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Norris Closes Four-Gold Performance With Record-Breaking, 200-Meter Dash

By Tom Robinson

SCRANTON – Susquehanna senior Tatum Norris put a fitting cap on the District 2 portion of her high school career May 16 at Scranton Memorial Stadium by breaking her own record in the 200-meter dash.

Norris completed a four gold-medal performance in the two-day event by posting a time of 25.13 to lower her record in the event by .22 seconds.

The four gold medals did not come easy for the sole point-producer of last year's state team championship for the Lady Sabers.

Norris trailed after the preliminary round in the May 15 long jump before hitting 16-6 to beat Sophia Lenza from team champion Lake-Lehman by less than two seconds.

Holy Redeemer's Isabella Granteed also qualified for the state meet in the 200 because of her time. Granteed came within six-hundredths of a second of Norris during qualifying the first day before winding up 0.64 seconds back in the final.

Norris won the 100 in 12.61, which was 0.32 faster than Granteed, but needed a tiebreaker to defeat Dunmore's Maura Michalczyk after both cleared 11 feet. Norris won the pole vault because of fewer misses.

The four gold medals accounted for 40 of the 45 points that put Susquehanna in fifth in the team race.

Defending team champion Montrose led Susquehanna County teams by placing fourth with 54.

Lake-Lehman won with 122½, Lakeland had 96½ and Holy Redeemer finished with 72.

Montrose also had the top county finish in the boys' meet, taking ninth with 42½ while Elk Lake was 10th with 30 points.

Chloe Diaz from Montrose won both hurdles races, taking the 100 in 16.09 on the second day after winning the 300 in 47.48 on the first. She also was the fastest qualifier in the 100 hurdles.

Elk Lake's Wyatt Johnson won the boys' triple jump with 44-11.

The Elk Lake girls finished seventh with 43 points. Blue Ridge was 12th with 24½ and Mountain View was 15th with 18.

Carbondale, which includes Forest City athletes in a cooperative sponsorship, was 11th with 25½ points.

The Mountain View, Susquehanna and Carbondale boys finished 14th, 15th and 16th with 10, nine and seven points.

The top six finishers in each event earned medals while the top eight scored points.

All of the scoring athletes from the county will be listed in the next issue of the Susquehanna County Transcript.


Elk Lake had its 15-game winning streak snapped by Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 champion Tunkhannock, coached by Elk Lake grad Bob Hegedty, 11-0, May 16.

The Lady Warriors bounced back Wednesday to rout Forest City, 17-2, and complete a 14-0 season in Lackawanna League Division 4.

Layla Weaver went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs in the win. Paige Keeney was 3-for-3 and scored three times.

The final standings: Elk Lake 14-0, Carbondale 10-4, Blue Ridge 8-6, Lackawanna Trail 8-6, Forest City 7-7, Mountain View 5-9, Montrose 3-11, Susquehanna 1-13.

In baseball, the final Lackawanna Division 4 standings: Elk Lake 12-2, Blue Ridge 10-4, Carbondale 10-4, Mountain View 8-6, Lackawanna Trail 7-7, Montrose 6-8, Susquehanna 2-12, Forest City 1-13.

In boys' volleyball, Nick Laude had 14 kills as Blue Ridge improved to 19-0 when it opened the District 2 Class 2A playoffs with a 25-12, 25-8, 25-10 rout of Forest City.

Carson Gallagher had 25 assists and five service aces.

The win set up Blue Ridge to host the semifinal doubleheader, which was scheduled to be played Tuesday night. The Raiders were facing Dallas.

In boys' tennis, Montrose's Derick Muller-Ryan Kadlecik won a first-round District 2 Class 2A doubles tournament match before being eliminated.

Muller-Kadlecik defeated Western Wayne's Connor Buchinski-Karl Strasburger, 6-0, 6-0, before falling to eventual semifinalist Luca Argenio-Dylan Stoss from Wyoming Area, 6-0, 6-2.

A Wyoming Area team also knocked out Montrose's other entry.

Braidon Kostik-Gable Cable defeated Stephen Parisi-Carter Dolaway in the first round.


The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Track and Field Championships are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University.

Elk Lake's Johnson is the second seed in the Class 2A boys' triple jump.

Susquehanna's Norris is in a five-way tie for the fourth seed in the pole vault and is the fifth seed in the 200. She won the 200 last year and finished second in the pole vault.

Norris is also the defending state champion in the 100, but just the 14th seed. Those seeds are based on district final time and Norris ran her final in the event into the wind.

In baseball, the Class A and 2A finals are the first two of a Memorial Day District 2 championship tripleheader at PNC Field, the Moosic home of the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders, Monday, May 29.

There are just three teams in the District 2 Class A playoffs, which open with Thursday's semifinal that sends Forest City (1-14) to Susquehanna (3-14) at 4:30pm.

The winner plays top-seeded MMI Prep (7-13) in Monday's 11 a.m. opener.

Class 2A has a seven-game district playoff, which was scheduled to open Tuesday.

The playoffs continue with Thursday's semifinals.

The Lackawanna Trail-Mountain View winner plays at top-seeded Old Forge.

Elk Lake, the second seed, will host the other semifinal, if it got past Holy Cross in Tuesday's quarterfinals. That winner plays the winner of Tuesday's Montrose-Blue Ridge game.

The Monday final is scheduled for 1:30pm.

In softball, the District 2 Class A title will be decided Wednesday in a semifinal that is part of the District 2-3 Class A Subregional.

The winner of a Mountain View-Forest City Subregional quarterfinal, which was scheduled to be played Tuesday, will play at Old Forge at 7:00pm for the district title and a spot in the subregional final against one of two District 3 teams that fill the other half of the bracket.

The final will be played May 31 at a District 3 site.

Elk Lake has a top seed and a bye into the Wednesday semifinals where it hosts the winner of the Dunmore-Lackawanna Trail Monday quarterfinal.

The other half of the bracket had Lakeland-Blue Ridge and Montrose-Holy Cross quarterfinals scheduled for Monday. The winners of those games also meet Wednesday.

The district final is scheduled for Tuesday, May 30 at a neutral site.

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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