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Students Complete Pistol Training Course

Montrose Girls Take Spagna Title; Elk Lake Wins Division In Softball
By Tom Robinson

SCRANTON - Julia Koloski, Sarah Kimsey and Christy DiMichelle won individual events to help Montrose claim the Class AA girls’ team title May 11 in the Lackawanna Track Conference’s Robert Spagna Invitational.

Koloski set a record while winning the triple jump. Kimsey tied a record that she already had a share of in the high jump. DiMichelle won the pole vault.

The Lady Meteors scored 68 1/3 points to beat out Western Wayne, which had 61 1/3 points, for the Class AA title. Western Wayne handed Montrose its only loss in the regular season while taking the LTC Division 2 title.

Abington Heights outscored Honesdale, 96-77, in Class AAA.

Koloski set a meet record with a triple jump of 37-5 3⁄4, breaking the mark of 36-7 set by Scranton’s Malik Miller in 2005, the first year the event was held.

Koloski also settled for second place behind three strong performances. She broke her own record of 12.42 by running the 100 in 12.31, only to finish behind Jordan Hoyt of Abington Heights (12.08) in a meeting of returning state silver medalists. Koloski came within an inch of her own long jump record of 17-1, but lost to a jump of 17-2 1/2 by Western Wayne’s Courtney Kromko.

Jacey Blom, Koloski, Alex Lewis and Angela Short formed the 400 relay team that lost to Abington Heights by one-hundredth of a second.

Kimsey won the high jump in 5-4 for the third straight year. Lakeland’s Trina Carito also jumped 5-4 in 2006. Kimsey also finished fourth in the triple jump.

DiMichelle won the pole vault at 10-6 when she had fewer misses than Riverside’s Vanessa Munley, a state bronze medalist last year.

Blue Ridge’s Kaitchen Dearborn won the javelin to help the Lady Raiders finish seventh out of 13 Class AA teams with 23 points. Mountain View was 10th with 15 points and Susquehanna was last with a third of a point.

Jordan Relays champion Elk Lake did not compete.

Blue Ridge’s Zach Kruger produced both individual boys’ victories by Susquehanna County athletes.

Kruger won both hurdles races. He won the 110 high hurdles in 15.41 and set a record in the 300 hurdles in 39.87 while tuning up for the District 2 Class AA championships that were scheduled for earlier this week.

“I saw the record was a 40.4 and I was hoping I could get it,” said Kruger, who was the only conference hurdler to go under 40 seconds during the regular season. “I heard my coaches yelling.

“The most important thing was getting ready for next week and the stage that progresses you to states.”

Blue Ridge was third out of 11 teams in the Class AA boys’ team scoring with 43 points. Valley View beat out Dunmore, 102-46 1/2, for the team title.

Elk Lake and Montrose tied for ninth with six points. Susquehanna and Mountain View did not score.

Honesdale won the Class AAA team title over North Pocono, 93-86.


Brooke Darling threw her third perfect game of the season Friday, allowing Elk Lake to clinch the Lackawanna League Division 3 softball title with a 3-0 victory over Lackawanna Trail.

Darling struck out 17 while throwing her fifth no-hitter in 13 games for the unbeaten Lady Warriors.

Bre Hollenbeck tripled to drive in one run and scored on a Katie Mitchell single during a three-run first inning. Gabby Baltzley, who finished with two hits, also scored in the inning.

Elk Lake started the week with a 4-2 win over defending champion Blue Ridge.

Baltzley, Hollenbeck and Mitchell had three straight doubles in the four-run bottom of the fifth when the Lady Warriors came from two runs down. Baltzley went 3-for-3.

Darling threw a four-hitter with 17 strikeouts.

The Lady Warriors then pounded Mountain View, 16-0, in six innings as Karley Caines and Hollenbeck each had two hits while scoring three runs and driving in three. Katie Mitchell also drove in three runs.

Darling, who struck out 13 in a six-hit shutout, had three hits.

In boys’ tennis, Montrose’s Zach Warriner-David Harris won a first-round District 2 Class AA doubles match over Nate Hoff-Pat Bayly of Honesdale, 6-3, 6-0, before being eliminated in the second round.

Eighth-seeded Scott Ricetti-Andrew Nakkache of Dallas stopped Warriner-Harris, 6-4, 6-4.

Seventh-seeded Andrew Panzitti-Patrick Dockery of Holy Redeemer eliminated Montrose’s other team, Aaron Roman-Maxi Scarola, 6-1, 7-5, in the first round.

In boys’ volleyball, the final Lackawanna League standings were: Western Wayne 12-0, Mountain View 10-2, Forest City 6-6, Lackawanna Trail 5-7, Blue Ridge 4-8, Susquehanna 4-8, Elk Lake 1-11.

In junior high track, the Elk Lake team of Jenny VanEtten, Elizabeth Trowbridge, Katie Jean VanEtten and Cassy Salsman teamed to set a District 2 meet record with a winning relay time of 10:09.73.

