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Dr. George P. Moses, left, is the namesake for The All-Star Classic, while Walter Allabaugh, right, has been involved with the game for 44 years.

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SAN ANTONIO — Staring down a 10-point, second-half deficit against an underdog that seemed nothing short of blessed during the madness of March, Moe Wagner and Michigan clamped down on Loyola-Chicago and ended one of the most memorable NCAA Tournament runs ever. Wagner scored 24 points, Charles Matthews added 17 and the Wolverines rallied to beat the Ramblers 69-57 Saturday night in the Final Four. The third-seeded Wolverines (33-7) will take a 14-game winning streak, the longest in the nation, into their first national championship game appearance since 2013, and second under coach Jon Beilein. “We’re not done yet,” Michigan senior Muhammad-Ali Abdur Rahkman said. Michigan will play for its first NCAA title since 1989 on Monday night at the Alamodome. Please see nCAA, Page B9

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Michigan’s Charles Matthews dunks during Saturday’s game against Loyola-Chicago.

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SAN ANTONIO — One by one, Villanova keeps winning games and getting closer to another national title. Three by three, the Wildcats kept knocking down shots, making sure Kansas wouldn’t get in their way. Villanova made a Final Fourrecord 18 3-pointers Saturday night, playing long ball to snuff out the Jayhawks early in a 95-79 victory. Junior Eric Paschall led the barrage, going 4 for 5 from 3, 10 for 11 overall, and finishing with a careerhigh 24 points. But the hoop was as BRYNN ANDeRSON / ASSOcIAteD PReSS wide as the Alamodome for pretty Villanova forward Omari Spellman, left, grabs a much everyone in a Wildcats jersey. rebound in front of Kansas center Udoka Azubuike on Villanova shot 45 percent from 3.

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Many residents take pride in Luzerne County’s “Valley with a Heart” moniker. Few groups and events have brought that slogan to life like the Wyoming Valley Athletic Association’s Dr. George P. Moses Senior AllStar Classic, which will tip off for the 49th time Friday at Holy Redeemer. “This game serves two purposes: It showcases the senior athletes and, at the same time, raises money for the needy and less fortunate,” said Moses, the namesake of the game and a semi-retired surgeon. “These two goals are hard to beat.” Sure, the basketball is good. Pat Toole’s been head coach of the Meyers boys team 14 years, and says two of his proudest moments are when Mohawks Tyriek Steward (2014) and Matt Dessoye (2017) earned the game’s MVP honors. “Think of the kids who have played in it,” said Neil Corbett, retired sports editor of The Citizens’ Voice, which has been a co-sponsor of the game since 1979. Please see CLASSIC, Page B3

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WILKES-BARRE TWP. — The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have won plenty of games this season despite their prolonged struggles on the power play. But on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena, the DAve ScHeRBeNcO / StAff PHOtOgRAPHeR Providence Bruins weren’t Bruins’ Ryan Fitzgerald turns to the loose puck as going to take that chance with their own special teams. Penguins’ Tristan Jarry looks to block it.

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Providence scored twice on the man-advantage, including a key insurance goal by Jordan Szwarz in the third period, and killed all five of the Penguins’ chances in a 3-1 win. As a result, the Bruins drew back within one point of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the Atlantic Division standings. “We just can’t be taking the penalties,” Penguins

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head coach Clark Donatelli said. “We’ve been talking about it for a while, and it just seems to keep coming in. (The Bruins) are too good a team, and they got two power-play goals. That was the difference here tonight.” A 5-1 decision for Bridgeport assured the Penguins would not punch their ticket to the postseason no matter the game’s outcome. Howev-

er, this latest tilt had all the intensity of a late-April showdown. With checking very tight and both goaltenders making big saves, Providence capitalized on its first man-advantage as for mer Penguin Adam Payerl crashed the net off a faceoff and had an easy putback 14:06 into the first. Please see PEnS, Page B9

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CLASSIC: All-Star Game showcases athletes, helps local families FROM PAGE B1

“Bobby Sura, he packed the place that night. You couldn’t move. Everybody knew how great he was. The year Nanticoke girls won the state championship, they had five seniors and (the coach) put all five in at one time and they received a standing ovation from a full house. That was something to see.” What often goes unseen, though, are the countless hours and dollars that make the game and its philanthropy possible. In 49 years, The Classic has raised nearly $1.1 million for local charities and families facing medical hardships. “All the money that we collect stays right here in Luzerne County,” said Walter Allabaugh, a former referee who’s been involved with The Classic for 44 years. “Nobody makes a nickel off the game.” The 90-year-old Allabaugh said he officiated his final basketball game — The Classic — in April 1989 alongside Frank Majikes and Pat “Tiger” Denoy. It would have been easy for Allabaugh at that point to kiss Wyoming Valley Conference basketball goodbye. Yet, almost 30 years later, Moses calls Allabaugh “the spirit of the committee” that organizes The Classic. “There’s a heck of a lot of work that’s involved,” Allabaugh said. Allabaugh often scans

Senior Classic n What: 49th annual Dr. George P. Moses Senior All-Star Classic n Sponsors: Wyoming Valley Athletic Association and The Citizens’ Voice n Benefits: Individuals facing medical hardships, and charities n When: April 6 at Holy Redeemer n Time: Girls game is 6:30 followed by boys game at 8 n Online: citizensvoice. com/classic n Advertising info: Contact Walter Allabaugh at 570-823-5400, Neil Corbett at 570-331-4412 or Jim Reeser at 570821-2065. n 3-point contest: The

preliminary rounds of the 3-point contest will be held April 2 at Coughlin High School. Players are asked to arrive by 5:45 for photos.

local news reports in search of families who would be eligible to receive funds. He’s seen the money go toward children’s surgeries and chemotherapy, as well as vehicle repairs and wheelchair-accessible ramps and everything in between. Cutting out the potential of money going toward administrative costs, the WVAA’s donations go direct-

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Meyers’ Matt Dessoye moves the ball past Holy Redeemer’s Jason Stachokus during last year’s game. ly to the source during many weekends spent presenting checks to recipients. “It makes you feel good that you did something worthwhile, that we did something as a community,” said Corbett, a member of the WVAA. “We’re helping people out. They say it’s the ‘Valley with a Heart.’ Well, this committee has a big heart, too.” The WVAA surprised Moses when it attached his name to The Classic in 2006. At first, Moses, who played high school basketball at the

former St. Nicholas in WilkesBarre and then coached and sponsored The Valley Sportsmen team, was hesitant. But given Moses’ prominent standing in the local medical community — he was former chief of staff at Mercy Hospital in WilkesBarre — The Classic raised twice as much money from one year to the next with it bearing his name. Theentiregameisacommunity effort, according to Moses, who thanked the WVAA, athletes, coaches, referees, Holy Redeemer, fans and those who

have contributed to the game programinhelpingTheClassic become a local institution. “We’ve had loyal sponsors,” said John Zimich, longtime member of the WVAA. “It’s just automatic that they contribute each and every year. They’re there for us, they’re there for the community.” Moses is responsible for making many phone calls in search of donations, as well as sending handwritten letters to sponsors. Moses’ philanthropic efforts with The Classic made him a finalist this year for enshrinement into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. “What we do is a 12-month job,” Moses said. “It’s a 24-7, 12-month job. Sometimes people seeusandtheyavoidusbecause we’re going to ask them for an ad. We’ve gotten $5,000 dollars andwe’vegotten$5bucks.” Every penny counts, as alltime fundraising surpassed $1 million in 2015. Among the notable people who have helped The Classic become what it is today are Joe Gries (former WVAA president and WBRE radio announcer), Ray Lowery (former Wilkes football player and radio analyst), Lee Richards (former Sunday Independent sports editor) and Jack Mascioli (retired educator and coach at Valley West, Kingston High School and King’s). Of course, The Classic wouldn’t work as well as it does without a quality product on the court, too. Last year, Pittston Area’s

Ellie Bartoli, who has Down Syndrome, stole the show when the team manager came off the bench and scored 12 points for the winning team. Three years ago, Holy Redeemer’s Alexis Lewis played her final high school game like the all-time leading WVC girls scorer she is, netting 21 points as MVP. The boys game followed with a 106-104 final score. Rarely do the games disappoint, as the $5 adults and $3 students pay for admission is an investment into a doubleheader at the heart of the local basketball scene. “I think this year has shown that we have some kids that can play in this area,” said Meyers’ Toole, referencing local teams’ success in the state tournament. “This is an opportunity to showcase those kids and the kind of talent that we have in District 2, and especially in the Wyoming Valley Conference. I’m very humbled to have an opportunity to coach these kids.” Then, once the night is over, the WVAA is back to distributing the money raised, putting it into the community and where it’s needed. “They should go to support the game,” Allabaugh said of fans, “because the money from the game is going to go to as many families and children that need medical help.” Contact the writer: mbufano@citizensvoice.com; 570-821-2060; @CVBufano on Twitter

2018 CLASSIC ROSTERS Boys

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Team Gray/Guido Joey Judge, Holy Redeemer; J.D. Turosky, Holy Redeemer; Bryce Yencha, Holy Redeemer; Mike Piscotty, Hanover Area; Desmond Cannon, Hanover Area; Tyler Thomas, Hanover Area; Josh Samec, Hazleton Area; Jeff Planutis, Hazleton Area; Joey Grula, Hazleton Area; Damon Beckhorn, Berwick; Alec Markle, Berwick; Ken Marshman, Berwick; Kevin Klusewitz, Crestwood; Evan Knapp, Crestwood; Sean Harder, Tunkhannock; Evan Turner, Tunkhannock Coaches: Chris Gray, Hanover Area; Paul Guido, Holy Redeemer Team Toole/Moses Jawane Buckner, Meyers; Sam Greenfield, Wyoming Area; Aaron Zezza, Wyoming Area; Matt Wright, Wyoming Area; Kyre Zielinski, Wyoming Area; Joey Parsons, Dallas; Alex Charlton, Dallas; Jay Bittner, Dallas; Nick Kocher, Dallas; Draig Ruff, Valley West; Matt McGlynn, Pittston Area; Naseem Guillaume, Pittston Area; Anthony Hawk, GAR; Khalil White, GAR; George Palermo, MMI Prep; Tyler Maddock, Wyoming Seminary Coaches: Pat Toole, Meyers; Pete Moses, Wyoming Area

