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Susquehanna's Huyck, Steele, Fallon; Fc's Pleska Repeat All-Star Recognition

By Tom Robinson

Susquehanna's third straight unbeaten Lackawanna League Division 4 girls' basketball season was rewarded Monday morning when NEPABasketball.com released its all-star selections.

Huyck repeated as Player of the Year, as selected by the website, while Steele was again chosen as a first-team all-star and Kirk Fallon was again named Coach of the Year.

Huyck and Steele, both seniors, were also first-team, all-star picks by the website as sophomores.

Fallon has received the coaching award in both his seasons in the position.

Elk Lake senior Mercedes Zajaczkowski is also a repeat selection to the first team.

Both Elk Lake and second-place Montrose placed two players on the first team.

Zajaczkowski was joined by Elk Lake teammate Krista Jones, a sophomore.

The young players that give Montrose the appearance of being the team of the future were recognized in the all-star selections.

Sophomore Tangi Smith and freshman Hayley Pompey made the first team while freshman Mia Snyder was selected for the second team.

Forest City junior Bella Pleska is a repeat selection to the second team.

Susquehanna's championship team gained more recognition with sophomore Meghan Kiernan on the second team.

The second team was completed by Mountain View junior Regan Cameron and Elk Lake sophomore Lily Decker.

PIAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Susquehanna girls continue to wait to see if the PIAA state basketball tournament will resume.

The Lady Sabers are one of eight teams left in the Class A bracket of the tournament, which was suspended in an attempt to try to help contain the coronavirus.

When Gov. Tom Wolf extended school closures last week, the PIAA issued another statement that spring sports and the remainder of the winter championships remain on hold.

The PIAA interrupted winter sports championships March 12. At that point, wrestling had been completed, swimming was in the second of four days of its last competition and basketball was, for the most part, through two of its five rounds.

Spring sports preseason, with much of the competition outside and preparations taking place in most cases without mixing students from more than one school, continued for one more day before shutting down when schools around the state were ordered to close.

The PIAA posted a press release on its website and social media March 23 after Wolf directed the closing of schools and non-essential businesses to be extended for two more weeks.

"The start of spring sports is postponed another two weeks and the possible restart of the winter championships will continue to be on hold," the PIAA release stated. "No date has been determined to restart any sports activities at this time. PIAA will continue to receive information from the Governor's office, the Department of Health and the Department of Education to provide updated information."

The PIAA had clarified its position last week that teams should not be meeting on their own for voluntary group workouts, including those sometimes known as captains' practices.

"As we navigate through this difficult time, we need to remember the lessons that interscholastic athletics have taught us: cooperation, patience, sacrifice, responsibility, respect and perseverance," the PIAA said in the release.

The PIAA said it will provide more information as it becomes available.

COLLEGE CORNER

Lucy Adams averaged 2.4 points in nine games this season for the Penn State Scranton women's basketball team.

The 5-foot-7 sophomore guard from Mountain View had 22 points, 18 rebounds and 7 assists.

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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