Pittston Area’s Geoff Guarneri was selected as a first-team Wyoming Valley Conference Golf All-Star. Guarneri was a four-year starter for the Patriots and as a captain as a senior.
The Pittston Area coaches in 2003 were Len Benfante and Michael Orlando.
Wyoming Area was handed a 28-9 loss against Dallas in the District 2 Class AA Championship football game. The Warriors ended the season 11-2 after winning the District 2 title in 1992.
Wyoming Area’s only touchdown came from stud running back Jim Pizano. Pizano, who went into the game as the WVC’s leading rusher, took a quick pitch late in the first quarter 50 yards for a touchdown. The Warriors were down 14-9 at halftime and couldn’t recover.
After dropping the first three contests, Luzerne Country Chief Detective Jim Zardecki got his first win as Wyoming Area head boys basketball coach with a 59-51 upset of GAR.
Senior guard Mark Blannard had 20 points to lead all scorers. Wayne Luchetti had 16, while Jim McGuire put in 12.
Seton Catholic finished second in the Jaycee’s Tournament, including a win 50-49 win over Wyoming Area. Senior Sean Hagerty had 26 points, while Steve Tigue had 24 for the Warriors.
Wyoming Area was impressive in its boys basketball opener with a 99-64 win over Tunkhannock.
Coached by Simon Bernosky, the Warriors streaked to a 24-9 first quarter lead and were up 46-19 at the half. Paul Gillespie threw in 28 points with 11 Warrior players dotting the scoring column. George Oschal had 17 points, while Bobby Simonson had 15 points in the win.
On Thanksgiving afternoon, St. John’s picked up its second straight football win over Pittston, 16-0, to close the gap in the city series to 20-18.
The Johnnies held the ball for 71 percent of the game, led by Pat Pisano and Joe Mullarkey. Both Pisano and Mullarkey scored rushing touchdowns. A moment of silence was observed prior to kickoff in remembrance of President John. F. Kennedy.
Exhibition basketball kicked off in the Greater Pittston area.
Hughestown was impressive with a 70-68 loss to favored Newton-Ransom. Tony Gitkos had 23 points for Hughestown to lead all scorers.
West Pittston rallied in the second half to beat Taylor 46-42. Bucky Mazur and Pete Carrozza had seven points a piece to help out Poder’s 13.
Pittston beat Pittston Township, 52-37. The Township hit only seven shots from the field in the loss. Russ Adrian had 20 points in the win for Pittston.
West Wyoming dropped a physical tilt to Edwardsville, 59-39.