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User: jsoprano Time: 03-29-2012 23:32 Product: Times_Leader PubDate: 03-30-2012 Zone: Main Edition: Main_Run PageName: sports PageNo: 3 B Color: C K Y M










Big inning lifts Wilkes to victory

Stanford clobbers Minnesota

The Associated Press

By RACHEL COHEN AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK — Aaron Bright came off the bench to spark Stanford to an NIT title. The sophomore point guard had 15 points and six assists in Thursday’s 75-51 rout of Minnesota to earn most outstanding player honors, energizing the Cardinal just as the coaches had hoped when they took him out of the starting lineup in mid-February. “I give him all the credit, because it takes a player buying into something like that before it works, and he bought into his role,” coach Johnny Dawkins said. “When he comes in, he brings us energy. ... I think it’s hard for teams to prepare for him because he’s not out there right away. When he comes in, it gives us a big lift, and it gives our kids confidence in what they can do.” The victory brought Stanford’s season full circle. Back in November, the Cardinal let a late lead slip away in the final of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden against a Syracuse team that would earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. “We were here before in the preseason and we fell short,” Dawkins said. “And so we talked about this experience as how much have we grown: You know, to show we have grown, we’d have to win this tournament. “And our kids, I think they rallied around that.” The Golden Gophers aren’t exactly the Orange, but when Stanford took the lead this time, the Cardinal never looked back. Stanford forced two turnovers to open the second half to take a 10-point lead and stayed up by double figures the rest of the way. The Golden Gophers turned it over 22 times. The third-seeded Cardinal (2611) won their second NIT title, the first coming in 1991. Another young Stanford guard, freshman Chasson Randle, also scored 15 points. The final minutes turned into a celebration of 3-pointers and fastbreak layups for the Cardinal, players on the bench jumping up to cheer on nearly every possession.



Pittston Area’s Madison Cardinale, left, shoots on goal around a Honesdale’s Alexis Burkavage in Wyoming Valley Conference girls soccer Thursday afternoon.

Patriots snip apart Honesdale The Times Leader staff

HUGHESTOWN – Allie Barber gave Pittston Area a good start by scoring in the sixth minute Thursday and didn’t stop there. Barber scored all four goals as Pittston Area defeated Honesdale 4-0 in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2-A girls soccer game. Barber gave Pittston Area a 3-0 advantage midway through the first half. Keeper Jordan Cumbo made three saves to record the shutout.

Honesdale .................................................... 0 0 — 0 Pittston Area................................................. 3 1 — 4 First half: 1. PA, Allie Barber, 6th min; 2. PA, Barber, 16th; 3. PA, Barber, 22nd; Second half: 4. PA, Barber, 53rd. Shots: HON 4, PA 19; Saves: HON 13 (Allison Martin), PA 3 (Jordan Cumbo); Corners: HON 0, PA 9.

Wyoming Area 3, Meyers 2

Jenna Skrinak scored two goals for the Warriors, who jumped out to a 2-0 lead at halftime. For the Mohawks, Katie Flannery scored both goals off assists from Amanda Tredinnick. Jen Bone also found the back of the net for the winners.


King’s wins two

Rachel Zinni had a big day as she helped lead King’s to a doubleheader sweep over host Lycoming College. Zinni finished 3-for-4 with two runs, two RBI, a home run and double in game one’s 8-2 victory. The Monarchs took the nightcap 4-2 in a game called in the sixth inning due to darkness. Jenn Harnischfeger contributed in game one by finishing 3-for-4 with two runs and a double. Amanda Cardone went 2-for-4 with two RBI. In the second game, Nicolette Pizzo was 2-for-3 with a RBI while Cardone went 2-for-4 with a RBI. Wilkes swept at home

Pittston Area’s Allie Barber, center, weaves her way between Honesdale defenders on her way to scoring a goal Thursday afternoon. MEY, Katie Flannery (Amanda Tredinnick) 54th; 4. WA, Skrinak (Bone) 69th; 5. MEY, Flannery (Tredinnick) 72nd. Shots: MEY 12, WA 13; Saves: MEY 10 (Alivia Weilder), WA 10 (Jordan Chiavacci); Corners: MEY 7, WA 4.

N. Pocono 2, Seminary 0

Meyers........................................................... 0 2 — 2 Wyoming Area............................................. 2 1 — 3 First half: 1. WA, Jen Bone 13th min; 2. WA, Jenna Skrinak (Jordan Chiavacci) 38th Second half: 3.

WILKES-BARRE –Wilkes used a five-run sixth inning to break open a close game and post a 9-3 win over visiting Keuka College in college baseball on Thursday afternoon. After taking a 3-2 lead in the fifth, Wilkes opened the game up in the sixth. With the bases loaded and no outs, Stephen Ruch connected on an RBI single followed by a bases-loaded walk by Tay Silder to push the Colonels lead to 5-2. Joel Watson gave Wilkes its largest lead of the day when he cleared the bases with a three-run triple. Joel Watson led the Colonels with four RBI, while Carmen LoPresto and Dan Pisanchyn each finished 2-for-4.

