It’s Wednesday and forgive me for being slightly groggy today. I covered a thrilling volleyball match last night and had to be up at 5:30 a.m. today. Why you ask? Well, I appreciate your concern, so I will tell you. There has been very heavy winds recently here in NEPA. So much so, power has been lost to many residents in Susquehanna County, and my thoughts are with everyone there. For me, we were spared any major impact by the wind. However, I live in a secured area almost at the top of a mountain. And wind can be very forceful because there is little resistance. Tuesday mornings are garbage and recycle day where I reside and I learned a valuable lesson — after three occasions mind you — don’t put the cans out the night before. Because in this town, when the wind kicks up, the cans tumble down and I end up with a front yard full of plastics and paper. So, whenever I see wind in the forecast, I get up at 5:30 a.m. to get the cans out to the road before the truck arrives. In short, that is about a 4-hour sleep session, then I am nose deep in track results, getting ready for what I expect to be one of the best postseasons in recent memory. That is if Mother Nature just gives these kids a break.
But, despite my droopy eyes, I want to get this post up online, because tonight, my daughter, Meghan is being sworn in as president of the Lakeland National Honor Society. Forgive me for gloating a bit, but I sure am proud of her being elected to this position. I don’t know if she won the popular vote? But, clearly she earned the Electoral College.
Now, onto track and field.
Wallenpaupack found itself in position to win the girls LTC Division II championship outright and complete another undefeated season, and create a logjam for the boys LTC Division II title. And that is just what happened.
Wallenpaupack, while not quite at full strength, defeated a scrappy Delaware Valley team which is starting to get healthy, 80.5-60.5. Freshman Kara Campbell won the long and triple jumps, Erin Sloane won the shot and discus and Trisha Gibbons won the 400 and contributed to a pair of wins in the relays. This is the second straight division title for the Lady Buckhorns and they have now won 12 straight dual meets.
Here is a look at Wallenpaupack’s championship history:
Wallenpaupack (7): 1991, 1992, 2000, 2003, 2014, 2016, 2017.
In the boys meet, things got tight, but Wallenpaupack pounded out a 79-62 win over Delaware Valley and put three teams into a tie for the championship, including itself. Wallenpaupack (4-1 overall, 3-1 in the division), Delaware Valley (4-1, 3-1) and North Pocono (4-1, 3-1) which defeated Scranton Prep on Monday in a crossover meet, will share the title. This is nothing new. It’s impossible to have any kind of tiebreaker in track and field, because it’s likely if the teams all ran again, the results would be the same.
So to recap, it’s the first LTC division championship for Delaware Valley, it’s the second straight for Wallenpaupack, and it’s the 15th for North Pocono, which now also pulls into a tie with Dunmore and Abington Heights for second all time in number of track and field championships won.
Here’s a look at the three teams’ championship histories:
North Pocono (15):
1984, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2017.
1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2016, 2017.
Delaware Valley (1)
Believe it or not, we still have one division to be decided. Because of the nasty weather in Susquehanna County, the track meets scheduled first for Monday and again on Tuesday could not be held.
The division will try again today to get finished, but it certainly does make things tricky for those teams to compete at their best for the 62nd Jordan Relays.
What we know?
- GIRLS – Susquehanna (4-0) at Elk Lake (4-0): The girls meet will decide the Division IV champion.
- BOYS – Blue Ridge (1-3) at Montrose (4-0): Montrose boys have clinched a tie for the Division IV championship.
- BOYS – Lackawanna Trail (3-1) at Mountain View (2-2): Lackawanna Trail needs a win and a Montrose loss to share in the Division IV championship.
We had only one school record fall Tuesday — Care to suggest this lousy weather slowed that express? West Scranton’s Colin Kelly set a school mark in the high jump, clearing 6-0 in a win over Valley View. He also won the 400 and was part of two winning relay teams for the Invaders.
OK, that is all for today.
Keep your fingers crossed with this darn weather. The Jordan Relays are scheduled for Thursday. There will be a Preview Blog Post for Thursday, so look for that.
Also, the Phil Tochelli Junior High Championships are scheduled for Friday. But, I have a feeling that might get pushed back.
I just can’t believe it was 85 degrees on April 11 and for the most important two weeks for these kids who endure so much in the spring, we are in the 50s and 60s.
Someday, and don’t count on me seeing it, the PIAA will send officials to this area for our district meets and realize we have little or no shot of qualifying on times or distances because the weather just never cooperates. Plan on a 100 mile per hour head wind at Scranton Memorial Stadium for districts.