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Mount Cobb – Jeff Evans and Jonathan Lodge were two of the 20 players to break 80, making them two of the four Montrose golfers to qualify for the District 2 boys' golf tournament with their play at last week's Lackawanna League qualifier.
Evans shot 6-over-par, 78 at Scranton Municipal to lead his teammate by a shot. They had the best scores of all county golfers.
Dan Stranburg shot 81 and Devlin Conrad had 82, allowing them to advance to the October 4 district event.
Evans had a birdie on the par-3 fifth hole while shooting 38 on the front. Lodge had a birdie on the par-3, 12th hole while shooting 38 on the back.
Mountain View's Kyle Kilmer and Forest City's Mike Turano each had 80 to join the group of 50 players who advanced from the 25-team event.
Mike Gross of Scranton Prep was the medalist with an even-par, 72.
Prep and North Pocono each qualified all six players.
Susquehanna had balance, but did not have a player reach the 84 or better needed to qualify.
Craig Soden and Dusty Barton each shot 90 while Drew Crawford had 91 and Sean Lawson shot 92.
Elk Lake's Derek Johnson missed by a stroke, shooting 85. Teammate Kirk Lunger had an 89.
Josh Ruddock, Jared Tennant and Ben Hinkley tied for Blue Ridge's best score with 96s.
Brad Sparks of Forest City shot 88.
WEEK IN REVIEW
The Ottawa Senators swept a pair of National Hockey League exhibition games from the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday and Saturday at their minor-league affiliates' home rinks.
Binghamton fans got to see Ottawa stars such as Dominik Hasek and Dany Heatley.
Wilkes-Barre fans witnessed two appearances by Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux and number-one draft pick Sidney Crosby. They also saw the Pittsburgh debuts of former NHL all-stars John LeClair, Sergei Gonchar and Mark Recchi.
Ottawa won, 3-0, Friday night when Hasek made 19 saves in 33:46 and Kelly Guard finished the shutout.
Heatley had a goal and two assists while linemates Jason Spezza (three assists) and Brandon Bochenski (goal, assist) also contributed.
Crosby scored his first NHL goal the next night, but Ottawa won, 6-2, in Wilkes-Barre.
Brian Pothier's two power-play goals helped Ottawa to a 4-0 lead after one period. Pothier was an AHL all-star defenseman last season for Binghamton.
"We got behind the 8-ball against a team that legitimately could win the Stanley Cup," Pittsburgh coach Eddie Olczyk said.
The Penguins also played Boston in Wilkes-Barre and lost, 4-3, in overtime in Crosby's professional debut.
The anticipation of Crosby's first game drew coverage from Sports Illustrated and brought media from Montreal, Toronto and Philadelphia to Wilkes-Barre for the week.
In girls' soccer, Montrose handled the other two unbeatens to emerge from the week with the only perfect record in Lackawanna League Northern Division play.
The Lady Meteors won back-to-back road games, 3-1, over Lakeland and, 2-1, over Mountain View.
Brittany Ely scored two goals and Chelsea Lunger added one to produce a 3-0 lead before Lakeland scored with 5:03 remaining. Nikki Printz, Amber Lattner and Maggie McNamara had assists.
Lakeland held a 15-14 edge in shots, but Caitlin Ely made 14 saves for the Lady Meteors.
Lattner scored on a penalty kick then assisted on a goal by Brittany Ely to give the Lady Meteors a 2-0 halftime lead on Mountain View. Caitlin Ely made 11 saves in the win.
In high school football, Susquehanna threatened an upset against a highly regarded opponent before falling short for the second straight week.
The Sabers lost to defending Lackawanna Football Conference Division II and District 2 Class AA champion Lakeland, 21-6.
Anthony Dorunda's touchdown pass to Dustin Shaw in the third quarter brought the Sabers within, 7-6.
Susquehanna then appeared to have Lakeland stopped with a chance to move in front, only to have the Chiefs maintain possession because of a roughing-the-center call on a Lakeland punt.
Lakeland went in to score two straight touchdowns before Christopher Felter broke a late 84-yard touchdown run for the Sabers.
"We played better defensively, but fumbles hurt us," Sabers coach Dick Bagnall said.
Montrose remained winless when it lost to undefeated Bishop O'Hara, 31-16.
In girls' tennis, Montrose's Sarah Golis and Elk Lake's Kristen Shingler were each eliminated in the quarterfinal round of the District 2 Class AA singles tournament.
Golis went in as the third seed based on her strong play early in the season, but was unable to advance to the final eight. She received a first-round bye, defeated Valley View's Tanya Bernacki, 6-2, 6-2, and lost to Honesdale's Shiloh Richner, 6-4, 6-3.
Shingler also received a first-round bye. She defeated Stephanie Jarus of Wilkes-Barre GAR, 6-2, 6-1, then lost to second-seeded Wiebke Mehnert of Wyoming Seminary, 6-0, 6-1.
Both Montrose doubles teams made it to the quarterfinals before losing.