Alyssa Hamill and Casey O’Connell each netted a goal as North Pocono defeated Wyoming Seminary.

Kaylee Banfield contributed with an assist. For Wyoming Seminary, Allison Yuscavage notched 10 saves in goal.

North Pocono............................................... 1 1 — 2 Wyoming Seminary.................................... 0 0 — 0 First half: 1. NP, Alyssa Hamill 4th min; Second half: 2. NP, Casey O’Connell (Kaylee Banfield) 80th. Shots: NP 12, SEM 6; Saves: NP 6 (Meghan Utter), SEM 10 (Allison Yuscavage); Corners: NP 9, SEM 3.

Lebanon Valley used timely hitting and solid pitching to post a 6-3 and 11-1 sweep of host Wilkes. Jordan Borger led Wilkes in game one, finishing with a RBI double. Jessalyn Paveletz contributed with a RBI single. Borger singled home Wilkes’ lone run in the nightcap. Misericordia sweeps Neumann

Misericordia swept Neumann with a pair of last-at-bat 11-10 wins. Misericordia scored a run in

the bottom of the ninth to take the first game and rallied for six runs in the bottom of the fifth to win the second game, which was shortened because of darkness. Jen Cory had three hits and drove in four runs in the opener. Caitlin Cromley and Kristi Seiler each had two hits and drove in two runs. In game two, Cromley had three hits and four RBI. Scyhler Yatsko and Megan Hardy hit back-to-back homers in the bottom of the fifth.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE King’s 15, Cedar Crest 2

Mariah Masciarelli scored three goals to lead King’s to a victory against host Cedar Crest. Chelsea Manes followed with a pair of goals and added an assist. Krystina Villarreal netted two goals while Emily Foley chipped in with a three-point night with a goal and two assists. Lebanon Valley 14, Misericordia 13

Emily Foley scored three goals and added an assist, but it wasn’t enough as Misericordia fell to Lebanon Valley. Krista Shenk added two goals and an assist for the Cougars. Melina Juliano, Kate Pagnotta and Sydnie Battle each netted a goal as well.


Moravian Invitational

Bucky Aeppli finished tied for fourth as Misericordia opened the season at the Moravian Spring Invitational. Aeppli shot a 78 to lead the Cougars to a tie for ninth in the 18-team field while Jordan Wollenberg tied for 13th with an 82. King’s College was able to pick up a 13th-place finish with a team scored of 350. Jake Humphreys and Eric Jesikiewicz were the top Monarchs, finishing tied for 21st with identical scores of 83.



Isles beat Penguins, sweep 2-game set

Crestwood defeats Coughlin in tennis

The Associated Press

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Sidney Crosby left briefly in the second period after being bloodied when he was struck in the face with the puck, but his return wasn’t enough for the suddenly slumping Pittsburgh Penguins, who were beaten again by the New York Islanders, 5-3 on Thursday night. The Islanders, who began the night in 13th place in the 15team Eastern Conference, dealt Pittsburgh another big blow as the Penguins try to catch the New York Rangers atop the East. The Islanders knocked off the Penguins in Pittsburgh 5-3 on Tuesday night and completed the home-and-home sweep Thursday. Flyers 7, Maple Leafs 1 TORONTO — Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds each scored twice and the Philadelphia Flyers beat Toronto, handing the Maple Leafs their 11th straight home loss. The disgruntled Toronto fans chanted “Let’s Go Blue Jays!” on a couple of occasions, a clear sign most have already turned their attention to baseball season. Capitals 3, Bruins 2 BOSTON — Brooks Laich scored in the first round of a sudden-death shootout to give

Washington a victory over the Boston Bruins and help the Capitals keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Washington is tied with Buffalo with 88 points in pursuit of the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. The Sabres remain ahead because they have five games remaining and the Capitals have four. Devils 6, Lightning 4 NEWARK, N.J. — Ilya Kovalchuk and Marek Zidlicky scored in a 1:11 span to cap a four-goal second period and the New Jersey Devils put themselves on the doorstep of a playoff berth with a victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Dainius Zubrus, Jacob Josefson, Alexei Ponikarovsky and David Clarkson also scored as New Jersey matched its season high for goals in posting its second straight victory and overcoming a hat trick by Ryan Malone of Tampa Bay. Wild 3, Panthers 2 ST. PAUL, Minn. — Mikko Koivu split two defenders and beat former teammate Jose Theodore 15 seconds into overtime to give the Minnesota Wild a victory over the Florida Panthers. Erik Christensen tied it for Minnesota with 31 seconds left in regulation. Kyle Brodziak also scored for

The Times Leader staff


The New York Islanders’ Marty Reasoner (16) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during against the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday in Uniondale, N.Y.

the Wild. NBA Pacers 93, Wizards 89 INDIANAPOLIS — Danny Granger scored 25 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a victory over the Washington Wizards. Roy Hibbert scored five of his nine points during the Pacers’ 7-2 run late in the fourth quarter that separated the teams after they were tied at 80-all. Indiana has won three of its last four, including a 15-point victory against Miami on Monday. Heat 106, Mavericks 85 MIAMI — LeBron James and Chris Bosh each finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem scored 16 apiece and the Miami Heat extended their home winning streak to 15 with a win over the Dallas Mavericks in an NBA finals rematch.

