It’s Monday and it’s April 16 on the calendar. Look out your window and it looks more like mid-November, and feels worse than that.

That sure is hard to take. Spring sports athletes wait almost the entire school year to get their seasons started and the weather is just a royal pain in the butt. And if you look really closely at the available dates for Lackawanna League matches before we start the postseason is really beginning to get much smaller.

This just in

From Mike Ognosky

 

That’s right — MAY 2 for the first round of the District 2 team tournament.

With about two weeks remaining until that date, only FIVE (5) have reached the halfway point and completed seven matches.

That’s a lot of tennis remaining. Especially those in contention for playoff spots.

 

District 2 Standings as of April 16, 2018

 

Courtesy piaad2.org

 

 

Lackawanna League Standings as of April 16, 2018

 

Courtesy piaad2.org

 


 

HISTORY MADE

 

Take a good look at the Lackawanna League standings. Scranton Prep has one loss. That’s wouldn’t be as eye-grabbing had the Cavaliers played Abington Heights already. That won’t happen until April 25.

So, who beat Scranton Prep?

It didn’t slip by anyone’s attention. Delaware Valley defeated the Cavaliers, 3-2, on April 10.

Delaware Valley 3, Scranton Prep 2

Singles: Tomas Reese (DV) over Jack Habeeb, 6-2, 7-6 (5); Rhys Kelly (SP) over Abhay Byadgi, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1; Matt Tressler (SP) over Joe Noreika, 6-3, 6-4.
Doubles: Chris Vibert-Pete Wilson (DV) over Jesse Farley-Daniel Zych, 6-3, 7-6 (5); Andy Greene-Josh Lloyd (DV) over Addi Singh-Harrison Oven, 1-6, 7-5, 6-1.
Records: DV 2-1, SP 3-1.

 

Now, why is this so “historic?” Well, I decided to do some digging as to the last time any team other than Abington Heights defeated Scranton Prep in the regular season.

It took some time and a lot of patience, but here is what I came up with based on our records here.

Beginning in 1992 when Scranton Prep lost to Abington Heights.

1992 — Scranton Prep lost to Abington Heights — April 28, 1992

This is what followed (And it’s amazing):

Scranton Prep won 48 straight regular-season matches

  • 1998 — Scranton Prep (9-1): Lost to Abington Heights, April 27, 1998
  • 1999 — Scranton Prep (9-1 and 10-2 overall):

 

Scranton Prep lost to Valley View in 1999 regular season

Wednesday, April 21, 1999

Listanski

Valley View (3-1) 4
Scranton Prep (4-1) 3
Singles: Suraj Rao (SP) over Matt Palillo, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5; James Andrukaitis (SP) over Bill Eglesia, 7-5, 6-1; Sanjay Arora (SP) over Jason Mozdziock, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2; Bill Listanski (VV) over Shyam Vekaria, 6-1, 6-0. Doubles: Palillo-Listanski (VV) over Rao-Arora, 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (8-6); Mozdziock-Walter Koza (VV) over Andrukaitis-Vekaria, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 6-3; Eglesia-Adam Betley (VV) over Parush Shaw-Nupam Patel, 6-1, 6-1.

 

  • 2000 — Scranton Prep (10-0)
  • 2001 — Scranton Prep (10-0)
  • 2002 — Scranton Prep (10-0)
  • 2003 — Lost to Abington Heights, 4-3, on April 24, 2003
  • 2004 — Lost to Abington Heights, 4-2, on April 30, 2004
  • 2005 — Lost to Abington Heights on April 20, 2005

 

From 2003 to 2005 Scranton Prep’s only loss came against Abington Heights

 

Scranton Prep’s Peter Cognetti.

 

  • 2006 — Scranton Prep (9-0) beat Abington Heights, 5-0.
  • 2007 — Scranton Prep (9-0)
  • 2008 — Scranton Prep (14-0)
  • 2009 — Scranton Prep (15-0)
  • 2010 — Scranton Prep (8-0)
  • 2011 — Scranton Prep (11-0)
  • 2012 — Scranton Prep (11-0)
  • 2013 — Scranton Prep (13-1) — wins first seven of season and loses to Abington Heights to end 87-match winning streak in league
  • 2014 — Scranton Prep (13-1)
  • 2015 — Scranton Prep (13-1)
  • 2016 — Scranton Prep (13-1)
  • 2017 — Scranton Prep (13-1)
  • 2018 — Scranton Prep (5-1): Loses to Delaware Valley, 3-2.

 

Delaware Valley is first team other than Abington Heights to beat Scranton Prep in league season since Valley View in 1999.

 

 

Pretty amazing accomplishment by the Warriors.

