PIAA Boys Swimming: Wyoming Seminary’s first-place relay team DQ’d at states

LEWISBURG — Wyoming Seminary’s first state championship. A come-from-behind victory on the last relay leg. The first Wyoming Valley Conference gold medal in a decade. All of the headlines and jubilations came to an abrupt halt when a PIAA official barged into Wyoming Seminary’s post-race celebration on the pool deck with bad news. The Blue […]

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Wyoming Valley West’s Frank Tribendis heads to final states meet

A titan of the pool will make his final rounds on the pool deck. Wyoming Valley West coach Frank Tribendis will hang up his stopwatch after this weekend’s PIAA Swimming Championships at Bucknell University. The 37-year veteran coach will lead a Spartans’ team that boasts nine participants at this year’s Class 3A state meet. “I […]

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WVW swimmers send coach out with a title

WILKES-BARRE — Wyoming Valley West went out on top for Coach Frank. Trailing by 2.5 points heading into the final district race of their coach’s long-time tenure, the Spartans’ 400 free relay scored a first place to give Wyoming Valley West the District 2-4 Class 3A boys swimming and diving championship Saturday at the Wyoming […]

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Dallas girls, Wyoming Seminary boys win Class 2A titles

WILKES-BARRE — Mere moments after the awards ceremony concluded, Dallas coach Romayne Mosier was tossed into the pool. Wyoming Seminary coach Philip Mercatili could not wait for his due – he dove into the water before his swimmers could get to him. For lack of a better phrase, both coaches took the post-title dunking ritual […]

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Hazleton Area’s Jorge Moncayo shines on Day 1 of district swimming

WILKES-BARRE — Jorge Moncayo’s name kept echoing throughout the natatorium like the refrain from a soundtrack. His Hazleton Area teammates began singing it to the tune of the Spanish soccer chant, then the Wyoming Valley CYC picked it up – and even an opposing coach joined in. And why not? Moncayo stole the show Friday […]

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Record day at District Class 2A Swimming Championships

WILKES-BARRE — Adam Mahler’s father had been constantly reminding him that the record was going to be in his name. It took Mahler two tries, but finally, dad’s sage wisdom proved true. The Holy Redeemer sophomore claimed the district record he had been pining for his whole career. Mahler finished the first day of the […]

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WVC swimmers poised for success at District 2 Swimming Championships

It’s been a long five-year journey for coach Philip Mercatili and his Wyoming Seminary teams. Back in 2012, the year before Mercatili took over as head coach, the Blue Knights were basement dwellers in districts swimming and diving. Wyoming Seminary’s girls were 14th out of 17 teams. The boys finished 11th out of 15 programs, […]

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H.S. Diving: Wyoming Valley West’s Sophia Ginocchetti lives up to expectations

WILKES-BARRE — Wyoming Valley West freshman Sophia Ginocchetti is well aware of her family’s rich aquatics tradition. Her father, Brian, won the PIAA Class 2A diving title for Bishop Hoban in 1995 and her mother, Liz (Daniels) was a standout swimmer at Meyers in 1997. Oh, and Valley West swim coach Frank Tribendis recruited her […]

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Tunkhannock diving duo medal at Class 2A districts

WILKES-BARRE — In the field of five Class 2A boys divers, Tunkhannock had two: Sawyer Aitken and Hunter Whytashek. The duo goes back years, having been friends for over 10 years. So it was no surprise when Aitken took second and Whytashek took third, both finishing behind West Scranton’s Michael Bruno. “We’ve grown up together […]

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Dallas dominates District 2 Class 2A diving championship

WILKES-BARRE — The District 2 Class 2A Girls Diving Championship was all about Dallas Saturday at Wilkes-Barre CYC. The Mountaineers knew they would take some heat from their Holy Redeemer foes — both coached by Paul Mierzwa — but at the end of the day, Dallas was just too strong. Led by Lexi Spaciano, the […]

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