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Lewis, Panasevich, Herbert Win District Wrestling Titles
Lackawanna Trail's Adam Johnson had spoiled Chris Lewis' hopes of winning a district title twice in the past.
Lewis made up for that with two wins in their head-to-head meetings this season.
The latest victory, Saturday night in the District 2 Class AA wrestling championships at Scranton Prep, came in decisive fashion.
Lewis pinned Johnson in 2:25, preventing the Lackawanna Trail senior from becoming the 15th four-time champion in the 68-year history of District 2 wrestling.
Lewis, teammate Justin Herbert and Jake Panasevich of Mountain View gave the county three district champions. For Panasevich, the Outstanding Wrestler at last year's tournament, it was the second straight district title.
Blue Ridge used two champions and five regional qualifiers to finish tied for second in the team race. The Raiders and Hanover Area had 153.5 points to finish well behind Lake-Lehman, which scored 212 points for its 12th championship in 14 years.
Mountain View was eighth with 90 points.
Susquehanna, Montrose and Elk Lake occupied the last three places in the 15-team field. The Sabers had 50 points, followed by the Meteors with 35 and the Warriors with 30.
Blue Ridge had three consecutive finalists.
After Lewis, the school's all-time leader in career wins, won at 135, Nick Pease took second at 140. Pease was pinned by Wilkes-Barre GAR's Jake Wren in 3:17. Herbert then needed overtime to get past Bob McLane of Scranton Prep, 13-11.
Harry Marvin and Matthew Holbrook each won in the consolation finals to earn a berth in next weekend's Northeast Regionals. The top three in each weight class advanced.
Marvin beat Lee Van Fleet of Lackawanna Trail, 11-1, at 130 pounds to earn his berth.
Holbrook pinned Steve Baroody of Hanover Area in 2:46 at 189 pounds.
Mountain View's two state qualifiers are brothers Jake and Matt Panasevich.
Jake repeated as champ with an 11-5 victory over Nanticoke's Mike Bernatovich in the 171-pound final. Matt, a freshman, took third with a 4-2 victory over Hanover Area's Ryan Konetski in the 160-pound consolation final.
Montrose had the county's only other qualifier. Jeff Snyder beat Lake-Lehman's Jerry Mikielski, 14-4, for third place at 103.
A total of 14 other county wrestlers finished in the top six in their weight classes.
Travis McArthur (103) and Louis Villella (112) were fifth while heavyweight Roy Marvin was sixth for Blue Ridge.
Kyle Cannon was fourth at 215 for Mountain View. Greg Nixon (135) and Steve Kane (140) were fifth.
Nathan Huyck (119) and Jordan Downton (125) were fourth for Susquehanna. Scott Meagley (103) and Shane Beamer (112) were sixth.
Adam Poodiack (125) and Shane Kalpokas (130) were sixth for Montrose.
Elk Lake's Mike Noldy (160) was fifth.
WEEK IN REVIEW
Elk Lake finished with a 3-2 edge in the boys' basketball season series with Carbondale.
The Chargers, however, have the wins that matter most and the division title that goes with them.
After beating the Warriors in a playoff to determine the second-half title, the Chargers won the division's all-season championship with a 66-63 victory Wednesday night in a playoff game at Scranton High School.
Elk Lake beat Carbondale in the season-opening Red Wallace Memorial Scholarship Game and both scheduled league meetings.
The Warriors were in the lead for all but 18 seconds of the third quarter in the playoff for the all-season title.
"Every time we seemed about to break it open, they would make a shot," Elk Lake coach Dave Clancy said. "There were some breakdowns on our part, but you can't take away from them. They're a good team and they hit some shots."
Eddie Skorupa's buzzer-beating shot to end the third quarter and Elk Lake's struggles early in the fourth quarter changed the tone of the game.
"I thought we had a couple of bad decisions early on when we rushed shots," Clancy said. "We wanted to get it inside, but early in the fourth, we were not really patient."
The Chargers took the lead into the final moments and went 13-for-15 from the line in the fourth quarter to hang on.
Elk Lake forced three straight turnovers to force a 58-58 tie with 1:30 left, but never led in the fourth quarter.
