Toomey Helps Lady Bucks Score District Title, Advance to PIAA Playoffs


By Steve Svetovich

Victoria Toomey scored 28 points in leading the Dunmore Lady Bucks to a 48-44 win over Holy Redeemer as her team won the District 2 Class 3A title Saturday, March 3, at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Coach Ben O’Brien’s team avenged last year’s title game defeat with the win.

The Lady Bucks are now 25-1.

Talented junior Gianna Delfino played a tremendous all-around game for Dunmore as she added nine points, nine assists and eight rebounds in the title win.

Toomey and Delfino and Kelly Quinn combined for 45 of Dunmore’s 48 points. Quinn, averaging 11.2 points per game entering the contest, scored eight points. Toomey and Lisa Tallo added eight rebounds each for the Lady Bucks.

Toomey, a junior, was on the entire contest as she hit 11-of-14 shots in the win.

She came into the game averaging 16.3 points per game and has shined on the court all season.

Holy Redeemer made only 14 of 59 shots against the tight Dunmore defense.

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Victoria Toomey helped lead her team to 48-44 win over Holy Redeemer and another district title. (Photo Credit: Rich Banick Photography)

Toomey got in foul trouble early in the game. She picked up two fouls and sat the final 1:53 of the first quarter as Holy Redeemer built a 13-10 lead.

But when she came back in the game, the junior stalwart was simply dominant.

Toomey scored nine of her points in the second quarter as the Lady Bucks moved ahead and took a 25-21 lead into the second half.

Dunmore went ahead 32-23 in the third quarter before Holy Redeemer trimmed the Lady Bucks lead to 34-30 after a 3-pointer by Cameron Marcinkowski.

Toomey then hit a key bucket for Dunmore with 12 seconds left in the third quarter.

Dunmore took a 36-30 lead into the final quarter. A 3-point play by Sam Yencha cut the Dunmore lead to 47-44, with 1:49 left in the game.

Holy Redeemer had one final opportunity to tie the game, but Tallo made the play of the contest when she stole the ball, was fouled and hit a free throw to seal the win with 2.6 seconds left. Tallo, averaging 9.8 points entering the game, made the first of two free throws. Her only steal and only point of the game were the game’s biggest.

Maria Borgia and Alexis Chapman also played nice all-around games for Dunmore in a strong team effort.

Yencha, averaging 14.7 points entering the game, led Holy Redeemer with 13 points.

Dunmore defeated Meyers, 56-24, and Mid Valley, 60-27, to get to the district final.

Holy Redeemer defeated Dunmore, 51-37, in last year’s district final.

Holy Redeemer dropped to 22-4.

The Lady Bucks now advance to the PIAA playoffs.



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.

Athlete of the Month: Nate Fangio


By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore senior Nate Fangio has excelled at three sports for four years and right now is busy honing his skills on the hardwood.

Son of Cory and Rebekah Fangio, Dunmore, the senior small forward is averaging 12.0 points per game for a Bucks team off to a 9-6 start at press time.

He scored 14 points, including two 3-pointers, in Dunmore’s recent 57-33 win over Old Forge to start the second half of season play. Dunmore senior Richie Grippi led the Bucks with 15 points. Daniel Walsh added 13 points.

Fangio, Grippi and Walsh are serving as a potent 1-2-3 punch for Dunmore this season.

As good as Nate is in basketball, his best sport is football.

bucksA four-year member of the Dunmore Bucks football team as a wide receiver-cornerback, he was named to the All-League teams both offensively and defensively.

He will become a four-year member of Dunmore’s track and field team where he earned all-star status in his junior year for the triple jump. He is the school record holder for the 4 by 400 relay. He also performs the long jump.

Well versed and obviously talented in many areas, Nate has a 96 academic average and is a member of the National Honor Society. He is a member of the Spanish Club, French Club, Earth Club, Health Careers Club and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). His favorite academic subject is history.

The senior stalwart said he will major in business at Penn Stats University next year.

“We have a pretty good basketball team that is coming along well so far,” he said. “We have a few younger guys playing key roles as well as a group of seniors who are leading the way and showing how to play together as a team.”

