Good day to all of my tennis fans out there.

In almost the blink of an eye, the Lackawanna League season is completed. And what a season it was. Scranton Prep captured the league championship for the third straight season. The Classics are unbeaten and will be the No. 1 seed for the District 2 Class 2A team championships, which believe it or not, have already started. More on that later.

For the most part, the top stories in the league have been covered here ON THE BLOG. But, I just want to point out a team that really had a fantastic season: Riverside finished 5-9 in the league, and at first glance you might say, 5-9? Well, I have been covering tennis for a few years now and to give you all some perspective, Riverside had a record of 2-72 from 2012 to 2016. Sometimes in the heat of covering the teams that qualified for the postseason, you lose track of such a remarkable turnaround. So, congratulations to the Lady Vikes on a successful season.

The Lackawanna League will be well-represented in the postseason. There were five teams that qualified for the District 2 Class 2A playoffs and there are three in the District 2 Class 3A tournament. Western Wayne has already advanced to the quarterfinals of the District 2 Class 2A tournament. Congrats to the Lady ‘Cats and coach Dante Terenzio on the first postseason win in program history.

 

Western Wayne’s Samantha Atcavage.
Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer

 

 

Here’s a look at the brackets:

 

CLASS 3A

 

NOTE: If Williamsport wins the District 2-4 Class 3A Subregional final, there will be a special District 2 Class 3A championship match.

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Williamsport

DEFENDING DISTRICT 2 CHAMPION: Abington Heights

AT STAKE: Subregional winner will play the third-place team from District 3 on October 24 in the PIAA playoffs.

 

CLASS 2A

 

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Scranton Prep

AT STAKE: The champion will advance to play the District 4 champion on October 24 in the PIAA playoffs.

 

Scranton Prep’s Carly Habeeb

 

 

 

WHAT’S AHEAD?

 

 

Following the team championships, which will conclude Oct. 10, Mike Ognosky and I will sit down with the coaches at Dunmore High School as the District 2 Singles Tournament is seeded and the brackets drawn.

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

 

  • October 12: District 2 Singles Tournament (First three rounds) at Kirby Park and Wilkes University.
  • October 13: District 2 Singles Tournament (Semifinals and Finals) at Kirby Park.
  • October 17: District 2 Doubles Tournament (First three rounds) at Kirby Park and Wilkes University.
  • October 18: District 2 Doubles Tournament (Semifinals and Finals) at Kirby Park.

 

Abington Heights’
Lauren Carroll

 


 

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

 

OK, here is a recap of the regular season that has passed us by very quickly. The action was fast and furious with matches almost every day.

 

2017 LACKAWANNA LEAGUE STANDINGS

FINAL

Courtesy piaad2.org

 

 

Wallenpaupack’s Phoebe Cykosky.

 

 

 

2017 LACKAWANNA LEAGUE FINAL REGULAR-SEASON SINGLES RECORDS

ALL MATCHES REPORTED

 

 

Abington Heights (13-1)

Delaware Valley (4-10)

North Pocono (12-2)

Lauren Carroll

12–1

Taylor Moglia

4–3

Sarah Tofilska

11—3

Clare Della Valle

11–2

Katie Cooney

4–6

Sarah Sposito

13—1

Lauren Koczwara

13–0

Jules Anderson

4–8

Haley Zemek

9–5

Savannah Blaum

1–0

Gia Cicilio

2–4

Brooke Dennison

1–0

Hannah Larson

0–2

Holly Ross

1–0

Lauren

Matarazzo

0–3

Sarah Duffy

0–1

Maeve Dowd

0–1

Scranton

(9-5)

Wallenpaupack (8-6)

Mary Huffman

9–5

Phoebe Cykosky

3–0

Phoebe Cykosky

12–1

Megan Musso

9–5

CLASS

3A

Heidi Washburn

8–4

Theresa Huffman

8–5

Hannah Vennie

1–1

Hannah Vennie

1–2

Nadi Mahdavi

0–1

Tori Weber

1–0

Tori Weber

2–5

Lily Hannon

0–1

Carrie Loomis

0–2

Becca Cykosky

1–1

Addison Gardner

0–1

 

Abington Heights’ Lauren Koczwara hits the ball to Western Wayne’s Samantha Atcavage.
Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer

 

 

Dunmore

(0-14)

Holy Cross

(11-3)

Honesdale

(3-11)

Mid Valley

(6-8)

