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Unbeaten Maby Captures District Gold; Lady Meteors Fall In Class 2A Title Game

By Tom Robinson

Blue Ridge's Jackson Maby ripped through the 133-pound bracket Friday and Saturday on his way to remaining unbeaten and claiming a Class 2A title during the District 2 Individual Wrestling Championships at Wilkes-Barre Area High School.

Maby posted three straight first-period pins before locking up the championship with a second-period pin.

Brice Woodruff also made the final, taking second place at 107 pounds.

Luciano Shea added a fourth-place finish at 139 and Ryder Hobart was fifth at 172, helping the Raiders finish seventh in the team standings.

Honesdale edged Berwick, 205-204, for the team title. Blue Ridge compiled 82 points.

Elk Lake, Montrose and Mountain View occupied the bottom three places in the team standings, finishing 14th, 15th and 16th.

Maby got started Friday by pinning Tristin Fryer from Tunkhannock in 39 seconds of the opening round and Gavin Oprishko from Valley View in 1:34 in the quarterfinals. After pinning Elk Lake's Hunter Hunsinger in 43 seconds in the Saturday morning semifinals, Maby finished up by beating Western Wayne's Liam Farley in 3:27.

Woodruff had a bye into the semifinals where he pinned Elk Lake's Brent Drost in 1:32. He lost, 4-3, to Tunkhannock's Taylor Daniels in the final.

Shea was Blue Ridge's other semifinalist. He used a first-period pin and an overtime decision to get through Friday and finished 3-2 overall in the tournament, losing to Tyler Winter from Berwick, 9-1, in the consolation final.

Hobart also went 3-2, picking up 32- and 21-second pins along the way before beating Berwick's Colin Hornberger in 3:11 with fifth place on the line.

Zachary Krupovich and Nathan Oropallo at 152 and 160 each won their first bout for the Raiders before losing twice and being eliminated.

Elk Lake's Landon Baker and Montrose's Alex Cordts each reached the final and finished second.

Baker advanced with a pin and a technical fall, but settled for second place when he was pinned by Honesdale's Joel Landry in 3:49 in the 189-pound final.

Hunter Hunsinger finished fourth at 133 and Brent Drost was sixth at 107 for the Warriors.

Cordts had a pin and a one-point victory at 121 before losing in 1:35 to Wyoming Area's Connor Novakowski.

John Acker was fifth for Montrose at 189, pinning David Geyfman of Scranton Prep in 49 seconds in his final bout.

Drayden Holman led Mountain View with a fifth-place finish at 133 pounds. Tanner Holtsmaster and Tristan Stanton were sixth at 145 and 215.

ARENA FINAL

WILKES-BARRE TWP. – Holy Cross held Montrose without a field goal for a stretch of 10:17 in the first half Sunday afternoon and went on to beat the Lady Meteors in the lowest-scoring game in nine years of District 2 Basketball Championships at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, taking the Class 2A girls' title with a 22-20 victory.

The Lady Crusaders never trailed in the game, which was only tied twice.

The two teams combined for 10 fewer points than any previous game at the arena. The lowest-scoring game had been a 33-19 victory by Abington Heights over Wyoming Valley West in the 2019 Class 5A girls' final.

Montrose was looking to repeat its title from a year ago, but struggled offensively, particularly when center Paley Adams, the leading scorer in last year's final, went to the bench with two fouls. Adams sat the last 3:37 of the first quarter and the entire second quarter and the Lady Meteors scored just four points in her absence.

Carly Frey scored from 17 feet off an Adams kick out from the post two minutes into the game for a 2-2 tie.

Holy Cross went up 5-2 after one quarter and was in front 10-2 before Frey scored again on a steal and fastbreak with 3:43 left in the half. Molly Weller's post move five seconds before halftime kept the Lady Meteors within 13-6 at the break.

Weller's basket was the start of a nine-point streak as Montrose held Holy Cross scoreless for almost eight minutes.

Ally Legg made a 3-pointer, Adams hit two free throws and Riley Keihil tied the game with a shot from the elbow with five minutes left in the third quarter.

The Lady Meteors did not score again until 6:44 was remaining.

Peyton Graboske, who scored a game-high nine points, hit the last two of her three 3-pointers to give Holy Cross a 19-13 lead after three quarters.

Sadie Jones made a 3-pointer and Adams scored on a putback to cut the deficit to 19-18 with 4:25 left. The only points for Montrose the rest of the way were when Adams converted a feed from Frey for the game's final points with 52 seconds left.

Holy Cross held on from there.

Ava Schmidt had seven points, five rebounds, five blocked shots and three steals for the Lady Crusaders.

Adams led Montrose with six points and six rebounds. Keihl, who made three steals, and Jones also grabbed six rebounds. Frey had four assists. Legg, Adams and Weller all blocked two shots.

