Hello on a Friday.

OK, the rain this week has really shuffled the Lackawanna League schedule. There are a lot of matches still to be played, and I am hoping they all get in as scheduled as we are creeping closer and closer to the end date of the season.

And while there are still some matches that could go one way or another, let’s not be naive, we all know where this season’s championship will be decided.

On Wednesday, Abington Heights (10-0) will be at Scranton Prep (9-0) in “The Rivalry” match of the season.

This year, the teams after the big two have been much better and more competitive. But last week, Valley View, which is probably the No. 3 team based on roster, lost to Scranton Prep, 4-1, and already had a 5-0 loss to Abington Heights. So realistically, all eyes will once again be on the Abington Heights vs. Scranton Prep contest.

With good reason:

Scranton Prep’s Tarquin McGurrin.
Photo by Christopher Dolan

Scranton Prep

Record

Abington Heights

Record

Tarquin McGurrin

9 – 0

Bailey Harris

9 – 0

Jack Habeeb

9 – 0

Timmy Christman

10 – 0

Rhys Kelly

9 – 0

Brian Ostrowski

10 – 0

 

Dare I say that is pretty good?

THE RIVALRY BY THE NUMBERS

Take a look at these year-by-year records:

Year

Scranton Prep

Abington Heights

2008

14-0

13-1

2009

15-0

14-1

2010

8-0

10-0

2011

11-0

12-0

2012

11-0

12-0

2013

13-1

14-0

2014

13-1

14-0

2015

13-1

14-0

2016

13-1

14-0

22017

9-0

10-0

 

120-4

127-2

 

HISTORIC IMPACT OF THE RIVALRY

Abington Heights’ Josh Palmer

Here are The Times-Tribune Players of the Year since 2003:

2003: John Nespoli, Scranton Prep
2004: John Nespoli, Scranton Prep
2005: J.J. Bolock, Abington Heights
2006: Peter Cognetti, Scranton Prep
2007: Peter Cognetti, Scranton Prep
2008: Peter Cognetti, Scranton Prep
2009: Tim McGurrin, Scranton Prep
2010: Josh Palmer, Abington Heights
2011: Josh Palmer, Abington Heights
2012: Nathan Engh, Abington Heights
2013: Jai Redkar, Abington Heights
2014: Keller McGurrin, Scranton Prep
2015: Joey Ferretti, Valley View
2016: Joey Ferretti, Valley View

Scranton Prep’s Peter Cognetti.

Here are The

Times-Tribune Coaches of the Year since 2007:

Lavelle

2007: Jack Lennox, Scranton Prep
2008: Tom Lavelle, Abington Heights
2009: Jack Lennox, Scranton Prep
2010: Tom Lavelle, Abington Heights
2011: Tom Lavelle, Abington Heights
2012: Larry Hudson, Delaware Valley
2013: Joe McNulty, Scranton
2014: Tom Lavelle, Abington Heights
2015: Tom Lavelle, Abington Heights
2016: Dante Terenzio, Western Wayne

So, as you can see this rivalry has a lot of history and prestige.

Diary of The Rivalry

Since 2009, Abington Heights has stormed to 107 straight wins in the Lackawanna League. The Comets’ last loss came against Scranton Prep, 4-1, April 18, 2009.

For three seasons from 2010 to 2012, the two powers did not face each other in the league season. Oh, they had exhibition matches, but they didn’t count toward the team’s record. Those were for something they both cherish even more than their record — PRIDE!

“The Rivalry” renewed in 2013 and for the last four seasons Abington Heights has come out on top. Take a look at how close these battles were:

2013

Abington Heights 3, Scranton Prep 2

Redkar

Singles: Jai Redkar (AH) over Will Cognetti, 6-3, 6-4; Keller McGurrin (SP) over Rishi Mulloth (AH), 6-0, 7-6 (5); Peter Kazmierczak (SP) over Brandon Ostrowski, 6-1, 6-4.

Doubles: Eric Onofrey-Steven Shields (AH) over Chris Roe-Tony Kutz, 6-2, 6-4; Riley Barrett-Sahas Chandragiri (AH) over John-Carlon Cognetti-Matt Knowles, 6-4, 6-1.

Records: AH 8-0, SP 7-1.

 

 

TIDBIT
  • Abington Heights ended Scranton Prep’s 87-match winning streak in the Lackawanna League.

 

2014

Abington Heights 3 Scranton Prep 2

Keller McGurrin

Singles: Keller McGurrin (SP) over Jai Redkar, 6-2, 6-4; Rishi Mulloth (AH) over Peter Kazmierczak, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5; Tony Kutz (SP) over Bailey Harris, 6-3, 6-2.

