Ma­hanoy Area boys take D-III ti­tle

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Shane Miller and Chase Maza­lusky com­bined for 37 points Satur­day, and Ma­hanoy Area wrapped up the Schuylkill League Di­vi­sion III boys’ bas­ket­ball ti­tle on the fi­nal day of the reg­u­lar sea­son by de­feat­ing Weatherly 55-41.

The Wreck­ers inched out to a 14-11 first-quar­ter lead be­fore the Golden Bears stormed back, outscor­ing Weatherly 44-27 over the fi­nal three quar­ters to fin­ish 8-5 in league play, edg­ing Mar­ian (7-6) and Na­tiv­ity (7-6) for the top spot.

Miller led the Golden Bears with a game-high 23 points, Maza­lusky fol­lowed with 14 and Mar­cus Cre­spo chipped in with eight.

For the Wreck­ers, Scotty Zoscin scored 17 points and An­to­nio Cole­cio had 13.

Ma­hanoy Area moves on to the Schuylkill League play­offs, fac­ing Di­vi­sion I cham­pion Pottsville in the night­cap of Wed­nes­day’s semi­fi­nal round. Blue Moun­tain and Lour­des Re­gional tip off first at 6 p.m. The cham­pi­onship game is set for Fri­day.

Weatherly awaits its op­po­nent in the Dis­trict 11 Class A play­offs later this month.

Crest­wood 72 Cough­lin 29

The hot-shoot­ing Comets knocked down 15 3-point­ers, and kept their WVC Di­vi­sion 1 ti­tle hopes alive by eas­ily de­feat­ing Cough­lin on Satur­day night.

Cam­den Boris scored 22 points and Mike Palmiero had 17 for the Comets (18-4, 14-2 Di­vi­sion 1), who fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son tied with Ha­zle­ton Area for first place in the di­vi­sion.

The two will now meet in a play­off game Tues­day to de­ter­mine the di­vi­sion cham­pion and the au­to­matic berth to the first Wy­oming Val­ley Con­fer­ence Tour­na­ment. The tie-breaker will be held as part of di­vi­sion cham­pi­onship dou­ble­header at King’s Col­lege. GAR and Nan­ti­coke will play for the Di­vi­sion 2 ti­tle that night.

Bran­don Hall led the Cru­saders with 12 points.

MMI Prep 67 North­west 63

Matt Marchetti poured in 36 points, Ma­son Marchetti de­posited 25, and the two com­bined for seven of the Prep­pers’ nine points in over­time as MMI dealt North­west the home de­feat on Satur­day.

The Prep­pers trailed 41-36 head­ing to the fourth quar­ter be­fore putting the fin­ish­ing touches on their up­set win. The Marchet­tis com­bined for all 22 of their team’s fourthquar­ter points as the Prep­pers outscored the Rangers 22-17 to force over­time.

Once there, MMI held North­west to one field goal in the ex­tra ses­sion to seal the win and sal­vage a split in the sea­son series.

Walker Yaple scored 18 points, Tyler Stevens had 16 and Jayson Yaple tal­lied 13 for North­west.

MMI will host Wy­oming Area tonight in its reg­u­larsea­son fi­nale, while North­west vis­its Tunkhan­nock.

H.S. Girls’ Bas­ket­ball North­west 72 MMI Prep 20

Play­ing the sec­ond game of a back-to-back due to a pre­vi­ous post­pone­ment, North­west com­pleted the sea­son sweep Satur­day night as Brenna Bab­cock scored a game-high 32 points for the Rangers.

Kim Amentler paced the Lady Prep­pers with 10 points.

Jr. High Wrestling Cougars 2nd at WVC Tour­na­ment

Colton Chipeleski (110 pounds) and Edonel Ro­driguez (95) won in­di­vid­ual ti­tles, Ha­zle­ton Area went on to place sec­ond as a team in the Wy­oming Val­ley Con­fer­ence Ju­nior High Wrestling Tour­na­ment Satur­day.

The Cougars cap­tured nine top-5 places in the day­long event. In ad­di­tion to their two win­ners, Os­car Za­mu­dio (130) and Gabriel Wit­tig (185) each placed sec­ond; the trio of Lu­cas Bod­nar (100), Jared Wolk (115) and Josh Ste­fan­ick (138) were all third; Nate Alt­miller (122) was fourth and Diego Lalama (165) came in fifth.

Wy­oming Area emerged with 180.5 points and the team ti­tle. Ha­zle­ton Area was sec­ond at 157, and Cough­lin came in third (140). Crest­wood (121) was sixth in the 13-team tour­na­ment.

For the Comets, Ja­son Swank (115) and Mag­nus Bi­bla (122) were run­ners-up in their weight classes. Evan John­son (85) was third; Ai­den Jar­dine (210), Devin Shaw (130) and John Jones (250) were fourth; Santino Cas­sarella (100), Vin­cent Davis (138) and Cole Kakale­cik (185) came in fifth; and Michael An­tosh (145) was sixth.

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