WVC NOTE­BOOK

The Citizens' Voice - - VARSITY VOICE - — MATT BUFANO, TYLER PICCOTTI AND ERIC SHULTZ

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.

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