HomeSports ( October 4, 2023 )


Elk Lake Third In District Class 2A Girls' Golf; Susquehanna Routs Holy Cross In Football

By Tom Robinson

HONESDALE – Elk Lake shot 313 Wednesday at Honesdale Golf Club to finish third out of six Class 2A teams in the District 2 Girls' Team Golf Championships.

Honesdale won the championship in its first season having a separate girls' team.

Kayla Benson's 5-over-par, 77 led the way as the Lady Hornets shot 299, beating the maximum score of 300 that district champions were required to shoot in order to advance into Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association subregional competition.

Honesdale beat out defending champion Scranton Prep, which shot 306 in the tournament, which used the top three scores out of a lineup of up to five players.

Paige Keeney shot 101 to lead Elk Lake.

Layla Weaver shot 48 on her second trip around the nine-hole course to finish at 102 for her 18-hole round.

Taylor States completed the team score with a 110.

Holy Cross was fourth with 341, followed by Valley View with 368 and Old Forge with 398.


Freshman Weston Yannone scored four touchdowns Saturday afternoon as Susquehanna rolled over visiting Holy Cross, 50-14, in a Lackawanna Football Conference Division 3 opener at William Emminger Memorial Field.

Yannone scored on two of his three carries, turned both his punt returns into touchdowns and set up another score by taking his only kickoff return 53 yards.

The Sabers scored 21 points in each of the first two quarters for a 42-0 halftime lead on their way to improving their season record to 4-2.

Susquehanna scored the first six times it touched the ball, got a field goal attempt out of its next possession, scored again, then ran out the clock at the end of the game.

William Marcy ran 3 yards for the first touchdown.

Yannone and Nathan Oropallo each took advantage of huge holes off right tackle to cover 28 and 30 yards for the other first-quarter touchdowns.

The next two touchdowns came on Yannone's punt returns of 52 and 39 yards less than three minutes apart early in the second quarter.

Oropallo, who led an efficient ground game with 81 yards on four carries, ran 24 yards for the last score of the first half.

Yannone added 51 yards, including is 15-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown.

Colton Stone made six straight extra-point kicks. Marcy then took a high snap after the last touchdown and found Cooper Payne in the end zone for a 50-7 lead.

Marcy ran for 43 yards on six carries and Sam Callahan had 31 yards on four carries as the team picked up 233, an average of 9.3 per carry, on 25 attempts.

Steven Loby had four tackles, including a sack for a 10-yard loss, four assists and a blocked punt. Callahan had five tackles, including one for a five-yard loss, and two assists.

Montrose lost, 20-0, Saturday at Whitney Point, NY.

The shutout was the third for the Meteors, who are 0-4 in their independent schedule.

In boys' cross country, Kendel Jones finished first by more than 20 seconds in 16:52.07 Sept. 26 when Elk Lake won a battle of Lackawanna League unbeatens from Montrose, 26-29, in a cluster meet at Blue Ridge.

The most important week of the season for league teams featured Elk Lake winning five times to improve to 11-0 overall, making it one of two unbeatens remaining in the league.

Blue Ridge, Elk Lake and Montrose run together in the same cluster each week, but the Week Five meets were the one time each season that teams in the same cluster are scored against each other. That means, each team had five scored meets instead of three.

Elk Lake also defeated Blue Ridge and Lakeland, 22-34; Lackawanna Trail, 21-27; and Western Wayne, 15-48.

The three Susquehanna County teams went 9-0 combined against the Chiefs, Lions and Wildcats.

Montrose was 4-1 on the day with the help of a 23-32 victory over Blue Ridge, which went 3-2.

Lackawanna Trail's Brayden Clark was second in the six-team meet, followed by Montrose's Nate Sinkovich, Blue Ridge's Paxon Pingarelli and Montrose's Lorenzo Christian.

Parker Upright and Cody Adams were seventh and eighth for Elk Lake, followed by Blue Ridge's Max Ksenich in the 39-runner field.

