Pittston Area track teams post second straight sweep

By Paul Sokoloski - psokoloski@timesleader.com - and Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch
Pittston Area’s Nick Barbieri clears a hurdle en route to winning the boys 110-meter hurdles against Wyoming Valley West in a WVC Division 1 track meet in Plymouth Thursday. - Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch
Pittston Area’s Tannon Kraklio, left, accepts the baton from Mike Mikitish in the boys 3200-meter relay against Wyoming Valley West in a WVC Division 1 track meet. - Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch
Pittston Area’s Giovanna Innamorati comes from behind to win the girls 100-meter hurdles against Wyoming Valley West. - Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch
Pittston Area’s Alex Haas crosses the finish line to win the boys 100-meter dash against Wyoming Valley West. - - Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

PLYMOUTH – Abby Norwillo won three times to lead the girls and Jake Rutkowski won two throwing events to lead the boys Thursday when Pittston Area swept Wyoming Valley West in Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 track and field meets between teams that had each won their openers.

“It wasn’t fun; I can’t lie,” Norwillo said. “No one wants to come out and run a track meet in 36 degrees and windy. We came out today and got through it.

“That’s all we did.”

Norwillo led the girls to a 129-25 rout.

Rutkowski won the shot put and discus while taking second in the javelin to lead the boys to a 102-48 victory.

“The weather only limits you as much as you let it limit you,” Rutkowski said.

Norwillo won the pole vault, her signature event, along with the long jump. She was part of the winning 400-meter relay and took second in the triple jump with a new personal best of 35-10.

Leah Hodick won the shot put and discus for the Lady Patriots. Nicole Zambetti and Charity McLeod each won an individual event and were part of a winning relay.

SOFTBALL

Wyoming Area 10

Wyoming Valley West 4

All nine Wyoming Area players had at least one hit in a 15-hit attack during Thursday’s come-from-behind win in the team’s WVC opener.

Wyoming Area rallied with four runs in the fourth inning and broke the game open with five more in the sixth.

Host Wyoming Valley West led, 4-1, after three innings.

Nicole Silinskie, who drove in three runs and scored two, and Julia Kopetchny, who doubled and drove in two runs, had three hits each.

Gwen Glatz, who scored twice, and Jess Parente had two hits each.

Kristi Skok, Brianna Pizzano and Annie Karcutskie had doubles.

Cassidy Graham was the winning pitcher.

BASEBALL

Tunkhannock 2

Wyoming Area 1

Tunkhannock limited visiting Wyoming Area to three hits Thursday to spoil Rob Lemoncelli’s WVC debut as Wyoming Area coach in a Division 2 opener.

Matt Wright went the distance, holding the Tigers to two runs, and was 1-for-2 with a double.

Chase Yochem also had a double while Dylan Melberger had a single and scored the team’s only run in the top of the seventh when he was driven in by Cole Coolbaugh.

Wyoming Area 10

GAR 0

Dylan Melberger went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI March 31 and three Wyoming Area pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout in the six-inning, non-league win.

The Warriors clinched the win by scoring four times while the Grenadiers recorded just one out in the bottom of the sixth.

John Angelella was 2-for-3 with a double, a run and an RBI.

The Warriors struck out 13. Starter Matt Wright fanned seven in three innings. Toby Hallman struck out five in two innings and Cole Coolbaugh struck out one while working the sixth inning.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Lake-Lehman 15

Wyoming Area 4

Alicia Galasso scored four goals to help host Lake-Lehman to the win in Thursday’s WVC opener.

Cassidy Orzel had a goal and an assist for the Lady Warriors.

Lindsey Pozaic and Tierney Porfirio scored the other goals.

Wyoming Seminary 18

Pittston Area 1

Wyoming Seminary opened its WVC title defense with Thursday’s romp.

BOYS LACROSSE

Wyoming Area 22

Lake-Lehman 3

Wyoming Area opened its WVC Division 2 title defense with Tuesday’s rout.

BOYS TENNIS

Holy Redeemer 4

Pittston Area 1

Mat Costello won in straight sets at second singles Friday for the only Pittston Area point in its WVC opener.

Wyoming Seminary 5

Wyoming Area 0

Wyoming Seminary remained undefeated in the WVC Friday while dropping Wyoming Area to 1-2.

Hazleton Area 3

Wyoming Area 2

Justin Alder rallied for a three-set win at first singles Thursday, but Wyoming Area lost to Hazleton Area.

Alder dropped the first set in a tiebreaker, 8-6, before beating Chris Kovalick, 6-1, 6-3, in the last two sets.

Anthony DeAngelo and Patrick Musinski won for the Warriors at second doubles.

Pittston Area’s Nick Barbieri clears a hurdle en route to winning the boys 110-meter hurdles against Wyoming Valley West in a WVC Division 1 track meet in Plymouth Thursday.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_TTL040618Pittston-WVW-Track_1.jpgPittston Area’s Nick Barbieri clears a hurdle en route to winning the boys 110-meter hurdles against Wyoming Valley West in a WVC Division 1 track meet in Plymouth Thursday. Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

Pittston Area’s Tannon Kraklio, left, accepts the baton from Mike Mikitish in the boys 3200-meter relay against Wyoming Valley West in a WVC Division 1 track meet.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_TTL040618Pittston-WVW-Track_3.jpgPittston Area’s Tannon Kraklio, left, accepts the baton from Mike Mikitish in the boys 3200-meter relay against Wyoming Valley West in a WVC Division 1 track meet. Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

Pittston Area’s Giovanna Innamorati comes from behind to win the girls 100-meter hurdles against Wyoming Valley West.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_TTL040618Pittston-WVW-Track_4.jpgPittston Area’s Giovanna Innamorati comes from behind to win the girls 100-meter hurdles against Wyoming Valley West. Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

Pittston Area’s Alex Haas crosses the finish line to win the boys 100-meter dash against Wyoming Valley West.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_TTL040618Pittston-WVW-Track_5.jpgPittston Area’s Alex Haas crosses the finish line to win the boys 100-meter dash against Wyoming Valley West. Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

By Paul Sokoloski

psokoloski@timesleader.com

and Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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