While the 2015 fall sports season wasn’t the kindest to our area athletes, many of them still accomplished extraordinary feats throughout the season.
Here’s a recap of the 2015 fall sports season in Greater Pittston:
Pittston Area’s Tara Johnson continued her impressive career and capped it off with a District 2 championship.
Johnson ran the 3.1 mile course at Elk Lake in 19:21 on Oct. 31 to win her first district championship in cross country. She won the race by a staggering 27 seconds. The Pittston Area senior is now a four-time state qualifier. At Hershey this year, Johnson finished 64th out of 226 runners. She finished 55 seconds faster and 77 spots higher than a year ago.
The Patriots, as a team, finished second behind Hazleton Area at the district championships. Freshman Bailey Loyack finished seventh, Arianna Boccardi finished ninth. Pittston Area’s Michael Felter finished 50th in the boys race.
For Wyoming Area, the boys team finished 15th out of 16 teams and did not enter a girls team. Ryan Marvin finished in the top half of the field, while Addison Orzel placed 41st.
It was another season where both Pittston Area and Wyoming Area failed to make the district playoffs or the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Wyoming Area finished with three wins, including a 42-10 win over Pittston Area in the final game of the season. Pittston Area was the only team in District 2 to not win a football game this season.
The Warriors were led by junior running back Brian Miles in the win over the Patriots. Miles had 167 yards and three touchdowns in the win on Nov. 6. He was also named the Carmello Falcone Memorial Most Valuable Player.
It was a tough season for both Pittston Area’s and Wyoming Area’s boys soccer teams.
Wyoming Area finished the regular season at 3-10-3 and earned the 12th seed in the District 2 Class AA playoffs. The Warriors fell to Crestwood, 6-0, on Oct. 26.
The Patriots finished the regular season with just one win and bowed out of the district playoffs with a 5-0 loss at the hands of Williamsport in the first round. Pittston Area battled injuries all season with its only win coming against Berwick in early October.
Pittston Area’s Maddy Mimnaugh scored four goals in the Patriots’ 5-1 win over Delaware Valley in the opening round of the District 2 Class AAA championships. The Patriots would eventually fall to Wallenpaupack, 2-0, on Nov. 3.
Pittston Area finished 8-6-1 in the regular season, good for fourth place in Class AAA. The Patriots were looking to get back to the district title game for the second straight season.
Wyoming Area finished the regular season at 5-8-2 and qualified for the District 2 Class AA championships. The Warriors played at Dallas on Oct. 27 and fell to the Mountaineers, 3-0.
Wyoming Area stunned the Wyoming Valley with a 3-2 win over Dunmore in the PIAA District 2 Class AA semifinals. That put the Warriors in the district finals and a shot at the fifth-ranked Class AA team in the state, Holy Redeemer.
The Warriors fell to Holy Redeemer, 3-0, on Nov. 5 at Wilkes University’s Marts Center. During the season, Rachel Solano earned her 500th career assist.
Pittston Area turned in one of its best seasons in school history. The Patriots finished 9-9, their best record in at least the last 10 years. In the last two seasons, Pittston Area had a total of three wins.
The Patriots fell to Wyoming Valley West, 3-2, in the District 2 Class AAA semifinals on Nov. 2 at Delaware Valley. Senior Marley O’Brien finished her season with more than 200 kills.
Pittston Area’s field hockey team went from the outside looking in, to being in. Following the season, the Patriots were told they did not qualify for the PIAA District 2 Class AAA playoffs. However, just 26 hours before a potential game, Pittston Area was told it was in the playoffs.
The Patriots’ opportunity came to an end with a 2-1 double overtime loss to Delaware Valley on Oct. 26. They finished the season at 3-7-3.
Wyoming Area qualified for the District 2 Class AA championships with a 13-2 regular season. The Warriors beat Lackawanna Trail, 8-3, in the opening round before falling to Crestwood, 9-1, in the semifinals. Bree Bednarski scored six goals against Trail.
A senior, Bednarski led the Wyoming Valley Conference in scoring.
It was a girl’s world for Pittston Area and Wyoming Area golfers this season.
After struggling through the regular season, Wyoming Area’s Maddie Wharton won her second straight Wyoming Valley Conference girls championship after firing an 81 at Fox Hill Country Club in late September. Wharton, after winning last year’s district title, failed to make it out of districts by one stroke when she shot a 96 at Elmhurst Country Club.
Pittston Area’s Allie Craig was the team’s leader on the course all season and finished fourth at the District 2 tournament and missed going to the regional tournament by one stroke. She shot a 95.
Once again, Wyoming Area turned in one of its best seasons in recent memory, finishing 11-3 in the regular season. The Warriors were awarded the fifth seed in the District 2 Class AA championships.
As a team, Wyoming Area fell to Valley View, 4-1, in early October. In singles play, Kierstin Grillo and Anna Thomas each competed in the individual championships. Thomas picked up a win in the opening round. In doubles play, Emily Cheskiewicz and Lea Getz, along with Lauren Perry and Thomas, each picked up a win.
For Pittston Area, the Patriots did not qualify for the district championships in Class AAA. In singles play, Sara Swartz and Jessica Borget were each eliminated after one match. In doubles, Swartz and Borget teamed up to get one win in district play. The duo of Mackenzie Connors and Taryn Whitman were eliminated after one match.
Reach Nick Wagner at 570-991-6406 or on Twitter @Dispatch_Nick