Jeffrey Benson led the way as Susquehanna beat all five of its opponents at Riverside.

Benson was third, Matt Matis sixth, Jack Jones eighth, Mason Opalka 10th and Matt Schell 12th in the six-team race to help the Sabers beat Riverside (23-34), Dunmore (22-39), Mountain View (20-39), Forest City (19-44) and Old Forge (15-48).

Riverside's Daniel Danilovitz finished first.

Michael Beach was fourth to lead Mountain View, which went 3-2, including a 19-30 victory over Forest City.

Johnathan Conlogue was fifth for Forest City, which dropped all five meets.

Christian was seventh and Sinkovich eighth Saturday when Montrose finished eighth out of 49 teams in the Varsity A-1 Division of the McQuaid Invitational in Rochester, NY.

Susquehanna was eighth out of 58 teams in Varsity A-2.

In girls' cross country, Carissa Flynn finished first to lead Mountain View's five victories at Riverside.

The Lady Eagles improved to 14-0 by beating Riverside (21-35), Forest City (20-40), Susquehanna (18-41), Old Forge (19-41) and Dunmore (16-46).

Forest City went 3-2 with the help of a second-place finish by Kate Korty.

Corinne Flynn was third, Audrey Anderson fifth and Amber Price sixth for Mountain View.

Susquehanna was 2-3 on the day.

Montrose also remained unbeaten by picking up five wins at Blue Ridge, including handing the host Lady Raiders just their second loss, 23-34.

The Lady Meteors also defeated Lakeland (25-32), Western Wayne (20-35), Elk Lake (19-38) and Lackawanna Trail (17-41).

Blue Ridge won its other four meets.

Lakeland's Emily Black was first.

Mary Pichette was second to lead Montrose. Avery Kerr and Daegan Giannone came in fourth and fifth and Addison Stephens added an eighth-place finish.

Blue Ridge's Madeline Naylor and Delaney Tench were sixth and eighth with Elk Lake's Dana Saccone finishing in between.

Pichette was 45th out of 297 Saturday when Montrose took 20th of 35 teams in the Varsity A-1 Division at the McQuaid Invitational.

In girls' volleyball, Blue Ridge ran its winning streak to eight with sweeps at home over Montrose and at West Scranton.

The Lady Raiders improved to 10-0 in the Lackawanna League with their second and third straight, three-set victories, giving them six sweeps during the winning streak.

In boys' soccer, Collin Bailer scored seven goals Wednesday when Forest City shut out Carbondale, 8-0.

Bailer plays football for Carbondale in a cooperative sponsorship between the two schools.

In boys' golf, Blue Ridge reached the Lackawanna League Class 2A semifinals before being eliminated by unbeaten Scranton Prep Saturday.

The Raiders edged Montrose, 5-4, Wednesday in the quarterfinal round, which featured the top eight teams out of the 15-team Lackawanna League Division 2.

Blue Ridge and Montrose had finished tied for fourth in the regular season.

Mountain View and Elk Lake also made the playoffs, but lost in the quarterfinals.

Scranton Prep shut out Elk Lake and Blue Ridge, 9-0, in the first two rounds.

Riverside defeated Mountain View, 7½-1½.

The final Division 2 standings: Scranton Prep 14-0, Riverside 13-1, Lackawanna Trail 12-2, Blue Ridge 10-4, Montrose 10-4, Dunmore 9-5, Mountain View 6-6-2, Elk Lake 6-8, Holy Cross 5-8-1, Old Forge 5-9, Mid Valley 4-9-1, Lakeland 4-10, Western Wayne 4-10, Forest City 1-13, Carbondale 0-14.

In girls' tennis, the Lackawanna League regular season came to an end.