Anna Chiaro

2–12

Lauren Palmiter

10–4

Megan Rembish

3–11

Lyndsey Medric

6–8

Alyssa Bielinski

0–1

Theresa Dutter

9–5

Madison Palmer

2–11

Courtney Davies

2–9

Lauren Brown

0–8

Aurora Monacelli

0–1

Leigha Welsh

2–12

Karah Laboranti

4–10

Maren Oprisko

1–8

Caroline Cadden

12–1

Lydia Grossman

1–0

Morgan Haefele

1–2

Katie McKitish

0–4

Mia Mandarano

2–4

Montrose

(3-11)

Riverside

(5-9)

Scranton Prep (14-0)

Valley View (8-6)

McKenzie Reeves

4–9

Samantha Labrosky

7–7

Gabi Jakubek

13–0

Kiana DeJesus

8–6

Searra Muller

2–12

Alyssa Chesek

1–4

Carly Habeeb

14–0

Sidney Reinfurt

0–1

Angie Ford

5–9

Trinity Gable

9–5

Isabel Hou

12–2

Gianna Snell

2–11

Katelyn Henry

0–1

Mia Capalongo

0–1

Stephanie

Carolan

0-1

Vanessa Antenori

8–6

Abby Fairclough

5–2

Allison Rempe

0–1

West Scranton

(1-13)

Western Wayne (8-6)

C.J. Grasso

1–12

CLASS

2A

Allison Mattern

5–9

Rebecca Johnson

5–8

Samantha Pritzlaff

9–5

Briana Moraca

1–12

Maddy Godfrey

0–2

Jenny Vongmany

0-2

Sam Atcavage

11–1

Samantha Farry

0-1

 

 


 

 

RANKINGS

 

 

JOBY’S TOP 5 TEAMS

 

 

These are the final rankings of the season. I know there wasn’t much movement in the poll all season, but I think the players like seeing the ranking each week. Great season everyone.

 

 

1. SCRANTON PREP CLASSICS (14-0)

Last Rank: 1

Note: Lackawanna League Champion and No. 1 seed for D2 Class 2A tournament.

 

 

 

2. ABINGTON HEIGHTS LADY COMETS (13-1)

Last Rank: 2

Note: No. 3 seed for the District 2 Class 3A tournament.

 

 

 

3. NORTH POCONO LADY TROJANS (12-2)

Last Rank: 3

Next: Only losses were to SP and AH; No. 4 seed for D2 Class 3A playoffs.

 

 

 

4. HOLY CROSS LADY CRUSADERS (11-3)

Last Rank: 4

Next: Losses were to SP, AH and NP. No. 4 seed for D2 Class 2A playoffs.

 

 

 

 

5. SCRANTON LADY KNIGHTS (9-5)

Last Rank: 5

Next: No. 5 seed for the D2 Class 3A playoffs.

 

 

 

Honorable mention: Wallenpaupack (8-6), Western Wayne (8-6), Valley View (8-6), Mid Valley (6-8), Riverside (5-9).

 

 


 

 

Scranton Prep’s
Gabi Jakubek

 

 

 

JOBY’S TOP 5 PLAYERS

 

 

Scranton Prep’s Gabi Jakubek finished the regular season undefeated, so she earned this season’s No. 1 ranking. Lauren Carroll’s only loss came to Jakubek. Wallenpaupack’s Phoebe Cykosky jumped up to No. 3 after a head-to-head win over North Pocono’s Sarah Tofilska. Scranton Prep’s Carly Habeeb also finished undefeated at No. 2 singles and fills the ranking at No. 5.

 

 

Jakubek

1. GABI JAKUBEK
SCRANTON PREP (12-0)

Last Rank: 1.

 

 

 

 

 

Carroll

2. LAUREN CARROLL
ABINGTON HEIGHTS (13-1)

Last Rank: 2.

 

 

 

 

 

Cykosky

3. PHOEBE CYKOSKY
WALLENPAUPACK (12-1)

Last Rank: 4.

 

 

 

 

 

Tofilska

4. SARAH TOFILSKA
NORTH POCONO (11-3)

Last Rank: 3.

 

 

 

 

Habeeb

5. CARLY HABEEB
SCRANTON PREP (14-0)

Last Rank: 5.

 

 

 

 

Players to watch: Sarah Sposito (NP) 13-1, Lauren Koczwara (AH) 13-0, Mary Huffman (SCR) 9-5, Megan Musso (SCR) 9-5, Lauren Palmitier (HC) 10-4, Samantha Labrosky (RIV) 7-7; Caroline Cadden (HC) 12-1; Isabel Hou (SP) 12-2; Kiana DeJesus (VV) 8-6; Sam Atcavage (WW) 11-1; Sam Pritzlaff (WW) 9-5.

 

 


 

 

That’s all for today.

Things are going to get very busy here in the next few weeks. Congratulations on a great regular season. Best of luck to those who made the postseason.

See you at the D2 tournaments!

ENJOY!