Doubles team pulls out close tennis win for Patriots

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch

HUGHESTOWN – The second doubles match was the last one on the courts Thursday afternoon when Wyoming Area and Pittston Area met in Wyoming Valley Conference boys tennis.

With the team winner of the rivalry to be decided the two doubles teams stayed there for well more than an extra hour.

Peter Fox and Tom Dessoye overcame a deficit early in the third set to outlast Anthony DeAngelo and Pat Musinski, lifting Pittston Area to a 3-2 victory.

Fox-Dessoye won, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 by winning four of the final five games, each holding serve once after the third set started with five consecutive service breaks.

“It was back and forth the whole time,” Fox said.

While their teammates went through Senior Day ceremonies as the doubles match continued, both Fox and Dessoye said they weren’t sure their match was to determine the team winner.

“We kind of just went with it,” Dessoye said of being removed from the knowledge of what was at stake.

After DeAngelo-Musinki won the final four games of the second set to extend the match, Fox-Dessoye recovered.

“I think we become more focused and relaxed about what we were going to do and how we were going to play,” Dessoye said.

Fox said that meant putting a bit more thought into how to approach points and Dessoye said it was about cutting down errors.

The first-year doubles team – Fox is a junior and Dessoye is a sophomore – improved to 5-3 on the season while helping the team arrive at the same record.

Pittston Area’s other two points came in straight-set wins in the top two singles spots by two of the seniors.

Nick Harth defeated Justin Alder, 6-4, 6-0, at number one and Matt Costello beat Mike Remley, 6-0, 6-0, at number two.

Nick Perry won third singles for Wyoming Area, beating John Romanowski, 6-2, 6-1.

The Warriors also got a point at first doubles when Mike Abromovage-Jake Butwin defeated Joe Carey-Nick Maglio, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3).

Pittston Area 5

Tunkhannock 0

The Patriots won every match in straight sets while shutting out Tunkhannock earlier in the week.

Wyoming Area 5

Berwick 0

Justin Alder, Mike Remley and Nick Perry combined to win all but seven games in six sets while sweeping singles for the Warriors in Monday’s WVC win.


Crestwood 3

Wyoming Area 0

The Comets limited the Warriors to one hit in Thursday’s WVC crossover game.

Aaron Zezza had the hit.

Nanticoke 6

Pittston Area 5

Nanticoke overcame a 5-1 deficit in the last three innings to pull out Monday’s WVC crossover win.

Dylan Spurlin was 2-for-2 with a homer and double for the Patriots. Kyle Ralston and Kevin Krawczyk also had two hits each.

Hazleton Area 7

Wyoming Area 4

Marc Anthony Menichello led off Monday’s game with a home run for Wyoming Area, but Hazleton Area took control with three runs in each of the first two innings.

Matt Wright added a homer for the Warriors.

Wyoming Area 5

Coughlin 2

Dylan Melberger drove in two runs for the Warriors in the April 21 WVC crossover victory.

Brad Barletta worked six innings for the win, striking out four. Cole Coolbaugh got the save.

Pittston Area 2

Crestwood 0

Hunter Ralston’s five-hit shutout lifted the Patriots to the victory in the April 21 WVC Division 1 game.

Johnny DeLucca drove in a run while Joe Stella was 3-for-3 to lead the offense.


Wyoming Area 12

Crestwood 5

The Lady Warriors pounded out 22 hits in Thursday’s WVC crossover romp.

Wyoming Area scored five runs in the first and six in the third while taking a 12-2 lead.

Jess Parente, Nicole Silinskie, Kristi Skok and Annie Karcutskie all had three hits. Silinskie and winning pitcher Gwen Glatz each had two doubles.

Glatz struck out four without walking a batter and drove in three runs.

Hazleton Area 8

Wyoming Area 3

Hazleton Area scored seven runs total in the fourth and fifth innings to defeat visiting Wyoming Area in Tuesday’s WVC crossover game.

Jess Parente and Kristi Skok each went 2-for-3 for the Lady Warriors.

Pittston Area 15

Coughlin 0

The Lady Patriots needed just three innings to wrap up the April 21 WVC Division 1 game on the 15-run rule.

Bailey Loyack was 3-for-3 with three RBI while Lexi Felinski had a triple and three RBI in the win. Gabby Para went 2-for-3.

Tunkhannock 13

Wyoming Area 1

Tunkhannock smashed three home runs April 21 for the road win in the WVC Division 2 game.


Coughlin 81

Wyoming Area 69

Coughlin picked up its first win of the WVC Division 1 season in Thursday’s meet.


Coughlin 79

Wyoming Area 70

Madelyn Resciniti swept the throws for Wyoming Area Thursday, setting a school discus record of 107-0 in the loss.


Wyoming Area 7

Abington Heights 6

Cassidy Orzel scored the tying and winning goals in the final 1:21 to lead Wyoming Area to Thursday’s come-from-behind WVC victory.

Orzel tied the game by setting up her own fastbreak with a faceoff win. She executed a give-and-go with Tierney Porfirio for the game-winner.

Orzel finished with three goals while Porfirio had two. Emma Kelleher and Lila Donnelly also scored.

Crestwood 17

Pittston Area 2

Lily Savoy and Bailey Jordan scored the only goals for Pittston Area in Thursday’s loss.


Wyoming Area 15

North Pocono 7

F.J. Braccini and Ethan Hosier each scored four goals Wednesday to lead Wyoming Area to the WVC Division 2 win.

Jakob Switzer had two goals and five assists.

Jake Urban and Dominic DeLuca had two goals and two assists each.

Alex Hawk made nine saves.

Wyoming Area 18

Lake-Lehman 2

F.J. Braccini had five goals and three assists while Jake Urban had four goals and four assists to help the WVC Division 2-leading Warriors to the rout Tuesday.

Ethan Hosier, who also had an assist, and Brett Bednarski scored twice each. Jakob Switzer had a goal and an assist.

Alex Hawk stopped six of the seven shots on goal against him.

By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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