Hello everyone!

It is Wednesday, and I fully expected to be reviewing three playing dates from the Lackawanna League for this blog post, but rain forced the postponement of several matches on Tuesday. That is hardly an issue because there is plenty to talk about since last week.

We will begin with the Scranton Lady Knights. Last season, Scranton finished 5-9 in the Lackawanna League and as a result, most coaches didn’t expect the program to turnaround and become contenders for the division crown, and after a loss to a very talented North Pocono squad, who knew that we would be talking about them on Aug. 30 as one of the top teams?

On Monday, Scranton grabbed the attention of everyone with a 4-1 win over Valley View, which upset Wallenpaupack just a few days earlier. Scranton has a solid starting lineup, led by Mary Huffman and her sister Theresa Huffman, and Megan Musso at No. 2 singles. In the only match played Tuesday, Scranton defeated Dunmore, 5-0, to move to 3-1 on the season. Things get a little tougher on Thursday when the Lady Knights host No. 2 Abington Heights, however, this is one of those great early season stories. Scranton coach Joe McNulty is a workhorse and is truly devoted to promoting the sport. He attends every District 2 postseason event, even if he doesn’t have a team or kids competing.

 

Scranton’s Mary Huffman

 

 

One of the other good stories, as mentioned above, comes out of Valley View. The Cougars were, once again, considered a top Class 2A team this season in the Lackawanna League. On Monday, with that win over Wallenpaupack, a Class 3A contender, the Cougars served notice that they are indeed a team to keep a close eye on. And this is no surprise. Jerry Pickard has that magic as a coach. He encourages kids to come out for the team, he teaches them several of the key tennis strokes and emphasizes they all have fun. Every season, the Cougars do — by winning.

 

Now there are two Lackawanna League matches today rescheduled from Tuesday:

  • North Pocono at Mid Valley
  • West Scranton at Honesdale

Others were rescheduled for Friday: 

  • Scranton Prep at Delaware Valley
  • Wallenpaupack at Abington Heights

Another was moved to SEPTEMBER 6:

  • Montrose at Valley View

Another was moved to the dreaded TBA:

  • Western Wayne at Holy Cross

 

So with that, we are ready to take a look at what has happened thus far in the Lackawanna League through Aug. 29, making the season a week old.

 

2017 LACKAWANNA LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

Courtesy of piaad2.org

 

 

2017 LACKAWANNA LEAGUE SINGLES RECORDS

(Through August 29)

 

Abington Heights (3-0)

 

Delaware Valley   (2-1)

 

North Pocono       (3-0)

 

Lauren Carroll

3–0

Taylor Moglia

2–1

Sarah Tofilska

3—0

Clare Della Valle

3–0

Katie Cooney

2–1

Sarah Sposito

3—0

Lauren Koczwara

3—0

Jules Anderson

2–1

Haley Zemek

2–1

Scranton

(3-1)

 

Wallenpaupack    (2-1)

 

Mary Huffman

3–1

Phoebe Cykosky

3–0

Phoebe Cykosky

3–0

Megan Musso

3–1

CLASS

3A

Heidi Washburn

3–0

Theresa Huffman

3–1

Hannah Vennie

1–1

Hannah Vennie

1–1

Tori Weber

1–0

Tori Weber

1–0

 

Dunmore

(0-4)

 

Holy Cross

(1-2)

 

Honesdale

(0-2)

 

Mid Valley

(1-2)

 

Anna Chiaro

0–4

Lauren Palmiter

1–2

Megan Rembish

0–2

Lyndsey Medric

1–2

Alyssa Bielinski

0–1

Theresa Dutter

1–2

Madison Palmer

0–2

Courtney Davies

0–1

Lauren Brown

0–4

Aurora Monacelli

0–1

Leigha Welsh

0–2

Karah Laboranti

0–3

Maren Oprisko

0–3

Caroline Cadden

2–0

Morgan Haefele

1–1

Montrose

(0-2)

 

Riverside

(0-2)

 

Scranton Prep (2-0)

 

Valley View  (2-1)

 

McKenzie Reeves

1–1

Samantha Labrosky

1–1

Gabi Jakubek

2–0

Kiana DeJesus

1–2

Searra Muller

0–2

Alyssa Chesek

0–2

Carly Habeeb

2–0

Sidney Reinfurt

0–1

Angie Ford

0–2

Trinity Gable

2–0

Isabel Hou

1–1

Gianna Snell

0–2

Vanessa Antenori

2–1

West Scranton    (1-2)

 

Western Wayne (1-1)

 

C.J. Grasso

1–2

CLASS

2A

Allison Mattern

0–2

Rebecca Johnson

2–1

Samantha Pritzlaff

1–1

Briana Moraca

1–2

Maddy Godfrey

0–2

 


 

 

RANKINGS

 

 

There won’t be much of a shakeup this early in the season at the top of the poll, until at least some of the ranked teams face each other. There was some movement, however, based upon head-to-head competition through the last three play dates.