WEEK IN REVIEW

The Blue Ridge and Susquehanna boys advanced with wins in the first week of the district and subregional basketball playoffs.

Like the Montrose girls, the Montrose and Mountain View boys each opened the playoffs with wins before losing their next game.

Connor Cranage had 20 points, seven rebounds and four steals as Blue Ridge handled Mountain View, 66-37, in Friday's Class 2A boys' semifinal.

The Raiders had received a quarterfinal bye as the second seed in a six-team tournament and were set for a rematch with defending champion Holy Cross Monday night at the arena in a game that ended after deadline for this edition.

Carson Gallagher added 15 points and six rebounds while Dylan Bradley had eight points, six rebounds and seven assists.

Cranage had nine points in the second quarter when Blue Ridge expanded its lead from 11-5 to 31-14.

Ryan Scott had seven of his 12 points in the third quarter and the Raiders went to the fourth leading 51-30.

Hudson Bain led Mountain View with 15 points.

Mountain View made it to the final by beating Lackawanna Trail, 60-27, Wednesday while Montrose was winning at Elk Lake, 52-38, in the other quarterfinal.

Holy Cross routed Montrose, 77-44, in Friday's semifinal.

Susquehanna defeated visiting Forest City, 64-46, Friday night in a game that served as both the District 2-11 Class A Subregional boys' quarterfinal and the District 2 Class A semifinal.

The win advanced the Sabers into a Monday afternoon district final with MMI Prep at the arena and a Tuesday night subregional semifinal against top-seeded East Stroudsburg Notre Dame.

J.T. Burke led four double figures scorers with 16 points in the win.

Colton Stone added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Cooper Payne, who had five assists, and Rykin Hobart each scored 13 points.

The Sabers overcame a hot start by Brad Bartholomay of the Foresters.

Bartholomay, who finished with 17 points to match teammate Heath Snyder, had 11 in the first quarter.

Susquehanna countered with more balance, taking a 21-15 lead behind six points by Payne and five each from Hobart and Burke.

The Sabers led 43-35 after three quarters and pulled away in the fourth when they shot 7-for-8 from the line and got six points each from Burke and Hobart.

Montrose reached the district girls' final and qualified for a return trip to the state tournament when it defeated Old Forge, 38-31, in Thursday's Class 2A semifinals.

Adams had six of her 14 points in the fourth quarter when Montrose preserved its seven-point lead.

Jones added 10 points and Keihl had nine.

Old Forge had reached the semifinal by beating Forest City, 50-39, in one Feb. 20 quarterfinal while Holy Cross was topping Blue Ridge, 35-24, in the other.

Lake-Lehman defeated Elk Lake, 45-38, in Class 3A in another Feb. 20 girls' quarterfinal.

Brenna Hunt scored 17 points and Ella Wilson had 14 for Lake-Lehman, which led by just one point at halftime.

Leah Traver's 11 points led Elk Lake.

In swimming, District 2 conducted the diving portion of its championships Saturday at the Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center in Wilkes-Barre.

Sadie Smith from Elk Lake was fifth in Class 2A girls.

COLLEGE CORNER

Tatum Norris placed in the top eight in three events Feb. 19-20 to help Binghamton University finish second in the women's team standings at the America East Indoor Track & Field Championships.

The freshman from Susquehanna was fourth in the pole vault, clearing 11-9¾. Sophomore teammate Alyssa Armitage repeated her title with a meet record of 13-3½.

Norris also placed seventh in the 60-meter dash in 7.74 seconds and eighth in the 200 in 24.98.

THE WEEK AHEAD

Mountain View and Susquehanna will meet in Class A girls' basketball Thursday at 2:00pm at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Twp.

Just what is at stake will depend on the results of Wednesday's games when Mountain View hosts Pottsville Nativity at 5:30pm and Susquehanna goes to Bethlehem Christian at 7:00pm.

They will play for at least the District 2 Class A championship regardless.

If both teams win Wednesday's games, which are District 2-11 Class A Subregional semifinals, they will also be playing for the subregional title. If both teams lose Wednesday, they will be playing for the subregional's third and final berth in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state tournament.

In boys' basketball, Susquehanna will have a District 2-11 Class A Subregional game Friday, either for the championship or for the subregional's third state berth.

Winners and losers will match up after the Susquehanna-East Stroudsburg Notre Dame and MMI Prep-Bethlehem Christian semifinals Tuesday. The Sabers and MMI Prep could end up playing playoff games twice in five days, but for different stakes.

In wrestling, the top four finishers from District 2 in each weight class will take part in the Class 2A Northeast Regional Friday and Saturday at Williamsport.

In swimming, the remainder of the District 2 Championships will be conducted Friday and Saturday at Wilkes-Barre Area.

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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