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Montrose, Elk Lake, Blue Ridge Cc Squads Sweep Past Lackawanna League Opponents

By Tom Robinson

Montrose, Elk Lake and Blue Ridge swept Dunmore, Old Forge and host Riverside in both boys' and girls' during a Lackawanna League cross country cluster meet Wednesday.

All six of the teams went 3-0 for the day.

The Montrose girls improved to 15-3 on the season with 15-50 wins over both Dunmore and Riverside and a 17-38 victory over Old Forge.

Elk Lake's Krista Jones finished first in the six-team meet, followed by Montrose's Hannah Perkins and Paige Brewer, then Elk Lake teammate Sadie Bosscher in fourth.

Stephanie Summerville and Elizabeth Chidester added fifth- and seventh-place finishes for Montrose.

Gia Fiore led Blue Ridge, finishing in eighth.

Montrose is 13-5 in boys after beating Old Forge (15-50), Dunmore (17-46) and Riverside (22-39).

Nicholas Coy from Montrose was second in 18:14, eight seconds behind Riverside's Gavin Beck.

Jackie Johnson from Elk Lake was third. Samuel Stashko and Gabriel Wilber from Montrose were fourth and fifth.

Jack Condon led Blue Ridge, placing eighth.

Of the top 20 boys, 16 came from the three Susquehanna County schools and only four came from the three Lackawanna County teams.

Elsewhere, Kathryn Long from Mountain View and Rachel Korty from Forest City each finished first in cluster meets.

Long won in a six-team meet at Lakeland. Korty won by 35 seconds when she finished the McDade Park course in 20:30 in a five-team meet hosted by Scranton Prep.

Susquehanna, Mountain View, Lackawanna Trail and Forest City each went 0-2 in both boys' and girls' meets on the day.

Austin Gow, who had set a Susquehanna home course record a week earlier while finishing second in 18:31, placed fourth among the boys in the meet at Lakeland.

WEEK IN REVIEW

Dunmore made the most of an extreme field position advantage Saturday afternoon on the way to a 38-7 victory over Susquehanna in a non-league game between Lackawanna Football Conference teams at William Emminger Memorial Field.

The Bucks opened a 35-0 lead with 8:40 left in the half while winning for the fifth time in six games since an 0-2 start.

Dunmore scored on its first five possessions, one of which started at midfield and three that started in Susquehanna territory at the 20, 18 and 3.

The Bucks used special teams to set up the offense, blocking one punt, pressuring the Sabers into an 11-yarder another time and returning a third one 27 yards. They also recovered a mishandled kickoff.

In the first half, the average Dunmore possession started at the Sabers 39 while the average Susquehanna possession began at its 25.

The short fields meant quick strikes for the Dunmore offense.

Susquehanna held a 17:32-6:28 time of possession advantage in the first half, but had drives stall at the Dunmore 20 in the first quarter and 25 in the second quarter.

The Bucks controlled the ball in the second half, which was played under the Mercy Rule, holding a 19:42-4:18 advantage in time of possession.

Steve Borgia and Cristian Buckley led the way for the Bucks, each accounting for three touchdowns.

Borgia completed three of his four passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns. He carried twice for 57 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown.

Buckley scored on two of his three runs and caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Borgia. He also blocked the punt.

Dunmore held the ball for all but 31.8 seconds of the third quarter while adding a field goal to its lead.

Susquehanna scored in four straight running plays, all for at least a first down, on its first possession of the half.

Jesse Delousia ran 12 yards on the last play of the third quarter to start the 65-yard scoring drive.

Garrett Decker ran 11 and 19 yards on the next two plays. Delousia then scored on a 23-yard run.

Decker led the Sabers with 68 yards on 14 carries. He also hit three of his eight passes for 44 yards and kicked an extra point. On defense, he twice made tackles for five-yard losses and also made two other tackles.

Delousia ran for 39 yards on 9 carries and had a team-leading 5 tackles, along with an assist.

Austin Harvey made three tackles and assisted four others for the Sabers.

Elsewhere, Montrose continued to struggle.

Honesdale took control in a hurry in the non-league meeting of winless teams, scoring 55 first-half points on the way to a 62-19 rout.

The Hornets ran for four touchdowns in the first quarter and three more in the second. They also picked up two touchdowns on returns.

After Ethan Cina threw the first of his three touchdown passes to pull the Meteors within 14-6 midway through the first quarter, Honesdale scored 27 points in less than six minutes.

In the middle of that run, the Hornets scored on Jacob Orrick's run in the final minute of the first quarter and Luke Bancroft's punt return in the first minute of the second quarter.

