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Maplewood Lanes Bowling Results

County Soccer Teams Fall In State Play

Scranton - Mountain View jumped out to an early lead by scoring quickly to open the game, but a quick goal by East Stroudsburg Notre Dame to start the second half brought an end to the Eagles' season in the first round of the state Class A boys' soccer playoffs.

Notre Dame used the goal 16 seconds after half-time to post a 2-1 win at Scranton Memorial Stadium November 9.

The Mountain View boys and Montrose girls each lost games in the first round of the state tournament after winning district championships a week earlier.

Lewisburg eliminated Montrose in Class AA, 4-1.

Nick Stout needed just 2:48 to put Mountain View in front.

Nick Cicco sent a pass ahead on the right side and Stout got off a quick, hard shot.

Notre Dame came right back to tie the game less than four minutes later.

The Eagles nearly knocked it in their own goal on a Notre Dame corner kick. Ben Vauter got to the loose ball at the post for an easy score.

After Notre Dame carried much of the action with its speedy attack, Mountain View came on strong late in the half.

The game was tied at the intermission, but Jamaican exchange student Roshane Ellison broke the tie when he took a pass from Brian Reese and beat Mountain View down the right side off the second-half kickoff.

What few chances Mountain View appeared to have at forcing a tie in the final 10 minutes failed to produce a serious threat.

"We tried to play up the middle too much," Mountain View coach Darin Bain said. "They use five midfielders like we do. We should have tried to go to the flag and work from there. We played to their strength too much."

The Eagles stayed competitive with the veteran opponent despite having sophomores filling about half the lineup throughout the game.

"It's only the second district title we've ever won," Bain said. "We had a real good season. I'm real proud."

Notre Dame had the edge in shots, 15-8, and in corner kicks, 3-1.

In the opener of the tripleheader, Montrose tied the game nearly midway through the first half, but Lewisburg was in control most of the way.

Aliza Shabonowitz, who finished with two goals and an assist, gave Lewisburg the 1-0 lead at 6:13 of the first half.

The Lady Meteors forced the tie at 18:14 when Erika Brown went up above the crowd and headed the ball in off an Amber Lattner corner kick.

Lewisburg regained the lead with 11:28 left in the half when Julie Milner scored after Brown had come back to block her first attempt.

Julie Eggleton assisted on both goals in the half.

Kellie Nebiker scored from in front after a Montrose defender missed an attempt to clear a deflected centering pass.

Shabanowitz connected on a direct kick with 7:10 remaining to clinch the win.

Lewisburg held Montrose without a shot in the second half and had a 19-2 advantage in the game. It also led, 4-3, in corner kicks.

Caitlin Ely made eight saves for Montrose.


The tripleheader at Scranton featured three District 2 champions.

Abington Heights, the unbeaten boys' champs of the Lackawanna League Division I and District 2 Class AAA, emerged from a shootout with a victory after being locked in a scoreless tie with Warwick through regulation and four overtimes.

Tony Pagnotti, who has family in Susquehanna, is the second-leading scorer on the Comets. Abington Heights advanced to the state semifinals Saturday with another 1-0 victory, this time over Downingtown West.

Pagnotti is the son of the former Mary Theresa Adornato. He averaged well over two points per game in soccer, which awards two points for a goal and one for an assist.

When Abington Heights beat Hazleton Area, 3-0, in the district final, Pagnotti had two of the goals.

With the help of his play in club soccer outside of the high school season, Pagnotti has been drawing attention from college recruiters on all levels. He also is a kicker for the Abington Heights football team.

In high school football, three Lackawanna Football Conference teams advanced.

Unbeaten Lakeland and Dunmore, which suffered its only loss in the ninth week of the season against the Chiefs, will meet in a rematch for the District 2 Class AA title.

Lakeland routed Riverside, 46-0.

Dunmore handed Bishop Hoban its first loss, 23-6, when Mike Gardier returned a kickoff 91 yards for one score and Corey Gilroy returned an interception 70 yards for another.

Lackawanna Trail shut out Northwest, 35-0, for the District 2 Class A championship.

James Staffaroni caught eight passes for more than 100 yards and one touchdown while also running for a score for Lackawanna Trail.

In professional hockey, Binghamton Senators co-coach John Paddock became just the third coach in American Hockey League history with 500 career wins.

Paddock reached the milestone when Binghamton defeated Hamilton, 4-3, in a shootout.

Jason Spezza and Denis Hamel scored during the shootout to get the road win for the Senators, who had failed in their first five attempts to get the milestone for Paddock.

