A young Pittston Area wrestling team picked up its second win of the season with a 45-19 win over traditional WVC power Lake-Lehman. The Patriots won nine of the 14 bouts, recording seven pins, six by freshmen and sophomores.
Lake-Lehman won the first three bouts at 130, 135 and 140, but the Pats dominated the rest of the way. Freshman Gino Ardo and Matt Walsh, along with sophomores Dave Woodall, A.J. Carey and Damien Kratz all had pins in the win.
Wyoming Area sent two wrestlers to the championship round of its own tournament held at Wyoming Area — Donny Morgan at 112 and Scott Jones at 171.
For Pittston Area, five wrestlers represented the Patriots in the title bouts. Dave Krantz (103), Tom Gale (119), Mike Lelack (130), Jeff Hughes (145) and Tony Barbrie (152) were all part of the championship round.
The tournament featured three teams from the WVC - WA, PA and Hanover Area - and two teams from the Lackawanna Conference - Scranton Prep and Bishop O’Hara.
One of the most controversial calls in Wyoming Valley Conference history came during Wyoming Area’s 70-68 loss to Hanover Area in boys basketball.
Wyoming Area led 66-65 with no time showing on the clock and Wayne Luchetti at the foul line — the final buzzer hadn’t sounded. Luchetti hit both free throws to go up three. The Warrior bench erupted in celebration. But one official charged in and called the Warriors with too many men on the court resulting in two team technicals, which required four free throws.
Hanover Area hit two of the four shots. So Wyoming Area’s bench erupted again with a 68-67 win. Not so fast. The Warriors were called again for too many men on the court, resulting in the same number of free throws. The Hawkeyes hit three of them to seal the 70-68 win.
St. John’s girls basketball team placed second in a tournament sponsored by the Father’s Club of Bishop O’Reilly.
The Johnnie-ettes defeated Lake-Lehman a week earlier to give them a chance at the title — captain Sue Brown had 32 points in the win. St. John’s then played Bishop O’Reilly to a 52-33 loss. Brown had another 15 points to go along with freshman Ann Tierney’s 13 points.
The West Pittston boys basketball team raced out to a four-game exhibition win streak, averaging 71 points in the process.
The final win in the stretch was a 75-50 win over Wilkes-Barre St. Mary’s. Gene Lepore had 19 points, while Keith Van Duzer had 17 and John Coleman finished with 15. In the previous games, Joe Cefalo was the leading point man.
Did you know:
The word cager was highly used in the early days of basketball in newspapers throughout the country. Just three years after Dr. James Naismith invented the game of basketball, one of the first professional games was played in a church hall, inside a cage.