Upon Further Review: Wyoming Area fell to Dunmore in PIAA District 2 title game in 1995


By Nick Wagner - [email protected]



The Exeter Panthers Junior Football Association handed out awards in 1975. From left, Mike Vacula, A team coach; Bob Bresnahan, A team MVP; Ray Washko, B team assistant coach; Rich Shannon, B team coach; Richie Rome, B team MVP; Joe Shaffer, Pee Wee MVP; and George Gercak, Pee Wee coach.


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Wyoming Area’s Ben Kopka tackles Dunmore’s Brian Forigone during the 1995 PIAA District 2 Class AA championship game.


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November 2005

The Pittston Area ice hockey team earned a 10-1 win over Scranton in the opening game of the 2005-06 season.

Goalie Chris Hannon and defensemen Ray Spiccioli, John Mrgan and Jeff Culp held Scranton to one goal, while eight different Patriots shared the scoring. Phil Semenza had two goals and his sister Paige had an assist.

Also scoring for Pittston Area were: Colin Hart (2 goals, 2 assists), DJ Cook (2 goals, 2 assists), Garrett Pritchyk (2 goals), Matt Benedetto (1 goal) an Charles Morgan (1 goal).

November 1995

Dunmore’s football team ended Wyoming Area’s dream season, 28-14, in the PIAA District 2 Class AA championship game at Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium.

Dunmore QB Sean Gallagher ran for 160 yards n three touchdowns, and passed for a fourth. The Bucks limited Wyoming Area running back Ben Kopka to just 21 yards on eight carries.

The Warriors wrapped up a Wyoming Valley Conference title that season with an 8-0 record before playoffs started.

November 1985

The Nov. 24, 1985 edition of the Sunday Dispatch lacked sports coverage. Check back next week to catch all the action!

November 1975

The Exeter Panthers Junior Football Association held a Parents and Awards Day at the Panthers home field in Exeter.

Three players from the A, B and C team s were picked as Most Valuable Players: Bob Bresnahan, Richie Rome and Joe Schaffer. The coaches of the team were Mike Vacula, Ray Washko, Rich Shannon and George Gercak.

The Exeter Panthers Junior Football Association handed out awards in 1975. From left, Mike Vacula, A team coach; Bob Bresnahan, A team MVP; Ray Washko, B team assistant coach; Rich Shannon, B team coach; Richie Rome, B team MVP; Joe Shaffer, Pee Wee MVP; and George Gercak, Pee Wee coach.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_ExeterPanthersHistory.jpgThe Exeter Panthers Junior Football Association handed out awards in 1975. From left, Mike Vacula, A team coach; Bob Bresnahan, A team MVP; Ray Washko, B team assistant coach; Rich Shannon, B team coach; Richie Rome, B team MVP; Joe Shaffer, Pee Wee MVP; and George Gercak, Pee Wee coach. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

Wyoming Area’s Ben Kopka tackles Dunmore’s Brian Forigone during the 1995 PIAA District 2 Class AA championship game.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_WAfootballKopka.jpgWyoming Area’s Ben Kopka tackles Dunmore’s Brian Forigone during the 1995 PIAA District 2 Class AA championship game. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

By Nick Wagner

[email protected]

Reach Nick Wagner at 570-991-6406 or on Twitter @Dispatch_Nick

Reach Nick Wagner at 570-991-6406 or on Twitter @Dispatch_Nick

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