It was a balmy 21 degrees this morning in Scott Township. Now, the forecast indicates it will at least get into the 40s today and that means there will likely be tennis played across the Lackawanna League.

Last week, teams at least tried to get matches in, but the league schedule is at least 15 matches behind with only 25 days left to play. So, expect many teams to play or schedule four matches in a week.

There has been some good tennis to this point.

 

Dunmore’s Alex Riccio.

 

 

Bucking their trend

 

Dunmore has gotten off to a fast start and has given reason for the Lackawanna League to take notice.

After a win over Montrose, the Bucks improved to 3-0 and equaled their win total from the last two seasons combined.

Alex Riccio has fueled the turnaround, boasting a No. 1 singles record of 3-0. His improvement should come as no surprise. Last season, he posted a win of 6-8 in the Lackawanna League, then took Dallas’ John Toussaint to three sets in the District 2 Class 2A singles tournament opening round. His victories have all come in straight sets.

Seth Reyes, who is anchored in at No. 2 singles, is also 3-0 this season. He finished 3-10 in 2017. Like his teammate, Reyes has also had all his wins in straight sets.

Max Burke, who played only one singles match last season, has a pair of wins for the Bucks.

This week, the challenges get much greater. Dunmore starts today at North Pocono, and is scheduled to play on three consecutive afternoons because of the uncooperative weather from last week.

On Wednesday, the Bucks host Mid Valley, then play at Valley View on Thursday and against Delaware Valley on Friday.

 

The streak continues

 

Lavelle

Abington Heights remained undefeated. That is, of course, no surprise. The Comets have now won 114 straight matches in the Lackawanna League. It’s remarkable to think that coach Tom Lavelle has a career record of 134-2 in 10-plus seasons.

It is a little early to start looking ahead to the annual showdown with Scranton Prep, which is scheduled for April 25. However, after edging Delaware Valley, 3-2, the Comets may have already cleared their most difficult challenge ahead of that much-anticipated match.

 

 

Here are the standings look like after last week: 

 

 

 


 

 

RANKINGS

 

 

There weren’t too many matches played last week. Snow, wind, cold and rain really made it a mess across NEPA. Valley View and Honesdale even had to play Saturday afternoon, just to squeeze into what is a tightening spring sports season calendar.

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.

And honestly, there aren’t any changes from last week.

 

TOP 5 TEAMS

 

No.

Team

Record

Pvs

 

1

Abington Heights

3—0

1
 

2

Scranton Prep

2—0

2

 

3

Delaware Valley

1—1

3

 

4

Western Wayne

1—0

4
 

5

Holy Cross

0—1

5

 

 

Others: Valley View (3-0), Dunmore (3-0), Mid Valley (2-0).

 

 

 

TOP 5 PLAYERS

 

 

No.

Name

School

Record

 

1

Tomas Reese

Delaware Valley

2—0

 

2

Timmy Christman

Abington Heights

2—1

 

3

Logan Gregory

Holy Cross

1—0

4

Jack Habeeb

Scranton Prep

1—1

 

5

Alex Riccio

Dunmore

3—0

 

 

Others: Carlo Possanza (Valley View, 3-0), Demitri Reece (Mid Valley, 3-0).

 

 


 

 

Mid Valley’s Demitri Reece.

 

LEAGUE RECORDS

 

 

Here are the singles records for players in the Lackawanna League through April 2.

 

CLASS 3A

 

Abington Heights Delaware Valley North Pocono
Timmy Christman

2–1

Tomas Reese

2–0

Tim Pickarski

1–1

Owen Holland

3–0

Ivan Vorobyev

0–1

Josh Danna

1–2

Rory Harris

3–0

Joe Norieka

1–1

Mikhil Patel

1–1

Pete Wilson

1–0

Eric Wolfe

0–2

Scranton Wallenpaupack West Scranton
Naitik Butani

0–2

Simon Altizio

0–1

Alex Sophabmixay

0–5

Harsh S. Patel

0–2

John Squatrito

0–2

Blake Sophabmixay

1–4

Punjan Patel

0–1

Charlie Washburn

1–1

Nico Pugliese

2–3

Mit Patel

0–1

Matt Katz

1–0

 

 

 

CLASS 2A

 

Dunmore Holy Cross Honesdale
Alex Riccio

3–0

Logan Gregory

1–0

Jason Demers

2–1

Seth Reyes

3–0

Camus Howey

0–1

Nick Theobald

0–3

Max Burke

2–1

Curry Chang

1–0

Ethan Rickard

0–3

Mid Valley Montrose Riverside
Demitri Reece

2–0

Bill Hotaling

0–3

Noah Jennings

1–2

Christian Reece

2–0

Steven Vetri

1–2

Kyle Creedon

1–2

Jason Kline

2–0

Jackson Griffiths

0–1

Hunter Talipski

2–1

Kyle McGranaghan

1–1

Scranton Prep Valley View Western Wayne
Jack Habeeb

1–1

Carlos Possanza

3–0

Lenny Maiocco

1–0

Rhys Kelly

2–0

Ryan Carrotto

3–0

Dominic Corma

1–0

Matt Tressler

1–1

Kevin Duffy

3–0

Matthew Leslie

0–1

 

 


 

Abington Heights’ Timmy Christman.

 

 

 

SCHEDULE

 

TODAY
Valley View at Mid Valley
Dunmore at North Pocono
Abington Heights at Montrose
Wallenpaupack at Scranton Prep
Honesdale at Scranton
Riverside at Holy Cross

 

TUESDAY
Wallenpaupack at Mid Valley
Delaware Valley at Scranton Prep
Valley View at Montrose
Honesdale at Holy Cross

 

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

 

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

 

FRIDAY
Delaware Valley at Dunmore
Scranton Prep at Western Wayne
Montrose at Riverside