 

 


 

Valley Views Carlo Possanza has led his team to a 7-0 record.

 

 

 

RANKINGS

 

 

Delaware Valley’s win moved it up the ladder in the newest poll of top teams. Last week, with all of the action on the court, I wasn’t able to update the blog. But, we move forward the best that we can.

Oh, and take a look who is in at No. 4. That’s right, the Jedi Master. Jerry Pickard and his Valley View Cougars. They are sneaky good.

Abington Heights remains at No. 1 in the team ranking. Delaware Valley’s Tomas Reese, who is still unbeaten, is at the top of the singles ranking.

 

 

 

TOP 5 TEAMS

 

 

No.

Team

Record

Pvs

 

1

Abington Heights

6—0

1

2

Delaware Valley

5—1

3

 

3

Scranton Prep

5—1

2

 

4

Valley View

7—0

NR
 

5

Dunmore

5—2

NR

 

 

Others: Holy Cross (3-2); Mid Valley (3-2); Scranton (2-3).

 


 

TOP 5 PLAYERS

 

No.

Name

School

Record

 

1

Tomas Reese

Delaware Valley

6—0

 

2

Timmy Christman

Abington Heights

5—1

 

3

Logan Gregory

Holy Cross

4—1

4

Carlo Possanza

Valley View

7–0

 

5

Alex Riccio

Dunmore

5—2

 

 

Others: Jack Habeeb (Scranton Prep, 3-3); Rhys Kelly (Scranton Prep, 6-0).

 


 

 

Mid Valley’s Demitri Reece returns a serve during a tennis game against Valley View.
Christopher Dolan / Staff Photographer

 

 

 

LEAGUE RECORDS

 

 

Here are the singles records for players in the Lackawanna League through April 16.

 

CLASS 3A

 

 

Abington Heights Delaware Valley North Pocono
Timmy Christman

5–1

Tomas Reese

6–0

Tim Pickarski

1–4

Owen Holland

6–0

Ivan Vorobyev

0–1

Josh Danna

1–4

Rory Harris

6–0

Joe Norieka

3–3

Nikhil Patel

1–3

Pete Wilson

2–0

Eric Wolfe

0–2

Abhay Byadgi

2–1

Vince Cianfichi

0–1

Andrew Zero

0–1

Scranton Wallenpaupack West Scranton
Naitik Butani

0–5

Simon Altizio

1–2

Alex Sophabmixay

0–6

Harsh S. Patel

2–3

John Squatrito

0–5

Blake Sophabmixay

1–5

Punjan Patel

0–1

Charlie Washburn

2–3

Nico Pugliese

2–4

Mit Patel

3–1

Matt Katz

1–1

 

 

CLASS 2A

 

Dunmore Holy Cross Honesdale
Alex Riccio

5–2

Logan Gregory

4–1

Jason Demers

5–2

Seth Reyes

4–3

Camus Howie

3–2

Nick Theobald

1–5

Max Burke

4–3

Curry Chang

5–0

Ethan Rickard

1–6

Shea Stanton

1–0

Mid Valley Montrose Riverside
Demitri Reece

2–4

Bill Hotaling

0–7

Noah Jennings

2–5

Christian Reece

5–1

Steven Vetri

3–3

Kyle Creedon

1–6

Jason Kline

2–2

Jackson Griffiths

0–1

Hunter Talipski

3–4

Matt Fedorka

0–2

Kyle McGranaghan

1–5

Tracy Kerr

0–1

Scranton Prep Valley View Western Wayne
Jack Habeeb

3–3

Carlo Possanza

7–0

Lenny Maiocco

4–0

Rhys Kelly

6–0

Ryan Carrotto

6–1

Dominic Corma

2–2

Matt Tressler

4–2

Kevin Duffy

7–0

Matthew Leslie

1–3

 

 


 

 

 

SCHEDULE

 

PLEASE note the weather wipeout of Monday’s schedule:

 

MONDAY

Delaware Valley at West Scranton — April 24
Valley View at Abington Heights — TBA
Holy Cross at Wallenpaupack — TBA
Mid Valley at Honesdale — TBA
Dunmore at Riverside — April 20
Western Wayne at Montrose — TBA
Scranton Prep at North Pocono —  April 20

 

WEDNESDAY

Abington Heights at Dunmore
Wallenpaupack at Delaware Valley
Honesdale at Valley View
Scranton at Holy Cross
Riverside at West Scranton
Mid Valley at Scranton Prep
North Pocono at Western Wayne

 

THURSDAY

West Scranton at Wallenpaupack
Dunmore at Honesdale
Delaware Valley at Scranton
Abington Heights at Riverside
Holy Cross at Montrose
Scranton Prep at Valley View
Western Wayne at Mid Valley