Team Johnson Kira Meager, Coughlin; Sarah Hopkins, Crestwood; Julia Makowski, Crestwood; Hannah Johnson, Dallas; Olivia Johnson, Dallas; Kendra Saba, Dallas; Mary Silinske, Pittston Area; Alexa Noone, Pittston Area; Andrea Ruby, Pittston Area; Grace Giza, Valley West; Jordan Harrison, Northwest; Genesis Rodriguez, Hanover Area; Victoria Benning, Hanover Area; Khira Cook, GAR and Andrea Shipton, Crestwood. Coaches: Kelly Johnson, Dallas; Gary Ferenchick, Valley West; Ed Stepanski, Crestwood Team Jezorwski Reese Mensinger, Berwick; Mallory Pinterich, Berwick; Roni Isenberg, Berwick; Lauren Wasiakowski, Holy Redeemer; Sam Rajza, Holy Redeemer; Lisa Radziak, Nanticoke Area; Katie Butczynski, Nanticoke Area; Jessica Ell, Tunkhannock; Sarah Holweg, Wyoming Area; Addison Orzel, Wyoming Area; Kristi Skok, Wyoming Area; Erin Morris, Meyers; Amanda Gray, Meyers; Julia Gabriel, Wyoming Seminary; Maddie Mrochko, Hazleton Area. Coaches: John Jezorwski, Holy Redeemer; Chad Lojewski, Wyoming Area; Joe Reno, Tunkhannock

PLAYBOOK Meetings Nanticoke Area LL meets Thursday at the Newport Twp. Municipal building. Board meets at 7 and general meeting at 7:30.

Golf Slovak Club Monday night golf league meets 7 p.m. Monday at the Club. Blue Ridge Trail Ladies Tuesday Night Golf League begins with an ice breaker/meeting 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Blue Ridge clubhouse. In event of inclement

weather, meeting is 6:30 p.m. League play begins April 17. For more information, email TCSabo@ptd.net or musgo7@ msn.com or by calling 570401-9008 or 570-497-6481.

Event Hazleton One Community Center and Mountain Top Little League will hold umpire training 7 to 9 Monday at the Mountain Top Little League Complex. No cost. Pre-register by emailing luke.modrovsky@wilkes.edu. For more information, call Luke Modrovsky at 570-905-3201.

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Holy Redeemer’s Sam Rajza had surgery in June, but recovered in time to play this season.

Rajza set for final game The Redeemer senior fought back from injury to play this season. By Steve Bennett Staff Writer

All Sam Rajza could do was expect the worst and hope for the best. That was the case over the summer when she landed awkwardly on her left knee while playing in an AAU game. At the time, she thought it was no big deal. She planned on resting for a few days and then returning to action. Right? A week later, while playing softball, she got a base hit. She turned to run and hurt the knee again. This was the time when she began fearing the worst and notexpectingthebest. “I sat out for a week after I hurt my knee,” Rajza said. “I tried to run and hurt it again. I went for an MRI and they told me I tore my ACL.” The first thought that went through the Holy Redeemer senior’s mind was that her chances of playing in what was shaping up to be a promising season for the Royals was in jeopardy. But like most athletes these days, the first opinion is not the only one. “As soon as my first doctor told me that I would barely make it back for softball season, that was unacceptable,” Rajza said. Rajza and her family did some research and found a doctor at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia who told her she could get back on the court and playing basketball this year. Rajza had surgery June 21 and began the rehab process approximately six weeks later. It was all done with the purpose of getting back on the basketball court. “The first day I did (rehab), it was very hard,” Rajza said. “Once I was able to start walking around with the brace on, I could see that it was coming along. The week before I was cleared by my doctor, I thought I was ready to go.” But what she thought and the doctor’s plan were two different things. It was a week after her personal diagnosis that the doctor gave her the go-ahead. Rajza remembers the exact day. “Dec. 21st,” she said. “The day before the first game.” Rajza missed the first four games of the season, but on the bright side from a team perspective, the Royals were off to a 3-1 start. Please see RAJZA, Page B4

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Villanova’s Eric Paschall dunks over Kansas’s Mitch Lightfoot. Michigan’s Moe Wagner celebrates in the semifinal game.

Coaches bring different styles to game By StePHen HAWKInS aSSoCiated PreSS

S A N A N T O N I O — J ay Wright’s custom-tailored suits are as sharp as Villanova’s 3-point shooting. The game-day attire for Michigan coach John Beilein is more reflective of his team’s emphasis on old-school fundamentals and defense. “At the end of the game (tonight), he’ll still look like George Clooney and I will look like Columbo by Peter Falk,” Beilein said Sunday. “I’d like to say Kevin Costner, but I can’t go there.” For their drastically different

tonight’s game at San antonio (1) Villanova vs. (3) Michigan 9:20 p.m. on TBS styles, both in dress and how their teams play, one of them will be national champions tonight. Wright will either get his second title in three seasons, or the 65-year-old Beilein his first in 40 seasons as a college head coach. Villanova (35-4), the No. 1 seed from the East Region, has set

records for making 3-pointers — both for the season (454), the NCAA Tournament (66) and their 18 in the national semifinal game against fellow No. 1 seed Kansas. The title game in the Alamodome will be the first time in this NCAA Tournament that the third-seeded Wolverines (33-7) face a top-5 seed. TheybeattheNos.14,6,7and9seeds in the West Region before overcoming a 10-point deficit after halftime Saturday night to beat Loyola-Chicago,onlythefourthNo.11seedtoever make to the Final Four. Loyola made only 1 of 10 3s against the nation’s No. 3 defense in terms of efficiency.

After Kris Jenkins hit a buzzerbeating 3-pointer against North Carolina to win the national championship two years ago, Villanova’s first since 1985 under Rollie Massimino, the now 56-year-old Wright noticed people looking at him differently. “Mostly positively. But sometimes if you don’t handle it well, they look at you negatively. They just look at you a lot more. You just get a lot more attention,” said Wright, in his 17th season at Villanova after seven years at Hofstra. Please see nCAA, Page B5

Notre Dame women win title on last-second shot By DOUG FeInBeRG aSSoCiated PreSS

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Arike Ogunbowale hit the shot of her life — again. Ogunbowale floated in a 3-pointer from the corner with 0.1 seconds left, lifting Notre Dame to its second women’s basketball title with a thrilling 61-58 comeback victory over Mississippi State in the NCAA championship game on Sunday night. It was the second straight game that the junior guard hit a shot in the final second to carry the Irish. Her jumper with one second remaining in overtime knocked off previously

unbeaten UConn in the semifinals Friday. With this game tied, Ogunbowale took the inbounds pass from Jackie Young, dribbled twice toward the corner and, closely guarded, lofted home an off-balance 3 from in front of the Notre Dame bench, nearly the same angle as her shot that beat the Huskies. “It just felt right,” said Ogunbowale, who scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half. “I practice lategame all the time. I just ran to Jackie and said, ‘Throw it to me, throw it to tony deJak / aSSoCiated PreSS me.’ ” Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale (24) is congratulated Please see IRISH, Page B5

by teammate Jessica Shepard (23) after sinking a 3-pointer at the buzzer.


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Slim margins separate league’s top teams By ERiC ShulTZ STAFF WRITER

The margin of error was razor thin in the first game and not much wider in the second half of 2017’s District 2 Class 2A lacrosse championship doubleheader. First, the Crestwood boys reclaimed the district title, but only after erasing a late deficit and forcing overtime. After the Comets’ celebration ended, the Wyoming Seminary girls took their home turf and, like they’ve always had, followed a Wyoming Valley Conference title with a D2 championship. The Blue Knights’ four-point margin of victory over Lake-Lehman was their second-slimmest in D2 finals history, though. The WVC’s lacrosse teams continue to grow as evidenced by that entertaining evening. Plenty of key faces return to the conference, and they’ll continue to try to close the gap on the top teams as league play kicks off today for girls and Tuesday for boys. Here’s a brief look at what to expect around the WVC this spring.

