Terry Vrabec

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Terry Vrabec, a top-10 state finisher in the breaststroke last season, won in four events to lead Coughlin to a one-point victory over Meyers in the first boys swimming victory of the season for the Crusaders.
Terry Vrabec, a top-10 state finisher in the breaststroke last season, won in four events to lead Coughlin to a one-point victory over Meyers in the first boys swimming victory of the season for the Crusaders.
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School: Coughlin

Grade: Junior

Sport: Boys Swimming

Events: 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly, relays

All in the Family: Terry is the son of Keith and Joyce Vrabec of Bear Creek. His younger brother Paul is in the eighth grade of the Coughlin school system.

Statistically speaking: Vrabec won the 100 butterfly in 59.97 seconds, captured the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.80, and was part of the winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams. His four victories against Meyers led Coughlin to its first win of a season, as both squads will be trying to qualify swimmers for the District 2 field.

Making a splash: It didn’t take long for Vrabec to make an impact on his new team. A District 2 Class 2A champion breaststroker who finished 10th in the state and second in the PIAA consolation heat as a sophomore at Holy Redeemer, Vrabec is quickly becoming the leader of a Coughlin team that fields only four boys. His four wins Wednesday gave Coughlin a tight 41-40 exhibition victory over Meyers, and earned him his first victory with his new swim team.

Coach’s Corner: “He’s a pleasure to have,” Coughlin coach Donnie Williams said. “I think, swimming-wise, he’s very intense, very serious about what he wants to accomplish individually. He’s been competing outside the area in some USA-type swimming regional competitions. I don’t think he’s let up since the state meet last year. He knows what he wants. He’s tested me a little as far as my knowledge of the strokes. He’s been a positive influence. The work ethic is unbelievable. He’s in the pool, either at the CYC or the YMCA in the morning before school starts. His work ethic is exemplary. He’s truly dedicated to the sport.”

Did you know? This is Vrabec’s favorite time of year, and not just because it brings about the start of the high school swimming season. “I’m from Bear Creek, I like quads, hunting, paintball. I ski. I like driving on the ice — it’s easier to drift.”

From his angle: “I just found a much more advantageous situation here,” Vrabec said of switch of schools. “I fit in a lot better and I can train a lot better. For the first meet we won on this team, that was a big moment for us. This is a bit of a slow pool. I’m happy with the times, and the training.”

Week in review: It’s just like old times for Hazleton Area senior Sal Biasi. After cracking the 40-point scoring mark in a few games during the last boys basketball season, Biasi hit for 41 points in a battle with GAR while leading the Cougars to a close victory. That helped Hazleton Area overcome 24 points by GAR’s Jahlil Harvey in the same game. Lake-Lehman’s Pete Borum continued his strong start to the season with a 36-point game in a victory over Lackawanna Trail and finished off his 50-point week with 14 more against Elk Lake to lead the team. Looks like Meyers has found its next offensive threat in Tyriek Steward, who put up 26 points against North Pocono. Wyoming Area’s Jeremy Zezza also scored 26, against Coughlin. …

Wyoming Seminary’s girls basketball team got a big lift from Gabbie Volpetti, who led the Blue Knights past Tunkhannock with 29 points — including five 3-point goals. Lake-Lehman’s Cayle Spencer scored 26 points against Lackawanna Trail and was the team’s leading scorer again with 15 in a victory over Berwick. And Crestwood all-stater Rebecca Rutkowski won a battle of big girls with a 23-point night against Meyers. …

Hazleton Area’s Stephen LaBuda bowled them over last week, rolling a 247 high game and a 644 series in a bowling loss to Columbia Montour Vo-Tech. …

Hanover Area’s girls swimming team boasted a big day in a victory over Wyoming Area, led by a couple of four-time winners. Bryanna Eichler went the distance for the Warriors while winning the 200 and 500 freestyle events and was part of the winning 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams. Meanwhile, Alicia Saltz captured the 200 IM, the 100 backstroke and teamed up for victory on Wyoming Area’s 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams. …

David Williams won four times for the Hanover Area boys team in a victory over Valley View, taking the 200 IM, 100 breaststroke and pacing the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams. And Wyoming Area’s Michael Murphy won four times in a meet with Hanover Area, taking the 200 IM, 100 breaststroke and then swimming on the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams. …

Somebody call in the tag teams, because opponents may need some help against a group of quick-pinning Wyoming Valley Conference wrestling pythons. Wyoming Area 160-pounder Zach Briggs was the quickest off the draw, recording a pin in 25 seconds against Scranton Prep. Lake-Lehman’s 120-pounder Rodney Driscoll needed just 42 seconds to record a fall against GAR. Hazleton Area’s Steven Longazel had another sub-minute pin, taking 59 seconds to win the 195-pound match against Tunkhannock, and Pittston Area’s 170-pounder Kevin Wasolowski was just over with a pin in 1:04 against Wyoming Valley West. Don’t blink when these guys are on the mat, either. Lake-Lehman’s Austin Harry spent just 73 seconds on the mat against GAR before recording a pin. Wyoming Area’s Patrick Heck had a pin against Scranton Prep in 1:23 and Valley West’s Jon Lagoski pinned his Pittston Area opponent in 1:26. And Hazleton Area’s Collin Gunsser had a pin against Tunkhannock in 1:31.

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