The Lackawanna League regular-season is into the second half of the schedule and Dunmore has weathered every top challenge to its throne as champion of the league.

This week, the Lady Bucks took on Western Wayne in a match that many in the league were eager to see a second time after the opening match of the season went to five games. That is the closest the Lady Bucks have been to defeat.

So, it made sense that the rematch Wednesday, if it could live up to expectations, could be the best match of the season. Dunmore responded. Not only with the heart of a champion, but with a strong determination, especially after playing without one of its leaders in Brooke Frable, who suffered an ankle injury.

Dunmore won it in four games, 3-1, and all but sealed up the Lackawanna League title with its follow up win over Elk Lake — More on that later.

 

 

Marichak rallies Lady Bucks

 

BY MARTY MYERS

 

DUNMORE — Looking to knock Dunmore from the ranks of the unbeaten, Western Wayne got just the start it wanted.
The Lady Wildcats scored the first nine points in Wednesday’s Lackawanna League volleyball match.
Jordyn Marichak helped turn the tables.
She served four straight points to help get the Lady Bucks on track, Katherine Hopkins added a pair of her eight kills in that 7-1 spurt, and Marichak later served four more points in a row as Dunmore clawed back to win the first set, 27-25, and went on to a four-set win that came without one of their top players as Brooke Frable sat out with a sprained ankle.
“Going in knowing we didn’t have one of our go-to hitters, I didn’t know how the night was going to go,” Dunmore coach Sue Dempsey said. “But we rely on the whole team. 
“To me, there’s not one standout. Everyone is a contributor on the team, so therefore, we can count on anybody to step up when we’re in a situation where we have someone out with an injury.”

 

 

Dunmore’s Katherine Hopkins hits the ball back to Western Wayne during the second game.
Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer

 

 

Dunmore Leaders

 

Katherine Hopkins

Jaclyn Marichak

Lydia Meade

63 Kills

28 Digs

117 Assists

 

 

Next week

 

Tuesday

Mountain View at Dunmore

Thursday

Montrose at Dunmore

 

 


 

Blue Ridge’s Hunter Heeman.
jason Farmer / Staff Photographer

 

 

Blue Ridge Leaders

 

Hunter Heeman

Makenzie Cook

Jerni Schell

80 Kills

116 Points

168 Digs

 

 

Next week

Today

Forest City at Blue Ridge

Tuesday

Blue Ridge at Lackawanna Trail

Thursday

Blue Ridge at Mountain View

 

NOTE: Forest City defeated Blue Ridge, 3-2, in the first meeting of the season.

 

 


 

 

Western Wayne’s Trina Barcarola.
Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer

 

 

 

Western Wayne Leaders

Rebecca Klemovitch

Sydney Krompasky

Caroline Trygar

135 Kills

196 Points

115 Assists

 

 

Next week

Tuesday

Western Wayne at Abington Heights

Thursday

Forest City at Western Wayne

 

 


 

 

What does it mean?

 

 

There are seven matches left for Dunmore, which had three wins last week that also included victories over Susquehanna and Elk Lake, and they have the two-match cushion.

Blue Ridge is the next closest contender, trailing by two-and-a-half matches. But remember, Dunmore has a win over Blue Ridge already, and will host the rematch on Oct. 18.

 

 


 

 

DISTRICT 2

 

All sports are now using the Power Rating for District 2 playoff spots. Here is the first look at the standings courtesy of piaad2.org.

 

 

 

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION:

 

  • Class A and Class 2A: There are 6 Class 1A schools and 6 Class 2A schools in
    District 2. All teams in each classification will qualify for the District Tournament. Seeding will be done using the new power rating system.

 

  • Class 3A: There are 13 District 2 teams and 1 team from District 4 (Shamokin). Of the 14 teams forming the sub-region, the top eight teams will qualify for the AAA tournament as well as any other team that finishes with a .500 record or
    above. Seeding will be determined by the new power rating system.

 

  • Class 4A: Since we only have 3 4A schools, our teams must qualify for the state tournament by forming a sub-region with District XI. There are 18 schools forming this sub-region. The top 10 teams in this sub-region will qualify as well as
    any team that finishes with a .500 or above league record, or of their totaled scheduled games, regardless of ranking will also be eligible.

 

Courtesy piaad2.org

 

TOURNAMENT DATES:

 

CLASS 1A and Class 2A

  • October 27: First-round matches.
  • October 30: Semifinals will be a doubleheader beginning at 5:00 at the higher seed in each classification.

 

CLASS 3A

  • October, 25: First round matches at the site of the highest seed.
  • October 29: The semifinals will be held at the highest remaining seed. A doubleheader will be held starting at 5:00.
  • October 31: The final will be a single match held at a neutral site.

 

CLASS 4A

  • October 25: First round will be held at the site of the higher seed.
  • October 30: Semifinals at a site to be determined.
    November 1: The finals will be held at a site to be determined

 

 


 

 

Western Wayne’s Rebecca Klemovitch.
Jake Danna Stevens

 

 

 

TIMES-TRIBUNE TOP 5

 

Dunmore is really rolling at No. 1. Delaware Valley bounced back after suffering a pair of losses with wins over Wyoming Valley West and Wyoming Area. North Pocono lost to Tunkhannock, but beat Pittston Area.

 

 

WEEK 3

1

Dunmore Lady Bucks

11—0

2

Delaware Valley Lady Warriors

6—2

3

North Pocono Lady Trojans

5—3

4

Blue Ridge Lady Raiders

8—2

5

Western Wayne Lady ‘Cats

7—3