BOyS DIVISION 1 Crestwood Coach: Brian Zabroski How 2017 ended: 7-6, 5th in Division 1; Won District 2 Class 2A championship; Lost in PIAA quarterfinals. Players to watch: Reed Karaska (goalie), Anthony Caporuscio (attack), Wyatt Malia (attack), Matt Tirpak (faceoff/mid); Michael Macri (defense). Outlook: The Comets defend their district title with an experienced team. In addition to Tirpak — who scored the D2 final’s overtime winner — their midfield includes a pair of three-year starters and another pair of secondyear players. That’s a nice place to start an attack for 2017 leading scorer Caporuscio. Zabroski is hoping his roster is fluid enough to fill multiple positions and stay competitive in a tough division. Dallas Coach: John Zug How 2017 ended: 10-3, T-2nd in Division 1; Lost in District 2 Class 2A semifinals. Players to watch: T.J. Herron (attack), Nick Solinsky (attack), David Lipinski (midfield), Michael Starbuck (midfield), Christian Motley (defense), John Betzko (defense), Nicholas Matcho (goalie) Outlook: With 12 juniors and six seniors on its roster, the Mountaineers have plenty of experience to help boost their underclassmen. This year’s group may contend for a better finish and deeper run than 2017’s. Herron, Lipinsky, Solinsky and Starbuck all scored at least 15 goals last season, while Herron had more than twice as many assists as anyone else on the team. Delaware Valley Coach: Jeff Krasulski How 2017 ended: 10-3, 1st in Division 1 (won tiebreaker); Lost in

District 2/11 Class 3A subregional semifinals. Players to watch: Josh Balcarcel (attack), Anton Mackey (midfield), Ryan Obiso (LSM), Chris Cuccio (LSM), Dan Matarazzo (midfield), Jimmy Quinn (midfield). Outlook: The Warriors are shooting for a sixth league title and a run toward subregional gold, and they could have what it takes to top the WVC again. Leading scorer and sophomore Balcarcel returns from a 39-goal, 14-assist debut, and fellow first-team all-conference selection Mackey followed with 21 goals. Matarazzo and Quinn also scored in double-figures for a team that boasts 11 seniors this spring. Scranton Prep Coach: Jonathan Knowles How 2017 ended: 8-5, 4th in Division 1; Lost in District 2 Class 2A quarterfinals. Players to watch: Daniel Hinton (midfield), Kyle Reihner (goalie), Greg Fisher (attack), Luke Johnson (midfield), Tucker Johnson (LSM) Outlook: The Cavaliers hope to bounce back after missing the D2 semifinals for the first time and have nine seniors leading that effort. They include Hinton, a 120-goal scorer for his career and returning first-time allconference pick, and Luke Johnson, another returning 30-goal scorer from last season. Toss in Fisher’s 23-goal, 20-assist season and the goalkeeping of Mt. Union commit Reihner, and the team has potential. Wyoming Seminary Coach: Andrew Billen How 2017 ended: 10-3, T-2nd in Division 1; Lost in District 2 Class 2A final. Players to watch: Matt Parsons (midfield/faceoffs), Max Bartron (midfield), Nicholas Ganter (defense), Andrew Lehman (defense), Bobby DeLuna (LSM), Ryan Anderson (attack). Outlook: Sem lost nine seniors from its D2 runner-up squad, but 15 juniors dot its roster along with five seniors who can all make their mark. Senior Parsons and juniors Bartron, Ganter and DeLuna are all-conference returnees. Bartron is the clear leader on the attack after topping 20 goals last year. Billen hopes a strong defense lets the rest of the offense take time to develop. DIVISION 2 Coughlin

Coach: How 2017 ended: 2-11, T-3rd in Division 2; Lost in District 2 Class 2A quarterfinals. Players to watch: Brandon Kelley (midfield), Xayvion Proctor (goalie) Outlook: Nine out of the Crusaders’ 14 players are are newcomers to the sport. With the inexperience and a shallow bench, the team will have to deal with a numbers game against larger teams and work on chemistry as the season progresses. Of its returnees, though, Kelley is already at 49 goals and should take charge of the offense. Lake-Lehman Coach: Chris Hampel How 2017 ended: 6-7, 2nd in Division 2; Lost in District 2 Class 2A quarterfinals. Players to watch: Liam O’Brien (attack), Christian Diana (attack), Jason Button (midfield), Nick Zaboski (midfield), Marshall Woodrosky (midfield), Josh Durling (defense), Giovanni Ferrari (defense), Scott Robbins (goalie). Outlook: A large chunk of last year’s roster — 11 seniors, to be exact — graduated from last year’s squad. The Black Knights might take this year to rebuild with just two seniors, but Button, Zaboski and Woodrosky can lay a solid foundation in the midfield as

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Dallas’ T.J. Herron returns to a team that went 10-3 last season.

lACROSSE PREViEW the team develops. O’Brien, one of two 12th-graders, will look to take over scoring duties. North Pocono Coach: Rob Deremer How 2017 ended: 2-11, T-3rd in Division 2; Lost in District 2 Class 2A quarterfinals. Players to watch: Kristofer Zero (attack), Jason Parola (attack), Colin Zaffino (midfield) Outlook: A dozen returning starters, including seven juniors, provide valuable experience to build on even if the Trojans field only four seniors who have played on the team before. Deremer said many of his newcomers arrive with playing experience elsewhere, too; youth might be much of an issue. Zero is chasing down his 100th career goal, and he and Parola are back as the team’s 1-2 scoring punch. Tunkhannock Coach: Daniel Davidson How 2017 ended: 2-11, T-3rd in Division 2; Lost in District 2 Class 2A first round. Players to watch: Adam Martin (attack), Michael Casey (midfield), Bradley Martin (midfield), Izaiah Simon (midfield), Steven Cross (defense), Hunter Wytashek (defense), Robert Phillips (defense), Sergey Montross (goalie). Outlook: Adam Martin’s scoring ability is back to lead the Tigers’ attack after he reached double digits last season. Behind him, an experienced group is back in the midfield and defense. Davidson said the team will be competitive in the division, but it’ll take a lot of work to keep up with the growing talent in the area. Wyoming Area Coach: Shaun Rohland How 2017 ended: 8-5, 1st in Division 2; Lost in District 2 Class 2A semifinals. Players to watch: Jake Urban (attack), Sam Greenfield (midfield), Justin Joseph (faceoffs), Conor McCormick (defense), Rob Trottini (LSM), Alex Gonzalez (midfield), F.J. Braccini (attack), Dom DeLuca (midfield), Jake Switzer (midfield) Outlook: The Warriors look to stay on top of their division with the help of a strong senior class leading the way. Greenfield and Urban both topped 20 goals last year and will present a tough attack to stop, and Braccini also reached double figures in goals.

GiRlS Abington Heights Coach: Becky Davis How 2017 ended: 4-7, T-8th in WVC; Lost in District 2 Class 2A quarterfinals.

Players to watch: Brennan Tates (attack), Abby Brown (midfield), Meghan Noone (defense), Sidney Horvath (goalie). Outlook: The second-year team had a nice debut season to build up from. Davis noted most of her starting lineup is back, so an improvement definitely isn’t out of the question. Look for Tates to find the net often; last year, she reached the 25-goal milestone for a clear team lead. Coughlin Coach: Colleen Wood How 2017 ended: 0-11, 12th in WVC; Lost in District 2 Class 2A quarterfinals. Players to watch: Sr Kendall Pearage (attack), Jr Bailey Cunningham (attack), Jr Ashley Chase (midfield), Jolene Ulichney so. (midfield), Ali Tedek (midfield), so., Maria Franckiewicz (defense), Abie Sorokas (defense/ midfield), Abbey Weidler (defense), Kayla Filipowich (defense), Sarah Price (goalie), Raven Bozek (goalie), Samantha Nordmark (defense)., Vanessa Dankavich, Maria Osorio (forward) Outlook: Last year, the Crusaders finally got outside just in time for the first game of the season. They weren’t as confined to a gymnasium this preseason, and almost the entire team returns after a 2017 season that featured zero seniors. Wood doesn’t have to start at square one for so many players; better chemistry and a year of experience could lead to improvement. Chase had 12 goals and Ulichney scored 10 times in WVC play last season. Pearage followed with nine, so watch for that trio to take charge again. Crestwood Coach: Russ Kile How 2017 ended: 8-3, 4th in WVC; Lost in District 2 Class 2A semifinals. Players to watch: Sam Brumagin, Katie Coslett, Julia Filchak, Lilly Greene, Mackenzie Kile, Natasha Koslop, Madison Krawontka, Olivia Novrocki, Emily Roberts, Taylor Tomalinas, Abby Zaleppa, Sarah Zaleppa. Outlook: Kile said the team has gotten the chance to work on advanced parts of the game since a seasoned team has continued to improve. A deep bench unit will also help the Comets contend in the WVC. Koslop will again be at the front of the attack after a 44-goal season, while Emily Roberts (13 goals) and Katie Coslett (10) also provide scoring potential. Dallas Coach: John Delamater How 2017 ended: 7-4, 5th in WVC; Lost in District 2 Class 2A semifinals. Players to watch: Shannan Barrett (attack), Lauren Delamater (attack), Christiana Leu (attack), Mindy Ratchford (midfield), Grace Young (midfield),

