Upon Further Review: Pittston Area’s John Dessoye won two gold medals at 1996 state championships


By Nick Wagner - nwagner@timesleader.com



‘Machine Gun’ Lou Butera was the 23rd pool player selected into the Billiard Hall of Fame during a ceremony held in Texas in May 1986.


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Pittston Area’s John Dessoye won two gold medals at the PIAA Track and Field Championships in 1996.


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Pittston Area’s Jimmy Gordon evades a tag by Honesdale’s Joel Watson in the PIAA District 2 Class AAA game in May 2006.


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May 2006

Pittston Area’s baseball team was the only local team to advance in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association District 2 Class AAA with a 5-1 win over Honesdale.

George Dructor picked up the win for the Patriots. Mike McAndrew had two hits, two runs and an RBI. Nick Morreale was 3-for-4, while Jim Gordon was 2-for-3.

May 1996

Pittsotn Area’s John Dessoye won two gold medals at the PIAA Track and Field Championships held at Shippensburg University.

He won gold in the 100 with a time of 10.46 and gold in the 200 with a time of 21.13. The two times were near the top of the rankings nationally, according to the story in the Sunday Dispatch. In the year prior, Dessoye finished fourth in the 100 and fifth in the 200.

May 1986

“Machine Gun” Lou Butera was the 23rd pool player selected into the Billiard Hall of Fame during a ceremony held in Texas.

In his career, the Pittston native won the World Championship, All-Japan Championship, World Trick Shot Championship and a plethora of tournaments across the country.

At the time, he held the world record in tournament play for pocketing 150 balls in 21 minutes.

May 1976

With the help of two home runs by Sal Scalzo, the Pittston Township teener baseball team beat Old Forge, 10-1. Harry Ardoline, pitching a three-hitter, picked up the win on the mound. Scalzo finished the game 4-for-4 with five RBI.

‘Machine Gun’ Lou Butera was the 23rd pool player selected into the Billiard Hall of Fame during a ceremony held in Texas in May 1986.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_LouButera86.jpg‘Machine Gun’ Lou Butera was the 23rd pool player selected into the Billiard Hall of Fame during a ceremony held in Texas in May 1986. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

Pittston Area’s John Dessoye won two gold medals at the PIAA Track and Field Championships in 1996.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_Dessoye96-1.jpgPittston Area’s John Dessoye won two gold medals at the PIAA Track and Field Championships in 1996. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

Pittston Area’s Jimmy Gordon evades a tag by Honesdale’s Joel Watson in the PIAA District 2 Class AAA game in May 2006.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_PAbaseball06-2-.jpgPittston Area’s Jimmy Gordon evades a tag by Honesdale’s Joel Watson in the PIAA District 2 Class AAA game in May 2006. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

By Nick Wagner

nwagner@timesleader.com

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

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