WRIGHT TWP.—Ross Gladey captured his No. 1 singles match to help pace Crestwood to a 5-0 win over Coughlin in Wyoming Valley Conference boys tennis on Thursday afternoon. Alex Machalick (6-1, 6-0) and Brandon Hacken (6-1, 6-0) contributed with wins in No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively. In doubles action, Neil Patel and Nikhil Patel defeated their opponents by scores of 6-0 and 6-1 while the team of Steven Waskie and Briley Marchetti won 6-0, 6-2.

SINGLES -- 1. Ross Gladey (Cre) d. Greg Stankiewicz 6-4, 6-1; 2. Alex Machalick (Cre) d. Josh Stankinas 6-1, 6-0; 3. Brandon Hacken (Cre) d. Ben Manarski 6-1, 6-0 DOUBLES -- 1. Neil Patel/Nikhil Patel (Cre) d. John Skursky/Teddy Wampole 6-0, 6-1; 2. Steven Waskie/Briley Marchetti (Cre) d. Troy Bankus/Ryan Hutz 6-0, 6-2

Holy Redeemer 3, Pittston Area 2

After taking only one of three singles matches, the doubles teams for Holy Redeemer came through with victories to seal a victory against Pittston Area. Pat Duffy and Cameron Pinto won first doubles by scores of 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, while Tyler Elias and Zack Januziewicz clinched the match with scores of 6-1, 6-4. For Pittston Area, Trent Woodruff and Tyler Woodruff won No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively. SINGLES -- 1. Trent Woodruff (Pa) d. Pat Loftus 6-1, 6-0; 2. Tyler Woodruff (Pa) d. Pat Dockeray 7-6, 8-6, 6-3; 3. Dan McGraw (Hr) d.

Jeremy Homschek 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 DOUBLES -- 1. Pat Duffy/Cameron Pinto (Hr) d. Suraj Pursnani/Terry Briggs 5-7, 6-4, 6-3; 2. Tyler Elias/Zack Januziewicz (Hr) d. Justin Coe/Taylor Roberts 6-1, 6-4

Dallas 5, Wyoming Valley West 0

Blake Donovan took his No. 2 singles match in straight sets to lead Dallas to a victory against Wyoming Valley West. Ryan McCarthy (6-0, 6-1) and Francois Ross (6-3, 6-2) chipped in with wins in first and third singles, respectively.

SINGLES -- 1. Ryan McCarthy (Dal) d. Kevin Yozviak 6-0, 6-1; 2. Blake Donovan (Dal) d. Andrew Crossin 6-0, 6-0; 3. Francois Ross (Dal) d. DeAngelo Aboutanos 6-3, 6-2 DOUBLES -- 1. Tyler Turk/Aleksey Gitelson (Dal) d. Brian Novitski/Ryan Yusko 6-1, 6-0; 2. Chris Hood/Colton Powell (Dal) d. Chris Bloom/ Dan Miller 7-5, 6-4


Tunkhannock 3, Coughlin 1

Cliff Kingston paced Tunkhannock to a win against Coughlin by scores of 25-21, 25-15, 13-25 and 25-18 with his 16 service points, four aces, seven kills and six digs. James Hawk contributed with seven points and 10 kills, while Randy Howell had four points, three aces and five digs. For Coughlin, Arthur Reilley scored nine points with two aces and 25 digs while Devon Davis added six points, one ace and 13 kills. Holy Redeemer 3, Delaware Valley 1

Rob Wingert scored a teamhigh 12 service points while tallying 17 assists and 10 kills to

lead Holy Redeemer to a win over Delaware Valley 25-20, 25-14, 23-25 and 25-15. Brendan Leahigh followed with eight points and 13 kills while Jeremy Myslowski had six points, eight kills and 18 assists for the Royals. Mike Morrison finished with 11 kills and two blocks. Invitational on Saturday

The Wyoming Valley West Spartan Invitational will be held on Saturday at Wyoming Valley West High school. Ten teams will be participating, including four from the Wyoming Valley Conference. Joining the host team from the WVC are North Pocono, Crestwood and Delaware Valley. Other teams playing in the event are District 2 foes from the Lackawanna League – Western Wayne, Susquehanna, Lackawanna Trail and Blue Ridge. And from District 11, Pottsville and Easton will make the trip to Plymouth.


Delaware Valley 9, Dallas 4

Despite two goals by J.T. Carey, Dallas could not muster up enough offense to defeat Delaware Valley in its season opener. Morgan Cohen and Brett Wanek each chipped in with a goal for Dallas. Delaware Valley’s Bobby Morley finished with five goals.

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