Warriors achieve lacrosse milestone; Patriots beat two baseball leaders

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch
Wyoming Area’s Dominic DeLuca scores against Dallas. - Submitted photo
Wyoming Area’s Justin Joseph looks to move around a Dallas defender. - Submitted photo
Alex Hawk (No. 91) and Jake Urban celebrate Wyoming Area’s milestone boys lacrosse victory over Dallas. - Submitted photo
F.J. Braccini and Ethan Hosier (No. 82) from Wyoming Area defend against John Betzko from Dallas. - - Submitted photo

Wyoming Area broke new ground in Wyoming Valley Conference boys lacrosse Tuesday.

For the only time in 42 games over two seasons since the WVC split into two divisions, a Division 2 team was able to beat a Division 1 team.

Defending Division 2 champion Wyoming Area took a major step toward a title repeat when it knocked off visiting Dallas, 17-12.

By beating a Division 1 contender, the Warriors stamped themselves as a potential contender when the District 2 Class 2A playoffs roll around.

The Warriors went 8-0 in home-and-home games with their division rivals a year ago, allowing them to overcome an 0-5 record against Division 1 teams and claim the program’s first title.

Depth and balance has Wyoming Area continuing its climb this season.

Tuesday was no different.

Ethan Hosier was the top scorer with four goals, but two teammates had three goals each and one of them, Jake Urban, led the team with five assists.

Justin Joseph won 20 of 24 faceoffs and Alex Hawk contributed 13 saves to the win.

Dominic DeLuca was the other player to score three goals and he also added two assists.

Joseph scored twice and had two assists. F.J. Braccini, who had an assist, and Rob Trottini also scored twice.

Jake Switzer had a goal and two assists.

Wyoming Area 10

Coughlin 4

Ethan Hosier scored four goals and Wyoming Area got contributions from many players in Friday’s road win.

With four games in five days coming up beginning Monday to complete the regular season, coach Shaun Rohland rested some varsity players and gave some extra playing time to players who usually see most of their action on the junior varsity level.

Justin Joseph scored two goals, Jake Switzer had three assists and Jake Urban had a goal and an assist.

Alex Hawk made six saves. Mason Hoeffner added three.

Delaware Valley 17

Wyoming Area 12

Delaware Valley outscored Wyoming Area 10-4 over the middle two quarters Thursday to open a 13-6 lead.

Jake Urban’s six goals were not enough for the Warriors. Dominic DeLuca added two goals and two assists. Ethan Hosier and F.J. Braccini also scored twice.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Wyoming Area 6

Dallas 5

The Lady Warriors went on the road Thursday to win their fifth straight WVC game and improve to 6-2.

Wyoming Area 10

Hazleton Area 2

Wyoming Area handled Hazleton Area in Wednesday’s WVC game.

Delaware Valley 13

Pittston Area 1

Bailey Jordan scored the only Pittston Area goal in Monday’s WVC game.

Brooklyn Pedana made 15 saves.

BASEBALL

Crestwood 23

Pittston Area 8

Crestwood scored at least five times in four different innings, including the first three, during Thursday’s WVC Division 1 rout.

The Comets opened a 17-1 lead after 2 ½ innings. The Patriots fought back to avoid the 15- and 10-run rules, but the Comets scored six more times in the seventh.

Riley Brody and Cole Cherkas each went 3-for-4 while Joe Stella and Joe DeLucca each drove in two runs in the loss.

Pittston Area 13

Wyoming Valley West 11

Joe Stella and Riley Brody combined for six hits and eight RBI Tuesday when Pittston Area beat a WVC division leader for the second time in five days.

Stella was 3-for-4 with five RBI. Brody was 3-for-5 with a double, home run, two runs scored and three RBI.

Kevin Krawczyk and Cole Cherkas, who picked up the win in relief, added two hits each.

The Patriots held on in the bottom of the seventh when the Spartans scored three times.

Tunkhannock 12

Wyoming Area 2

Tunkhannock defeated host Wyoming Area in six innings in Tuesday’s WVC Division 2 game.

P.J. Angeli had two hits for the Warriors. Dylan Melberger had a double and an RBI.

Pittston Area 10

Dallas 2

Cole Cherkas threw a four-hitter and drove in two runs April 27 when Pittston Area ended a 20-game winning streak in conference and playoff games by the defending state champion Mountaineers.

Dallas had opened the WVC season with seven straight wins.

Joe Stella led the offense, going 3-for-3 with a double and RBI.

Hunter Ralston, who drove in two runs, and Kyle Ralston had two hits each.

SOFTBALL

Tunkhannock 7

Pittston Area 2

Madisyn Antal had a two-run homer in the sixth inning for Pittston Area’s only scoring in Friday’s WVC crossover loss.

