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Girls Cross Country Capsules


September 18. 2013 12:18AM

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HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY GIRLS CAPSULES


BERWICK BULLDOGS


Coach: Karen May (2nd year)


Home Course: Evansville Lake


2012 Record: 5-12


Key Runners Lost: None


Key Runners Returning: Mona Ni, Sr.; Liz Dyer, Jr.; Bryn Surkin, Jr.


Coach’s Outlook: “We have a lot of new girls and we’re going to try to be competitive this year.”


CRESTWOOD COMETS


Coach: Fran Gough (4th year)


Home Course: Crestwood High School


2012 Record: 10-7


Key Runners Lost: Julianna Grandinetti, Maria Perry.


Key Runners Returning: Allie Kachel, Sr.; Kailee Trafficante, Jr.; Megan Knorr, Soph.; Kendra Williams, Sr.


Coach’s Outlook: “We were 10-7 last year, and we’re stronger. Allie’s running stronger, Kailee’s running stronger. I’m looking for a repeat of last year, or hopefully a little better.”


DALLAS MOUNTAINEERS


Coach: Matt Samuel (10th year)


Home Course: Dallas High School


2012 Record: 17-0


Key Runners Lost: Morgan Gilhooley, Allison Grose, Katie Metcals


Key Runners Returning: Regan Rome, Sr.; Bryanna Dissinger, Sr.; Lindsey Oremus, Jr.; Ally Rome, So.


Coach’s Outlook: “We’re returning the state runner-up. Our goal is to get back to Hershey and better our performance from last season.”


HANOVER AREA HAWKEYES


Coach: Jeff DeRocco (4th year)


Home Course: Hanover Area High School


2012 Record: 0-14


Key Runners Lost: Paige Antall.


Key Runner Returning: Mickie Kaminski, Sr.


HAZLETON AREA COUGARS


Coach: Jason Smolinski (3rd year)


Home Course: Valley Elementary Middle School


2012 Record: 14-3


Key Runners Lost: Rachel Alshefski.


Key Runners Returning: Nicole Buehrle, Jr.; Angela Marchetti, Sr.; Briana Papp, Sr.; Cassie Papp, Sr.; Becky Marchetti, Sr.; Kayla Schlauch, Jr.; Bethany Dudeck, Soph.; Rachel Reznick, Soph.


Coach’s Outlook: “We have the whole team back from the district championship team last year, so we’re expecting big things. We have work to do. The kids go out every single day and try to get better than they were the previous day.”


HOLY REDEEMER ROYALS


Coach: Paul Hoda (1st year)


Home Course: Kirby Park


2012 Record: 16-1


Key Runners Lost: Rachel Sowinski, Marissa Durako, Cassandra Gill, Melissa Cruz, Jenna Nitowski.


Key Runners Returning: Sara Mirra, Sr.; Olivia Greer, Soph.; Izzie Updike, Soph.


Coach’s Outlook: “With losing the top five (runners), we look to remain competitive, with maybe a strong showing at districts, with some individual runners trying to make states.”


LAKE-LEHMAN BLACK KNIGHTS


Coach: John Sobocinski (12th year)


Home Course: Lake-Lehman High School


2012 Record: 6-11


Key Runners Lost: Samantha Sabol


Key Runners Returning: Julia Hutsko, So.; Lindsay Tembleton, So.; Marie Johns, So.; Rachel Malak, So.; Rebecca Ford, Fr.


Coach’s Outlook: “We’re very young but there is some talent on this team and a good work ethic. We want to go out each week, improve and have developed runners by the end of the season while trying to be competitive in the league.”


MEYERS MOHAWKS


Coach: Erik O’Day (6th year)


Home Course: Kirby Park


2012 Record: 7-10


Key Runners Lost: Florence Kwok, Laura St. Preux, Cynthia Menges.


Key Runners Returning: Kasidi Unger, Soph.; Cassandra Kelly, Jr.


Coach’s Outlook: “We have a whole new crew of girls. We’re just hoping to improve as the year goes on and improve times.”


MMI PREP PREPPERS


Coach: Jon Weaver (8th year)


Home Course: MMI Prep High School


2012 Record: 8-9


Key Runners Lost: Katlyn Frey, Devon Sherwood.


Key Runners Returning: Kara Sitch, So.; Sara Davis, Soph.; Victoria Kline, Soph.; Jessica Miorelli, Sr.


