Upon Further Review: Ben Kopka’s monster rushing night lifted Wyoming Area in ‘96


By Nick Wagner - nwagner@timesleader.com



Pittston Area’s Tom Pisano (42) leads the Patriots onto the field prior to a game with Tunkhannock in the first week of the high school football season in 2006.


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Members of the 1966 Duryea VFW Little League team were, from left, first row, Paul Wascavage, David Bachkosky, George Wascavage, Francis DiBiasi, Richard Dudzik, Robert Wesenyak and Paul Borkowski. Second row, manager Joseph Wudarski, Oren Breymeier, David Breymeier, Robert Zike, Kevin Burke, Edward Chicoski and manager Ricahrd DeGilio. Absent from photo: Kevin Delevan.


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Wyoming Area’s Scott Schalles blocks a Hazleton punt during a game in 1986.


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Ben Kopka ran for 310 yards and six touchdowns in Wyoming Area’s 48-21 win over Pocono Mountain in 1996.


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August 2006

Pittston Area took a 14-0 lead in the second quarter to only see it disappear in an 18-14 loss to Tunkhannock to open the 2006 high school football season.

Joe Ardo’s 2-yard touchdown run made it 6-0 in the first quarter, and Matt Walsh’s 77-yard touchdown in the second quarter gave PA the 12-0 lead. Rob Timek’s two-point conversion made it 14-0. Tunkhannock fought back and quarterback John Benko threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Tom Kolodzieski with 1:42 remaining to get the win.

Walsh finished with 97 yards on six carries and Tom Pisano had 66 yards on 11 carries.

August 1996

Ben Kopka ran for 310 yards and six touchdowns as Wyoming Area’s football team took care of Pocono Mountain, 48-21, in the opening week of the season.

Kopka, who rushed for 1,400 yards the season prior, got his 310 yards on just 18 carries. Junior tailback Jeff Kostick scored the Warriors first touchdown on a 7-yard pass from quarterback Russ Herron. The Warriors rushed for 432 yards in the game. Kopka’s long touchdown run was 89 yards.

August 1986

Wyoming Area’s Phil Russo hit tight end Scott Schalles on fourth-and-6 from the Hazleton 20-yard line to set up Paul Angeli’s three-yard touchdown run in a 7-0 win.

Schalles hauled in a 17-yard pass from Russo on the fourth down to keep the drive going after the Warriors received the ball at midfield. Wyoming Area had 177 yards of offense in the second half to Hazleton’s 43.

August 1976

Former Pittston Area and Wyoming Seminary standout wrestler John Licata won the 178-pound championship at the AAU National Junior Olympic Championships in Memphis, Tennessee.

August 1966

The Duryea VFW Little League team captured the Duryea Little League championship earlier in the season for the third time in as many years.

Members of the team were: Paul Wascavage, David Bachkosky, George Wascavage, Francis DiBiasi, Richard Dudzik, Robert Wesenyak, Paul Borkowski,Oren Breymeier, David Breymeier, Robert Zike, Kevin Burke, Edward Chicoski and Kevin Delevan. The team was coached by Richard DeGilio and Joseph Wudarski.

Pittston Area’s Tom Pisano (42) leads the Patriots onto the field prior to a game with Tunkhannock in the first week of the high school football season in 2006.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_TomPisano.jpgPittston Area’s Tom Pisano (42) leads the Patriots onto the field prior to a game with Tunkhannock in the first week of the high school football season in 2006. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

Members of the 1966 Duryea VFW Little League team were, from left, first row, Paul Wascavage, David Bachkosky, George Wascavage, Francis DiBiasi, Richard Dudzik, Robert Wesenyak and Paul Borkowski. Second row, manager Joseph Wudarski, Oren Breymeier, David Breymeier, Robert Zike, Kevin Burke, Edward Chicoski and manager Ricahrd DeGilio. Absent from photo: Kevin Delevan.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_DuryeaVFWLL.jpgMembers of the 1966 Duryea VFW Little League team were, from left, first row, Paul Wascavage, David Bachkosky, George Wascavage, Francis DiBiasi, Richard Dudzik, Robert Wesenyak and Paul Borkowski. Second row, manager Joseph Wudarski, Oren Breymeier, David Breymeier, Robert Zike, Kevin Burke, Edward Chicoski and manager Ricahrd DeGilio. Absent from photo: Kevin Delevan. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

Wyoming Area’s Scott Schalles blocks a Hazleton punt during a game in 1986.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_Schalles86.jpgWyoming Area’s Scott Schalles blocks a Hazleton punt during a game in 1986. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

Ben Kopka ran for 310 yards and six touchdowns in Wyoming Area’s 48-21 win over Pocono Mountain in 1996.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_Kopka96.jpgBen Kopka ran for 310 yards and six touchdowns in Wyoming Area’s 48-21 win over Pocono Mountain in 1996. 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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