All Star Notebook: Wyoming Area’s Shaun Rohland named Coach of the Year

By John Erzar - jerzar@timesleader.com - and Tom Robinson - for Sunday Dispatch
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Wyoming Area has had boys lacrosse for four seasons and two of them have resulted in Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 championships.

While defending their title this season, the Warriors continued to move forward, adding a win over a WVC Division 1 team for the first time.

Shaun Rohland, who has guided the program through its creation, has been selected as Times Leader Coach of the Year for his latest efforts.

The Warriors also won a District 2 Class 2A playoff game for the second straight year and were more competitive both in their crossover games against Division 1 opponents and in their district semifinal.

Rohland came to Wyoming Area after being involved in the creation of the Crestwood program, which has since become the only WVC school to win state tournament games. He was an assistant on Crestwood’s first team and head coach of the Comets in their second and third years.

Senior faceoff specialist/midfielder Justin Joseph and sophomore midfielder Dominic DeLuca were first-team all-stars.

Joseph repeats as a first-team star after being a second-teamer as a sophomore. He won 83 percent of his faceoff and scored 12 goals.

DeLuca had 36 goals and 20 assists.

Scranton Prep’s Ivan Balavage, a senior from Avoca, was also a first-teamer. He played the sport for the first time and became the leader of the Cavaliers’ defense.

Senior defender Conor McCormick and sophomore attacker Jake Switzer represented Wyoming Area on the second team.

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Pittston Area and Wyoming Area each placed two players on the first team of the Times Leader all-stars.

Junior first baseman/pitcher Alexa McHugh, a repeat selection, and second baseman Lexi Felinski were the Pittston Area selections.

McHugh led the District 2 Class 5A champions in batting average (.514), RBI (26) and doubles (12). She also went 5-3 with a 2.03 earned run average.

Felinski batted .465 and led the team with six triples.

Seniors Gwen Glatz, a pitcher/shortstop, and Kristi Skok, a third baseman, were Wyoming Area’s first-team picks.

Glatz made it for the second time in three years after going 7-5 with a 2.50 ERA and batting .421.

Skok led Wyoming Area in batting average (.433), RBI (17) and doubles (nine).

Wyoming Area also had senior catcher Jess Parente and sophomore infielder Bri Pizzano on the first team.

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By John Erzar

jerzar@timesleader.com

and Tom Robinson

for Sunday Dispatch

Reach John Erzar at 570-991-6394 or on Twitter @TLJohnErzar

Reach John Erzar at 570-991-6394 or on Twitter @TLJohnErzar