Local Roundup: Wilkes names Jon Drach as head football coach

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Wilkes University has a new football coach.

And one with plenty of credentials.

Jon Drach.

The first-year head coach comes to Wilkes after spending the past 11 seasons on the Hobart coaching staff, including the last three as offensive coordinator. He was also the quarterbacks coach.

Hobart led the Liberty League in touchdowns (46), points (349) and yards (4,236).

The Hobart offense had a record-breaking season in 2016 under the lead of Drach. The Statesmen set new marks in pass attempts (445), completions (267), passing yards (3,461), passing touchdowns (36) and passing yards per game (314.6). Hobart wide receiver Brandon Shed also was named a D3football.com First-Team All-American. Quarterback Shane Sweeney was named to the honorable mention team.

The St. Charles, Ill., native was a three-year starter at quarterback for Western Michigan. He was a member of the 2000 team that won the West Division of the Mid-American Conference.

The Colonels are coming off of one of their worst seasons in program history, going 0-10 and being outscored 398-153.

WRESTLING

No. 19 TCNJ 42, Wilkes 6

The Colonels’ lone win came at 141 pounds when Matthew Grossmann pinned Robert Dinger in 2:11.

Of the nine The College of New Jersey wins, six came on extra-point victories, including three falls and three major decisions.

Elizabethtown 45, King’s 6

The Monarchs got on the board at 165 pounds when Darren Marte posted a 10-8 decision.

The Blue Jays responded with pins at 174, 184 and 197 to push the lead to 45-3, but King’s heavyweight Ralph Bernardo earned a 6-2 decision to set the final score.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Misericordia JV 90, LCCC 81

AJ Colon scored a team-high 28 points for Luzerne County Community College, while Jordan Black was right behind him with 26.

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY

Bryn Athyn 6, King’s 3

King’s College was unable to hold on to a 3-2 second-period lead as Bryn Athyn College scored the final four goals of the game.

Luciano Bucci had one goal and one assist for King’s while Luke Damiano and Tyler O’Mara also scored for the Monarchs. Link Ferch made 38 saves.

Bryn Athyn outshot King’s 44-26 while each team won 37 faceoffs.

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY

Chatham 9, King’s 0

Josée Aitken led the Monarchs with five shots while Gracen Mahoney had three and Kelly Tuffy, Raeann Clancey and Mary Deyell each had two each.

Anna Monsrud got the loss in her first career start in goal, allowing six goals and making 22 saves in 31:18 minutes of action. Emma Zeveney made 28 saves in 28:42 minutes of relief action.

Kristina Block led Chatham with three goals and one assist.

HIGH SCHOOLS

BOYS BASKETBALL

Wyoming Seminary 74, Northwest 38

Wyoming Seminary placed four players in double figures as it rolled past Northwest.

Nick Ganter led the offense with 14 points. Jake Koretz had 12 followed by Jeremy Callahan with 11 and Todd Phillips with 10. The Blue Knights took a 46-18 lead into halftime.

Matt Pierontoni led Northwest with 12.

Meyers 62, Coughlin 36

Jawane Buckner scored 27 points in Meyers’ victory over city rival Coughlin on Thursday night.

Aaron Bennett had 14 for Coughlin.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Wyoming Seminary 74, Northwest 38

WYO. SEMINARY (74) — Tyler Maddock 0 0-0 0, Andrew Maddock 0 0-0 0, Jake Koretz 4 1-1 12, Nic Bufalino 3 0-0 7, Alex Meuser 1 0-0 3, Todd Phillips 4 2-2 10, Jeremy Callahan 4 0-0 11, Ethan Meuser 1 0-0 2, Dimitri Gnall 4 1-2 9, Nick Ganter 5 4-4 14, Dan Paglia 2 2-2 6, Shawn King 0 0-0 0, Gavin Flanley 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 10-12 74.

NORTHWEST (38) — Matt Pierontoni 4 2-3 12, Tyler Stevens 2 0-0 4, Sam Saxe 2 4-4 9, Jaxson Yaple 1 2-2 4, Mrty Zugarek 0 0-0 0, Bryce Koser 2 0-0 4, Walker Yaple 2 0-0 5, Ethan Sorber 0 0-0 0, Michael Crawford 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 8-9 38.

Wyo. Seminary`23`23`16`12 — 74

Northwest`8`10`9`11 — 38

Three-point goals — WS 8 (Koretz 3, Bufalino, A.Meuser, Callahan 3), NWT 4 (Pierontoni 2, S.Saxe, W.Yaple).

Meyers 62, Coughlin 36

MEYERS (62) — Tanner Nilon 1 0-0 2, Kendall Brewster 2 1-2 6, Keegan Brewster 2 0-0 4, Cole Walker 2 2-2 8, Jawane Buckner 11 0-0 27, Blake Bynon 0 1-2 1, David Kasper 0 0-0 0, Jack Gilgallon 0 0-0 0, Landell Wright 1 0-0 3, Najese Hood 1 3-4 5, Blake Masker 3 0-0 6. Totals 23 7-10 62.

COUGHLIN (36) — Aaron Bennett 5 2-2 14, Jahsim Hall 1 0-0 2, Tony Eigdio 4 1-2 9, Shawn Valenzuela 2 1-3 5, Matt Egidio 2 0-0 6, Najeeb Bilal 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 4-7 36.

Meyers`21`9`20`12 — 62

Meyers`6`11`11`8 — 36

Three-point goals — MEY 7 (Ken.Brewster, Walker 2, Buckner 3, Wright), COU 4 (Bennett 2, M.Egidio 2).

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