Wyoming Area wins girls lacrosse opener for first time


By TOM ROBINSON - For Sunday Dispatch



Wyoming Area’s Morgan Beppler, left, and Abington Heights’ Anna Van Wert work for possession of the ball during the Lady Comets’ first-ever girls lacrosse game Monday at Comets Stadium. Wyoming Area won, 9-4.


Abington Heights’ Kaila Steenback makes contact with the ball in a face-off with Wyoming Area’s Amanda McCormick during the first half of Monday’s girls lacrosse game at Comets Stadium.


From left, Abington Heights’ Emily Marquardt, Wyoming Area’s Hannah Hinkle and Abington Heights’ Brennan Tates battle for the ball during a Wyoming Valley Conference girls lacrosse game April 3 in Clarks Summit.



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    Caity Butchko led the way with three goals and the defense limited opportunities Monday afternoon when Wyoming Area went on the road to post its first season-opening victory in girls lacrosse by spoiling the Wyoming Valley Conference debut for Abington Heights, 9-4.

    Julia Bonomo made five saves for Wyoming Area, which is beginning its third season.

    Lila Donnelly had two goals.

    Freshman Cassidy Orzel scored a goal and won seven of 10 faceoffs. Tierney Porfirio, Hannah Hinkle and Amanda McCormick scored the other goals.

    BOYS LACROSSE

    The Wyoming Area boys also got off to a successful start when F.J. Braccini scored four goals Tuesday in a 14-5 win at Lake-Lehman.

    Alex Hawk and Jake Urban each added three goals and two assists. Sam Greenfield scored twice.

    Curtis Hager made 10 saves. Justin Joseph won 15 faceoffs. Alex Gonzalez handled six groundballs.

    BASEBALL

    Tyler Jackson threw a six-hit shutout with nine strikeouts and contributed offensively Wednesday when Pittston Area opened the WVC Division 1 season with a 7-0 shutout.

    Jackson, who walked two, went 2-for-2 with a double and RBI.

    The Patriots scored three runs each in the bottom of the second and third innings to take control.

    Riley Brody and Albert Zuba each drove in two runs while Joe Stella scored twice.

    GIRLS TRACK

    Wyoming Area and Pittston Area posted home victories Tuesday in their WVC Division 1 openers.

    Vanessa Shedlock won four individual events as the Lady Warriors routed Crestwood, 107-43.

    Freshman Nicole Zambetti won three events, including a relay, to lead the Lady Patriots to a 106-40 romp over Wyoming Valley West.

    Shedlock won the 200-meter dash in 27.2 seconds, the 400 in 59.4, the long jump with 15-4 and the triple jump with 35-3.

    Jalen Rhodes won the 100 and won both the 400 and 1600 relays with Mackenzie Nocchi and Aleah Kranson.

    Valerie Gerchak (high jump) and Olivia Astolfi (300 hurdles) each won one individual event and one relay.

    Wyoming Area swept the top three spots in each throw, outscoring Crestwood, 27-0.

    Zambetti won the 800 and 1600 and ran on the winning 3200 relay.

    Abby Norwillo won the pole vault and long jump for Pittston Area.

    BOYS TRACK

    Naseem Guillaume won both hurdles races and ran a leg of the winning 400-meter relay to lead Pittston Area to a 93-57 win over visiting Wyoming Valley West Tuesday in a WVC Division 1 opener.

    Patrick Mitchell won the shot put and discus.

    Crestwood ruined host Wyoming Area’s debut in Division 1 after moving up from Division 2, beating the Warriors, 77-73.

    Steven Yordy won the 110 high hurdles, high jump and triple jump for the Warriors.

    Cane Burton won the 100 and 200. Alex Chronowski won the 400 and was on the winning 1600 relay.

    SOFTBALL

    Wyoming Valley West used a three-run third inning to edge visiting Pittston Area, 3-2, Monday in a WVC Division 1 opener.

    Lexi Felinski, Alexa McHugh, Taryn Ashby and Madisyn Antal had hits for the Lady Patriots.

    Nanticoke handled host Wyoming Area, 8-1, Monday in a WVC Division 2 opener.

    The Trojanettes scored twice in the top of the first and never trailed.

    Jesse Parente doubled and scored the only Lady Warriors run on a Kristi Skok single.

    Wyoming Area’s Morgan Beppler, left, and Abington Heights’ Anna Van Wert work for possession of the ball during the Lady Comets’ first-ever girls lacrosse game Monday at Comets Stadium. Wyoming Area won, 9-4.
    http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_ABJ-Lacrosse-1CMYK.jpgWyoming Area’s Morgan Beppler, left, and Abington Heights’ Anna Van Wert work for possession of the ball during the Lady Comets’ first-ever girls lacrosse game Monday at Comets Stadium. Wyoming Area won, 9-4.

    Abington Heights’ Kaila Steenback makes contact with the ball in a face-off with Wyoming Area’s Amanda McCormick during the first half of Monday’s girls lacrosse game at Comets Stadium.
    http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_ABJ-Lacrosse-2CMYK.jpgAbington Heights’ Kaila Steenback makes contact with the ball in a face-off with Wyoming Area’s Amanda McCormick during the first half of Monday’s girls lacrosse game at Comets Stadium.

    From left, Abington Heights’ Emily Marquardt, Wyoming Area’s Hannah Hinkle and Abington Heights’ Brennan Tates battle for the ball during a Wyoming Valley Conference girls lacrosse game April 3 in Clarks Summit.
    http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_ABJ-Lacrosse-5CMYK.jpgFrom left, Abington Heights’ Emily Marquardt, Wyoming Area’s Hannah Hinkle and Abington Heights’ Brennan Tates battle for the ball during a Wyoming Valley Conference girls lacrosse game April 3 in Clarks Summit.

    By TOM ROBINSON

    For Sunday Dispatch

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