Mahanoy Area boys take D-III title
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.