The winter weather of last week certainly has compacted the schedule. Teams and athletic directors are rallying to try to get the regular season completed before the postseason begins May 2, which — using quick math — is a mere 8 days.

With the schedule scramble in high gear, history was made in the Lackawanna League.

On Friday, in the first game of a self-imposed doubleheader, Holy Cross defeated Abington Heights, 3-2, at Birchwood Fitness & Tennis Center. The Crusaders ended Abington Heights’ 118-match league winning streak that dated back to a loss against Scranton Prep on April 13, 2009.

 

Here is the breakdown:

 

 

Holy Cross 3, Abington Heights 2

 

Singles

Timmy Christman (AH) over Logan Gregory, 6-1, 6-3

Camus Howie (HC) over Owen Holland, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

 

Howie

 

“This is amazing. I really enjoyed this. I felt really good. It was a tough match and I was just glad I was able to pull through with a win. I think my serve and just keeping the ball in was very important.”

 

 

 

 

Curry Chang (HC) over Rory Harris, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1

 

Chang

 

“This (win) means a lot. We are in history. We are playing well and working really hard to keep the ball in on our points and we stayed calm. I am glad to be a part of this team.”

 

 

 

Doubles

Varun Iyengar-Sam Weis (AH) over Jake Wiercinski-Dominick Arbie, 6-3, 6-0

Ryan Huester-Joey Lennon (HC) over Chris Hobbie-Arjun Iyengar, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3

Records: HC 5-2, AH 7-1.

 

NOTEABLE

 

How great a coach is Abington Heights’ Thomas Lavelle? He is all class and as gracious in defeat, as he is humble in his remarkable run of victories.

 

Lavelle

“Certainly, reflecting on the successful teams we have had and how influential they have been, they have left a lasting contribution in Northeastern Pennsylvania tennis, and I am certain their contribution means a great deal to the players who have been a part of it, and to those future players who will be a part of this incredible tradition. I want to congratulate Holy Cross on their victory. They certainly deserve it because of their great efforts.” 

 

 

 

 

Last team other than Scranton Prep to defeat Abington Heights in a league match: 

 

April 15, 2000

 

Dunmore 4, Abington Heights 3

 

Brueninger

Matt Brueninger and Zack Zehner won their respective singles matches, then paired to win in three sets at No. 2 doubles Friday to lead the Dunmore Bucks to a 4-3 boys’ Northeastern Pennsylvania Tennis League Eastern Division upset win over Abington Heights.

 

NEPTL Eastern Division
Dunmore (4-1) 4
Abington Heights (4-1) 3
Singles: Chris Yi (AH) over Commie Tabatabaie, 6-1, 6-2; Matt Brueninger (D) over Dave Brogan (AH), 6-2, 2-6, 6-2; Zack Zehner (D) over Stephanie Petrasko, 6-2, 6-3; Andrew Hetsko (D) over Zach Herlands, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1.
Doubles: Yi-Brogan (AH) over Tabatabaie-Hetsko, 7-5, 6-4; Brueninger-Zehner (D) over Petrasko-Bryan Jones, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0; Herlands-Eric Nguyan (AH) over Adam McCormick-Jeff Grasso, 6-2, 6-2.

 

 

ABINGTON HEIGHTS COMETS BY THE NUMBERS

 

8

Straight undefeated seasons in the Lackawanna League

118

Straight wins in the Lackawanna League.

138

Wins in last 141 matches in the Lackawanna League dating back to 2008.

 

 


 

 

CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE

 

Holy Cross’ upset win, combined with Scranton Prep’s loss to Delaware Valley earlier in the year certainly has made the final week of the regular season quite compelling in the chase for the championship.

Valley View is the lone undefeated at 9-0. Now, the Cougars still have matches against some heavy hitters. Take a look at the slate this week:

 

  • SUNDAY: at Abington Heights (7-1)
  • MONDAY: at Western Wayne (6-2)
  • TUESDAY: vs. Scranton Prep (8-1)
  • THURSDAY: at Holy Cross (6-2)

 

That is quite a minefield to try to navigate unscathed. Scranton Prep is 8-1, Abington Heights is 7-1 and Delaware Valley is 7-1.