A strong inside game carried the Warriors until the last second of the third quarter.
The Warriors hurt the Chargers with rebounding, shot blocking and even sharp interior passing.
Seth Button, who had 12 rebounds, and Paul Handl, who had 10, each got six on the offensive end. They helped the Warriors to a 37-24 rebounding advantage, including 30-17 in the first three quarters.
Button also had six of his team's seven blocked shots.
It was three straight assists by Button which keyed an 8-0 run late in the second quarter to give the Warriors a 35-33 half-time lead.
Button retrieved his own rebound and flipped a pass into the middle of the lane to Handl, who finished with a game-high 20 points. He took a defensive rebound the length of the floor before feeding Tony Rezykowski with a behind-the-back pass, then made a slick pass for another Handl lay-up.
Rezykowski, who finished with 16 points and five assists, completed the brief passing exhibition. Following a steal, he made another behind-the-back pass to set up Jimmy Langan.
Langan finished with 14 points.
Elk Lake outscored Carbondale, 55-23, on points in the paint.
Matt Colgan, who had six steals, and Skorupa scored 17 points for Carbondale. Logan Gabriel had eight assists.
By the time the week was over, Elk Lake and every other county boys' basketball team saw their seasons end.
Northwest eliminated Elk Lake in the Class AA quarterfinals, 54-47, Saturday.
Rezykowski scored 16 points and Seth Button added 11 for the Warriors, who let a 25-21 half-time lead get away.
Forest City had a bye into the Class A quarterfinals where it lost, 52-37, to Bishop O'Hara Saturday.
Four of the five county teams that played in the opening round were eliminated.
Elk Lake bounced back from its league playoff loss to handle Wyoming Seminary, 68-45, in Class AA.
Button scored 18 points and Rezykowski added 15 in the win.
Montrose, Blue Ridge, Mountain View and Susquehanna were eliminated in the first round.
Scranton Prep defeated Montrose, 49-44, in Class AAA.
Lackawanna Trail topped Blue Ridge, 72-60, and Dunmore downed Mountain View, 56-40, in Class AA.
Susquehanna wound up winless when it lost to Bishop Hafey, 58-44, in Class A.
The Vikings jumped out to a 7-0 lead on the way to a 20-5 advantage after one quarter. They opened the lead to 28-9 in the second quarter.
Kevin Lee had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Sabers, who used an 11-5 run to start the fourth quarter to close within, 51-42, with 3:02 remaining.
Shawn Venesky added 15 points in the loss.
In girls' basketball, Mountain View, Montrose and Elk Lake all advanced in Class AA. Forest City is still waiting for its first game in Class A.
Mountain View eliminated Blue Ridge, 61-47, as Ashley Twining reached a milestone with the most productive night of her career.
Twining scored 36 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and made 12 steals to push her career scoring total to 1,011 points in just three seasons.
"She's a pretty tough match-up," Mountain View coach Bob Lambert said. "She gets open an awful lot. It's tough to stop her."
The Lady Eagles continued the strong run that carried them to the second-half and all-season Lackawanna League Division 2 North titles.
Freshman Whitney Williams joined seniors Twining, Ashley Robinson and Bettylou Mihal and junior Leah Simko in the starting lineup for the stretch run. Williams plays guard, often running the offense.
Montrose avenged a late-season upset loss when it defeated Lackawanna Trail, 46-33. Kate LaBarbera scored 18 points and Coleen Walsh added 16 in the win.
Nicole Nasser and Heather Shadduck led Elk Lake to a 59-44 come-from-behind road victory over Wyoming Seminary.
The Lady Warriors were down a point before racking up a 24-8 advantage in the fourth quarter.
THE WEEK AHEAD
The post-season continues in girls' basketball and wrestling.
The winner of Monday night's Montrose and Mountain View game is scheduled to play Wednesday against the Elk Lake-Bishop Hannan winner in Class AA.
Forest City opens play in the Class A semifinals Wednesday when it will face the winner of Monday's Seton Catholic-Old Forge game.
