Well, it was almost too good to be true. Last week, Riverside and Elk Lake held a track meet on March 24 — the first official day allowed by the PIAA. I thought it would be crazy to think they could get that meet in, yet, it was in the mid 60s and near-perfect weather for track and field.
Honestly, I blame Conor Foley and his craziness of posting a long-range forecast here on the High School Sports Blog. How dare he? You want to talk about jinxing us!
Still, many of the athletes took to the track and competed. It’s not ideal, but at least the season has started on time. The more meets and more practice these kids get, the better they will be in mid-May.
And, based solely on my knowledge of the sport I love, I have a feeling this could be a really exciting and rewarding season for our athletes in the LTC and the WVC. The indoor season was terrific, and there is a lot of talent back throughout the conferences.
For my first — of what I anticipate will be a lot of blog posts — I am a little bit limited in what I can give you. I am actually on vacation! Can you believe it? It’s been a while and to be honest, I am enjoying my time off — maybe too much.
That doesn’t mean I am not monitoring the situation in the LTC. See, if I fall behind with “tracking” data, you know, I get kind of scolded.
There will be different approaches as the season progress, but here’s what I am going to do today.
It’s a tough start to the season, so we will give you results, a look ahead and a special feature that I will try to continue if I so dare:
TOP 5 RANKINGS
1. Abington Heights
4. Western Wayne
5. Elk Lake
1. Valley View
3. North Pocono
4. Elk Lake
Honesdale 78, Scranton 72
Wallenpaupack 110, West Scranton 39
Western Wayne 85, Scranton Prep 64
Blue Ridge 88, Carbondale Area 57
Elk Lake 84, Dunmore 57
Holy Cross 105, Montrose 44
Lakeland 109, Mountain View 30 (Lady Chiefs win 20th straight dual meet)
Mid Valley 75, Susquehanna 63
Riverside 82, Lackawanna Trail 54
Scranton 114, Honesdale 36
Wallenpaupack 102, West Scranton 47
Western Wayne 80, Scranton Prep 69
Carbondale Area 100, Blue Ridge 40
Elk Lake 79, Dunmore 60
Montrose 92, Holy Cross 55
Lakeland 125, Mountain View 16
Mid Valley 104, Susquehanna 30
Lackawanna Trail 73, Riverside 73 (New PIAA tiebreaker rule, more first-place finishes)
Kyle McLaughlin, Wallenpaupack
Established a school record in the high jump with a mark of 6 feet, 6.25 inches. His initial mark was 6-7, but with any school record in this event, officials measured the crossbar and it was at 6-6.25.
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Jen Korty, Carbondale Area
A Forest City student, she competes as part of a co-op with Carbondale Area and now she owns a school record. She ran a time of 5 minutes, 23.3 seconds to set a mark in the 1,600-meter run.
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Brian Kearney, Lackawanna Trail
Coach who helped build Valley View into a District 2 and LTC power, won his first meet as the new coach at Lackawanna Trail. And he did it by earning the first conference win via the new PIAA tiebreaker criteria. The score was knotted at 73, but the Lions defeated Riverside because they had more first-place finishes.
Congratulations, coach Kearney.
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The Chargers picked up a convincing win over Blue Ridge on Tuesday. It snapped a 22-meet losing streak for the program, which had its last win in the season opener against Susquehanna in 2012.
Congratulations, coach Tim Rossetti.
Abington Heights at Delaware Valley
Valley View at North Pocono – Two of the top 5 teams in Class AAA
Tuesday, April 5
Scranton Prep at Valley View
Abington Heights at West Scranton
North Pocono at Western Wayne
Delaware Valley at Honesdale
Carbondale Area at Dunmore
Holy Cross at Lakeland — Two of top girls teams in Class AA
Mid Valley at Riverside
Elk Lake at Blue Ridge
Montrose at Mountain View
Scranton at Wallenpaupack