The final standings were: Scranton Prep 14-0, Abington Heights 12-2, Valley View 12-2, Wallenpaupack 12-2, Delaware Valley 10-4, North Pocono 9-5, West Scranton 8-6, Scranton 7-7, Montrose 6-8, Holy Cross 5-9, Dunmore 4-10, Mid Valley 3-11, Riverside 2-12, Honesdale 1-13, Western Wayne 0-14.


Krista Jones finished 30th out of 268 entries Sept. 23 when the Lock Haven women's cross country team hosted the Lock Haven Invitational as part of the university's Homecoming Weekend.

The sophomore from Elk Lake was the second Lock Haven runner as the team finished 10th out of 37.

Lock Haven is ranked second in the Atlantic Region among National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II teams.

Jones was the PSAC Women's Cross Country Freshman of the Year last season.


Forest City is at Elk Lake Thursday in a meeting between two of the top three teams in Lackawanna League Division 3 girls' soccer.

Mid Valley started the week in first place at 5-0. Elk Lake was second at 3-1 and Forest City third at 3-2.

In boys' cross country, Montrose hosts a key Lackawanna League meet Wednesday.

Among the matchups scheduled in the six-team cluster meet is a battle between the league's last two unbeatens Delaware Valley (14-0) and Elk Lake (11-0). The host Meteors (10-1) also take on first-place Delaware Valley.

Blue Ridge (8-3) will also face Delaware Valley. Elk Lake, Montrose and Blue Ridge also go against Wallenpaupack (11-3).

In girls' cross country, Honesdale (14-0) goes against host Montrose (11-0) then hosts Mountain View (14-0) Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Montrose (11-0) also goes against Delaware Valley (13-1) Wednesday.

Blue Ridge (9-2) faces Honesdale and Delaware Valley as part of the same cluster meet.

Mountain View and Honesdale started this week tied for first with Abington Heights. Before they go head-to-head, the Lady Eagles were scheduled to face Abington Heights Tuesday in a cluster meet at Valley View.

In football, Susquehanna and Montrose each have Friday night games.

The Sabers play at defending champion Old Forge in a Lackawanna Football Conference Division 3 game, trying to hold on to a share of first place with the winner of the Lackawanna Trail-Riverside game being played the same night. Susquehanna is 1-0 in the division and 4-2 overall. Old Forge is 0-1 and 2-4.

Montrose (0-4) hosts Hanover Area (2-4) in a non-league game.

Our high school football predictions last week included having the correct exact score with Whitney Point beating Montrose, 20-0. We were 9-2 (81.8 percent) to bring the season record to 59-17 (77.6 percent).

This week's predictions, with home teams in CAPS: Susquehanna 27, OLD FORGE 25 … Hanover Area 17, MONTROSE 3 … Lackawanna Trail 35, RIVERSIDE 14 … HOLY CROSS 27, Carbondale 21 … SCRANTON PREP 42, Abington Heights 12 … Valley View 22, SCRANTON 20 … NORTH POCONO 19, Wallenpaupack 15 … Dunmore 45, LAKELAND 3 … Mid Valley 16, WESTERN WAYNE 15 … WEST SCRANTON 37, Honesdale 34 … Delaware Valley 35, WILKES-BARRE AREA 19.

In girls' tennis, the District 2 Class 2A singles tournament is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 9 beginning at 8:30am at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre.

The four semifinalists advance to play the last two rounds beginning the next day at 1pm.

Montrose is the only Susquehanna County school with a girls' tennis team.

In boys' soccer, Riverside is at Forest City Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Both teams entered this week tied for second in Lackawanna League Division 3 at 5-2, two games behind unbeaten Old Forge.

In girls' volleyball, Dunmore is at Blue Ridge in a key Lackawanna League match Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Blue Ridge is the last unbeaten in the league. The two once-beaten teams, North Pocono and Dunmore meet Thursday.

TOM ROBINSON writes a weekly local sports column for the Susquehanna County Transcript. He can be reached online at or followed on Twitter at @tomjrobinson.

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