Pittston Area wins combined team title at Icebreaker Relays

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch
Pittston Area’s Nicole Zambetti, right, passes the baton to Charity McLeod en route to winning the girls 3200-meter relay against Dallas during last year’s track and field action. Zambetti and McLeod tamed up with Mary Silinskie and Abby Norwillo to lead the Lady Patriots to victory in this year’s Icebreaker Relays. - Sunday Dispatch file photo

Pittston Area won the girls team title and the combined boys-girls team championship April 14 in the Icebreaker Relays at Wallenpaupack.

The distance running combination of Mary Silinskie, Charity McLeod and Nicole Zambetti teamed with an all-around performance from Abby Norwillo to help the Lady Patriots win their portion of the meet for the sixth straight year.

Pittston Area outscored Western Wayne, 90 ½-78, for the girls title and added 52 more points while finishing fifth on the boys side.

Silinskie, McLeod and Zambetti were part of wins in both distance medley relays. They joined Brynne McGoff to win one race by more than 15 seconds and teamed up with Jenna Smith to take the longer of the two by more than 22 seconds.

The Icebreaker Relays unique format – it combines performances for a team score in field events – gave Norwillo a chance to show she is more than just one of the nation’s top high school girls pole vaulters.

The University of Pennsylvania recruit helped Pittston Area finish second in the pole vault, triple jump and 4 x 100 relay while placing third in the long jump.

Norwillo had by far the best pole vault performance of the day, clearing 12-8, which combined with Elizabeth Williams to put the Lady Patriots second. She joined Ashton Ashby in both the long and triple jumps.

Katelyn Wesp, Olivia Norwillo and Angelica Singer were on the 4 x 100 team that Abby Norwillo anchored.

Emma Coles and Amber Jenkins had the third- and fourth-best individual performances in the event, making Pittston Area the team winner in the girls javelin.

McGoff teamed with Janelle Wilk, Jada Sharp and Hannah Robbins for second place in the 4 x 800 relay.

Silinskie, McLeod, Zambetti and Smith combined again for third place in the 4 x 400 relay.

Smith, Singer and Olivia Norwillo worked together again in the 800 sprint medley where they joined Giavanna Innamoranti to take third.

Innamoranti, Wilk and Ruby formed the third-place 300 hurdles relay team.

Pittston Area got most of its boys points from its throwers, led by Walter Coles and Philip Cocco, and its hurdlers, led by Nick Barbieri and Shane Syms.

Cocco had the best shot put of 45-6 to team with Coles to win that event. They also worked together for third place in the discus, while Coles used the best individual distance in the javelin (149-7) to join Josh Bryk for third place in that event.

Barbieri and Syms teamed with Simon Girman to win the 300 hurdles relay and joined Allan Williams for third place in the 110 high hurdles relay.

BOYS AND GIRLS

TRACK AND FIELD

Red and Black

Invitational

Wyoming Area’s Shelby Stackhouse and Pittston Area’s Ashton Ashby finished first and second in the girls high jump Friday night in the meet at East Stroudsburg University.

Stackhouse won by clearing 5-2. Ashby jumped 5-0.

Madelyn Resciniti won the shot put with 36-3 for Wyoming Area.

Pittston Area placed fifth out of 18 in the team standings with 45 points while Wyoming Area was 12th with 20. Stroudsburg won with 87.

Wyoming Area was ninth out of 23 teams with the help of two second-place finishes by Steven Yordy (long and triple jumps) and one by Marc Anthony Minichello (javelin).

Philip Cocco was second in the shot put to lead the way for Pittston Area, which finished 11th.

Charity McLeod and Nicole Zambetti were part of the second-place 1600-meter relay and third-place 3200 relay for Pittston Area. Jenna Smith and Brynne McGoff joined them on the 1600 while Hannah Robbins and Mary Silinskie completed the lineup on the 3200.

GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD

Pittston Area 136

Crestwood 14

Abby Norwillo won the long jump, pole vault and 200-meter dash while anchoring the winning 400 relay in Wednesday’s Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 rout by the unbeaten Lady Patriots.

Jenna Smith and Nicole Zambetti won two individual events and were part of the 1600 relay win.

Ashton Ashby and Emma Coles also won twice.

BOYS TRACK AND FIELD

Pittston Area 101

Crestwood 49

Alex Haas sprinted to wins in the 100 and 200 and was part of the 400 relay to help keep the Patriots unbeaten in WVC Division 1 with Wednesday’s win.

Walter Coles won the discus and javelin.

SOFTBALL

Wyoming Area 1

Nanticoke 0

Cassidy Graham threw a three-hit shutout with five strikeouts April 14 to lead Wyoming Area to the WVC Division 2 win.

Gwen Glatz had a single and drove and drove in Nicole Silinskie with the game’s only run in the fifth inning.

Kristi Skok had the other Wyoming Area hit.

Pittston Area 11

Meyers 0

Nina Cencetti threw a one-hit shutout with three strikeouts and no walks in the April 14 non-league game.

Cencetti and Alexa McHugh each drove in two runs while Shayla Williams was 2-for-2.

BASEBALL

Tunkhannock 6

Pittston Area 3

Johnny DeLucca homered and drove in two runs for Pittston Area in Wednesday’s road loss in WVC crossover play.

Wyoming Valley West 7

Pittston Area 2

WVC Division 1 leader Wyoming Valley West had 13 hits in the win at Pittston Area April 14.

Johnny DeLuca was 2-for-3 and drove in both runs for the Patriots.

BOYS TENNIS

Pittston Area 4

MMI Prep 1

The Patriots did not lose a game in singles Wednesday when Nick Harth, Matt Castillo and John Romanoski all won 6-0, 6-0.

BOYS LACROSSE

Crestwood 14

Wyoming Area 9

Defending District 2 Class 2A champion Crestwood defeated visiting Wyoming Area Friday in a game which featured WVC teams that entered the night with just one loss.

Dominic DeLuca scored four goals for the Warriors. F.J. Braccini, who had two assists, and Alex Hawk added two goals each. Ethan Hosier had the other goal.

Jake Urban made 15 saves.

Wyoming Area 18

Danville 3

F.J. Braccini had four goals and four assists in the April 14 non-league win.

Sam Greenfield, Jake Switzer and Alex Gonzales had three goals each.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Lake-Lehman 18

Pittston Area 4

Lake-Lehman remained unbeaten in the WVC Friday night behind five goals each by Kate Roberts and Alicia Galasso.

Nina Cirelli scored twice for Pittston Area. Bailey Jordan added a goal and an assist. Emily O’Brien had the other goal.

Brooklyn Pedana made 12 saves in the loss.

Coughlin 7

Pittston Area 5

Bailey Jordan had a hat trick for Pittston Area in Wednesday’s loss.

Emily O’Brien added a goal and an assist.

Pittston Area’s Nicole Zambetti, right, passes the baton to Charity McLeod en route to winning the girls 3200-meter relay against Dallas during last year’s track and field action. Zambetti and McLeod tamed up with Mary Silinskie and Abby Norwillo to lead the Lady Patriots to victory in this year’s Icebreaker Relays.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_TTL050317TRKDallas-PA_spt_5CMYK.jpgPittston Area’s Nicole Zambetti, right, passes the baton to Charity McLeod en route to winning the girls 3200-meter relay against Dallas during last year’s track and field action. Zambetti and McLeod tamed up with Mary Silinskie and Abby Norwillo to lead the Lady Patriots to victory in this year’s Icebreaker Relays. Sunday Dispatch file photo

By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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