Hellloooo!

Folks, I am not myself today. So, I am putting together a short, but sweet blog post to finish the regular season and get you all ready for the postseason push.

Congratulations to Scranton Prep. The Classics, who endured one of their most challenging seasons, defeated a very talented Wallenpaupack team, 3-2, in the Lackawanna League playoff match. Had a nice discussion with Scranton Prep AD and LIAA Tennis president Scott Gower about how cool the whole event turned out to be with the drama, the tension, the play and the league plaque being presented at the conclusion. It is refreshing to see, first and foremost, coaches and athletes who do appreciate the honor it is to earn a league championship and to do so on the court and have the ability to celebrate with a presentation of a trophy made the chilly autumn evening in Moscow special and enjoyable.

Scranton Prep Classics

Scranton Prep Classics

Now to the match. In a word: Outstanding. Wallenpaupack defeated Scranton Prep in the regular season, 4-1, and had probably heard enough about the fact that the Classics were without their No. 1 and No. 2 singles players. The Lady Buckhorns were determined to show they belonged in the discussion with Scranton Prep and Abington Heights as league favorites. Wallenpaupack jumped out to one-set leads in four of the five matches and looked poised to run away with the championship. But, Scranton Prep fought back and drew even in three of those matches, eventually winning two, with Gabrielle Serratore putting the finishing touches on the comeback with a win at No. 3 singles. It is the second straight title for the Classics. Tatiana Klacko, who missed most of the season with an ankle injury, and the doubles team of Julia Horchos and Isabel Hou also had wins in the match.

Wallenpaupack's Zoe Cykosky

Wallenpaupack’s Zoe Cykosky
Photo by Jason Farmer

 

In the most anticipated singles match of the season, Wallenpaupack’s Zoe Cykosky defeated Scranton Prep’s Gabi Jakubek in a showdown of undefeated opponents. Cykosky displayed a fast-paced return game and some powerful serving to win in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. While, I am not too briefed on the players in the Wyoming Valley Conference, this victory should lock up the No. 1 seed for Cykosky at the District 2 Class 3A Singles Tournament which begins next week. Jakubek is also going to receive strong consideration for the No.1 seed in Class 2A.

On a personal note, I couldn’t have been happier than when Zoe Cykosky told me she reads this blog for motivation and when Phoebe Cykosky thanked me for covering the league championship match. It’s moments like those where I too get motivated, knowing what we do here is being read by our tennis community. Thank you for the support.

So with that, Scranton Prep and Wallenpaupack both move on to the District 2 Team Tournaments as the top seeds. The Class 2A event got going already with play-in matches.

Here is the bracket courtesy of piaad2.org and Mike Ognosky:

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In Class 3A, everything is also set after North Pocono finished its season yesterday with a win over Delaware Valley.

And here is the Class 3A tournament:

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As you all can see, I will be busy with football and at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre in the next week. This is going to be very intense competition in both team tournaments.

Here is a list of past champions courtesy of piaad2.org:

DISTRICT 2

YEAR

CLASS AA CHAMPION

CLASS AAA CHAMPION

2015

Scranton Prep

Abington Heights

2014

Scranton Prep

Abington Heights

2013

Scranton Prep

Abington Heights

2012

Scranton Prep

Abington Heights

2011

Scranton Prep

Abington Heights

2010

Scranton Prep

Abington Heights

2009

Scranton Prep

Wallenpaupack

2008

Valley View

Wallenpaupack

2007

Scranton Prep

Wallenpaupack

2006

Scranton Prep

Wallenpaupack

2005

Wyoming Seminary

Berwick

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FINAL TOP 5 POLL

Folks, with the conclusion of the regular season it brings to an end my Top 5 poll. This is the final ranking of teams from the Lackawanna League.

Tatiana Klacko Scranton Prep

Tatiana Klacko
Scranton Prep

1. Scranton Prep (14-1): Won Lackawanna League championship in playoff with Wallenpaupack.

2. Wallenpaupack (13-2): Is No. 1 seed for Class 3A tournament.

3. Abington Heights (12-2): Enters Class 3A tournament as defending champion.

4. North Pocono (11-3): Plays today against Williamsport in Class 3A match.

5. Holy Cross (10-4): Defeated Valley View in regular-season finale.

 

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FINAL TOP 5 SINGLES PLAYERS

Also, this is my final ranking of the players in the Lackawanna League.

Zoe Cykosky Wallenpaupack

Zoe Cykosky
Wallenpaupack

1. Zoe Cykosky, Wallenpaupack (15-0)

  • Finished regular season playoff match with win against Gabi Jakubek.

2. Gabi Jakubek, Scranton Prep (11-1)

  • Will still be the favorite to be top seed for D2 Class 2A tournament.

3. Sarah Tofilska, North Pocono (11-3)

  • Won a tough three-set match against McKenna Quinn in regular-season finale.

4. Sam Kropa, Mid Valley (12-3)*

  • Her record includes a win in program’s first D2 Class 2A playoff match.

5. Catherine Pusateri, Abington Heights (13-1)

  • Top player at No. 2 singles all season in the Lackawanna League.

Others: Sarah Sposito (North Pocono, 10-1); Lauren Carroll (Abington Heights, 10-4); Clare Della Valle (Abington Heights, 14-0); Phoebe Cykosky (Wallenpaupack, 13-2); Cali Craig (Valley View, 10-4); McKenna Quinn (Delaware Valley, 9-5); Gabrielle Serratore, Scranton Prep (11-4); Heidi Washburn (Wallenpaupack, 12-3).

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OK, I have a lot to do today, so I have to stop here.

Just a reminder, AGAIN, here is what the calendar looks like as we move into the frantic postseason. I have several trips to Wilkes-Barre planned!

District 2 Team Championships

  • October 6-7: First round and quarterfinals to be played at higher seed.
  • October 11: Semifinals and finals at Kirby Park. AAA Semifinals begin at 11 a.m.; AA Semifinals at 12:30 p.m.

District 2 Singles Seeding Meeting

  • October 11: Dunmore High School, 7 p.m.

District 2 Singles Tournament

  • October 13: First three rounds at Kirby Park and Wilkes University (Guys, the courts are right next to each other). 9 a.m.
  • October 14: Semifinals and finals at Kirby Park. 1 p.m.

District 2 Doubles Tournament

  • October 18: First three rounds at Kirby Park and Wilkes University. 9 a.m.
  • October 19: Semifinals and finals at Kirby Park. 1 p.m.

As always . … ENJOY!