Upon Further Review: St. John the Baptist, Pittston, won boys basketball championship in 1996


By Nick Wagner - nwagner@timesleader.com



Captains of the 1976 St. Mary’s School girls basketball team were, from left, Diane Ruda and Ellen Gilhooley, along with coach Ellen Lawler.


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In March 1996, the St. John the Baptist, Pittston, eight grade basketball team won the league championship. From left, first row, Michael Kulazavich, Joseph McCabe, Robert Zbysheski, Jeffrey Mohn, Matthew Calabro, Cody Kunigel, Michael Trowbridge and Marc Destefano. Second row, coach Robert Kaluzavich, Jonathan Coyle, Sean Healey, Jason Tomashunas, Jason Walsh, Nicholas Kravitz and Gregory Mehalchick.


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Amanda Wascavich was named Athlete of the Week in March 2006.


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Bernie VanBuskirk, center, committed to play for Millersville University in March 1986. Wyoming Area coach Paul Marranca is at right and with Principal Robert Ripa.


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March 2006

Pittston Area graduate Amanda Wascavich was named the ABC Trophy Inc. Athlete of the Week as a freshman on the women’s tennis team at East Stroudsburg University.

During the week, Wascavich won a point in all five matches for the Warriors and won four singles matches. Amanda, from Avoca, was named the Sunday Dispatch Female Student/Athlete of the Year in 2005. Wascavich (now Carmody) is the current coach of the Pittston Area tennis teams.

March 1996

The eighth grade St. John the Baptist boys basketball team won the Wyoming Valley League Playoff Championship with a 41-28 win over Holy Rosary.

Members of the team were Michael Kulazavich, Joseph McCabe, Robert Zbysheski, Jeffrey Mohn, Matthew Calabro, Cody Kunigel, Michael Trowbridge, Marc Destefano, Jonathan Coyle, Sean Healey, Jason Tomashunas, Jason Walsh, Nicholas Kravitz and Gregory Mehalchick. The team was coached by Robert Kaluzavich.

March 1986

Bernie VanBuskirk, a two-time All-Scholastic lineman for Wyoming Area, signed a letter of intent to play football at Millersville University.

VanBuskirk was a four-year letterwinner for Paul Marranca’s Warriors. As a senior, he was named co-captain.

March 1976

The girls basketball team of St. Mary’s School in Avoca captured its first championship in the Wyoming Valley Grade School Girls Basketball League.

The girls posted a 17-3 overall record and came in second place in two local basketball tournaments. The team was coached by Ellen Lawler and Maribeth Gilhooley.

Captains of the 1976 St. Mary’s School girls basketball team were, from left, Diane Ruda and Ellen Gilhooley, along with coach Ellen Lawler.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_StMarys1976.jpgCaptains of the 1976 St. Mary’s School girls basketball team were, from left, Diane Ruda and Ellen Gilhooley, along with coach Ellen Lawler. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

In March 1996, the St. John the Baptist, Pittston, eight grade basketball team won the league championship. From left, first row, Michael Kulazavich, Joseph McCabe, Robert Zbysheski, Jeffrey Mohn, Matthew Calabro, Cody Kunigel, Michael Trowbridge and Marc Destefano. Second row, coach Robert Kaluzavich, Jonathan Coyle, Sean Healey, Jason Tomashunas, Jason Walsh, Nicholas Kravitz and Gregory Mehalchick.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_StMarys96.jpgIn March 1996, the St. John the Baptist, Pittston, eight grade basketball team won the league championship. From left, first row, Michael Kulazavich, Joseph McCabe, Robert Zbysheski, Jeffrey Mohn, Matthew Calabro, Cody Kunigel, Michael Trowbridge and Marc Destefano. Second row, coach Robert Kaluzavich, Jonathan Coyle, Sean Healey, Jason Tomashunas, Jason Walsh, Nicholas Kravitz and Gregory Mehalchick. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

Amanda Wascavich was named Athlete of the Week in March 2006.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Wascavich06.jpgAmanda Wascavich was named Athlete of the Week in March 2006. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

Bernie VanBuskirk, center, committed to play for Millersville University in March 1986. Wyoming Area coach Paul Marranca is at right and with Principal Robert Ripa.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_VanBuskirk86.jpgBernie VanBuskirk, center, committed to play for Millersville University in March 1986. Wyoming Area coach Paul Marranca is at right and with Principal Robert Ripa. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

By Nick Wagner

nwagner@timesleader.com

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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