Coach’s Outlook: “My goal is to improve on their times each week and help them qualify for districts.”


NANTICOKE TROJANS


Coach: Chris Thompson (1st year)


Home Course: Nanticoke Area High School


2012 Record: 0-14


Key Runners Lost: None.


Key Runners Returning: Kayla Gronkowski, Sr.; Rebecca Morgis, Jr.


Coach’s Outlook: “Even though we have low numbers, we’re looking to get everyone’s times to improve. Our big goal this year is districts. I think Rebecca has a chance to place at the district meet.”


NORTHWEST RANGERS


Coach: Brian Barchik (4th year)


Home Course: Northwest High School


2012 Record: 10-7


Key Runners Lost: None.


Key Runners Returning: Emily Demko, Fr.; Cathy Rupert, Sr.; Katie Jones, Soph.; Kelby Truchon, Jr.; Alijiah Zielecki, Fr.


Coach’s Outlook: “I’m expecting good things. I would say we have a younger, talented group. For me, it’s a joy to have a full team. We may not have quantity, but I believe we do have quality.”


PITTSTON AREA PATRIOTS


Coach: Joe Struckus (7th year)


Home Course: Pittston Area High School


2012 Record: 15-2


Key Runners Lost: Catherine Lombardo, Kaitlynn Kuchta, Emily Seaman, Olivia Lanza, Kristen Lombardo, Kristen Fereck.


Key Runners Returning: Tara Johnson, Soph.; Abby Sheerer, Soph.; Megan Daugherty Sr.; Christine Briggs, Sr.; Megan Murtha, Jr.


Coach’s Outlook: “Going into our third meet, we are looking to keep improving our times and getting ready for the district meet.”


TUNKHANNOCK TIGERS


Coach: Randy White (15th year)


Home Course: Wyoming County Fair Grounds


2012 Record: 14-3


Key Runners Lost: None


Key Runners Returning: Maggie Toczko, So.; Aaron Rome, Jr.; Alexa Prebola, Jr.;


Coach’s Outlook: “We’re looking to improve on last year’s record. Maggie Tozcko medaled at states last year so she’s hungry to do it again. Our top three runners are running well together. We’ll be looking to fill our four and five spots.”


WYOMING AREA WARRIORS


Coach: Mike Stefanik (2nd year)


Home Course: Luzerne County Sports Complex


2012 Record: 6-11


Key Runners Lost: Amanda Ostrowski


Key Runners Returning: Mackenzie Bilbow, So.; Steph Schultz, Jr.; Emily Ambruso, So.; Julian Scappaticci, Jr.; Emily Yarmey, So.


Coach’s Outlook: “Last year injuries plagued our season. We’re still working on our numbers and to improve on last year.”


WYOMING SEMINARY BLUE KNIGHTS


Coach: John Dickinson (25th year)


Home Course: Kirby Park


2012 Record: 9-8


Key Runners Lost: Katherine Maximov.


Key Runners Returning: Alannah Trombetta, Sr.; Drishti Maniar, Jr.; Cecelia Chen, Jr.; Kat Rogers, Jr.; Ava Alexander, Sr.; Emily Gabriel, Jr.; Anna Schroeder, Jr.; Marissa Licomis, Soph.; Madison Sweitzer, Jr.


Coach’s Outlook: “I think we’re going to be very competitive among the small schools. For the first time since it existed, we beat Holy Redeemer in a dual meet, we beat MMI, we were competitive with Crestwood. I think our team is stronger than last year. Alannah Trombetta is having a really good start to the season and she may have a chance to go to states this year.”


WYOMING VALLEY WEST SPARTANS


Coach: Anthony Dicton


2012 Record: 12-5


Key Runners Lost: Alexandria Plant, Julia Mericle, Amy Paddock, Lydia Ellsworth.


Key Runners Returning: Onyoo Park, Sr.; Youngeun Park, So.; Sophie Rittenhouse, So.; Elizabeth Wood, So.; Emily Tyler, So.; Mara Bajeli, Fr.; Emily Urbanoritch, So.; Mia Cain, Fr.


Coach’s Outlook: “It’s going to be tough. We only ran six in our first meet, because of a lot of injuries. Right now we have three injuries out of 11 girls. It’ll be a good learning experience for them and we’ll be looking to set a lot of personal records.”




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