Pittston Area 17

Wyoming Valley West 0

Gabby Para, Alexa McHugh and winning pitcher Nina Cencetti all went 3-for-3 to lead a 21-hit attack in Tuesday’s three-inning WVC Division 1 rout.

McHugh doubled and drove in three runs. Cencetti, who pitched a two-hitter for the three innings, drove in two.

Morgan Mesaris drove in four runs while going 2-for-2 with a double. Lexi Felinski had a triple, single and two RBI.

Madisyn Antal, Shayla Williams and Kaehler Kivler all had two hits and an RBI.

Wyoming Area 11

Tunkhannock 7

Wyoming Area scored five times in the top of the 11th inning Monday while knocking off first-place Tunkhannock in a WVC Division 2 road game.

The game was tied, 4-4, after seven innings and both teams scored twice in the 10th before the Lady Warriors broke the game open in the 11th.

Tiffany Sarnak doubled twice and drove in four runs for Wyoming Area, which got three hits, a double and two RBI each from Kristi Skok and Julia Kopetchny.

Nicole Silinskie had two hits while Jess Parente had a double and RBI.

Gwen Glatz pitched all 11 innings for the win.

Pittston Area 13

Coughlin 1

Pittston Area scored six runs in the first and seven in the fourth on the way to the five-inning, WVC Division 1 victory Monday.

Madisyn Antal, Shaya Williams and Lexi Felinski led the offense.

Antal was 2-for-2 with a homer, four RBI and two runs scored. Williams was 2-for-2 with a double, two runs and two RBI. Felinski homered, drove in two runs and scored two.

Alexa McHugh threw a one-hitter, striking out five and walking three.

Pittston Area 7

Crestwood 4

Madisyn Antal went 4-for-4 April 29 when Pittston Area posted the WVC Division 1 road win.

Morgan Mesaris added three hits and two RBI.

Lexi McHugh pitched four scoreless innings in relief for the win.

GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD

Wyoming Area 88

Tunkhannock 61

Shelby Stackhouse set a school record by clearing 5-4 ½ in the high jump Wednesday for the team’s first WVC Division 1 win of the season.

Stackhouse also won the 100-meter hurdles and pole vault.

Valerie Gerchak and Kayla Kiwak also won three times each while Madelyn Resicini won two throwing events.

Gerchak won the long jump and triple jump; Gerchak won the 100 and 200; and both were part of the winning 400 relay.

Crestwood 78 ½

Wyoming Area 71 ½

Shelby Stackhouse won both hurdles events and the triple jump for Wyoming Area in Monday’s WVC Division 1 loss.

Madelyn Resciniti won the shot put and discus.

BOYS TRACK AND FIELD

Wyoming Area 77

Tunkhannock 72

Kayne Burton led Wyoming Area by winning three events – the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes – Tuesday in the team’s first victory of the WVC Division 2 season.

Cameron Carr added wins in the shot put and discus.

Steven Yordy placed second and Carr third in the high jump to clinch the win.

Crestwood 97

Wyoming Area 53

Crestwood won the Monday WVC Division 1 meet.

Penn Relays

Wyoming Area’s Marc Anthony Minichello finished second in the high school division of the Penn Relays April 27 with a career-best javelin throw of 202-2.

“This was like a little home meet to me,” Minichello, who plans to throw for the University of Pennsylvania in college, told the Times Leader.

Minichello went in as the fifth seed and used the personal-best throw to climb three spots higher.

“He’s been PR-ing every other week,” Wyoming Area coach Joe Pizano said.

BOYS TENNIS

Wyoming Area 3

Crestwood 2

The Warriors finished the regular season at the .500 level with the help of straight-set wins by Justin Alder and Nick Perry at second and third singles as well as Mike Abramovage-Jake Butwin in first doubles.

Wyoming Area’s Dominic DeLuca scores against Dallas.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_HSroundup1.jpegWyoming Area’s Dominic DeLuca scores against Dallas. Submitted photo

Wyoming Area’s Justin Joseph looks to move around a Dallas defender.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_HSroundup2.jpegWyoming Area’s Justin Joseph looks to move around a Dallas defender. Submitted photo

Alex Hawk (No. 91) and Jake Urban celebrate Wyoming Area’s milestone boys lacrosse victory over Dallas.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_HSroundup3.jpegAlex Hawk (No. 91) and Jake Urban celebrate Wyoming Area’s milestone boys lacrosse victory over Dallas. Submitted photo

F.J. Braccini and Ethan Hosier (No. 82) from Wyoming Area defend against John Betzko from Dallas.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_HSroundup4.jpegF.J. Braccini and Ethan Hosier (No. 82) from Wyoming Area defend against John Betzko from Dallas. Submitted photo

By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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