 

Scranton Prep’s Carly Habeeb

 

 

 

JOBY’S TOP 5 TEAMS

 

This is poll No. 2 of the season and I can already see into the future that there are some very good matches ahead. I will have more on that later. Scranton is the newest entry into the Top 5. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out over the next few weeks.

 

1. Scranton Prep Classics (2-0)

Last Rank: 1

Beat Holy Cross, 3-2. Next: Thursday vs. West Scranton.

 

2. Abington Heights Lady Comets (3-0)

Last Rank: 2

Beat Delaware Valley, 4-1; Beat West Scranton, 5-0. Next: Thursday at Scranton.

 

3. North Pocono Lady Trojans (3-0)

Last Rank: 4

Beat Montrose, 5-0; Beat Riverside, 4-1. Next: Wednesday at Mid Valley.

 

4. Scranton Lady Knights (3-1)

Last Rank: NR

Beat Mid Valley, 4-1; Beat Valley View, 4-1, Beat Dunmore, 5-0. Next: Thursday vs. Abington Heights.

 

5. Valley View Cougars (2-1)

Last Rank: 5

Beat Wallenpaupack, 3-2; Lost to Scranton, 4-1. Next: Thursday at North Pocono.

 

Teams to watch: Wallenpaupack (2-1); Holy Cross (1-2); Delaware Valley (2-1).

 


 

 

Wallenpaupack’s Phoebe Cykosky.

 

 

JOBY’S TOP 5 PLAYERS

 

Right now, we haven’t had that major clash between top players head-to-head, but they are on the horizon. This poll stayed the same, only the records changed.

 

Jakubek

1. Gabi Jakubek, Scranton Prep (2-0)

Last Rank: 1.

Had a solid win over Lauren Palmitier (HC), 6-3, 6-0 this week.

 

 

 

Carroll

2. Lauren Carroll, Abington Heights (3-0)

Last Rank: 2.

Beat Taylor Moglia (DV), 6-2, 6-3; Beat C.J. Grasso (WS), 6-1, 6-1..

 

 

 

Cykosky

3. Phoebe Cykosky, Wallenpaupack (3-0)

Last Rank: 3.

Defeated Kiana DeJesus (VV), 6-1, 7-5; Beat Anna Chiaro (DUN), 6-0, 6-1.

 

 

 

Tofilska

4. Sarah Tofilska, North Pocono (3-0)

Last Rank: 4.

Beat McKenzie Reeves (MON), 6-0, 6-2; Beat Samantha Labrosky (RIV), 6-0, 6-0.

 

 

 

 

Della Valle

5. Clare Della Valle, Abington Heights (3-0)

Last Rank: 5.

Defeated Katie Cooney (DV), 6-1, 6-2; Beat Rebeca Johnson (WS), 6-0, 6-1..

 

 

 

Players to watch: Sarah Sposito, North Pocono (3-0), Carly Habeeb, Scranton Prep (2-0), Megan Musso (SCR) 3-1, Heidi Washburn (WAL) 3-0, Lauren Koczwara (AH) 3-0, Taylor Moglia (DV) 2-1, Lauren Palmitier (HC) 1-1, Theresa Dutter (HC) 1-1, Samantha Labrosky (RIV) 1-1, Kiana DeJesus (VV) 1-2.

 


 

 

Valley View’s Vanessa Antenori returns a shot to Wallenpaupack’s Hannah Vennie during their Lackawanna League tennis match Thursday. Antenori won, 6-1, 6-3.
Photo by Jake Danna Stevens

 

 

WHAT’S AHEAD?

 

 

Remember I told you more on the schedule later. Well, later is now. There are very big matches on Thursday with a rivalry match between Honesdale and Wallenpaupack.

 

SCHEDULE

 

TODAY
Riverside at Montrose, 4
North Pocono at Mid Valley, 4
West Scranton at Honesdale, 4

 

THURSDAY
(matches start at 4 p.m.)
Honesdale at Wallenpaupack
5-Valley View at 3-North Pocono
Delaware Valley at Western Wayne
Dunmore at Montrose
West Scranton at 1-Scranton Prep
2-Abington Heights at 4-Scranton
Riverside at Mid Valley

 

FRIDAY
Wallenpaupack at 2-Abington Heights, 10
1-Scranton Prep at Delaware Valley, 4

 

TUESDAY
Mid Valley at 5-Valley View

Holy Cross at Riverside
3-North Pocono at Dunmore
Western Wayne at West Scranton
Montrose at 2-Abington Heights
1-Scranton Prep at Wallenpaupack
4-Scranton at Honesdale

 

WEDNESDAY
Montrose at 5-Valley View

 


 

 

 

That is all for today.

My plan was to attend and cover the Wallenpaupack at Abington Heights match that got wiped out because of rain. I am now shooting for Abington Heights at Scranton on Thursday, but things could change at a moment’s notice.

Any way, it’s going to be a good week.

Next post ON THE BLOG will be WEDNESDAY.