Upon Further Review: West Pittston’s Tropical Dreams finished unbeaten in 2006


By Nick Wagner - nwagner@timesleader.com



Artie Savokinas presents the trophy for the 1996 Savo’s Tournament of Champions to Duryea American Legion coaches Pat Ratchford and Bill Orner.


Sunday Dispatch File Photo

Members of the 2006 West Pittston Tropical Dreams Team were, from left, first row, Lexie Sokach (bat girl), Danielle Harper, Dakota Eifert and Courtney Melvin. Second row, Nicole Turner, Abigail Thornton, Elyssa Yanik and Tyler Bonita. Third row, Afton Francik, Stephanie Sokach, Carly Sokach and Sally DeLuca. Fourth row, coach Kevin Heidacavage, Audrey Heidacavage, coach John Turner and coach Mike Bonita.


Sunday Dispatch File Photo

The 1976 Sunday Dispatch top student-athletes were, from left, Sandy Selenski, Rose Musto and Susan Brown.


Sunday Dispatch File Photo

Greater Pittston’s Al Brogna singles during the Wilkes-Barre Recreation Board Teeners League Tournament in August of 1986.


Sunday Dispatch File Photo

August 2006

The West Pittston Tropical Dreams Team finished the West Pittston Minor League Girls Softball season unbeaten with a mark of 13-0. The team was coached by Mike Bonita, John Turner and Kevin Heidacavage.

Members of the team were Lexie Sokach, Danielle Harper, Dakota Eifert, Courtney Melvin, Nicole Turner, Abigail Thornton, Elyssa Yanik, Tyler Bonita, Afton Francik, Stephanie Sokach, Carly Sokach, Sally DeLuca and Audrey Heidacavage.

August 1996

Duryea American Legion topped West Pittston Pagnotti, 9-4, to win the Savo’s Tournament of Champions after a two-week long tournament which featured the champions of each of the eight local Little League organizations.

In the championship game, Duryea’s Greg Ratchford had a two-run double and Ed Gromelski drove in two runs. Chris Sobeski was the winning pitcher for Duryea. Matt Mattei and Andy Castanaro had two hits each for Pagnotti.

August 1986

The Greater Pittston Teener Baseball team fell to East End National, 13-3, in the championship game of the Wilkes-Barre Recreation Board Teeners League Tournament.

After spotting East End two runs in the first, Greater Pittston’s Dave Fritz hit a run-scoring double. One out later, Ernie Angelella’s fielder’s choice brought home Sean Hannon. East End put the game away with six runs in the fourth and four in the fifth.

Don Piragas had an RBI single in the fourth inning.

August 1976

The Sunday Dispatch awarded six student-athletes for their outstanding athletic and academic prowess.

Winning the awards were Wyoming Area’s Sandy Selenski, St. John’s Susan Brown, Pittston Area’s Rose Musto, Wyoming Area’s Paul Rushefski, Pittston Area’s Michael Lokuta and St. John’s Joseph LoBrutto. The students were selected by a committee comprised of teachers, coaches and administrators.

Artie Savokinas presents the trophy for the 1996 Savo’s Tournament of Champions to Duryea American Legion coaches Pat Ratchford and Bill Orner.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_SavosTourney.jpgArtie Savokinas presents the trophy for the 1996 Savo’s Tournament of Champions to Duryea American Legion coaches Pat Ratchford and Bill Orner. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

Members of the 2006 West Pittston Tropical Dreams Team were, from left, first row, Lexie Sokach (bat girl), Danielle Harper, Dakota Eifert and Courtney Melvin. Second row, Nicole Turner, Abigail Thornton, Elyssa Yanik and Tyler Bonita. Third row, Afton Francik, Stephanie Sokach, Carly Sokach and Sally DeLuca. Fourth row, coach Kevin Heidacavage, Audrey Heidacavage, coach John Turner and coach Mike Bonita.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_DreamTeam.jpgMembers of the 2006 West Pittston Tropical Dreams Team were, from left, first row, Lexie Sokach (bat girl), Danielle Harper, Dakota Eifert and Courtney Melvin. Second row, Nicole Turner, Abigail Thornton, Elyssa Yanik and Tyler Bonita. Third row, Afton Francik, Stephanie Sokach, Carly Sokach and Sally DeLuca. Fourth row, coach Kevin Heidacavage, Audrey Heidacavage, coach John Turner and coach Mike Bonita. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

The 1976 Sunday Dispatch top student-athletes were, from left, Sandy Selenski, Rose Musto and Susan Brown.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_StudentAthletes.jpgThe 1976 Sunday Dispatch top student-athletes were, from left, Sandy Selenski, Rose Musto and Susan Brown. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

Greater Pittston’s Al Brogna singles during the Wilkes-Barre Recreation Board Teeners League Tournament in August of 1986.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_Teeners.jpgGreater Pittston’s Al Brogna singles during the Wilkes-Barre Recreation Board Teeners League Tournament in August of 1986. 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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