Lewis takes a 28-4 record into Friday and Saturday's Northeast Regionals at Williamsport. The records of the other county wrestlers going to regionals are: Pease (27-4), Jake Panasevich (31-5), Snyder (28-8), Matt Panasevich (28-9), Herbert (27-9), Holbrook (24-8) and Marvin (17-13).
TOM ROBINSON writes a weekly local sports column for the Susquehanna County Transcript. He can be reached on-line at RobbyTR@aol.com.
DALE JARRETT Leads Ford Charge At Rockingham, Rockingham, NC Dale Jarrett used a setup in his No. 88 UPS Ford given him by his teammate Elliott Sadler to win Sundays Winston Cup Subway 400 over two other Ford drivers, Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth.
Jarretts last win at Rockingham came during the fall race of 2000. He gained the lead from Busch just 10 laps from the finish in the 393 lap race. Busch, who appeared to have the dominant car regained the lead on lap 388, but Jarrett retook it one lap later, and pulled away for a half-second margin of victory.
"We know what kind of competitor he is (Busch), and I wasnt sure I was going to be able to get him, because we both had worn our tires out," said Jarrett.
"And Ive got to thank Elliott and the 38 car guys. They came down here and tested and if hadnt been for that, we wouldnt have had any idea of where to start. We had to make a lot of adjustments all day, but they are the ones that helped us."
Busch, who drives the No 97 Jack Roush Ford ended up second for the second straight week.
"This was a much more disappointing second than last week at Daytona," said Busch. "We just burned the tires off. I dont know why. Were very good for 60-laps. We just cant run those long stretches, 80-laps and more."
Matt Kenseth, another Roush driver in the No. 17 DeWalt Ford had the fastest lap times as the race went into its latter stages, came up short, and had to settle for third.
"I got real loose early," said Kenseth. "At one point they just went away and I thought I had a flat. I thought we had a good enough car to win today, but things never quite worked out where we could get up front."
The top-three finishing cars were Fords. Fourth-place finisher, Ricky Craven drove a Pontiac and rookie Jamie McMurray was fifth in a Dodge. The only Chevrolet driver to finish in the top-10 was Jimmie Johnson, who was eighth.
Polesitter Dave Blaney finished tenth in a Ford.
Busch leads the NASCAR Winston Cup points for the first time in his career.
Top ten finishing order: 1. Dale Jarrett, 2. Kurt Busch, 3. Matt Kenseth, 4. Ricky Craven, 5. Jamie McMurray, 6. Rusty Wallace, 7. Mark Martin, 8. Jimmie Johnson, 9. Elliott Sadler, 10. Dave Blaney.
Top-10 points leaders after 2 of 36 races: 1. Busch-345, 2. Jarrett-314, 3. Johnson-312, 4. Martin-306, 5. Waltrip-291, 6. Kenseth-278, 7. J, Burton-262, 8. Craven-255, 9. Stewart-254, 10. Harvick, R. Wallace, and Rudd-248.
New Season, New Team For KENNY WALLACE After running a full season last year in the Busch series, Kenny Wallace has a new team and new Winston Cup ride this year with Bill Davis Racing. Wallace is the driver of No. 23 Stacker2 Dodge Intrepid. His teammate is Ward Burton.
Like his older brother, Rusty, Kenny is never one to come up short for words. Last week he shared his opinions to the news media about his current team. "I think Bill Davis Racing is a great organization, but I didn't realize that Bill feels like the NASCAR community doesn't give him any respect," said Wallace. "I didn't realize that until I start driving for Bill. In my little world, I always thought Bill had a great organization. When I got there, it is a great organization. Ward has been a mainstay there since 1995. He's won the Daytona 500, the Southern 500, Loudon. I really think when you're off the beaten bath like that geography-wise, maybe just because he's not in the Charlotte area he feels he doesn't get any respect. I definitely give that team all the respect in the world. Some people think that Bill doesn't get all the quality people, but I don't see that. My pit stops have been right there with everybody. We've got Phillipe and he's a great crew chief. Terry Elledge is a magic motor man. I'm real happy with all the people. I'm always a positive person. I'm comfortable with it all. I think it's up to the individual team now to take care of their own equipment. The cars are all pretty much the same now. Any complaining will have to be about small situations. I'm thrilled to death with my organization. How much more can you do? The body location is mandated. All the downforce numbers are close. The cars we tested in Vegas were close to each other. I can't ask anything more out of Dodge. They rolled out the red carpet. It's up to us now to make it work."
