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.”



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.”


Athlete of the Month: Eric Arduino


Photo Credit: Rich Banick Photography

By Steve Svetovich

It is the year of the freshmen for the Dunmore High School soccer program.

And Eric Arduino is one of 13 freshmen on the Dunmore soccer team.

Son of Joanne and Paul Arduino, Dunmore, Eric is one of four freshmen starters on the team.

The 13 freshmen make up almost half of Dunmore’s soccer team. There are 27 players on the varsity team.

“Soccer has been a popular sport since I got into it at five,” said Eric. “Now all these kids who played youth soccer are coming up and playing for the high school team. It’s getting even more popular. There are 500 kids playing in the Dunmore-Green Ridge (DGR) youth soccer program.

“Soccer is growing in Dunmore. We play in the fall league at Sherwood Park and in an indoor league at the Riverfront from the beginning of November until April.”

Eric said his dad was one of his youth coaches. “I learned the most about soccer from my dad. He taught me to always try my best and never give up.”

The Dunmore freshman also learned a lot from his mom, the owner-operator of Joanne Arduino Ballet and Dance Studio. “My mom always tells me to be positive and have a good attitude.”

His Dunmore soccer coach is Chris Phillips. “Our coach tells us to work together as a team. If we do that, we can achieve our goals.” Three other coaches who have influenced the young player are Brian Fetsko, Dan Badyrka and James Riggall.

Eric said his favorite soccer player is Neymar who plays for Paris Saint Germain. His favorite team is Chelsea of the English Premier Soccer League.

He talked about his future goals. “I want to help Dunmore go far in the playoffs every year. Then I would like to play soccer in college. I’m not sure what I want to be yet.”

Eric said he thinks soccer will continue to grow. “It was popular as I grew up, but now I think it’s hitting another generation. And it’s on TV a lot more now. That generates even more interest.”

Eric is a defensive midfielder on the Dunmore soccer team. “You have to be well conditioned,” he said. “I do a lot of running up and down the field. I am constantly running.”

Eric, 14, has been playing soccer for 10 years. He was recently certified as a referee. He is now a referee in the DGR League. His mom is very proud of that achievement.

A member of the Spanish Club at Dunmore, he talked about what it takes to be a good midfielder. “You have to harass the other team. You need to get in their face and steal the ball. You need to help out as much as you can.”

And Eric helped Dunmore win four of its first six soccer matches, making two goals as of press time. The freshman says he really looks up to the older players on the team who set a good example for the younger team members.

The future is bright in Dunmore with kids like Eric Arduino around.

“I love the game,” he said. “It’s a great sport. “


Athlete of the Month - Soccer Team

Photo Credit: Rich Banick Photography

The roster for the Dunmore Bucks soccer team coached by Chris Phillips includes: Senior returning starters Gerardo Sanchez, Will Meade and Mark Rinaldi; juniors Noah Barton, Wyatt Bravo and Charloe DeNapoli; and sophomore Paris Alunni.

Others returning are seniors Joe Ferguson, Billy McDonough, Matt Valunas, junior Keenan Brazil, and sophomores Dylan Martin and Matt Sirotnak.

Newcombers include sophomore Shane Murphy and Tobyn Sitar, and freshmen Eric Arduino, Peyton Badyrka, David Day, Brian Fabricatore, Conor Holt, Telynn Jefferson, Gavin McHale, Killian Palmiter, Billy Portanova, Jonathan Riggall, Hunter Sherman, Aidan Sload and Calvin Zhang.