Sydney Strickland (midfield), Claudia Leu (defense), Lauren Alves (defense), Gabby Sweeney (defense), Ondrea Taffera (defense) Outlook: Delamater — who scored 33 goals in a team-leading 2017 season — and Leu, who tallied 10 assists, provide all-conference talent on both sides of the field. Ratchford’s the team’s next leading returnee on offense, coming off an 11-goal season. Dallas’ roster size has rapidly grown to 43, with 23 first-year players hoping to pitch in on another postseason run. Delaware Valley Coach: Bernadine Salak How 2017 ended: 9-2, 3rd in WVC; Won District 2 Class 3A championship; Lost in District 2/11 subregional first round. Players to watch: Bailey Fedun (midfield), Kirsten Dunn (midfield), Faith Fucetola (midfield), Emily Covert (defense), Morgan Gifford (defense), Eileen Nikles (defense). Outlook: Fedun, a 100-goal scorer for her career, should get plenty of chances to find the net again this season as the team’s leading returning scorer. She’ll also provide what Salak describes as “tenacious’ defense to a strong unit on that side of the field. She hopes the defense is the starting point for another strong attack, which also includes Dunn, a 20-goal scorer. Hazleton Area Coach: Bethanne Hudock How 2017 ended: 1-10, 11th in WVC; Lost in District 2 Class 3A final Players to watch: Meleah Hoats (midfield), Laura Bayzick (defense), Lexi Bohman (midfield) Outlook: Much of the Cougars’ offense is back on the field this year. Hoats, a Gwynedd Mercy commit, accumulated 36 goals last season and returns for another year. Bohman’s 13 goals followed on the team, while Bayzick, a future Wilkes player, tallied six. Hazleton Area lost one key senior from its debut 2017 squad, and Hudock said plenty of newcomers are still carving out roles on the team. The balance of returnees and promising first-year players create a bright future for the growing team. Lake-Lehman Coach: Ron Strohl How 2017 ended: 10-1, 2nd in WVC; Lost in District 2 Class 2A final. Players to watch: Alicia Galasso (attack), Hailey Jenkins (midfield), Kate Roberts (attack), Jess Evans (midfield/attack), Grace Butler (goalie), Mikella Monaco (defense), Mackenzie Lasinski (defense, midfield) Outlook: The Black Knights lost their offensive and defensive captains and will have to find new team leaders. Strohl is looking for a team with good chemistry that can stay patient and pass well. It doesn’t hurt that plenty of returning players are on the field, including Galasso, Evans and Roberts. They combined for 93 goals last season and shouldn’t have trouble picking up where last year’s offense left off. Pittston Area Coach: Nicole Tieso How 2017 ended: 2-9, 10th in WVC; Lost in District 2 Class 2A first round. Players to watch: Nina Cirelli (midfield), Bailey Jordan (midfield), Callie Kipp (midfield), Julia Yanchis (defense), Mariah Menichelli (defense), Makenzie Koonrad (defense), Julia Emmett (midfield), Kristen Walters (attack), Brooklyn Pedana (goalie), Julia Zambetti (attack), Haley Lewis (midfield/defense) Outlook: The Patriots are filled with varsity experience and working hard to improve in the league. A deep senior class leads the way. Cirelli returns after scoring 31 goals

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She made her season debut against Scranton Prep, scoring one point in a Redeemer win. “I missed it so much. Basketball is my favorite sport,” Rajza said. “It was tough not being able to play with my team. When I went on the

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court, I was a little nervous. Even at practice, nobody wanted to touch me. I wasn’t going to play cautious because that is when you can get hurt again. After a while I was able to get in the flow. ” Rajza finished the season averaging 8.9 points per game and helped the Royals win the WVC Division 2 regular season championship. Holy Redeemer advanced to the second round of the PIAA Cham-

pionships, where it was eliminated by St. Basil Academy. On Friday night, Rajza will wrap up her high school basketball career when she plays in the Dr. George P. Moses Senior All Star Classic at Holy Redeemer. The girls game starts at 6:30, with the boys following at 8. The Classic features the top senior basketball players from the WVC.

All proceeds benefit local families facing medical hardships and local charities. At halftime of each game, the finals of the 3-point shootout will be held. The preliminary round of the shootout will be held at 6 tonight at Coughlin. Rajza said she is familiar with the Classic, particularly since her brother Devin participated in the game two years ago to conclude his career at Coughlin.

“I’m very excited to be able to play in the game,” Rajza said. “I went to all the past All-Star games. It is nice to be able to be relaxed and get to play with all my friends. I’ve played against them my whole life. Now we can just go out and have fun.” Contact the writer: sbennett@citizensvoice.com; 570 821-2062; @CVSteveBennett on Twitter

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in WVC play last season, and Jordan was second with 17 goals. Emmett and Kipp also found the net at times in 2017, so the Patriots shouldn’t have to wait to build chemistry on the attack. Scranton Prep Coach: Doug Knieser How 2017 ended: 5-6, T-6th in WVC; Lost in District 2 Class 2A quarterfinals. Players to watch: Paige Boland (defense), Lilian Boles (midfield/attack), Elisa Kopicki (midfield/attack), Katie Malone (midfield/attack), Caronline Conway (defense), Val Germain (defense), Kerry McGrath (attack), Aidan Sekely (goalie), Emma Perih (attack/ midfield), Claire Turner (midfield). Outlook: Scranton Prep won’t have to look far for offense. They have starters returning all over the field, including leading scorers McGrath, Perih and Malone. They scored 18, 17 and 12 goals in league play, respectively, while Kopicki dished out a team-best six assists. Defenses will have to account for a number of players at all times. Tunkhannock Coach: Jana Hopfer How 2017 ended: 4-7, T-8th in WVC; Lost in District 2 Class 2A first round. Players to watch: Quinlan Hammersley (midfield), Laurel Hopfer (midfield), Hannah Chesner (defense), Tamara St Clair (attack), Eve Lohmann (attack), Ashli Quick (attack), Sarah Seward (midfield) Outlook: The Tigers welcome a dozen freshmen among their newcomers and have spent the preseason trying to get players accustomed to multiple positions. That versatility could help promote the team atmosphere Hopfer is looking from the team. Eleven seniors return and help bulk up the team’s midfield, where Hammersley leds the offense with her 38 goals a year ago. Quick adds eight goals, and St. Clair helped out with seven goals and five assists in league play. Wyoming Area Coach: Carl DeLuca How 2017 ended: 5-6, T-6th in WVC; Lost in District 2 Class 2A quarterfinals. Players to watch: Hannah Hinkle (defense/midfield), Bella Waltz (defense/midfield), Lindsey Poziak (midfield) Outlook: Another strong push for the postseason is the goal for the fourth-year Warriors. A dozen seniors will help get the job done, including Poziak, who heated up for three of her five goals in the last two games of last year’s WVC season. Hinkle also found the net four times and returns to the lineup. Aside from all the seniors, DeLuca also noted he’s coaching an experienced sophomore class that’s 13 players deep. Wyoming Seminary Coach: Catie Kersey How 2017 ended: 11-0, 1st in WVC; Won District 2 Class 2A championship; Lost in PIAA first round. Players to watch: Mia Raineri (goalie), Julia Gabriel (midfield), Christina Kilyanek (midfield/attack), Kaitlyn Metz (defense) Outlook: Sem looks to finish on top of the WVC yet again, and a strong midfield will be where it all starts. Kilyanek was third in scoring with 26 goals last year and is the top returnee in that department; she also had a second-best eight assists. Gabriel notched seven goals last year, too, and Raineri is always solid in goal. Kersey likes her team’s work ethic and pointed out its speed and athleticism through the middle of the field. If things fall into place the right way, the Knights could have the pieces for another shot in the state tournament.

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TOP CATS Villanova powers to 2nd national title in 3 years By EDDIE PELLS aSSOCiateD PreSS

SAN ANTONIO — They chanted his name from the cheap seats: “DiVincenzo, DiVincenzo.” By the time Donte DiVincenzo was done doing his damage, Villanova had another title and college basketball had its newest star. The redhead kid with the nickname Big Ragu scored 31 points Monday to lift ‘Nova to another blowout tournament victory — this time 79-62 over Michigan for its second title in three seasons. The sophomore guard had 12 points and an assist to help the Wildcats (36-4) pull ahead in the first half, then scored nine straight for Villanova midway through the second to put the game away — capped by a 3-pointer he punctuated with a wink over to TV announcers Jim Nantz and Bill Raftery. Villanova won all six games by double digits over this tournament run, joining Michigan State (2000), Duke (2001) and North Carolina (2009) in that rare air.

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Finalists advance in 3-point shootout Holweg, Radziak, Samec, McGlynn move on to Friday’s final round. By MATT BufAnO Staff Writer

WILKES-BARRE — There’s plenty of mutual respect among the 3-point shootout finalists at Friday’s Dr. George P. Moses Senior All-Star Classic. It only makes sense. After proving themselves as the most prolific 3-point shooters on their own teams, Josh Samec, Matt McGlynn, Sarah Holweg and Lisa Radziak staked their claim MonCHriStOPHer DOLaN / Staff PHOtOGraPHer day among the top shooters Hazleton Area’s Josh Samec competes in the 3-point in the Wyoming Valley Concompetition for the 2018 Moses All-Star Classic at ference. Holweg, the all-time leadCoughlin on Monday.

ing girls scorer at Wyoming Area, recorded the top score Monday at Coughlin, where she made 10 of 15 3s — including all three “money balls” — and earned her spot in Friday’s shootout against Radziak. “Sarah’s the best,” said Nanticoke Area’s Radziak, who scored 12 in the semifinal round. “So it’ll be a good competition, I think.” Between the two Citizens’ Voice all-stars, Holweg and Radziak made 135 3s this season. Monday’s event at Coughlin featured 26 competitors: 14 girls, 12 boys. Holy Redeemer’s Sam Rajza stole the girls show with an opening-round performance in which she netted 12 of a possible 18 points. She

Online Extra for video from the 3-point contest, visit citizensvoice.com/ sports. advanced to the semifinals with Radziak, Holweg, Wyoming Area’s Addison Orzel, Hanover Area’s Victoria Benning and Meyers’ Erin Morris, all of whom scored only seven points. “Honestly, the first round I just needed to get a little warmed up,” Holweg said. “And then, I was ready to go the second round.” Edging Benning and Rajza, who had 10 points each, Holweg scored 13 and Radziak 12 in the semifinals. Holweg and Radziak will go head-to-head during halftime of Friday’s game at

Holy Redeemer, which will tip off at 6:30 p.m. The boys game will follow at 8. “It’s going to be fun because her shot’s the 3 and I shoot the 3, too,” Holweg said. While Holweg will play next season at NCAA Division II West Chester, so will Hazleton Area’s Samec, who was easily the best shooter among the boys. Samec opened with 12 points in the first round. He advanced to the semifinals with Hanover Area’s Desmond Cannon and Dallas’ Matt Mathers, who had 10 points apiece, as well as McGlynn and Valley West’s Austin Sinkiewicz, who notched eight points. Please see MOSES, Page B4


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Nanticoke Area’s Lisa Radizak, left, and Wyoming Area’s Sarah Holweg, are the Hazleton Area’s Josh Samec, left, and Pittston Area’s Matt McGlynn are the boys girls finalists in the 3-point shootout at Friday night’s Dr. George P. Moses Senior finalists in the 3-point shootout at Friday night’s Dr. George P. Moses Senior All-Star All-Star Classic. Classic.