Between Cina's two third-quarter touchdown passes, Orrick fielded an on-side kick and returned it for a Honesdale touchdown.

In road running, Pol Domenech was the overall champion and Heidi Peoples won a record sixth women's title Sunday during the 24th annual Steamtown Marathon Sunday.

Domenech, a 24-year-old from Wingate, N.C., completed the 26.2-mile course from Forest City High School to downtown Scranton in 2:24:44 to win by more than a minute.

Peoples, a former state champion runner at Riverside, is a 39-year-old now living in South Abington Township. She was one of just two women to finish in under three hours, placing 28th overall in 2:55:10.

Michael Lopatofsky, a 38-year-old from Clifford Township, was the top Susquehanna County finisher. He was 38th in 2:58:13.

In girls' soccer, Mya Snyder stopped six shots, including a penalty kick, as Montrose shut out Holy Cross, 2-0, Wednesday in a Lackawanna League Division 2 game.

Cici Adams broke the scoreless tie with less than 19 minutes left on an assist from Tangi Smith.

Montrose then added an "own goal" following a corner kick.

The Lady Meteors played three times in four days and won twice to run their record to 9-3 in the league and 10-4 overall. They lead the race for the top seed in the District 2 Class A playoffs.

Second-place Elk Lake kept first-place Forest City from clinching the Lackawanna Division 3 title by playing the visiting Lady Foresters to a 1-1 tie Friday.

In girls' volleyball, visiting Western Wayne remained unbeaten in the Lackawanna League and moved close to the championship by rallying from a set behind twice to defeat second-place Blue Ridge, 19-25, 25-17, 14-25, 25-23, 15-7, Thursday.

Makenzie Cook had 9 kills, 5 aces and 14 digs for the Lady Raiders in the loss.

Hunter Heeman had 11 kills and 2 blocks. Alison Marshman had 24 assists, Breanna Post had 17 digs and Kaylyn Lewis had 4 aces.

Western Wayne is 15-0 with three matches left. Blue Ridge is 13-2.

In girls' tennis, Montrose's Mia Perry won her opening match before being eliminated from the District 2 Class 2A singles tournament Thursday at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre.

Perry defeated Western Wayne's Marilyn Ogof, 6-2, 7-6 (7-1), in the preliminary round.

Third-seeded Tia Americe then eliminated Perry, 6-0, 6-0, on her way to the semifinals.

Annabel Adams from Montrose received a bye in the opening round, then lost to Bella Scappaticci from Wyoming Area, 6-1, 6-0.

COLLEGE CORNER

Hayden Richner scored Keystone College's only goal Saturday in a 5-1 Colonial States Athletic Conference women's soccer loss to visiting Cedar Crest College.

The senior midfielder from Mountain View has played in all but one game, starting in all 10 of her appearances for the Giants, who are 0-3-1 in the CSAC and 1-9-1 overall.

Richner was a first-team CSAC all-star last season after being a second-teamer as a freshman and earning honorable mention as a sophomore.

With three goals and three assists, Richner is second on the team in scoring.

During her career, Richner has started all 56 of her games and has produced 23 goals and 19 assists.

THE WEEK AHEAD

Montrose and Susquehanna are both home for non-league games against other Lackawanna Football Conference members.

Riverside (4-4) is at Montrose (0-7) Friday night. Meteors coach Bill Sandly will continue the search for his first career win in the game against his alma mater.

Carbondale (1-6) is at Susquehanna (1-6) Saturday afternoon in a game that is likely to go a long way in determining the fourth and final qualifier for the District 2 Class 2A playoffs. The Chargers currently have a .289-.245 lead on the Sabers in the playoff ratings formula.

Our high school football predictions last week were 13-1 (92.9 percent), improving our season record to 69-23 (75.0 percent).

This week's predictions, with home teams in CAPS: Riverside 53, MONTROSE 14 … SUSQUEHANNA 20, Carbondale 13 … HAZLETON AREA 30, Wallenpaupack 16 … Delaware Valley 49, WYOMING VALLEY WEST 6 … North Pocono 27, HONESDALE 15 … Mid Valley 31, TUNKHANNOCK 27 … LAKELAND 21, Scranton Prep 17 … Western Wayne 27, DUNMORE 22 … OLD FORGE 28, Northwest 0 … Valley View 32, SCRANTON 18 … Lackawanna Trail 42, HOLY REDEEMER 3 … ABINGTON HEIGHTS 26, West Scranton 19.

In girls' tennis, the final two rounds of the District 2 doubles tournament at scheduled for Wednesday at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre.

In professional hockey, regional rivals meet for the first time this season when the Binghamton Devils travel to play at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.

Binghamton is 1-1-1-0. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 1-2-1-0.

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

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