Holy Cross Boys Take Home District Basketball Title

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By Steve Svetovich

Tyler Mozeleski and Pat Galvin combined for 37 points as the Holy Cross Crusaders won the District 2 Class 2A title, 55-39, over Northwest Area Saturday, March 3, at Mohegan Sun Arena.

And Holy Cross remains hot, earning its 17th consecutive win of the season.

Mozeleski, clutch all season, scored 11 of his game high 19 points in the first quarter of the title win. Galvin, always a producer, scored 18 points in the win. Still, the Crusaders’ stingy defense was the turning point in the big win.

The Crusaders defense forced 14 turnovers in the first half.

Holy Cross forced eight turnovers in the first quarter and held Northwest scoreless for the final 5:11 of the period.

Kieran Burrier added nine points for Holy Cross in the title win. Burrier has been brilliant all season for the Crusaders. Both teams advance to the PIAA playoffs.

Holy Cross, which defended its district title, opens up with District 4 runner- up Northeast Bradford.

The Crusaders finished the first quarter on a 12-0 spurt and a commanding 17-4 lead.

Mozeleski, a junior, was red hot, hitting on five 3-pointers. Four of those 3-pointers came in the opening 16 minutes of the contest.

The Crusaders had a 26-11 lead after the first half after forcing six more turnovers in the second quarter.

basketballHoly Cross veteran basketball coach Al Callejas has stressed defense all season long and it paid off mightily.

Sam Saxe scored eight of his team high 14 points in the second half for Northwest which stayed fairly close until the very end.

Saxe hit a jumper followed by a short bucket by Matt Saxe bringing Northwest to within 16 points, 50-34, but then the Holy Cross defense got tough again.

The Crusaders held Northwest standout Jaxson Yaple to nine points, including only two in the first half, in the contest.  The team then ran its record to 20-6 with its 17th straight win. Northwest fell to 10-15. Callejas was most proud of the Holy Cross team defense following the district title win.

Holy Cross easily defeated Blue Ridge, 63-34, and Old Forge, 45-25, to get to the district title game.


Major Milestone for Country Day Nursery School

Country Day School

Country Day Nursery School, a private preschool for three, four and five year old children, celebrated its 45th anniversary in September of 2017. Country Day was founded by Lois O’Neill Kelly and her late sister Margaret O’Neill McGrath.

The current director is Lois’ daughter, Patrice Bonin. Mrs. Bonin became the director in 1999. She is the certified teacher and has an assistant teacher and two aides.

Country Day operates in the home founded by the Dolph family, early settlers of Moosic Lake and ultimately Dunmore. The home was built in what was originally then Luzerne County. Lackawanna County was formed later. The home is currently occupied by Lois Kelly as well as her daughter and son-in-law, Patrice and Tom Bonin, and their five children. It is much busier than it was 100 years ago.

The Dolph family owned from the 1100 block of Quincy to the 1100 block of Prescott. The main house was located at 1205 Clay Ave. When one of the Dolphs married a Robertson, they built a house on 1204 Quincey Ave. Mr. and Mrs. Robertson had five children.

During World War I it was a meeting place for woman to knit hats and socks for the soldiers. In the 1920s, one of the sons, Charles and his wife Mary Ellen purchased the home and reinvented it.

Mrs. Robertson died in the 30s and Mr. Robertson lived in the home until his sisters, Florence and Anna moved in. Florence Dolph was pictured in the Scranton Times riding down the banister on her 100th birthday.

Country Day Nursery Patrice Bonin

Patrice Bonin is the current director of the Country Day Nursery school.

In 1949, the home on Quincey Ave and several other homes were sold to the Diocese of Scranton. The Diocese then formed Christ the King Parish. Mass was held on the 1100 block of Clay. The diocese then redesigned the home, the rectory and Parish were adjacent. The Church was sadly closed in the early 2000s.

The property and buildings were sold to Paul Woelkers. They updated the rectory and now it is the “Archangel,”, an adult day care. In 1971, Paul and Lois O’Neill Kelly purchased the home and moved from the O’Neill family homestead at 1235 Clay Ave to 1205 Clay Ave.

Country Day Nursery School was founded in 1972. The motto of “A child learns through play and work” stays the same. Classes were originally held Monday through Thursday from 9-11:30 a.m. and an afternoon class from 12:30 to 3 p.m. from September to May. Currently the hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children are taken outdoors, including the wintertime, in the playground.

The original Country Day Nursery School was located on the entire 1100 block of Quincey and Clay Avenue, along from Poplar Street to the Dolph property. It was a beautiful one-story building with living quarters for the teachers on the second floor. The property was enclosed with an eight-foot fence. The front entrance was, and is, dedicated to a young boy who passed away while attending the school. The original entrance still stands. The Country Day was opened from 1926 to 1939. Growing up, I would watch the cars drive the children to and from school. The most prominent families would send their children.

When the original school closed, the board members were very lenient with letting the neighborhood children play on the playground. Occasionally the public schools would use the auditorium for plays. The building was later bought by Howard Duckstwein and his wife, who made it into the Scranton Garment Factory. This was great for the area and employed many people.

Like most jobs, the garments jobs slowly went overseas. Mr. Duckstein then created the Country Day Apartments. Currently the property is occupied by two buildings.

Bucks Beat Crusaders in Intraborough Champion Game

The Intraborough Boys Basketball Champion Game between the Dunmore Bucks and the Holy Cross Crusaders was recently held at Dunmore High School  sponsored by the Dunmore Lions Club.  The event aiming to help defray the cost of its College Scholarships programs is in its 35th year.

This year the Holy Cross boys defeated the Dunmore boys by a score of 62-47.


Pictured above from Dunmore High School are, front row, kneeling from left: Daniel Walsh, Owen Haggerty, Frank Ruggiero and Rich Grippi.

Standing, same order: Mark Rinaldi, Noah Mihal, Jerry Longo, Nate Fangio, Head Coach Tony Lacertoso, Mike Aronica, Lion president  Jim Aita, Jared Argust, Steve Borgia, Tom Dougherty, Lion Richard Green, Mark Finan, Christopher Murray, Joe Schmidt, Assistant Coach Gino Tempesta, and Lion Angelo Martarano.



The photo above shows  members of the Holy Cross team, from left: Andrew Craven, Anthony Fletcher, Tyler  Mozeleski, T J Liuzzo, Angelo Calciano, Joey Liuzzo, Pat Gavin, Decian Tokash, Caleb Callejas, Jake Rasimovich, Carl Shuster, Leahy O’Connor, John Hartridge, Jeremy Fick, Jake Wiercinski, Justin Walker, John Egan, Tommy Montefour, Nick Ferraro, Dan Dougherty, Kieran Burrier, Joe DeGrazia, Brenden Willsch, Sang Nuyeng Asst. Coaches; Tim Callejas, Mike Zayac, Rich Larussa, Rob Heyen, Head Coach Al Callejas, and Lion Members; Jim Aita,  Richard Green and Angelo Martarano.


Dunmore Pharmacist Recognized for “Good Works”

DePietro's Pharmacy Good Works Pix

Tom DePietro and his pharmacy are community driven.  For his “Good Works” and charitable efforts, he was recognized by the NE Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  Mr. DePietro accomplished his dream of owning a pharmacy and serving customers with the latest technology.

Tom is also actively involved with insurance companies, helping them to stop drug abusers and thereby creating a safer environment for pharmacists, doctors and patients.

Shown from left: Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Tom DePietro, Eugenia DePietro, Sandy DePietro, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Danielle Cole, and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.