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Dunmorean of the Month: Rachel Walsh

rachel walshBy Steve Svetovich

Rachel Walsh was near perfect on the mound all season.

Daughter of Kevin and Michele Walsh, she seems to have a bright future on the softball diamond.

With her dad Kevin Walsh coaching the team, Rachel, 10, led the Dunmore 10 and Under Miss E League team to the Valley Junior Petunia League title with four magnificent pitching performances.

And that earned her tournament MVP honors.

Not that it was a surprise. After all, Rachel has a 21-3 pitching record (regular season and playoffs), over 100 strikeouts and miniscule 0.12 ERA.

She has been playing Miss E League softball for four years.

Representing Nina’s Pizza, Dunmore, Rachel pitched four games, winning three of them, in the tournament. She pitched a 3-hitter, no-hitter, 1-hitter and no-hitter. She lost the 1-hitter, 1-0, to a pitcher who fired a no-hitter for Dickson City’s Total Collision.

She then came back and pitched a no-hitter for Nina’s to defeat Total Collision, 2-1, in the championship.

Rachel struck out 9 in just four innings in the first game of the tournament. She followed that up with 12, 10 and 14 strikeouts in the next three games.

There are 13 players on the title team. Two of those players, Aubrey Mizenko and Ava Walsh (Rachel’s little sister) were call ups.

The other 11 members of the team besides Rachel are Amelia Ortiz, Natalie Mecca, Sydney Harding, Mia Irving, Sadie Ondek, Ella Brier, Jaclyn Brown, Maddie Pierce, Bethany Masurak and Amanda Dempsey.

“This is just a great group of girls,” said coach Kevin Walsh. “All of the girls put their time in and are very dedicated to the sport. The girls are eager to learn. I could not ask for a better group.”

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Members of the Nina’s Pizza team in Dunmore include, front row, from left: Amanda Dempsey, Sydney Harding, Ella Brier, Sadie Ondek and Maddie Pierce. Second row, same order: Natalie Mecca, Amelia Ortiz, Rachel Walsh, Jaclyn Brown and Mia Irving. Back row, Coaches Nick Mecca, Kevin Walsh and Pat Irving. Not pictured are Bethany Mazurak, Ava Walsh and Aubrey Mizenko.

Nina’s Pizza, 14-2 during the regular season, also won the Icebreaker Tournament, with Rachel pitching in those games.

The Valley Junior Petunia League has 32 teams, so winning the tournament is very impressive. There is a lot of competition.

Many of the girls on the 10 and Under Nina’s Pizza team have been playing together for the past four years.

“These girls have a lot of dedication to each other,” said coach Walsh. “They have a tremendous work ethic and team unity.

“It was a total team effort with different kids contributing at different times to help win a game.

“The most important thing is that the kids are enjoying it.”

Rachel, also an excellent student, is going into the fifth grade. Coach Walsh is assisted by Nick Mecca and Pat Irving.

Rachel’s younger sister Ava, only 6, already is showing signs of being an outstanding player. She also contributed to the championship.

Rachel loves the game and is looking forward to many years ahead playing softball. Remember the name. In the meantime, Rachel is just having a lot of fun.

“We’re proud of her,” said coach Walsh. “We are proud of all the girls on the team.”

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Scranton Shakespeare Festival Takes on “How to Succeed”

How to Succeed 2 colThis past month, performers with the Scranton Shakespeare Festival presented the first show of it’s seventh season: “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

Directed by Bobby Temple, the musical was performed at The Marketplace at Steamtown Mall, continuing the festival’s exploration of location-specific theatre, a nod to last year’s “Damn Yankees” at PNC Field.

Cast members from are shown during a performance at the Steamtown Mall. The popular musical will presented one final time on at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28.

Tickets are free to the public but seating is limited. For information on how to reserve tickets, visit www.scrantonshakes.com.

DHS Class of 1958 Back Together Again

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Committee members planning the Dunmore High School Class of 1958 reunion to be held on Aug. 11 include, seated from left: Judith Gatto McCauley, Rose Ceccacci Parola, Joanne Cianci Simon and Beverly Reynolds Solsman.

Standing, same order: Frances Barney Comperetts, Nancy McDonald, Adrianne Cesari Varick, Mary Juba Zayac and Victor Bideganeta.

Absent from photo were Clare Mandarano Pugliese, Dolores Pace O’Bell and Florence Sorrano Magnotta.

Athlete of the Month: Megan Pavlowski

 

Athlete of the Month - Megan Pavlowski

Photo Credit: Rich Banick Photography

By Steve Svetovich

 

Megan Pavlowski has been playing softball and enjoying it to the fullest since the age of 5. Daughter of Thomas and Melissa Pavlowski, Dunmore, the talented first baseman-DH earned honorable mention as a utility player in her junior season after hitting a robust .376.

A three-year member of the Dunmore High School softball team, she hit .400 as a sophomore.

Interviewed by The Dunmorean via cell phone while she was vacationing in Spain, Megan reflected on her high school experience as she prepares to enter her senior year. “Going to Dunmore High School is so great,” she said. “It is like one big family. Everyone is always there for you. Everybody knows everyone at Dunmore. I love it.”

Megan is coached by Ryan Ferguson at Dunmore.

“He always teaches us to keep our heads up when we are down. He tells us to always keep doing our best.”

The out going scholar-athlete said her parents give her a lot of support.

“They are always there for me and very supportive. They always cheer for me. My mom cheers very loud for me. She is really into it.”

Megan has been playing travel softball the past four years for the Northeast Diamonds.

“The travel ball is so much fun,” she said. “I meet a lot of kids from all different schools. Some have become my closest friends. Traveling with them and meeting up with them is so much fun.”

Megan, during the interview, said she was enjoying her experience in Spain.

“I went with the Spanish Club from school. It’s so much fun in Spain. It’s really great seeing all the cathedrals, towns, villages and the culture. It’s been an incredible experience.”

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Photo Credit: Rich Banick Photography

Megan started her softball career by playing in various Dunmore Miss E Leagues. She plans on playing one more year at Dunmore and then in college.

 

“I would like to go to Marywood University to play softball and study architecture or interior design. My goal is to be a part of a great softball season next year at Dunmore and then get into Marywood and play four years of softball. I am leaning more towards majoring in architecture.”

 

Megan, always a positive thinker, is president of the TACT Club at Dunmore. She is also a basketball cheerleader and member of the Spanish Club. She has a 3.5 grade point average. Her favorite subject is history.

Megan is one who seems to enjoy life to the fullest. She enjoys listening to music in her spare time and would love to see country singer Luke Bryan in concert.

In the meantime, when she returns from Spain she will play travel ball for the whole summer. And she is loving every minute of it.