Paddock, 50, made his AHL coaching debut with the Maine Mariners in 1982. He is 500-372-87. He is the only coach to lead three different AHL franchises - Maine, Hershey and Hartford -- to Calder Cup titles. His record of nine straight 40-win seasons ended last season as the head coach of the Senators.

After being promoted to assistant coach of the National Hockey League's Ottawa Senators, Paddock returned to serve as co-coach with first-year Binghamton coach Dave Cameron during the NHL lockout.

Only Hall of Famers Fred "Bun" Cook, with 636, and Frank Mathers, with 610, have more wins as an AHL coach.


Joe Frick, a defensive back from Montrose, was one of the seniors honored November 6 when Mansfield lost in its season finale to playoff-bound East Stroudsburg, 41-7.

The game was the 31st straight start for Frick, who appeared in 38 games, including 37 as a starter, in his college career.

After two straight seasons as the team's fourth-leading tackler, Frick was the defensive leader from the secondary this season. He also kept busy on the special teams where his return work allowed him to finish fourth on the team in all-purpose yards.

Frick led the team with 58 tackles and 31 assists. The 6-foot, 225-pounder came up to make four sacks for 25 yards in losses, and five other tackles behind the line for 26 more yards in losses. He forced four fumbles, recovered a fumble, broke up two passes and intercepted one.

In his career, Frick had four interceptions which he returned for 123 yards (30.8 average).

Frick was 13-for-267 on kickoff returns (20.5) this season, while going 7-for-38 on punt returns and 1-for-42 on interception returns.


Winter high school sports teams began practice Monday. Teams are working toward the Dec. 3 regular-season openers.

In professional hockey, the Binghamton Senators and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will play a home-and-home AHL this weekend.

The teams meet at the Broome County Arena Friday night then play at the Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre Saturday.

In high school football, Lackawanna Trail will meet two-time defending state champion Southern Columbia for a berth in the state Class A quarterfinals.

Predictions for this weekend's games, with winners in CAPS: LAKELAND 27, Dunmore 18; SOUTHERN COLUMBIA 33, Lackawanna Trail 12.

Last week's selections were 4-1, bringing our season record to 94-16 (85.5 percent). Predictions will continue until the last Lackawanna Football Conference team has been eliminated.

Tom Robinson writes a weekly local sports column for the Susquehanna County Transcript. He can be reached online at

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JOHNSON Wins The Final Southern 500

Darlington, SC – Jimmie Johnson won Sunday’s Southern 500, the last one at the historic Darlington Raceway. Johnson gained the lead from Jamie McMurray on lap 358 of the 367 lap race, and then held off Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon for his eighth win of the 2004 season.

“My guys got me out first on that pit stop and that was the key,” said Johnson. “If you’ve got a good car and tires, you can usually move forward here, and that’s what we did.”

The win moved Johnson into second-place in the points standings, 18 points back of Kurt Busch, who finished sixth. Johnson’s teammate, Jeff Gordon is third, only three points behind Johnson.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 11th in Sunday’s race and is now fourth in points, 72 points behind the leader, while Mark Martin, Sunday’s runner-up is fifth, 82 points back.

Jeff Gordon led the most laps, but his team had problems changing tires during a yellow flag pit stop on lap 339, and he went from first to seventh. There was one more caution period after Kevin Harvick’s No. 29 Chevrolet stalled on the track during lap 346, but Gordon was not able to get back to the front, and finished third.

“We made a mistake and it cost us,” said Gordon. “We had a car to win, and now we have to win the final race at Homestead. I’m disappointed we didn’t win and that makes me mad. That’s the way we’re going to Homestead, mad.”

Top ten finishing order: 1. Jimmie Johnson, 2. Mark Martin, 3. Jeff Gordon, 4. Jamie McMurray, 5. Kasey Kahne, 6. Kurt Busch, 7. Carl Edwards, 8. Joe Nemechek, 9. Bobby Labonte, 10. Mike Bliss.

Chase For The Nextel Cup Contenders – With only one race remaining: 1. Busch-6346, 2. Johnson-6328, 3. J. Gordon-6325, 4. Earnhardt Jr.-6274, 5. Martin-6264, 6. Stewart-6161, 7. Newman-6102, 8. Kenseth-5963, 9. Sadler-5963, 10. Mayfield-5942.

Is NASCAR Heading Towards A Two-Day Format – NASCAR might be on the verge of another major shakeup involving the Nextel Cup Series.

Jim Hunter, NASCAR's vice president/corporate communications, said that the sanctioning body is talking with teams and promoters about revising the typical weekend format. Cup cars routinely practice and qualify Friday, run two additional practices Saturday and race Sunday.