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Nanticoke Area’s Lisa Radziak competes in the Dr. George P. Moses Senior All-Star Classic 3-point shootout on Monday night at Coughlin.

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Pittston Area’s Matt McGlynn competes in the Dr. George P. Moses Senior All-Star Classic 3-point shootout on Monday night at Coughlin.

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and I think he had like five 3s against us when we played him. He’s so tall and you just can’t guard him.” Perhaps the most noticeable result Monday was the girls outshooting the boys — by a lot. The six girls made 45 of 90 shots (50 percent) in the semifinals, while the five boys made only 28 of 75 (37.3 percent). McGlynn helped his cause over the course of the night by making four of six “money balls,” worth two points each. “I was just trying to keep my eyes on the basket and not focus on the crowd,” McGlynn said.

“I shot all right,” said Samec, recently named The Citizens’ Voice Player of the Year. “The second time, it was a rough start. But I finished strong.” Samec had only three points through the first two racks in the semifinals, but cleaned up by making his final four shots to get to eight points. McGlynn, of Pittston Area, matched Samec’s eightpoint total, as Samec said he picked McGlynn as his sleeper before Monday’s competition even started. “He’s a good shooter,” McGlynn, returning the com- Contact the writer: Christopher Dolan / staff photographer pliment, said of Samec. “He’s mbufano@citizensvoice.com; Dallas players, from left, Alex Charlton, Joey Parsons, Matt Mathers and Nick Kocher hold Jay Bittner during really good. We played him 570-821-2060;

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McGlynn set for Classic The Pittston Area senior is a 3-point shootout finalist.

“We had a lot of injuries throughout the season,” McGlynn said. “That really killed us.” The Patriots’ original By MATT BUfANo starting five — Alex McAnStaff Writer drew, Brennan Higgins, BriOh, what could have been. an Miller, Naseem Guillaume Having played basketball and McGlynn — played only since age four, Matt McGlynn’s a game-and-a-half together Pittston Area career culminat- before injuries or illness ed with this past season. impacted each player.

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“I think we could have been a lot better this year if we didn’t have all the injuries, if Alex was healthy,” McGlynn said. “It would have been a totally different year.” The Patriots didn’t go down without a fight, though, and tonight, McGlynn and Guillaume will suit up as teammates one last

time at Holy Redeemer for the Dr. George P. Moses Senior All-Star Classic. “I couldn’t be happier that they’re in the game. They’re two guys that really worked at it,” Pittston Area head coach Alan Kiesinger said of McGlynn and Guillaume. Please see clASSic, Page B4

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Pittston Area’s Matt McGlynn is a finalist in tonight’s 3-point competition.

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Jordan Spieth hits a shot on the 17th hole Thursday.

Spieth surges to lead at Masters By DoUG ferGUSoN aSSOCiateD PreSS

AUGUSTA, Ga. — No other course makes him more comfortable. Even more familiar than a sharp short game was his name atop the leaderboard at the Masters. Jordan Spieth appears to be back on his game. Tiger Woods? He has some catching up to do. Spieth took only 10 putts on the back nine Thursday at Augusta National, including five straight birdies. The last one was from tap-in range after another superb pitch, from the left gallery to escape with bogey for a 6-under 66 and a two-shot lead over Matt Kuchar and Tony Finau. It was the eighth time in his last 13 rounds at the Masters that Spieth ended a round with the lead. “I know as well as anybody that anything can happen at Augusta National,” Spieth said, a vague reference to the lead he lost on the back nine in 2016 that kept him from winning consecutive green jackets. “It’s about riding momentum from last week and this round.” Woods, the main attraction in his first time back to the Masters since 2015, had a few bright moments and endless ovations in his round of 73. He felt he played better than he scored. Spieth nearly managed t o p u l l aw ay wh e n h e began the back nine with three tough par saves, ran off five straight birdies and overcame a wild drive left into the trees that left him some 250 yards for his third shot. Spieth was among 10 players who broke 70 — a list that included Rory McIlroy — on a warm, sunny day with a moderate breeze that looked ideal for scoring. It was just tough to score, with the greens slick and firm and several tough p i n p o s i t i o n s, m a i n l y toward the front of the greens. Please see AUGUSTA, Page B7

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Tom Kostopoulos, who recently announced his retirement, practices Thursday.

The Pens captain announced he will retire following the 2017-18 campaign. By Tyler PiccoTTi Staff Writer

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — During his first five seasons with the team, Penguins captain Tom Kostopoulos used to come to the rink every day determined to get out of WilkesBarre and make the jump to the NHL. It wasn’t until he returned in the 2012-13 campaign that Kostopoulos really began to appreciate his surWarreN rUDa / Staff PHOtOGraPHer roundings and what his presence Tom Kostopoulos speaks to teammates at a meant to the city. recent practice. “I’ve been able to enjoy it and kind

of get settled, just focus on this team, and it’s been fun for me,” the 39-yearold said Thursday at Mohegan Sun Arena. “I think it’s still the best place in the AHL to play, because of our fans. They’re a big reason I came back to play here the last five years.” He’s now determined to make the most of his final chance to help bring them a Calder Cup championship. Kostopoulos spoke for the first time following his decision to retire at the end of this season and cited the physical toll on his body and a desire to spend more time with his family as the main factors.

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Ford’s return adds big bat to the lineup By coNor foley Staff Writer

MOOSIC — Mike Ford went out there to win a job. Seattle plucked the first baseman from the Yankees in theRule5draftintheoffseason and Ford saw an opportunity. When the Mariners asked him to learn how to play the corner outfield spots, he went to Orlando, Florida, to train with Dee Gordon — who was moving from second base to center field — and Ben Gamel. When Ryon

opening Night Syracuse vs. RailRiders 7 p.m. at PNC Field TV: WNeP2 Radio: 1340 aM, 100.7 fM Healy went down with an injury early in camp and Seattle asked Ford to refocus on first base, he obliged. But even though he also impressed at the plate, the 25-year-oldfoundhimself onthe losingendof anumbersgame. Now, he’s back with the

RailRiders and figures to anchor their lineup when they host Syracuse in the season opener tonight at 7:05. Chance Adams gets the start for SWB, while Austin Voth will take the mound for the Chiefs. Even though he didn’t land a spot on Seattle’s roster, Ford enjoyed the opportunity. “I think I learned that I can play there. I think that was the biggest thing, personally,” Ford said. Please see forD, Page B5

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“If we had an offseason workout, you could guarantee that those two guys were going to be there. They were really reliable players and they were guys that put in the work. It’s great to see kids like that honored.” McGlynn and Guillaume will play on a team coached by Meyers’ Pat Toole and Wyoming Area’s Pete Moses with teammates from Meyers, Wyoming Area, Dallas, Valley West, GAR, MMI Prep and Wyoming Seminary. All proceeds from tonight’s 49th playing of the The Classic (girls game 6:30 p.m., boys at 8) will benefit local charities and families with medical needs. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. McGlynn has more high school basketball left to play than most seniors, as he’s been selected to play Saturday at a Pennsylvania vs. Maryland all-star showcase in Harrisburg. He’ll also go head-to-head against Hazleton Area standout Josh Samec at halftime tonight in the 3-point shootout championship. The 3-point shot is McGlynn’s bread and butter, as the shooting guard/small forward led Pittston Area in 3s his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. “He seemed to always have a good feel for the game, understood it pretty well,” Kiesinger said of McGlynn, a 6-foot-3, three-year starter. “Of course, back then even (sophomore year), he was a 3-point shooter, so I thought he could space the floor for us a little bit

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Matt McGlynn will represent Pittston Area in tonight’s Dr. George P. Moses Senior All-Star Classic. more than we were able to do prior to him.” Sophomore year, Pittston Area went 8-16 but won a district playoff game as the No. 13 seed in Class 3A. Junior year, the Patriots battled injuries en route to a 6-17 finish. Once again this past season, the Patriots were unable to avoid the injury bug. Pittston Area’s five original starters missed a combined 34 games this year; McGlynn lost three games to an ankle injury. “I’d love to go through the ‘whatifs,’” Kiesinger said, “but there’s things that you can’t control and it’s not a ‘what-if’ game.” The Patriots played the hand they were dealt — and played it

better than most teams would have. In finishing 6-17, Pittston Area played its best late in the season, including a 62-58 upset of defending District 2 Class 4A runner-up GAR in which McGlynn scored 19 points. McGlynn averaged 10.4 points per game. The sixth-seeded Patriots even pushed No. 3 Crestwood in the District 2 Class 5A quarterfinals, leading into the fourth quarter but ultimately losing 48-45. While Kiesinger said he’s excited about a Pittston Area future that includes players like Andrew Krawczyk, Logan Booth and Higgins, he also admits he’d love to coach his graduating seniors one more time.