The Winston Cup and Busch guys head west to Las Vegas. The Craftsman Truck series are idle until March 14.
Saturday, March 1, Busch Series Sams Town 300, race 3 of 34, 200 laps/300 miles, 3:30 p.m. TV: FX.
Sunday, March 2, Winston Cup UAW/DAIMLERCHRYSLER 400, race 3 of 36, 267 laps/400 miles, 2:30 p.m. TV: Fox.
Racing Trivia Question: Coy Gibbs drove a Craftsman Truck last year. What series is he racing in this season?
Answer To Last Weeks Question: Terry Labonte drives the no. 5 Kelloggs Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.
Gerald Hodges/the Racing Reporter is a syndicated NASCAR columnist. If you have a racing question that you would like answered send it to The Racing Reporter, P.O. Box 160711, Mobile, AL, 36616, or e-mail it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stacey Benedict, with her girl's ice hockey team, The Binghamton Blizzard, took top honors in the February 15th 1000 Islands Tournament held in Clayton, New York. The one day competition consisted of 3 games against teams from Massena, Malone and Clayton, NY. Home Ice for The Blizzard is the newly constructed BCC Ice Center at Broome Community College.
Stacey has represented North-East Pa. on the team since 1995 as a defenseman. She has also been selected for the past few years to play on a New York All Star Team, which competes annually in Canada.
Stacey, a senior at Blue Ridge High School, also plays for Seton Catholic Central High School Saints Varsity Ice Hockey Team and is one of only two girls on that team.
Tiffany M. Remington, a Speech Pathology Major at State University of New York College at Cortland, daughter of Bob and Paula Remington, RR 6, Montrose, is a member of the 2003 Indoor/Outdoor Track Team at SUNY Cortland.
Tiffany is a 2001 graduate of Montrose Area Schools.
Following is the local, 2003 preseason trout stocking schedule.
Date/Time, Water Are, Meeting Place, Species of Trout
Mar. 3, 1:30 p.m. Salt Lick Creek, Trail Diner, Rte. 11, New Milford Brook, Brown, Rainbow, Trophy Golden
Mar. 7, 2:00 p.m. Starrucca Creek, Lanesboro Post Office, Brook, Rainbow, Trophy Golden
Mar. 7, 2:00 p.m. Canawacta Creek, Lanesboro Post Office, Brook, Brown, Rainbow
Mar. 11, 2:15 p.m. Quaker Lake, PFBC Access @ Quaker Lake, Rainbow
Mar. 12, 1:30 p.m. Snake Creek, Basil Leaf Rest., Montrose Brook, Rainbow
Mar. 14, 12:15 p.m. Silver Creek, Rte. 6 & 187, Wysox Brook, Brown, Rainbow
Mar. 14, 12:15 p.m. Wysox Creek, Rte. 6 & 187, Wysox, Rainbow, Brown, Trophy Golden
Mar. 18, 12:45 p.m. Tuscarora Creek, Rte. 6 & 367, Laceyville Brook, Brown, Rainbow, Trophy Golden
Mar. 19, 1:30 p.m. East Branch Wyalusing Creek, Basil Leaf Rest., Montrose Brook, Brown, Rainbow, Trophy Golden
Apr. 2, 1:30 p.m. North Branch Wyalusing Creek, Basil Leaf Rest., Montrose Brook, Brown, Rainbow, Trophy Golden
Apr. 2, 1:30 p.m. Middle Branch Wyalusing Creek, Basil Leaf Rest., Montrose Brook, Brown, Rainbow
Apr. 3, 1:30 p.m. Fall Brook Basil Leaf Rest., Montrose, Brook, Brown, Rainbow
Apr. 3, 1:30 p.m. Gaylord Creek Basil Leaf Rest., Montrose, Brook, Brown
Trout season opens April 12, at 8:00 a.m., with a daily creel limit of five.
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