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Ed Lukowski

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Ed Lukowski of Nanticoke High School boys soccer team scored 10 goals and had two assists in three victories as the Trojans won the WVC Division III title.
Ed Lukowski of Nanticoke High School boys soccer team scored 10 goals and had two assists in three victories as the Trojans won the WVC Division III title.
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School: Nanticoke


Grade: Sophomore


Sport: Boys soccer


Position: Midfielder


All in the Family: Ed is the oldest child of Wendy and Ed Lukowski Sr. of Nanticoke. He has three sisters, named Amiah, Sophie - who both enjoy recreational soccer and basketball - and Scarlett.


Statistically speaking: Lukowski scored 10 goals and added two assists in three games last week - all victories - while leading Nanticoke to the Wyoming Valley Conference Division III regular season title and a No. 3 seeding for the upcoming District 2 Class 2A playoffs. His big week boosted his division-leading goal total to 24 on the season, and his 57 points shared the conference lead.


Shooting star: Lukowski had at least a hat trick in all three of Nanticoke’s wins last week as the Trojans clinched their first division title in five years. He started the run by scoring all three goals in a 3-0 win over Pittston Area that put Nanticoke a win away from the division crown. Then Lukowski torched MMI Prep during the Trojans’ final two regular season games against the same team, scoring three goals in the first battle and four more in the season finale.


Coach’s comment: “He’s a phenomenal player,” Nanticoke coach Mark Matusek said. “When he’s on the field, he’s a game-changer. He makes other players better. He’s an excellent defender, too. That (Pittston Area) victory was a huge game for us. He was definitely the biggest factor of anybody in that game (with all three goals). It doesn’t suprise me that he did that. He comes to play every game. When the opponent is stronger, he seems to play better.”


Did you know? It wasn’t that long ago when Lukowski, a straight-A student, wasn’t scoring at all. On July 11, he underwent surgery to repair a piece of cartilage that came loose from his knee, which Lukowski had been playing through for two years. “My mom just couldn’t deal with me complaining anymore,” said Lukowski, who was in a leg stabalizer following the surgery and not only missed playing for his summer travel team but was forced to sit out the first three games of this season recovering from the injury. He’s still trying to rehabilitate the knee with regular sessions at Pro Rehab in Hanover Twp.


From his angle: “It was definitely a big win,” Lukowski said of the victory over Pittston Area which put Nanticoke on the brink of a division title. “The goals I scored on were challenging to score. The first two I ran all the way from midfield, the last one was a penalty kick.” He credited his teammates for started the surges, then said, “I just did what I do best and put the ball in the back of the net. It’s big for us. The last couple years, we’ve been struggling. It feels good for the seniors, they had an 0-15 season and then a 2-13 season. It’s good to get the No. 3 (district) seed, being we’re in Division III.”


Week in review: Like a flash of lightning, Dallas boys cross country runner Dominic DeLuca crossed the finish line in 15:59 to capture the Wyoming Valley Conference individual title and lead the Mountaineers to the team championship at the annual Ed Narkiewicz meet. He was the only runner to crack the 16-minute mark. Just behind him was Lake-Lehman’s Dominic Hockenbury, who finished second in 16:15. Tunkhannock’s Jack Tidball placed third in 16:40 and Dallas teammates Bryce Mattson (16:57) and Kyle Borland (17:04) rounded out the top five. …


Sisters Regan and Ally Rome were at the top of the girls cross country field, sparking Dallas to the girls team title, also. Regan won the Narkiewicz individual title with a time of 18:48, while Ally was right behind her in 19:17. Hazleton Area’s Nicole Buehrle (19:34), Tunkhannock’s Maggie Toczko (19:45) and Dallas’ Lindsey Oremus (19:54) were the only other runners to finish in under 20 minutes, while Pittston Area’s Tara Johnson was real close with a sixth-place time of 20:02. …