“They’re guys that — I’d love to go back in battle with them again,” Kiesinger said. “Unfortunately, we can’t. But I’m thrilled that they were part of our program.” The son of Mike and Rainey McGlynn of Duryea, Matt McGlynn said he’s weighing an offer to play college basketball at Misericordia. “It could be very special,” McGlynn said of tonight’s game. “We (McGlynn and Guillaume) are going to be going to different colleges, so we won’t be able to see each other. I think it’s going to be a good game.” Contact the writer: mbufano@citizensvoice.com; 570-821-2060; @CVBufano on twitter

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Nanticoke Area’s Lisa Radziak, left, and Wyoming Area’s Sarah Holweg are girls Hazleton Area’s Josh Samec, left, and Pittston Area’s Matt McGlynn are the boys finalists for the Dr. George P. Moses Senior All-Star Classic 3-point shootout. finalists for the Dr. George P. Moses Senior All-Star Classic 3-point shootout.

girls rostErs tEaM Johnson no. plaYEr sChool 3 Mary SilinskIe Pittston Area 5 Sara Hopkins Crestwood 8 Jordan Harrison Northwest 10 Hannah Johnson Dallas 11 Julia Makowski Crestwood 13 Olivia Johnson Dallas 22 Kendra Saba Dallas 23 Alexa Noone Pittston Area 24 Grace Giza Valley West 25 Genesis Rodriguez Hanover Area 30 Andrea Ruby Pittston Area 31 Victoria Benning Hanover Area 34 Kira Meager Coughlin 35 Khira Cook GAR 43 Andrea Shipton Crestwood Coaches: Kelly Johnson, Dallas; gary ferenchick, Valley West; ed stepanski, Crestwood

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NO. PLAYER SCHOOL 2 Reese Mensinger Berwick 9 Maddie Mrochko Hazleton Area 10 Amanda Gray Meyers 12 Erin Morris Meyers 13 Julia Gabriel Seminary 14 Sarah Holweg Wyoming Area 15 Lauren Wasiakowski Holy Redeemer 20 Sam Rajza Holy Redeemer 21 Jessica Ell Tunkhannock 23 Lisa Radziak Nanticoke Area 32 Mallory Pinterich Berwick 33 Addison Orzel Wyoming Area 34 Kristi Skok Wyoming Area 40 Roni Isenberg Berwick 42 Katie Butczynski Nanticoke Area Coaches: John Jezorwski, holy redeemer; Chad lojewski, Wyoming area; Joe reno, tunkhannock

NO. NAME SCHOOL 0 Joey Judge Holy Redeemer 00 Josh Samec Hazleton Area 1 Bryce Yencha Holy Redeemer 3 Ken Marshman Berwick 8 Desmond Cannon Hanover Area 9 Sean Harder Tunkhannock 10 Alec Markle Berwick 12 Mike Piscotty Hanover Area 11 Kevin Klusewitz Crestwood 14 Damon Beckhorn Berwick 21 Jeff Planutis Hazleton Area 23 Tyler Thomas Hanover Area 25 J.D. Turosky Holy Redeemer 32 Joey Grula Hazleton Area 33 Evan Knapp Crestwood 34 Evan Turner Tunkhannock Coaches: Chris gray, hanover area; paul guido, holy redeemer

NO. NAME SCHOOL 0 Alex Charlton Dallas 2 Anthony Hawk GAR 3 Tyler Maddock Seminary 5 Naseem Guillaume Pittston Area 11 Nick Kocher Dallas 12 Aaron Zezza Wyoming Area 13 Jawane Buckner Meyers 14 Draig Ruff Valley West 15 Joey Parsons Dallas 22 Kyre Zielinski Wyoming Area 23 Khalil White GAR 24 Sam Greenfield Wyoming Area 32 Matt McGlynn Pittston Area 33 George Palermo MMI Prep 35 Jay Bittner Dallas 44 Matt Wright Wyoming Area Coaches: pat toole, Meyers; pete Moses, Wyoming area

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AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE

Penguins fall to Bridgeport The magic number for clinching playoff spot remains at one. BY tOM FOx corresPoNDeNt

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins found themselves with a golden opportunity to clinch a postseason berth in the 2018 Calder Cup playoffs. The magic number was down to one. They needed to

pick up just one point on Bridgeport to clinch a playoff spot. And the team visiting Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza Friday night was none other than the Sound Tigers. Well, put those celebration hopes on ice for one more night. The boys from Connecticut had other plans. Bridgeport built a 3-1 lead, and Ben Holmstrom’s goal early in the third period was just enough of a cushion as the Sound Tigers held off the

Pens, 4-3, in Atlantic Division play. The Penguins can still clinch a playoff berth tonight against Binghamton in what will be Tom Kostopoulos’ final regular-season home game. Bridgeport, currently fifth in the division, improves to 25-3-2-1 when holding a lead after the second period. The Pens did make it interesting at the end, scoring on a Teddy Blueger’s redirect with

less than two minutes remaining to cut it to 4-3, but couldn’t punch the tying goal into the net in the final seconds. “I thought Bridgeport came out and worked hard,” WBS head coach Clark Donatelli said. “I thought it was back and forth. We just gave them some easy goals. Even when they went back up 3-1, we knew there was a lot of time left in the hockey game.” Please see PENS, Page B3

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Penguins’ Daniel Sprong moves the puck as Bridgeport’s Kyle Burroughs moves in.

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QUITE A START RailRiders start season with 3-run walkoff

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Leader Patrick Reed chips to the 18th hole Friday.

Reed takes 2-shot lead at Masters BY DOUG FERGUSON associateD Press

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The Masters is living up to its hype with some of the biggest names and hottest games in contention going into the weekend. Except for two guys who generated so much of the buzz. Tiger Woods hit another shot into Rae’s Creek, didn’t make a birdie until the 13th hole and wound up with a 3-over 75, leaving him 13 shots behind Patrick Reed. Woods was more concerned with sticking around for the weekend than chasing a greenjacket. Phil Mickelson matched his worst score ever at Augusta National with a 79 to make the cut on the number, leaving him 14 shots behind. Even without them, the show is just getting started. Reed, who has never seriously contended on a big stage outside of the Ryder Cup, had birdies on half of the holes he played Friday.

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RailRiders’ Gleyber Torres, top, and Abiatal Avelino miss a ball hit to center field against Syracuse on Friday. BY CONOR FOLEY staFF Writer

MOOSIC — That’s one way to start a season. Down two runs and one strike away from a loss, RailRiders second baseman Abiatal Avelino lined a three-run home run over the fence in right field to stun Syracuse, 6-5, in the season opener at PNC Field on Friday.

Because it’s 27 outs. And you need to be ready every time; every AB.” Avelino’s homer capped a fiverun, seven-batter rally in the ninth Today inning. Newcomer Cody Asche vs. Syracuse 4:05 p.m. started things with a double off Syracuse reliever Tim Collins, then after Mike Ford struck out, Kyle “That’s the game,” Avelino said. Higashioka and Ryan McBroom “You need to be ready. Every at-bat, worked walks to load the bases. every inning. And that happened. Syracuse went back to the bullFriday railriders 6 syracuse 5

pen and called on Christopher Smith. Billy Fleming hit his first pitch into center field for a sacrifice fly, scoring Asche and cutting the Chiefs’ lead to 5-2. Zack Zehner fell behind in the count, 1-2, then dunked an RBI single into center, setting the stage for Avelino. Please see OPENER, Page B3

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49tH ANNUAL DR. GEORGE P. MOSES ALL-StAR CLASSIC

Green team powers to victory in girls game BY StEvE BENNEtt staFF Writer

WILKES-BARRE — In the grand scheme of things, allstar games are meant to be fun. Make some fancy passes, shoot shots you normally wouldn’t during the regular season, and at the end of the night — just simply have a good time. But to be able to cap a night off like that with a win, that is just a bonus. That was the case in the 49th annual Dr. George P. Moses Senior All-Star Classic. The Green team, coached by Dallas head coach Kelly Johnson and assisted by Val-

ley West’s Gary Ferenchick and Crestwood’s Ed Stepanski, walked out of Holy Redeemer on Friday night with an 82-71 victory over the White team, coached by Holy Redeemer’s John Jezorwski, Wyoming Area ’s Chad Lojewski and Joe Reno of Tunkhannock. With all senior high school all-star games, there is a sense of finality. Some will move on to play at the collegiate level, while others will never again play a competitive basketball game. Please see GIRLS, Page B3

Team Gray/Guido rallies for boys win BY MAtt BUFANO staFF Writer

WILKES-BARRE — Trailing by 10 points at halftime, Team Gray/Guido needed a spark. In stepped three players from the most dominant team in the Wyoming Valley Conference. Jeff Planutis earned MVP honors with a game-high 30 points, while fellow Hazleton Area Cougars Joey Grula and Josh Samec also made key baskets amid a 23-2 run that lifted Team Gray/Guido christoPher DolaN / staFF PhotoGraPher back into the lead and an Team Gray/Guido’s Jeff Planutis (Hazleton Area) eventual 116-103 win Friday dunks during the Dr. George P. Moses All-Star Classic. night at the Dr. George P.

Moses Senior All-Star Classic. After falling behind Team Toole/Moses 63-51 to start the second half, Team Gray/Guido’s 23-2 rally featured nine points by Planutis, six by Grula and four by Samec. “It was awesome,” said Planutis, who’s on an official visit today at NCAA Division I Mount St. Mary’s. “It stinks that we’re never going to play together except at parks and at men’s leagues. But it was awesome to have one last organized high school game together.” Please see BOYS, Page B3


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GIRLS: Noone, Green team win FROM PAGE B1

For Kelly Johnson, it brought an end to a run where she coached her twin daughters, Hannah and Olivia, one last time. “It’s bittersweet; it really made me feel good to see them having fun against girls they have played against since they were in third and fourth grade,” Kelly Johnson said. “It did my heart good after all these years. Sometimes the coach’s kids take the worst of the criticism, but they held it together and worked hard. I’m proud of them. My girls and all the other girls had fun. You could see them out there laughing and having fun.” While the only plays the coaches from both teams called were for whoever had the ball to shoot, the White team got out to a fast start. Berwick’s Reese Mensinger, who was named her team’s MVP for the game, scored 10 of her 13 points in the first half. It was enough to help the White team grab a 42-35 lead at the half. “Honestly, this was amazing,” Mensinger said. “Everyone is a great competitor and it was a fun game. We practice one time and then we went out for pizza. It was amazing seeing everyone hit their shot and meshing together. It was a great feeling.” Though the White team had the upper hand in the first half, the Green team made its run in the second half. After Wyoming Area’s Sarah Holweg scored on a rebound basket to put the White team ahead, 49-42, the Green team closed the third quar ter on a 12-3 run. Pittston Area’s Alexa Noone, who was named the Green team’s MVP contributed with a 3-pointer as part of her 13 points to help spark the spurt. “It was awesome, it’s all

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Team Gray/Guido’s Desmond Cannon (Hanover Area) moves the ball past Team Toole/Moses’ George Palermo (MMI) on Friday.