Under the "two-day" format, Cup teams would practice once, maybe twice, on Friday. Cup qualifying would be conducted Saturday morning, after which all cars would be impounded. In most instances, fans would get to see Cup qualifying and a NASCAR Busch Series race for the price of a single ticket.

So, what’s the big deal?

The fact the cars would be impounded by NASCAR after time trials - eliminating any additional work by crews - means teams basically would have to come to the track prepared to qualify with a "race-day" setup.

"The bottom line is to take the car through inspection for qualifying, and once qualifying is over, park it," Hunter said. "That's one scenario, until race time. That's the best of all worlds. And then the other would be to have a [Happy Hour] practice, either before or after the Busch race."

Officials believe this format will save teams money and crews all the post-qualifying work they now go through to change over from a qualifying to a race-day setup. And a few hours of downtime during any weekend, multiplied by 38 race weekends, surely would ease the grind in the garage area.

"We know better than to say 'save money,' because they'll figure another way to spend it," Hunter said. "But it should save teams a lot of labor.

"We've got the one-engine rule. They used to change motors [after qualifying]; they don't do that anymore. This is the next step."

But what about the tracks that rely on the extra day for increased profits? It might be hard to convince a track to go along with the idea if they have a big sponsor and sell 40-50 thousand tickets.

"If you're drawing a huge crowd for qualifying and you have a big sponsor for qualifying, then you can understand the track's reluctance to do it," said Hunter, acknowledging the speedway's position of strength. "The biggest reason is an economic reason."

We’ll have to wait and see, but expect additional major changes by NASCAR during the off season.

TRUEX Claims Busch Title – Martin Truex has enough points to win this year’s Busch Series Championship. The top-10 leaders with one remaining race: 1. Truex-5030, 2. Busch-4773, 3. Biffle-4434, 4. Hornaday-4107, 5. d. Green-4045, 6. Bliss-4033, 7. Keller-3964, 8. A. Lewis-3771, 9. K. Wallace-3745, 10. Leffler-3661.

HAMILTON Regains Truck Lead – The top-10 Craftsman Truck Series leaders with one remaining race: 1. Hamilton-3509, 2. Setzer-3439, 3. Musgrave-3379, 4. Edwards-3361, 5. Crafton-3219, 6. Starr-3133, 7. Kvapil-3046, 8. Park-3044, 9. Sprague-3021, 10. Chaffin-3004.


All three of NASCAR’s major series close out their 2004 racing season this weekend at Homestead, Florida.

Friday, November 19, Craftsman Trucks Ford 200, 134 laps/200 miles, 3:30 p.m. TV: Speed Channel.

Saturday, November 20, Busch Series Ford 300, 200 laps/300 miles, 1 p.m. TV: NBC.

Sunday, November 21, Nextel Cup Ford 400, Starting time: 12:30 p.m., 267 laps/400 miles TV: NBC.

Racing Trivia Question: Darrell Waltrip has been voted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. How many Winston Cup championships did he win?

Last Week’s Question: Who will be the new Nextel Cup driver for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2005? Answer. Jason Leffler will drive the No. 11 Fed-Ex Chevrolet for Gibbs Racing in 2005.

Gerald Hodges/the Racing Reporter is a syndicated NASCAR columnist. You can read additional racing stories by Hodges at

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Maplewood Lanes Bowling Results

Following are results from the Tuesday, November 2 Ladies Lunch and Tuesday Nite Ladies Leagues at Maplewood Lanes, Montrose, PA.

Tuesday Ladies Lunch League

Leading point team is Rollers.

Top three Team Scratch Game Scores were: Rollers, 637; Rainbow 4, 622; Horsin Around, 617.

Top three Team Scratch Series were: Rollers, 1794; Us Four, 1714; Rainbow 4, 1707.

Top three Scratch Game Highs were: Esther McLaughlin, 210; Catherine Novitch, 207; Judy Spadine, 198.

Top three Scratch Series were: Catherine Novitch, 532; Dorothy States, 522; Sandy Post, 509.

Tuesday Night Ladies League

Leading point team is Town & Country Florist.

Top three Team Scratch Game Scores were: Stankiewicz Farm, 631; Bell Brothers, 584; Robinson’s Market, 578.

Top three Team Scratch Series were: Stankiewicz Farm, 1756; Bell Brothers, 1729; Robinson’s Market, 1686.

Top three Scratch Game Highs were: Dorothy C. States, 204; Tammy S. Taylor, 202; Beatrice L. Benner, 192.

Top three Scratch Series were: Dorothy C. States, 567; Tammy S. Taylor, 533; Beatrice L. Benner, 524.

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