Holy Redeemer star Mariano Medico finished in second place in the PIAA East Regional individual golf championships with a 2-under par 70 and was the only Wyoming Valley Conference golfer to reach the state finals, which began Monday. …


Wyoming Seminary’s Nathalie Joanlanne was the spark behind the Blue Knights’ silver medal at the District 2 Class 2A girls tennis championships. She whisked her way to victory in 20 consecutive games at the top singles spot of semifinals and finals, besting Dallas 6-0, 6-0 and then taking a 6-0, 6-2 victory against district champ Scranton Prep to provide Sem’s lone point of the finals match. …


Talia Szatkowski scored three goals and added an assist to lead Dallas to the WVC girls soccer title and the top seeding in the upcoming District 2 Class 2A playoffs with a victory over Tunkhannock. Lake-Lehman’s Shoshana Mahoney showed why she’s the conference’s leading scorer, putting up four goals in a victory over Wyoming Area and adding two more scores against Berwick. Her Lehman teammate Julia Hutsko added three goals to that victory over Wyoming Area. Pittston Area’s Allie Barber continued her own torrid assault on keepers, scoring four goals against Wyoming Valley West. Crestwood’s Gabby Termini had a three-goal game against Wyoming Seminary, and Pittston Area’s Sara Ruby had all three of the team’s goals in a victory over Hanover Area during last week’s completion of a game that was suspended Sept. 12. …


In boys soccer, Hazleton Area keeper Caleb Ancharski shut out Holy Redeemer with 10 saves. Dallas’ A.J. Nardone had three goals and an assist against rival Lake-Lehman and Pittston Area’s Jordan Cosagra registered three goals and an assist in a win over Hazleton Area. Wyoming Seminary’s Andriy Molchanov added a hat trick against GAR. …


Wyoming Valley West’s Gavyn Giza passed the 100-kill mark for the season with 11 in a victory over Coughlin. Holy Redeemer’s Nicole Slavoski pounded out 18 kills and six aces in a victory over Nanticoke, while her teammate Lexie Evans dished out 19 assists. And Kaya Swanek served up 19 points for Redeemer in a victory over Dallas. Meanwhile, Tunkhannock’s Michelle Goodwin registered 17 kills and Erin Smith distributed 33 assists in a big win over Crestwood. And Wyoming Valley West’s Alexa Vargo served 11 aces against Coughlin. …


It was a big field hockey week for Meyers’ Bri DiMaggio, who scored four goals in a victory over Elk Lake and added the team’s lone goal in a loss to Tunkhannock. GAR’s Brea Seabrook came through with three goals and an assist against Elk Lake. Wyoming Valley West’s Danielle Grega scored three goals in a victory over Northwest and Hazleton Area’s Selena Garzio had a hat trick of her own against Southern Columbia. Hazleton Area’s Madison Reed scored both goals and Kaitlyn McHugh made 10 saves to lead the Cougars past Lake-Lehman, 2-1. Hanover Area’s Haylee Bobos made 13 saves in goal to forge a 2-2 tie with Northwest, while Wyoming Area’s Christina Granteed came up with a gallant 15-save effort in a 1-0 loss to Wyoming Seminary. …


Wyoming Valley West quarterback Mike Baur kept the Spartans rolling on the football field, throwing for 204 yards and two touchdowns in a victory over Hazleton Area. His favorite target in that game was receiver Mike Sands, who caught 123 yards worth of passes. Northwest quarterback Logan Womelsdorf threw three touchdown passes - all over 35 yards - against Meyers and his teammate Nick Long caught two of them - then reached the end zone a third time on a 50-yard interception return. Coughlin quarterback Tom Pilch ran for three touchdowns, including a 66-yarder that broke open a tight battle with Pocono Mountain East. And Wyoming Area running back Jeff Skursky rushed for 202 yards and scored four touchdowns, almost single-handedly bringing his team back in a wild one-point loss to GAR.


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