Nate, a four-year member of the Dunmore basketball team, said he has learned a lot from coach Tony Lacertoso. “Coach Lacertoso teaches us how to be a good guy not only on the basketball court, but off the court. He teaches us how to win and how to lose. You can be a good winner, but you should also be a good loser. He teaches us how to carry yourself on and off the court.”

The scholar-athlete said his parents are excellent role models. “They teach me to always work hard and be respectful. They teach me to always keep my goals in mind and work hard to achieve them.”

Nate talked about what it takes to be a good small forward in high school basketball. “You need to demonstrate very good athleticism and do a nice job guarding opposing forwards. And you have to be able to make a shot and score from anywhere on the court.”

Nate said he likes listening to hip hop music in his spare time. His favorite musical artist is Post Malone.

And while Nate excels at both basketball and track and field, he knows there is football in his blood. His uncle is Vic Fangio, the highest paid defensive coordinator in the NFL as part of the Chicago Bears coaching staff.

Nate said he wants to be a part of a championship basketball team this season. He was a key member of a 15-1 Dunmore Bucks football team that went to the state championship earlier this school year.

And then he wants to win districts and become an all-star in track and field.

Those are his immediate goals before he ventures off to Penn State.

“Dunmore High School has been great to me,” Nate said. “It’s been a great experience, the best four years of my life. I’ve made a lot of great friends. I’ve met a lot of great people at school.

“Dunmore is a very tight community and there is great support here.”


Galvin and Montefour Lead Crusaders to First Half Title

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Pat Galvin and Tom Montefour combined for 29 points in leading the Holy Cross Crusaders to a 53-44 win over Mid Valley to clinch the first half Lackawanna League Division III title Saturday, January 27, at Carbondale High School.

The dynamic duo made several key plays in the final minutes of the playoff contest as coach Al Callejas and his Crusaders claimed the first half title.

Montefour, despite his undersized 5-foot-11 frame, was a dominant force on the boards for the Crusaders. Playing the low post, he helped Holy Cross out rebound the Spartans by a wide 35-22 margin. Montefour, battling all the way, hauled down 10 of those rebounds.

Holy Cross really dominated on the offensive rebounding, 17 to 3.

Galvin led the Crusaders with 16 points while Montefour contributed 13 to the playoff win.

Tyler Mozeleski added 10 points for the Crusaders.

The Spartans’ Colin Hazelton, who scored 13 points, converted on two straight three-point plays to cut the Holy Cross lead to 32-30 midway through the third quarter.

However, the Crusaders came storming back in style.

The clutch performing Mozeleski powered his way inside for a bucket and a 34-30 Crusaders lead.

Mid Valley’s Vinny Talluto, who scored seven points, then hit a long jumper to cut the lead to 34-32.

holy crossHowever, Montefour and Kieran Burrier, who had seven points in the win, both scored before the diminutive Galvin stole the ball and went all the way for another bucket and a 40-32 Holy Cross lead just 25 seconds into the final quarter.

Still, Mid Valley was not done yet.

J.J. Glinsky, who led Mid Valley with 15 points, scored on two consecutive possessions and Talluto hit a clutch 3-pointer to trim the Crusaders lead to 40-39, with 4:28 left in the game.

That’s when the Crusaders came through again. The Crusaders put together an 11-2 run, including an impressive drive for a key bucket by Galvin, with 1:24 left in the contest. The spinning drive gave Holy Cross a commanding 51-41 lead.

Callejas praised the Crusaders defense, rebounding, an overall team effort following the big win which gave his team the first half title.

Montefour, playing a tremendous all-around game, also had five steals in the playoff win.

The win raised the Crusaders record to 5-1 in the division and 10-5 overall.

The Crusaders played the playoff contest without one of its star players, Caleb Callejas, who was out with a sprained ankle.

Mid Valley, coached by Mike Abda, dropped to 5-1 in the division and 9-7 overall.

The Spartans’ Glinsky leads the Lackawanna League Division III in scoring average with 14.3 points per game at press time.

Burrier leads the Crusaders with 11.5 points per game at press time. Galvin averages 11.2 points per contest for Holy Cross.