Montrose’s Samantha Bennici won the 800-meter run.

Susquehanna’s Melissa Kukowski (100 hurdles) and Elk Lake’s Elizabeth Trowbridge (1600) each finished third.

Elk Lake finished eighth out of the 27 teams that scored points. The Lady Warriors had 32 points. Montrose was 12th with 27.5, Susquehanna was 24th with eight and Blue Ridge was 27th with seven.

Abington Heights beat out Dallas, 84-63, for the team title.

Coughlin outscored Valley View, 115-102, for the boys’ title.

Craig Monks was third in the long jump to help Blue Ridge finish 23rd out of 29 teams with seven points.


Katherine Lucenti was the number-one pitcher at Misericordia University, which fell one game short of the NCAA Division III softball tournament but wound up in the ECAC South Tournament where it finished third.

The senior from Elk Lake was named first-team MAC Freedom Conference all-star after setting a record by starting 36 games for Misericordia.

Misericordia lost to King's College, 6-5, in the final of the Freedom Conference Tournament.

Lucenti finished 22-14 with a 2.59 earned run average.

In 229 1/3 innings, Lucenti gave up 225 hits and 118 walks while striking out 126. She made 39 appearances, had 27 complete games and four shutouts to lead Misericordia to a 26-16 record.

Lucenti was a second-team all-star as a freshman and first-team all-star as a sophomore when Misericordia was a member of the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference.

At the plate, Lucenti was 1-for-10 (.100) with a run scored and a run batted in.


The District 2 Class AA boys’ volleyball tournament opens Monday, May 24 with four quarterfinal matches. The tournament continues the next day with semifinals.

Mountain View (10-2) will be in the field while Forest City (6-6) has a chance to be included when the seeds are announced.

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

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By Gerald Hodges

Johnson Errs, Kyle Busch Wins

DOVER, Del. - Kyle Busch won Sunday’s Sprint Cup Autism 400 at Dover after Jimmie Johnson was caught speeding on pit road late in the race, putting him a lap down to the leaders.

“It’s phenomenal,” said Busch. “We prevailed and that’s what it takes to win one of these races.

“We weren’t the best car at the beginning, but at about lap 260 we came on. We did the right things at the right time.”

Busch made it two-for-three at Dover. He won Saturday night’s Nationwide race, and was leading Friday’s Camping World Truck race, when he ran out of gas.

Kyle Busch goes two-for-three at Dover.

Johnson and Busch were running 1-2 when they both came into the pits for tires with 35-laps remaining in the 400-lap race. Busch exited his pit stall first, and Johnson tried to pass him on pit road, but NASCAR said Johnson was speeding.

“Evidently I got out of the pits a little quicker than normal,” said Johnson who wound up 16th. “I didn’t want Kyle to beat me out.”

Johnson led 225 laps, the most of any driver, but went from hot to cold. The one mistake in the pits probably cost him the win. He dropped from second to fourth in points.

Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, David Reutimann, Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, and Joey Logano were the top-10 finishing drivers.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. turned in poor practice times, and never got the race-day handling he needed. He finished 10-laps down in 30th position.

Top-12 Chase contenders after 12 of 36: 1. Harvick-1768, 2. Kyle Busch-1699, 3. Kenseth-1642, 4. Johnson-1637, 5. Hamlin-1618, 6. J. Gordon-1605, 7. Biffle-1581, 8. Burton-1569, 9. Kurt Busch-1531, 10. Edwards-1487, 11. Martin-1475, 12. Truex-1434.


Kyle Busch dominated Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Dover, but a late-race altercation between Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer, took the limelight.

Busch scored his fourth series victory of the season and 34th of his career by leading all but 14 of 205 laps as the race ended with a green-white-checkered finish. He never was truly challenged and pulled away from the field on the final restart.

As Busch celebrated in Victory Lane, Bowyer was waiting in the Nationwide hauler to meet with NASCAR officials. On the next-to-last restart, Hamlin knocked Bowyer out of second place as the green flag waved. The fracas triggered a nine-car accident and an 11-minute, 43-second red flag.

After the red was lifted, Bowyer drove from pit road and slammed into the side of Hamlin's car, causing it to spin. NASCAR immediately parked Bowyer and sent him to the garage.

“(Our team has) had a frustrating year, bringing home a lot of torn-up racecars,” said Bowyer, “It is what it is. I don't have a beef with Denny. We'll be fine. I got one taken from me. Just a little payback.”

Ryan Newman drove through the crash and finished second to Busch, with Jamie McMurray third. Reed Sorenson was fourth, followed by Braun Racing teammate Jason Leffler.

Kevin Harvick was sixth. Brad Keselowski finished seventh to hold on to the points lead by 11 over Busch. Greg Biffle was eighth, with rookies Brian Scott and Colin Braun rounding out the top 10.

