, and Kari Melberger scored two goals each. Lauren Parente added a goal and two assists.

Wyoming Seminary 12

Pittston Area 1

Alicia Carr had five goals as Wyoming Seminary routed Pittston Area Monday.

Aubrey Mytych, a former Wyoming Area junior high player, had a goal and an assist for the Blue Knights.

Nina Cirelli scored for Pittston Area to break the shutout with 1:02 left.

GIRLS GOLF

Old Forge 319

Lakeland 336

Old Forge captured the District 2 Class 2A team championship Thursday at Scranton Municipal Golf Course by defeating Lakeland, 319-336.

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association switched from four-player to three-player team scores in girls golf this season.

Hannah Lisowski and Scarlet Spagar each shot 103 while Cassandra Nocera had 113 for Old Forge.

The Blue Devils did not meet the score of 300 or better needed to advance into state competition.

Members of the Wyoming Area boys cross country team started off running together at the beginning of a 5K race at Hanover Area High School.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_HS-roundup-1.jpgMembers of the Wyoming Area boys cross country team started off running together at the beginning of a 5K race at Hanover Area High School. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Michael Branley ran a time of 18:36 in the 5K race for Wyoming Area.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_HS-roundup-2.jpgMichael Branley ran a time of 18:36 in the 5K race for Wyoming Area. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
WA’s Aubrianna Marranca, left, is trailed by Gwen Glatz. Marrana finished with a time of 21.52 and Glatz at 22:07.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_HS-roundup-3.jpgWA’s Aubrianna Marranca, left, is trailed by Gwen Glatz. Marrana finished with a time of 21.52 and Glatz at 22:07. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Members of the Wyoming Area boys cross country team started off running together at the beginning of a 5K race at Hanover Area High School.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Roundup1.CMYK_.jpgMembers of the Wyoming Area boys cross country team started off running together at the beginning of a 5K race at Hanover Area High School. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Michael Branley ran a time of 18:36 in the 5K race for Wyoming Area.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Roundup2.CMYK_.jpgMichael Branley ran a time of 18:36 in the 5K race for Wyoming Area. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
WA’s Aubrianna Marranca, left, is trailed by Gwen Glatz. Marrana finished with a time of 21.52 and Glatz at 22:07.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Roundup3.CMYK_.jpgWA’s Aubrianna Marranca, left, is trailed by Gwen Glatz. Marrana finished with a time of 21.52 and Glatz at 22:07. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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