 

LACKAWANNA LEAGUE STANDINGS 

(As of April 21)

 

 

 


 

DISTRICT 2 STANDINGS 

(As of April 21)

 

 

 

 


 

 

RANKINGS

 

It’s safe to say that this is a first for ON THE BLOG. There is a new No. 1 team after the smoke cleared from last week. And it will have to prove itself very quickly.

Valley View is the only undefeated team, but it must still play the remaining four teams in the poll head-to-head.

 

TOP 5 TEAMS

 

 

No.

Team

Record

Pvs

1

Valley View

9—0

4

2

Abington Heights

7—1

1

3

Delaware Valley

7—1

2

4

Scranton Prep

8—1

3
 

5

Holy Cross

5—2

NR

 

 

Others: Western Wayne (6-2), Dunmore (6-3).

 

 

Western Waynes Lenny Maiocco

 

 

 

TOP 5 PLAYERS

 

 

No.

Name

School

Record

 

1

Tomas Reese

Delaware Valley

8—0

 

2

Timmy Christman

Abington Heights

7—1

 

3

Lenny Maiocco

Western Wayne

8–0

4

Carlo Possanza

Valley View

9–0

 

5

Logan Gregory

Holy Cross

6—2

 

 

Others: Rhys Kelly (Scranton Prep, 9-0); Alex Riccio (Dunmore, 6-3); Camus Howie (Holy Cross, 6-2); Curry Chang (Holy Cross, 8-0).

 

 


 

 

 

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

7–1

Tomas Reese

8–0

Tim Pickarski

1–6

Owen Holland

7–1

Ivan Vorobyev

0–1

Josh Danna

1–6

Rory Harris

7–1

Joe Norieka

5–3

Nikhil Patel

1–3

Pete Wilson

2–0

Eric Wolfe

1–3

Abhay Byadgi

4–1

Vince Cianfichi

0–1

Andrew Zero

0–1

Scranton Wallenpaupack West Scranton
Naitik Butani

0–6

Simon Altizio

1–4

Alex Sophabmixay

1–7

Harsh S. Patel

2–5

John Squatrito

1–6

Blake Sophabmixay

1–6

Punjan Patel

0–3

Charlie Washburn

2–5

Nico Pugliese

3–5

Mit Patel

3–2

Matt Katz

1–1

Tony Pugliese

0-1

 

 

CLASS 2A

 

Dunmore Holy Cross Honesdale
Alex Riccio

6–3

Logan Gregory

6–2

Jason Demers

6–3

Seth Reyes

5–4

Camus Howie

6–2

Nick Theobald

1–7

Max Burke

5–4

Curry Chang

8–0

Ethan Rickard

2–7

Shea Stanton

1–0

Mid Valley Montrose Riverside
Demitri Reece

2–7

Bill Hotaling

0–10

Noah Jennings

2–7

Christian Reece

7–2

Steven Vetri

3–6

Kyle Creedon

2–7

Jason Kline

2–3

Jackson Griffiths

0–1

Hunter Talipski

3–6

Matt Fedorka

0–3

Kyle McGranaghan

1–8

Mike Melesky

0-1

Tracy Kerr

0–1

Scranton Prep Valley View Western Wayne
Jack Habeeb

6–3

Carlo Possanza

9–0

Lenny Maiocco

8–0

Rhys Kelly

9–0

Ryan Carrotto

7–2

Dominic Corma

5–3

Matt Tressler

7–2

Kevin Duffy

9–0

Matthew Leslie

4–4

 

 

 


 

 

 

SCHEDULE

 

 

Weather looks good early, keep fingers crossed:

 

Abington Heights Timmy Christman.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22

Valley View at Abington Heights

 

MONDAY, APRIL 23

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

 

Scranton Preps Jack Habeeb.

TUESDAY, APRIL 24

Mid Valley at Scranton
Mid Valley at North Pocono
Holy Cross at Western Wayne
Dunmore at Scranton
Scranton Prep at Valley View

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25

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

Holy Cross; Camus Howie.

THURSDAY, APRIL 26

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

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 27

Scranton at North Pocono
Western Wayne at Delaware Valley
Abington Heights at Wallenpaupack

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 28

Dunmore at Honesdale