BOYS: Team Gray/Guido rallies FROM PAGE B1

Together, the Hazleton Area trio helped the District 2 Class 6A champion Cougars win 26 games this season and advance to the state semifinals. While the Hazleton Area players dominated that early stretch in the second half, it was Holy Redeemer point guard Joey Judge who notched the final go-ahead score. In the game’s sixth and final lead change, Judge made a layup that gave Team Gray/Guido a 66-65 lead it did not relinquish. Judge, of Mountain Top, finished with 10 points and cherished the opportunity to play with the Hazleton Area standouts. “I used to play with them when I was younger with AAU,” Judge said. “Just getting to play with them again for one of my last times playing, it’s just an amazing feeling. They’re such great athletes, in general.” With the game being played at Holy Redeemer, Friday night also presented Judge, J.D. Turosky and Bryce Yencha the opportuni-

ty of playing one last time at their home g ym being coached by Paul Guido. “It means a lot to me,” Judge said. “You know, my last basketball game of my career is at my own home gym ... and to end up on the winning side is just amazing.” Friday night’s game was fast-paced with volume shooting from the very start, when Samec rattled in a 3-pointer on the first shot of the night. Team Toole/Moses was l e d b y Va l l e y We s t 1,000-point scorer Draig Ruff, who netted 17 points. Joey Parsons (Dallas, 15 points), Jawane Buckner (Meyers, 12), Khalil White (GAR, 11), Anthony Hawk (GAR, 10) and Jay Bittner (Dallas, 10) were also in double-figures scoring in the loss. Team Toole/Moses nearly came back with 5:04 left, when Hawk made a layup that brought it within one point, 96-95. However, Team Gray/Guido scored the next six points and coasted to victory. Dressed in black, Team Gray/Guido got 13 points from Berwick’s Damon

Beckhorn, as well as eight each from Hanover Area teammates Tyler Thomas and Desmond Cannon. Proceeds from Friday night’s 49th playing of The Classic benefit local charities and families with medical needs. To date, The Classic has raised about $1.1 million. Matt McGlynn of Pittston Area bested Samec at halftime during the 3-point shootout championship. TOOLE/MOSES (103) Charlton 2 0-0 4, Buckner 6 0-0 12, Ruff 8 0-0 17, Greenfield 4 0-0 8, Bittner 5 0-0 10, Parsons 7 0-0 15, Maddock 0 0-0 0, White 5 0-0 11, McGlynn 2 0-0 6, Kocher 3 0-0 7, Hawk 5 0-0 10, Palermo 1 0-0 3. Totals 48 0-0 103 GRAY/GUIDO (116) Judge 4 0-0 10, Samec 4 0-0 9, Cannon 3 0-0 8, Planutis 13 0-0 30, Grula 6 0-0 12, Yencha 3 0-0 7, Beckhorn 5 0-0 13, Klusewitz 1 0-0 2, Piscotty 0 0-0 0, Turner 3 0-0 6, Thomas 3 0-0 8, Harder 2 0-0 4, Marshman 0 0-0 0, Knapp 2 0-0 4, Turosky 1 0-0 3, Markle 0 0-0 0. Totals 50 0-0 116. Toole/Moses 61 42 — 103 Gray/Guido 51 65 — 116 3-point FGs: Ruff 1, Parsons 1, White 1, Kocher 1, Palermo 1, McGlynn 2, Samec 1, Yencha 1, Turosky 1, Judge 2, Cannon 2, Thomas 2, Beckhorn 3, Planutis 4.

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Green Team’s Gensis Rodriguez (Hanover Area) shoots over Kristi Skok (Wyoming Area) on Friday. about having fun, but getting a win, too,” Noone said. “I know a lot of the other girls on the other team. It was fun playing with all my friends.” Actually, though, the Green team, according to Noone, came in with a defensive plan in the second half. “We were closing out the shooter,” Noone said. “Our defense needed to stop the shooters.” That was primarily because the White team made eight 3-pointers in the first half that helped them build their lead after the second quarter. “We were only together for two practices,” Kelly Johnson said. “We showed them some man-to-man (defense) and just let them think outside the box and let them have fun. For me personally, we are very competitive in our house over board games and card games.” Valley West center Grace Giza played a big role in helping the Green team erase the first-half deficit. She scored eight of her 10 points in the second half, with six of them coming in the fourth quarter. With the score tied 54-54 at the end of the third quarter, the Green team went to the

3-point line to pull away. Crestwood’s Julia Makowski had a pair of 3-pointers, while Olivia Johnson also connected from beyond the arc. Giza scored on two consecutive trips down the floor to help put the Green team up for good. At halftime, Sarah Holweg defeated Nanticoke Area’s Lisa Radziak in the finals of the 3-point shooting contest. Holweg needed to go to overtime to win the popular event. The preliminary rounds were held Monday at Coughlin High School. Also, the officials for the game were Gabrielle Hampsey, Jennifer Everett and Tony DeMaranville. GREEN TEAM (82) Silinskie 0 0-0 0, Hopkins 2 0-0 5, Harrison 3 0-0 6, H.Johnson 3 0-0 6, Makowski 4 0-0 11, O. Johnson 2 0-0 5, Saba 1 0-0 2, Noone 5 0-0 13, Giza 5 0-0 10, Rodriguez 4 1-4 9, Ruby 2 0-0 4, Benning 3 1-2 7, Meager 0 0-0 0, Cook 0 0-0 0, Shipton 2 0-0 4. Totals: 36 2-6 82. WHITE TEAM (71) Mensinger 5 0-2 13, Mrochko 1 0-0 2, Gray 2 0-0 6, Morris 0 0-0 0, Holweg 5 0-0 12, Wasiakowski 4 0-0 8, Rajza 2 0-0 6, Ell 1 0-0 3, Radziak 3 1-2 8, Pinterich 1 0-0 2, Orzel 2 1-2 5, Skok 0 0-0 0, Isenberg 3 0-0 6, Butczynski 0 0-0 0. Totals: 29 2-4 71. 3-point goals: Hopkins, Makowski (3), O.Johnson, Noone (3), Mensinger (3), Gray (2), Holweg (2), Rajza (2).

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PENS: Still 1 victory away from playoffs FROM PAGE B1

five minutes later, Steve Bernier won a scramble in front of the net and his short wrister beat Jarry, giving the Sound Tigers a 2-1 lead after one. Vande Sompel’s second goal, a one-timer past Jarry, gave Bridgeport a 3-1 edge early in the second period before the Pens s t r u c k b a c k . Ta k i n g advantage of a face-off in the offensive zone, Sprong — named to the AHL AllRookie Team Wednesday, took a pass from Blueger and blasted the puck midice. It bounced off the pole and ricocheted into the net, trimming the deficit to just one entering the third. “We are not happy with the result. We had some breakdowns and they scored,” Donatelli said. “We just need a little more urgency for 60 minutes. We will regroup and get back at it tomorrow.”

No doubt, Sound Tiger keeper Christopher Gibson was the difference. And that was clearly evident in the second period where it appeared WBS spent almost the entire time on the offensive end of the ice. The Pens outshot Bridgeport, 13-7, in the period and got Daniel Sprong’s 29th goal of the season to cut the deficit to 3 - 2 . Ye t , G i b s o n w a s mighty in the 20-minute session, stopping 12 of the shots — many of those at point-blank range. “He played really well,” Kostopoulos said. “We did have a lot of chances in the second period. There was a lot of traffic around the net. He didn’t give up a ton of rebounds, and kept us at bay.” It couldn’t have started off any better for the Pens. Taking advantage of the first power play off the Bridgeport 211—4 game on a goalkeeper inter- Penguins 111—3 First Period: Scoring — 1, WBS, ference and needing just 35 Kostopoulos (Sprong, Czuczman), 4:48 seconds of the penalty min- (PP); 2, Bridgeport, Vande Sompel utes, Kostopoulos found (Ho-Sang, Bourque), 6:43 (PP); 3, Bridgeport, Bernier (Stevens, himself on the right spot, Bourque), 11:45. Penalties — Provideflecting the puck past dence, Bernier, goaltender interference (served by Ho-Sang) 4:14; WBS, Gibson for the early, 1-0 Dea, boarding 5:16; WBS, bench lead not even five minutes minor, too many men (served by Sprong) 16:56; Bridgeport, St. Denis, in.. slashing 18:04; WBS, Wilson, crossThe Penguins, 1 of 12 on checking 18:04. Second Period: Scoring 4, Bridgethe power play in its last port, Vande Sompel (Ho-Sang, Burthree games, did finish two roughs), 5:48; 5, WBS, Sprong 7:50. Penalties — WBS, of their five attempts Fri- (Blueger), Blueger, tripping 0:59; Bridgeport, Lafday night. ranchise, cross-checking 14:40. Third Period: Scoring — 6, Bridge“We have been working port, Holmstrom (Schempp), 6:48; 7, on the power play, so it was Blueger (Sprong, Czuczman), 15:14 good to get that one,” Kosto- (PP). Penalties — Bridgeport, bench minor, too many men (served by Hopoulos said. “We just had a Sang) 1:49; WBS, Chris Summer, tripcouple of miscues defen- ping 11:44; Bridgeport, Bailey, hooking 14:46; Bridgeport, Jones, slashing sively. They just played a 19:51. Shots on goal: Bridgeport 11 7 4 — real strong game. You could WBS 8 13 7 — 28. Goaltenders: see their determination. 22, Bridgeport, Gibson (25 saves on 28 They are fighting for their shots); WBS, Jarry (18 saves on 22 Power-play opportunities: lives. They outplayed us, shots). Bridgeport 1 for 4, WBS 2 for 5. Referand deserved to win.” ees: Reid Anderson and Jason Faist. Bridgeport knotted the Linesmen: Tom DellaFranco and Scott Pomento. Attendance: 6,653 game at 1-1 as Mitchell Vande Sompel scored his Contact the writer: sixth goal of the year, and sports@citizensvoice.com

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RailRiders’ Jace Peterson looks to round first base during Friday night’s opener.

