Upon Further Review: Pittston Area won second straight District 2 baseball title in 2006


By Nick Wagner - [email protected]



Penn State Hazleton’s Mary Ritzie, a Pittston Area graduate, finished in second place at the Penn State Commonwealth Campus Tennis Tournament in 1976 held at the Berks Campus.


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The Pittston Area baseball team won its second straight district championship in June 2006.


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Wyoming Area’s Pat Aritz, Scott Stoss, Dave Ruggles and Dan Waszkiewicz won gold in the 3,200 relay at the PIAA District 2 Class AA Track and Field Championships in 1996.


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June 2006

Pittston Area’s baseball team won its second straight District 2 championship thanks to a 13-12 decision over Coughlin at then-Lackawanna County Stadium.

The 3 1/2 hour game featured 25 runs, 16 walks and 18 strikeouts. For Pittston Area, Sam Parente and Rob Timek finished with four RBI. With the game tied at 11 in the seventh, Parente hit a sacrifice fly and Timek hit an RBI single. Although Coughlin scored in the bottom of the seventh, the Patriots hung on for the win.

After allowing a single and a run-scoring double to make it 13-12 in the bottom of the seventh, PA sophomore Chris Kivak got the next three batters for the win. Pittston Area also won the district title in 2000 in coach Paul Zaffuto’s first season.

June 1996

The Wyoming Area 3,200 relay team of Dave Ruggles, Scott Stoss, Pat Aritz and Dan Waszkiewicz brought home gold at the PIAA District 2 Class AA Track and Field Championships held at North Pocono.

Aritz and Waszkiewicz were double winners — Aritz won individual bronze in the 800, while Waszkiewicz took bronze as part of the WA 1,600 relay. Also winning medals were Matt Burke, Dave Sullivan, AJ Delucca, Russ Herron, Dave Brocca and Joe Wisnosky.

WA’s Kristie Siracuse won medals in the 300 hurdles and the long jump.

June 1986

Jenkins Township American Legion edged Northwest Benton, 5-0, thanks to the solid pitching of John Baloga at Spadi Park in Inkerman.

Baloga threw a six-hitter and contributed an RBI single. Ron Silinskie had two hits, including a run-producing single, while John Wojcik had an RBI triple and John Mondlak a run-scoring single. Baloga walked three and struck out four as Jenkins improved to 2-3.

June 1976

Pittston Area graduate Mary Ritzie, the 1975 Sunday Dispatch Student-Athlete Award winner, finished in second place at the Penn State Commonwealth Campus Tennis Tournament held at the Berks Campus.

Ritzie was a member of the Penn State Hazleton tennis team. During her freshman season, she was also a member of the volleyball team. During the tennis season, she won eight of 10 singles matches.

Penn State Hazleton’s Mary Ritzie, a Pittston Area graduate, finished in second place at the Penn State Commonwealth Campus Tennis Tournament in 1976 held at the Berks Campus.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Ritzie.jpgPenn State Hazleton’s Mary Ritzie, a Pittston Area graduate, finished in second place at the Penn State Commonwealth Campus Tennis Tournament in 1976 held at the Berks Campus. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

The Pittston Area baseball team won its second straight district championship in June 2006.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_PAbaseball2006.jpgThe Pittston Area baseball team won its second straight district championship in June 2006. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

Wyoming Area’s Pat Aritz, Scott Stoss, Dave Ruggles and Dan Waszkiewicz won gold in the 3,200 relay at the PIAA District 2 Class AA Track and Field Championships in 1996.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_WAtrack1.jpgWyoming Area’s Pat Aritz, Scott Stoss, Dave Ruggles and Dan Waszkiewicz won gold in the 3,200 relay at the PIAA District 2 Class AA Track and Field Championships in 1996. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

By Nick Wagner

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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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