Hi there. …

It’s the weekend! You all made it. Thank goodness. Glad you could join me for my Saturday morning recap of what was an interesting and rewarding Friday night in the Lackawanna League.

superfriendsI am hoping that this blog becomes as much a part of your Saturday morning as bacon and eggs, Super Friends cartoons and WWE Superstars. Oh, wait, that was what my Saturday mornings were like growing up. Yours are probably built around an iPhone, SnapChat, Twitter and Facebook.

Well, jump on in. I have a lot to talk about this week. …

 

So, most teams have played at least 12 games this season including the preseason and holiday tournaments. By PIAA rules, teams may only play 22 regular-season games, not including any nonsensical playoff games to determine first-half title winners. Yes, this is still a hot-button issue for me.

Timmy Toro (Photo by Jason Farmer)

Timmy Toro
(Photo by Jason Farmer)

Using even Common Core math, we are past the halfway point. What a shock! Abington Heights is undefeated.

 

I had a chance to take in my third Comets game Friday, this time against a wounded West Scranton Invaders team, which is still battling despite an injury issue. Abington Heights is big, we know that. Seth Maxwell is 6-feet-10 inches tall and improving every single day and Timmy Toro is a 6-8 four-year starter who makes an impact on the glass and in the scoring column. There are other weapons there as well in guards Colin Klingman and Jordan Hollander and up-and-coming forward Jackson Danzig.

But before we send the Comets (13-0) into their biggest test of the season against Lower Merion (you know Kobe Bryant’s old school) on Monday, let’s just for a moment appreciate this program’s dominance in the Lackawanna League over the past, oh let’s say, nine seasons:

Year

Record in League Season

2007-08

13-1

2008-09

14-0

2009-10

12-2

2010-11

8-6

2011-12

9-5

2012-13

13-0

2013-14

13-0

2014-15

11-2

2015-16

5-0

 

Pretty impressive.

Also remember the Comets won 50 straight games against District 2 opponents and 45 straight against Lackawanna League opponents before losing to Scranton Prep last year on Jan. 3.

Here are some highlights from Abington Heights’ win over West Scranton on Friday that pushed its nine-year record to 98-16 within the Lackawanna Division I.

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INSIDE DIVISION II

I just had a feeling Delaware Valley was going to give Honesdale all it could handle in the first meeting between the two teams this season.

Honesdale entered having beaten 19 straight Division II opponents. Interestingly enough, Delaware Valley is the last team to win a championship other than Honesdale, having captured the crown in 2012-13.

That concludes the “mythical” first half of the schedule for teams going head-to-head with each other in Division II.

Keep an eye on North Pocono, which still has to play Western Wayne in the first-half schedule, in the second half. The Trojans, under first-year coach Joe Ferguson, lost to Honesdale, 53-42, and Delaware Valley, 44-43, in the same week. They will host Delaware Valley on Feb. 2 and will play at Honesdale on Feb. 11.

Ianmug Acoveno

Ian Langendoerfer

Shane Acoveno

HONESDALE

DELAWARE VALLEY

22.1 points per game

18.6 points per game

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ENSHRINED

Last week, Josh Kosin, the wonderfully talented player from Holy Cross had his jersey No. 00 retired before a game against Lakeland.

It was a poignant moment for me, because he joined former Bishop Hannan great Gerry McNamara and his No. 31 on the Wall of Fame at Holy Cross High School.

This week, Mid Valley retired its second basketball jersey number in the program’s history. Jason Kenny, who is tearing it up as a freshman member of the Misericordia University men’s team, had his No. 15 retired by the school district.

Mid Valley graduate Jason Kenny had his jersey retired. (Photo by Jake Danna Stevens)

Mid Valley graduate Jason Kenny had his jersey retired.
(Photo by Jake Danna Stevens)

 

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It’s a great honor for the proud Spartan, who scored more than 1,000 points in his career and guided the program to its first District 2 Class AA championship and a trip to the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals.

He was a Times-Tribune All-Region selection and was named to the all-state team. He was also the Lackawanna Division III Player of the Year.

30jerseyHe joins Ronny Tomasetti, who had his No. 30 jersey retired in 2014 before a game against Carbondale Area.

Tomasetti was the first boys basketball player in the history of the program to score more than 1,000 points in his career. He also guided the Spartans to the PIAA Class AA playoffs and averaged 13.3 points last season, while earning Class AA third-team all-state honors from the Pennsylvania Sports Writers.

With all of these jersey retirement stories, and I am sure a few that are forthcoming, I am thinking that my notepad or my unofficial Gore-Tex jacket that I wear to just about every sporting event I cover since 1999 may be worthy of retirement somewhere prestigious in The Scranton Times Building. What do you think?

Speaking of Mid Valley. …

With all of the pomp and circumstance behind them now the Spartans are poised to finish the first half of the league season with a title. They finish the half with a road game at Carbondale Area on Tuesday and then must play their most bitter rival, Holy Cross at home on Thursday in the finale of the half.

We shall dive more deeply into that Mid Valley-Holy Cross rivalry next week.

But the Spartans must also not forget that any slip up will likely result in a playoff game for the first half title as Dunmore is closing in and trailing by only one game after a win over Carbondale Area on Friday:

Division Overall

W

L

W

L

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Mid Valley

4

0

13

0

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Dunmore

3

1

9

4

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SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY SHOWDOWN

Montrose and Elk Lake have been clashing on the hardwoods for years, but most recently, they have battled for titles in Division IV of the Lackawanna League.

On Tuesday, the Meteors will be at Elk Lake for the second meeting of the season. During the Susquehanna County Christmas Tournament, Montrose defeated the Warriors, 60-57. The Meteors jumped out to a 20-8 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.

Austin Smith had 32 points, while Chris Guyette had 15 in the victory for the Meteors. Elk Lake’s Bailey Newhart had 20 points.

Here is a look at the most recent matchups dating back to the 2012-13 season between these two rivals and you don’t get much more even than this:

Year

2012-13

montlogo Montrose 42 ellogo Elk Lake 40

2012-13

ellogo Elk Lake 47 montlogo Montrose 43

2012-13

ellogo Elk Lake 66 montlogo Montrose 52

2013-14

ellogo Elk Lake 59 montlogo Montrose 48

2013-14

ellogo Elk Lake 51 montlogo Montrose 48

2013-14

ellogo Elk Lake 60 montlogo Montrose 52

2014-15

montlogo Montrose 61 ellogo Elk Lake 37

2014-15

montlogo Montrose 63 ellogo Elk Lake 49

2014-15

montlogo Montrose 61 ellogo Elk Lake 44

2015-16

montlogo Montrose 60 ellogo Elk Lake 57

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