OPENER: Walkoff saves Riders FROM PAGE B1

He worked a full count, and after a fouling off a pitch, sent a line drive to right. Moises Sierra immediately took off running, and so did Avelino, thinking triple out of the box. But after the ball clanked off the fence, the umpire came running in, signaling a homer. RailRiders manager Bobby Mitchell, who was coaching third base, alerted Avelino to the home run, and the second baseman coasted home

to his already-celebrating teammates. Syracuse held the momentum for most of the game, with Andrew Stevenson’s three-run homer off RailRiders starter Chance Adams the big blow of a four-run second inning. Adams, one of the Yankees’ top pitching prospects, lasted just 3⅔ innings. He allowed five runs — four earned — on seven hits, walked two and struck out five. The RailRiders didn’t get

on the board until the fourth inning, when Higashioka drove a pitch from Syracuse starter Austin Voth over the wall in left to cut it to 5-1. Raynel Espinal, Oliver Perez, Cale Coshow and J.P. Feyereisen combined to allow three hits and no runs over the final 5⅓ innings. Coshow struck out two in the eighth; Feyereisen one in the ninth. Contact the writer: cfoley@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9125; @RailRidersTT on Twitter

IL STANDINGS North W L Pct. 1 0 1.000 0 0 000 0 0 000 0 0 000 0 0 000 0 1 .000 South W L Pct. Gwinnett (Braves) 1 0 1.000 Durham (Rays) 1 1 .500 Charlotte (White Sox) 1 1 .500 Norfolk (Orioles) 0 1 .000 West W L Pct. Toledo (Tigers) 1 0 1.000 Indianapolis (Pirates) 0 0 000 Columbus (Indians) 0 0 000 Louisville (Reds) 0 1 .000 Friday Buffalo at Rochester, ppd. Toledo at Louisville, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Durham, 7:05 p.m. Gwinnett at Norfolk, 7:05 p.m. Lehigh Valley at Pawtucket, 7:05 p.m. RailRiders 5, Syracuse 4 Columbus at Indianapolis, 7:15 p.m.

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SWB RAILRIDERS GAME REPORT RailRiders 6, Syracuse 5

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Two outs when winning run scored LOB: Syracuse 6, RailRiders 4. 2B: Falu, Asche. HR: Stevenson, Higashioka, Avelino. SB: Robles. E: Higashioka. Syracuse IP H R ER BB SO Voth 5 3 1 1 1 6 Goforth 2 0 0 0 1 2

Torres 1 0 0 0 0 1 Collins .1 1 3 3 2 1 Smith, L (0-1) .1 2 2 2 0 0 RailRiders IP H R ER BB SO Adams 3.2 7 5 4 2 5 Espinal 2.1 1 0 0 1 0 Perez 1 1 0 0 0 0 Coshow 1 1 0 0 0 2 Feyereisen, W (1-0) 1 0 0 0 0 1 Umpires: HP: Riggs, 1B: Vicsonti, 2B: Graham, 3B: Godec. T: 2:53. A: 9,327.

How they scored Syracuse second: Adams pitching. Dominguez flied out. Kieboom single. Sanchez single, Kieboom to second. Falu doubled, Kieboom scored, Sanchez to third. Robles struck out. Stevenson homered, Sanchez scored, Falu scored. Syracuse 4, RailRiders 0. Syracuse fourth: Kieboom grounded out. Sanchez struck out. Falu singled.

Robles singled, Falu to third. Robles stole second, Falu scored on a throwing error by Higashioka. Syracuse 5, RailRiders 0. RailRiders fourth: Voth pitching. Asche struck out. Ford flied out. Higashioka homered. Syracuse 5, RailRiders 1. RailRiders ninth: Collins pitching. Asche doubled. Ford struck out. Higashioka walked. McBroom walked, Asche to third, Higashioka to second. Smith pitching. Fleming sacrifice fly, Asche scored, Higashioka to third. Zehner singled, Higashioka scored, McBroom to second. Avelino homered, McBroom and Zehner scored. RailRiders 6, Syracuse 5.

Today’s game RailRiders (1-0) vs. Syracuse (0-1), PNC Field, 4:05 p.m. Pitching probables: RailRiders

RHP Luis Cessa (0-0, 0.00) vs. Syracuse LHP Tommy Milone (0-0, 0.00)

Game notes ■ Some 2018 firsts for the RailRiders: Hit: Jace Peterson’s third-inning single; extra-base hit: Kyle Higashioka’s fourthinning homer; run: Higashioka, on his homer; pitching strikeout: Chance Adams, when he got Alejandro De Aza to chase a slider to end the first inning; opponent run: When Spencer Kieboom scored on Irving Falu’s second-inning double.


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Dr. GeorGe P. Moses senior All-stAr ClAssiC The Citizens’ Voice and the Wyoming Valley Athletic Association sponsored the 49th annual Dr. George P. Moses Senior All-Star Classic on Friday night at Holy Redeemer. All proceeds benefit local charities and families in need.

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Pittston Area’s Alexa Noone was chosen as her team’s MVP after scoring 13 points in the win. From left, Jack Bonczewski, Wyoming Valley Athletic Association; Noone; Dr. George P. Moses; and Jim Reeser, sports editor, The Citizens’ Voice.

Berwick’s Reese Mensinger was chosen as her team’s MVP after scoring 13 points. From left, Jack Bonczewski, Wyoming Valley Athletic Association; Mensinger; Dr. George P. Moses; and Jim Reeser, sports editor, The Citizens’ Voice.

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Dallas’ Joe Parsons was chosen as his team’s MVP after scoring 15 points. From left, Teddi Janosov, Wyoming Valley Athletic Association; Walter Allabaugh, WVAA; Parsons; Dr. George P. Moses; and Jim Reeser, sports editor, The Citizens’ Voice.

Hazleton Area’s Jeff Planutis was chosen as his team’s MVP after scoring 30 points in a win. From left, John Moses Jr., Wyoming Valley Athletic Association; John Moses, WVAA; Walter Allabaugh, WVAA; Planutis; Dr. George P. Moses; Jim Reeser, sports editor, The Citizens’ Voice; and John Zimich, WVAA.

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Wyoming Area’s Sarah Holweg won the 3-point shootout at halftime of the girls game. From left, John Leighton, Wyoming Valley Athletic Association; Dr. George P. Moses; Holweg; Jack Mascioli, WVAA; and Jim Reeser, sports editor, The Citizens’ Voice

Pittston Area’s Matt McGlynn won the 3-point shootout at halftime of the boys game. From left, Phil Latinski, Wyoming Valley Athletic Association; Teddi Janosov, WVAA; Joe O’Hara, WVAA; Dr. George P. Moses; McGlynn; Jack Mascioli, WVAA; Jim Reeser, sports editor, The Citizens’ Voice; and Matt Himlin, WVAA.

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The Wyoming Valley Conference basketball officials presented a sportsmanship award to Wyoming Seminary. From left, John Leighton, official; Joe DiMaggio, official; Wyoming Seminary coach C.J. Kersey; Jack Bonczewski, official; and Dan Frascella, official.

The Wyoming Valley Conference basketball officials presented a sportsmanship award to Lake-Lehman. From left, John Leighton, official; Jack Bonczewski, official; Lake-Lehman coach Charlie Lavan; Joe DiMaggio, official; and Dan Frascella, official.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2018

THE CITIZENS' VOICE B7

Dr. GeorGe P. Moses senior All-stAr ClAssiC The Citizens’ Voice and the Wyoming Valley Athletic Association sponsored the 49th annual Dr. George P. Moses Senior All-Star Classic on Friday night at Holy Redeemer. All proceeds benefit local charities and families in need.

Members of Team Jezorwski stand for the national anthem before the girls game.

Hazleton Area’s Jeff Planutis goes up for a dunk.

Wyoming Area’s Sarah Holweg, left, greets Nanticoke Area’s Lisa Radziak after the 3-point shootout.

Berwick’s Reese Mensinger shoots over Crestwood’s Sara Hopkins.

Berwick’s Damon Beckhorn reacts after a dunk.

Dallas’ Jay Bittner, right, greets Hazleton Area’s Jeff Planutis before the start of the game. Photos by ChristoPher Dolan / staff PhotograPher

Dallas’ Alex Charlton goes up for a shot as Crestwood’s Evan Knapp defends.

Dallas’ Joey Parsons goes up for a shot as Holy Redeemer’s Bryce Yencha, left, and Crestwood’s Kevin Klusewitz defend.

Crestwood’s Andrea Shipton moves the ball past Meyers’ Amanda Gray.

Wyoming Area’s Addison Orzel takes a shot.

to PurChase Photos from the senior all-star ClassiC, visit the Photo store at CitizensvoiCe.Com. ProCeeDs from Photo sales will be DonateD to the wvaa.

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