Top-10 points leaders after 11 of 36: 1. Brad Keselowski-1766, 2. Kyle Busch-1755, 3. Harvick-1702, 4. Edwards-1546, 5. Allgaier-1521, 6. Menard-1404, 7. Biffle-1239, 8. Logano-1228, 9. Leffler-1204, 10. Scott-1181.


Aric Almirola took advantage of Kyle Busch's empty fuel tank to win the Dover 200 Truck Series race. James Buescher came back from a spin to finish second, passing Justin Lofton on the last lap. Both posted their best career finishes in the truck series. Ricky Carmichael also had his best career finish in fourth, giving Turner Motorsports second and fourth. Todd Bodine sputtered on the final restart but finished fifth.

Top-10 points leaders after 6 of 25: 1. Almirola-920, 2. Bodine-893, 3. Peters-848, 4. Hornaday-795, 5. Crafton-772, 6. Carmichael-765, 7. Sauter-761, 8. Starr-737, 9. Skinner-734, 10. White-733.


The NASCAR Hall of Fame opened this past week in Charlotte.

This isn’t a feud likely to lead to any fistfights, but David Pearson fans have to be hot for months over Pearson being left out of the inaugural induction class.

Last October, voters selected Bill France Sr., Bill France Jr., Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty and Junior Johnson for the five-member class.

Pearson, whose 105 career victories rank second all-time and who is considered by many as the best NASCAR driver ever, was left out.

While Pearson was diplomatic last October, the snub had to sting a bit. It certainly caused a huge debate among fans.

At the time, Pearson said he was “not really” disappointed that he didn’t get in.

“I told them before that I always heard that they wanted Junior [Johnson] in there, of course you know that Earnhardt and Petty are going to be in there, no doubt about it,” Pearson said. “When I see the two Frances went in, I knew I didn’t have a chance.”

And that was the cornerstone of the debate. Should two members of the NASCAR-founding France family get into the hall of fame in the first class? Certainly they made great contributions to the sport, but there also is the feeling that the inaugural class should have featured four drivers.

It’s not like Pearson’s career is ignored in the hall of fame. There are plenty of mentions of him, including a car that he drove.

But in the “Hall of Honor” there will be no Pearson - not yet.

Voting is done by a mix of former drivers, team owners and crew chiefs as well as NASCAR executives, track operators and media. Each voter selected five names, and the five people on the most ballots (voters did not rank their selections) made the cut.

Pearson most likely will be part of the 2011 class, and he will get the recognition he deserves then.

Weekend Racing: The Cup cars and Camping World Trucks will be at the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway. It will be a regular points race for the Trucks, but the Cup teams will compete in their annual non-points All-Star race.

Fri., May 21, Camping World Trucks, race 7 of 25: Starting time: 7:30 p.m. ET: TV: Speed.

Sat., May 22, Sprint Cup All-Star race, Starting time: 7 p.m. ET: TV: Speed.

Racing Trivia Question: What is Bobby Labonte’s car number in Cup series?

Last Week’s Question: Which Cup team does Jeff Burton drive for? Answer. The No. 31 Richard Childress Chevrolet.

You may contact the Racing Reporter at:

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Students Complete Pistol Training Course
Submitted By Fran Worden, Sportsmen

Nearly twenty-five first time students filled the classroom April 21 and 22 in a two day, eight hour NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Skills course at the New Milford Rifle and Pistol. NRA certified instructor Al Robbins said the interest in pistol training and responsible, safe use of handguns is stronger than ever before. He offers instructions at his home range, and is also a .22 rifle firearm instructor at Camp Brule’, a 4-H and Boy Scout camp.

The Basic Pistol Training course meets the standards of the National Rifle Association of America. Its goals are to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially concerning the Second Amendment, the individual citizen’s right to keep and bear arms.

The classroom instruction emphasized safety and included identifying pistol components, various calibers of single and double action revolvers, semi-automatic firearms, proper ammunition, and rules for cleaning and storing a firearm. The skills a shooter learned were bench rest positions, proper stance, grip, aim, breathing, and trigger control of a pistol. Upon completing fundamentals, students had a chance to practice shooting a few rounds under direct supervision of the instructor. One student remarked that the instruction received was the best they ever attended and it was extremely comprehensive and helpful information.

Individuals must be 18 years of age or older to obtain a concealed carry or a sportsman’s firearm pistol permit, which is issued at the Susquehanna County Sheriff’s office. There are limits in states in which you may transport a firearm.

The Rifle Club shooting facility is open to the public. With the club’s newly heated refurbished indoor shooting range, volunteer members of the sportsmen’s club are dedicated to helping citizens learn how to defend themselves, develop their shooting skills, and educate groups or individuals in the safe and proper methods of shooting and handling a firearm. In addition to pistol, the club has a .22-rimfire rifle and sporting clays league.

For more information on club activities, visit

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