Golis teamed with Ashley Hinds while Liz Davenport teamed with Amanda Lass for two wins each before they were eliminated.
Golis-Hinds topped Jody Kapuschinsky-Danielle Oberto of Bishop Hafey, 6-1, 6-2, and Anna Lashakov-Megha Patel of Freeland MMI, 6-0, 6-0, before losing to second-seeded Mehnert-Sara Brown of Wyoming Seminary, 6-4, 7-5.
Davenport-Lass defeated Theresa Scaramastro-Dominique Juliano of Riverside, 7-5, 6-2, and Kim Attardo-Katie Kozak of Pittston Seton Catholic, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5, then lost to top-seeded Alex Blewitt-Lindsay Williams of Valley View, 6-1, 6-1.
Both Elk Lake teams were eliminated in their first match.
In cross country, Tara Chiarella was the girls' champion in the Montrose Invitational Saturday.
Chiarella ran the 3.1-mile course in 20:27.
Blue Ridge finished second in the eight-team field, behind Vestal, N.Y.
Northeast Bradford was the boys' champion.
Robert Squier, a sophomore from Elk Lake, was seventh among Army's 18 runners in its season-opening cross country meet.
Army lost to Cornell, 19-39. Squier placed 15th of 41 total runners in the meet.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Susquehanna will play the first night home football game in school history Friday against Bishop O'Hara.
The game will be the first against a Lackawanna Football Conference Division III opponent.
Although the Sabers (1-3) are tied for the worst record in non-league play among Lackawanna Football Conference Division III teams and have only one win in four seasons, they have held up well against the toughest schedule. They were competitive in losses to Scranton Prep and Lakeland, a pair of 3-1 teams that may wind up fighting for the Division II title.
Bishop O'Hara (4-0) has outscored its opponents, 151-43, but has played four teams that have combined for just one win this season.
Friday's game could show if the Sabers have any chance of keeping up with the top teams in their division.
Mid Valley and Old Forge have 3-1 records. Lackawanna Trail is 2-2 while Riverside joins Susquehanna at 0-3.
Last week's predictions were 7-3, bringing our season record to 32-14 (69.6 percent).
This week's predictions, with winners in CAPS: BISHOP O'HARA 30, Susquehanna 26; LACKAWANNA TRAIL 39, Wallenpaupack 7; WEST SCRANTON 61, Riverside 16; MID VALLEY 31, Honesdale 16; VALLEY VIEW 44, Dunmore 12; DELAWARE VALLEY 36, Scranton Prep 22; OLD FORGE 34, Carbondale 23; NORTH POCONO 40, Western Wayne 3; ABINGTON HEIGHTS 24, Lakeland 12.
JOHNSON Beats The Monster At Dover
Dover, DE – Jimmie Johnson stormed past Mark Martin on lap 384 of the 400-lap MBNA RacePoints 400 at Dover’s Monster Mile, on Sunday, to get his third win of the season and take the lead in this year’s Chase For the Championship.
On their final pit stops on lap 368, Martin, who was leading took two tires while Jimmie Johnson got four. Martin’s gamble didn't work, as Johnson passed him on the restart, then pulled away for a close win over his teammate Kyle Busch.
“We needed that so bad,” said Johnson.
Johnson’s teammate, Kyle Busch finished second, less than a car-length behind.
“I was racing him as hard as I could,” said Busch. “It didn’t matter to me. I was trying to get him a little bit loose, so I could get by him.
“I’ll give him the win now, because he thanked us. You know we came down here (Dover) and tested, and gave him our setup.”
Rusty Wallace’s third-place finish moved him into second in Chase points, seven behind Johnson.
“It was a good run for us,” said Wallace. “My car was a solid top-five all day long, but I couldn’t quite get up and battle for the lead.”
Mark Martin, who finished fourth, was the highest finisher of the five Roush drivers.
“The number of tires was too hard of a decision for me, so I didn’t get involved in it,” said Martin. “We were trying to win the race. Maybe it cost us 10 points, but it’s not going to be the difference in this year’s championship.”
Ryan Newman, who won Saturday’s Busch race and started on Sunday’s pole finished fifth. He led the first 30-laps, then had handling problems. But late in the race, he came back strong. He moved up to third in the Chase points.
Rounding out the top-10 finishers were: 6. Elliott Sadler, 7. Jeremy Mayfield, 8. Kyle Petty, 9. Carl Edwards, 10. Casey Mears.
Tony Stewart started 31st and finished 18th, after having handling problems on the track, and a broken jack during a pit stop. He is now fifth in the points.
“Nobody saw this coming for sure,” said Stewart. “This thing drove a lot better in practice. I don’t know why it was so bad today.”
Kurt Busch, the defending Nextel Cup champion led 192 laps, the most of any driver, but during an unscheduled pit stop on lap 378, he was penalized by NASCAR for speeding on pit road and wound up 23rd, three laps down. Busch is now 170 points out of first.