Doubles: Eric Onofrey-Brandon Ostrowski (AH) over Tarquin McGurrinJohn-Carlon Cognetti, 6-2, 6-0; Riley Barrett-Sahas Chandragiri (AH) over Chris McGrath-Sahil Garg, 6-1, 6-1.

Records: AH 7-0, SP 5-1.

 

 

 

 

2015

Abington Heights 4 Scranton Prep 1

Mulloth

Singles: Rishi Mulloth (AH) over Peter Kazmierczak, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4; Sahas Chandragiri (AH) over Tony Kutz, 6-3, 6-2; Tarquin McGurrin (SP) over Brandon Ostrowski, 6-2, 6-1.

Doubles: Bailey Harris-Jamie CalvoBarrio (AH) over Jimmy Tressler-Jack Habeeb, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4; Richie AlbrightCayden Scarantino (AH) over Chris McGrath-Sahil Garg, 6-2, 6-2.

Records: AH 10-0, SP 10-1.

 

 

2016

Abington Heights 3 Scranton Prep 2

Brandon Ostrowski

Singles: Peter Kazmierczak (SP) over Sahas Chandragiri, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (3); Brandon Ostrowski (AH) over Tony Kutz, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5); Tarquin McGurrin (SP) over Rishi Mulloth, 6-2, 6-3.

Doubles: Jacob Linker-Spencer Gilbert (AH) over Jack Habeeb-Sahil Garg, 7-6, 2-6, 6-4; Eric Mahoney-Tim Christman (AH) over Rhys Kelly-Nick LaBelle, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Records: AH 8-0, SP 10-1.

 


RANKINGS

Let’s move on, because there are a lot of good players and teams this year, and even though we know the Abington Heights-Scranton Prep match hogs the spotlight each season, these teams and kids are putting in a lot of time at practice, too.

How can you not be impressed with the job Western Wayne coach Dante Terenzio has done. In two season’s, he’s got the Wildcats among the top 5 teams. And, as is always the case, Valley View coach Jerry Pickard has worked his magic. The Cougars have not missed a beat.

TOP 5 PLAYERS

1. Tarquin McGurrin, Scranton Prep (9-0)

  • Dispatched of two more opponents, and had an impressive straight-sets win over VV’s Austin Mackey

2. Bailey Harris, Abington Heights (9-0)

  • Kid is playing really well. That No. 1 vs. No. 1 match against McGurrin looks like a dandy.

Tressler

3. Jimmy Tressler, Holy Cross (5-1)

  • Only had one match last week and won.

4. Timmy Christman, Abington Heights (10-0)

  • Can you imagine, he played No. 2 doubles last season? Really a solid player..

5. Austin Mackey, Valley View (7-2)

  • Lost to McGurrin, but he is definitely a top 4 seed for the D2 Class 2A tournament..

 

Honorable mention: Mike Felins (North Pocono, 6-3); Jack Habeeb (Scranton Prep, 9-0); Brian Ostrowski (Abington Heights, 10-0); Rhys Kelly (Scranton Prep, 9-0); Adam Long (North Pocono, 7-2); Jack Tuman (Western Wayne, 5-2); Bobby Craig (Valley View, 6-3); Logan Gregory (Holy Cross, 5-1)Tomas Reece (Delaware Valley, 6-2)..

TOP 5 TEAMS

1. Abington Heights (10-0)

  • Charging up ready to face Scranton Prep.

 

2. Scranton Prep (9-0)

  • Came away with a 4-1 win over Valley View last week.

 

3. Valley View (7-2)

  • OK, lost to Scranton Prep and only other loss is to Abington Heights.

 

4. Holy Cross (5-1)

  • Has a very busy schedule ahead, trying to catch up because of PPD matches.

 


5. Western Wayne (6-1)

  • Has a big match with Scranton Prep looming.

 


 

SEASON RECORDS

Abington Heights’
Bailey Harris

 

Here is what we have after another week impacted by weather. A couple of notes: Take a look at Zach Fiume at No. 3 singles for Mid Valley. Not too bad for a linebacker/fullback.


SCHEDULE

TODAY
Valley View at Scranton
Mid Valley at Wallenpaupack
Abington Heights at Holy Cross
Western Wayne at Scranton Prep

SATURDAY
Holy Cross at Honesdale
West Scranton at Dunmore
Delaware Valley at Holy Cross

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

TUESDAY
Wallenpaupack at Valley View

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

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

FRIDAY
Western Wayne at Riverside
North Pocono at Scranton


 

That is all for today.

Looking forward to the big match on Wednesday.

Have a great weekend.

ENJOY!