Dunmorean of the Month: Nick Shoemaker

domBy Steve Svetovich

Dunmore senior tackle Nick Shoemaker stands out.

And that’s because he goes the extra mile.

He’s not afraid to outwork any opponent.

He trains at New Breed Athletics when he’s not working out in the Dunmore weight room or on the football field with his teammates.

“I work out every single day, ” he said.  “I don’t miss a day, not even in the off season.”

And it pays off.

Son of Jim and Grace Shoemaker, Dunmore, Nick was a co-selection as a junior for the prestigious Hookey Reap Award. He received the award with Scranton Prep’s Kyle Polishan who was a senior.

“I was shocked when I heard about it,” said Nick.  “I didn’t know juniors could get that award.”

The senior stalwart, who has a 90 academic average, was also named All State as a defensive tackle last year. He was an All Regional selection and received the WNEP Dream Team Award at defensive tackle. He was an All League tackle.

For his strong efforts, Nick has been recruited by Division I colleges.

He will be playing football on a scholarship next year for Monmouth University in New Jersey.

“I’m really excited and looking forward to that,” he said.  “I will continue working hard in preparation for it. “

Nick talked about what it takes to be a success as a lineman.  “It takes hard work and dedication. You have to work out every day in the off season. Take no days off. “

With his hard work, he helped a Dunmore get off to a 4-0 start this season. “Our goal is to win the district playoffs for the fourth year in a row. Then we want to go as far as we can in the state playoffs. The goal is always to win it all.”

He talked about his future goals.

“I am looking forward to playing football in college. I want to major in criminal justice and become a state policeman.”

Nick said he enjoys music and would like to see ACDC in concert someday.

The tough lineman said he learned a lot from Dunmore veteran football coach Jack Henzes. “He taught me not to take anything for granted. And don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”

Nick said his parents are huge supports. “They tell me to never give up. Keep trying hard. If you fail, then keep getting up.”

Nick said he is enjoying his senior year and loves the Dunmore experience.

“Going to Dunmore High School has been a tremendous experience. There is no school like this where you can get a great education and have this much fun at the same time.”

 

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DHS Band and Twirlers Take Part in “Blue Band Jam” at Penn State

 

blue jamThe Blue Band Jam returned for a fourth season in Happy Valley last month. The pregame performance took place on September 16 at the Bryce Jordan Center, located on Penn State University’s Main Campus, prior to Penn State’s faceoff against Georgia State.

The annual performance featured the Penn State Blue Band, which includes Dunmore High School graduate Josh Cantarella, and 12 high school marching bands from across Pennsylvania.

Marching band members and featured twirlers from Dunmore High School were among those who traveled to Centre County to take part in the event. The band is under the direction of Nicole Zywicki and is assisted by Karen Brown.

DHS Featured twirlers shown in photo above are: Mariana Leo, Marlene Pegula, Antoinette Cantarella and Kaleigh Carey.

 

Mike “Sid” Hallinan Returns to Dunmore Roots as Baseball Coach

DHS Baseball - Coach HallinanBy Steve Svetovich

Mike “Sid” Hallinan is returning to Dunmore High School.

And this time it is as the new head baseball coach.

Hallinan said the circumstances creating the opening were very unfortunate and sad, but his wife, the former Aubrey Budzyn, encouraged him to apply for the position.

The sudden passing of Dunmore athletic director Mark Rinaldi this past summer led to former Dunmore head baseball coach Mark Finan being named to replace him.

That led to the opening of the head baseball coach position.

“At first I was not sure if I should apply,” said Hallinan. “But then my wife encouraged me. She gave me the ultimate push. I had her blessing. It was an unfortunate situation, with Mark Rinaldi’s passing.

“I didn’t know if I would ever get this shot again. There were only three baseball coaches in Dunmore in the past 40 years, so the position doesn’t come up a lot.

“And I played for all three of those coaches. I played for Lanny Mascucci, Gino Tempesta and Mark Finan. They were all great coaches.

“It’s incredible that I got the job. In the back of my mind, I always wanted to get back to Dunmore when Mark Finan eventually was done. Now I’m back.”

DHS Baseball - Hallinan family

Michael Hallinan is shown with his wife, Aubrey, and the couple’s three daughters Lainey, Adyson and Reese.

Son of Sheila and Sid Hallinan, Sr., Dunmore, the baseball lifer graduated from Dunmore High School in 1999. He was a second team All League shortstop at Dunmore.

He went on to play baseball at Lackawanna College and Wilkes University eventually graduating with a B.S. in criminal justice administration from the University of Phoenix.

He was the team MVP in his sophomore year at Lackawanna.

Following college, Hallinan immediately went into baseball coaching, but took his time learning.

He started as a volunteer baseball coach at Dunmore for three years. He was assistant baseball coach at Scranton Prep for five years. He became Dunmore junior varsity baseball coach for a year and then served two years as an assistant coach under Finan. He was head baseball coach at Riverside High School from 2014 through 2016.

Hallinan, who played four years of both baseball and football at Dunmore, talked about his goals as the new baseball coach.

“First of all, I want to give 100 percent to the job. Coaches Finan, Tempesta and Mascucci all did a great job at Dunmore. Every one of my coaching jobs have been awesome and I am grateful for all the opportunities. But this one is really special. I am really excited.

“My goal is to get people excited and talking about baseball in Dunmore. I want to see a district title here in the future. Dunmore is a baseball rich town. We want to win, but teach kids the right way.

“We want to enhance the baseball program. The previous coaches here taught the kids life lessons. I know, because three of those coaches coached me. I want to carry on that tradition of teaching life lessons. I want the kids to be able to look up to me. “

Hallinan and his wife Aubrey are the proud parents of three girls: Adyson, 8, Reese, 5, and Lainey, 1. Hallinan also has a sister, Kim Coyle. “My three girls and wife are my life,” he said.

“You know, I have to give credit to my dad for my love of the game. Baseball is the greatest game on earth. I was always around baseball as a kid because of my dad. He had me in the yard throwing the ball and pitching to me. He taught me a lot about the game. Those are great memories. Just being around him and his love of baseball had a big impact on me.”

 

$2,200 Raised at Annual Card Party

Cards for Charity 2017

Cards for Charity recently raised $2,200 for the Little Sisters of the Poor at Holy Family Residence. The successful fundraiser took place at the organization’s annual card party at the Elmhurst Country Club. The fundraising party included a luncheon followed by an afternoon of bridge, mahjong, pinochle, and dominos. The Little Sisters also sold their famous scones and cookies.

Pictured presenting the check to Mother Theresa Louisa, l.s.p., superior of the Little Sisters of the Poor’s Scranton community are seated from left: Rosemarie Martin; Betty May, co-chairwoman; Mother Theresa Louisa; Barbara Whitford, co-chairwoman, and Maureen Pesavento, event secretary and treasurer.

Standing: Sister Marie Therese, l.s.p.; Rose Baas; Joyce Tressler; Marianne Ferrario; Joan Hrycow, and Liz Yurkovic.

Also serving on the committee was Mary Ann O’Boyle; Mary Lynn Sciaccia; and Mary Ann Hazzouri.