“We just didn’t finish where we ran today,” said Busch. “The bottom line is we had a good car, but we just didn’t finish where we were supposed to.”
Matt Kenseth dropped to ninth in the standings after two flat tires cost him a DNF.
Jeff Gordon was caught up in a wreck between Jamie McMurray and Tony Raines and wound up with his sixth DNF of the season.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. had brake problems early and struggled with his No. 8 to finish seven laps down in 31st.
Chase For the Nextel Cup contenders; 1. Johnson-5362, 2. R. Wallace-5355, 3. Newman-5350, 4. Martin-5341, 5. Stewart-5339, 6. Biffle-5339, 7. Mayfield-5281, 8. Edwards-5259, 9. Kenseth-5238, 10. Busch-5192.
PETTY Forms Sprint Car Series – Kyle Petty announced the formation of a new winged sprint car series, to be known as National SprintCar League.
Steve Kinser, the 19-time World of Outlaws series champion, and 11 other current World of Outlaws drivers and teams have joined the newly formed NSL beginning in 2006.
Petty said the following twelve current World of Outlaws series drivers and teams to three year agreements beginning with the 2006 season: Steve Kinser, Jason Meyers, Kraig Kinser, Danny “The Dude” Lasoski, Tim Shaffer, Paul McMahan, Joey Saldana, Jason Sides, Brian Paulus, Brandon Wimmer, Shane Stewart and Jason Solwold. The series has also received commitments from three time WoO series champion Sammy Swindell, 16 - time World of Outlaws championship car owner Karl Kinser and long time team owner Dennis Roth to run in 2006.
“We looked at acquiring this series a couple of years ago,” said Kyle Petty, CEO of Petty Enterprises. “The foundation of drivers, owners, tracks, sponsors and fans combined with the Petty family of partners and resources is the primary reason for our desire to create this series. We are especially excited that Nextel Cup points leader Tony Stewart has joined our series as a team owner and track promoter. Our ultimate goal is to provide the highest quality sprint car racing in the world.
“We plan on bringing our show to many of the famed sprint car tracks such as Eldora Speedway, Williams Grove Speedway and Knoxville Raceway,” said 7-time NASCAR champion, Richard Petty. “The initial response within the industry has been phenomenal.
“Our primary goal is to deliver a series that will benefit everyone involved; drivers, owners, tracks, sponsors and most importantly, the race fans. This stuff reminds me of how racing was when I began to race 50 years ago, I love it.”
ERIK DARNELL Wins Roush’s Gong Show, Dover, DE – Erik Darnell, a part-time driver in the ARCA RE/MAX Series this season, has secured a full-time ride in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series next season with Roush Racing by winning the organization's "Gong Show" competition.
Roush has been using the Gong Show to hire new talent for several years – the 1999 version produced a Craftsman Truck Series ride for Kurt Busch, who won last season's Nextel Cup championship.
Darnell, 22, from Beach Park, IL, and David Ragan, 19, of Unadilla, GA, were the finalists for the full-time ride.
While Darnell will get a full-time ride, Ragan is expected to split time in Roush's No. 6 Ford truck next season with veteran Mark Martin.
Darnell finished third in points in NASCAR's Southeast Series last season with two wins and three poles. Ragan earned his first ARCA win in May and ran Busch Series races at Texas, St. Louis and Milwaukee.
Top-10 Busch Series leaders: 1. Truex-4063, 2. Bowyer-4037, 3. Sorenson-3805, 4. Edwards-3733, 5. Hamlin-3496, 6. K. Wallace-3483, 7. Menard-3330, 8. Stremme-3194, 9. D. Green-3193, 10. Keller-3147.
Top-10 Craftsman Truck Series leaders; 1. Setzer-2877, 2. Musgrave-2872, 3. Hornaday-2677, 4. Skinner-2627, 5. T. Bodine-2593, 6. Spencer-2593, 7. Hamilton-2577, 8. Starr-2507, 9. Reutimann-2493, 10. Crafton-2483.
Only the Nextel Cup cars will be racing this weekend. The Busch and Craftsman Truck series have the weekend off.
Sunday, October 2, Talladega 500, race 29 of 36, 188 laps/500 miles, 1:30 p.m. TV: NBC.
Racing Trivia Question: What city and state is “Awesome” Bill Elliott from?
Last Week’s Question: Which Cup team does Dave Blaney drive for? Answer. He drives the No. 07 Richard Childress Chevrolet.
You may read additional stories by the Racing Reporter at www.race500.com. You may write him at P. O. Box 160711, Mobile, AL 36616.
Thirteen-year old Vikki Hartt placed fourth with a time of 21:07 in the Women’s Division of the fifteenth annual Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race for the Cure. The 5k Coed Run/Walk was held in Scranton on September 17. A member of the Blue Ridge Middle School Cross Country Team, Vikki is the daughter of Karen and Jerry Hartt, and the granddaughter of Janet and Harold Hartt, Susquehanna.
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