FIELD HOCKEY Better days ahead
While it is surprising to see Lackawanna Trail, Hazleton Area and Crestwood winless through their first combined seven games, consider the opponents.
The teams Lackawanna Trail, Hazleton Area and Crestwood lost to are a combined 19-0.
Crestwood has had the toughest go of it, losing difficult road games at Valley West and LakeLehman, as well as on Coughlin’s grass at Guthrie Field.
For the most part, these three teams have played close games against fellow top teams, so they will all get in the win column as soon as this week.
Senior night, charity game
Pittston Area’s senior game will be 4:15 p.m. Monday against Tunkhannock, in which co-captains Nina Cirelli, Hannah Robbins and Bailey Jordan are among the players being honored.
Later in the season, on Saturday, Oct. 7, the Patriots will hold an “I Am Beautiful” charity game to raise self-image awareness.
The junior-high team will play at 1 p.m., followed at 2 p.m. by varsity and 3 p.m. by upperclass boys vs. underclass boys.
There will be a bake sale, raffle baskets and $10 T-shirts for sale with all proceeds benefiting the National Eating Disorder Association.
The team plays at the Pittston Area Primary Center on Rock Street, Hughestown.
GIRLS SOCCER Statement wins
This week’s most important win belonged to Dallas, which beat Crestwood, 2-1, for the Division 1 lead.
However, don’t overlook the impact made in Division 2 by Wyoming Area’s 2-1 defeat of Berwick on Thursday.
Holy Redeemer (5-0) leads Division 2 with one-loss Berwick, Lake-Lehman and Wyoming Area a game behind.
BOYS SOCCER Goals galore
The WVC boys soccer season is just a couple weeks old, but teams around the conference have already shown through Thursday’s matches what kind of firepower they can unload on opposing defenses.
Some teams have relied on star power from one leader early on. That’s the case at Berwick, where Ken Marshman has 12 goals in three games, including six Tuesday against GAR and five Thursday at MMI Prep. Nanticoke Area is in the same boat with Adam Eckhart, who reached 14 goals in four games with a league-best seven-goal outing against GAR on Sept. 7 and a five-goal day at Hanover Area on Thursday.
Other teams are a bit more versatile. Coughlin has two players already at or above 20 points in David Cortez (9G, 3A) and George Oko (10G). Holy Redeemer has three players at six goals: Devin Dougherty (6G, 4A), Eric Schramm (6G, 5A) and Lucas Barnak (6G, 6A), who’s tallied a point in each of the Royals’ first five games. Lake-Lehman has also spread the ball around, with Max Paczewski at eight goals, Kyle Sincavage at six, Abe Dabsheh behind him at four and Kyle Naugle with three goals but six assists.
Big week ahead
There’s at least one game that could have WVC implications each day this week in boys soccer.
Monday features a matchup between Division 2 unbeatens Lake-Lehman (5-0) and Wyoming Seminary (5-0). The next day, Dallas (3-0) takes its undefeated Division 1 record to last year’s division champ, Tunkhannock (2-2), while Coughlin (3-0) does the same against Valley West.
Wednesday’s slate includes the first edition of this year’s Wyoming Seminary-Holy Redeemer rivalry, two teams who tied atop the Division 2 standings last year (Redeemer won an ensuing playoff).
Valley West keeps its tough week on the road going Thursday at Crestwood. Wyoming Seminary will get another tough challenge for its undefeated record (if it holds) when the Blue Knights head to Meyers (4-1) on Friday.
The week culminates on Saturday night, when Coughlin travels to Dallas in a potential matchup of undefeated Division 1 teams.
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Royals pass test
Holy Redeemer and Delaware Valley seem to have a flair for the dramatic when they meet on the court.
Last season, the Warriors pulled off the biggest win of the WVC regular season, a 3-1 victory that halted the Royals’ conference win streak at 186 matches.
On Thursday, Redeemer got its revenge. Barely.
The Royals (5-0) took a two-set lead, only to have Delaware Valley even the match and force a tiebreaker. They eventually prevailed, 15-7, to maintain their undefeated season. Middle hitter Skylar Osenkarski led the way with 18 kills; she is second only to Valley West’s Gracie Giza in that category this season.
The win sets Redeemer up well for the rest of this season. Three of its next four opponents are below .500, and it doesn’t face Nanticoke Area (4-1) or Dallas (5-0) until well into October.
Delaware Valley (2-1), meanwhile, has little time to recover with a match against the Trojanettes on Tuesday.