Dunmorean of the Month: Marina Pegula

Marina Pegula photo

By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore graduate Marina Pegula is playing as much softball as she can while setting sights on a career in pharmacy.

Daughter of Mark and Diane Pegula, Dunmore, Marina is now in her sophomore year as a pre-Allied Health major at Lackawanna College.

She is a starting shortstop on the Lackawanna College softball team.

Marina, 19, played four years of softball at Dunmore a High School. She is a former all-star and started at shortstop for three years at Dunmore. She also played some third base under Dunmore softball coach Ryan Ferguson.

bucksThe scholar-athlete played basketball and volleyball and also was a football cheerleader at Dunmore.

Jeff Pittsman is her softball coach at Lackawanna. “Our team started to click last season,” Marina said. “I’m really looking forward to playing this season.”

She talked about what it takes to be a good shortstop.

“You need to be aware about what is going on during the game on the field at all times,” she said. “You can’t be overwhelmed. You have to stay calm and make the plays come to you. You can’t be psyched out by anything.”

Marina played travel softball from age nine through her sophomore year in high school. “It was a great experience,” she said. “It was great traveling state to state and even to Florida for the championships. I was away playing every weekend in the summer. It is a lot of fun and you learn a lot from the different teams and players.”

Marina said she learned a lot from her travel team coaches and Dunmore coach Ryan Ferguson. “Coach Ferguson taught us to be focused and put forth your best effort out there. The travel team coaches also taught me a lot about the game.”

The 2016 Dunmore graduate said she became interested in pharmacy after shadowing Tom DePietro at DePietro Family Pharmacy in Dunmore.

“He is a friend of my cousin, Jim Dartt. I really enjoyed the experience shadowing him and I was very good in chemistry in high school. So I decided on a pre-pharmacy major with a goal of going to pharmacy school.”

lccMarina had successful first year at Lackawanna doing well academically and hitting .334 while starting every game at shortstop on the softball team.

She hopes to continue her softball career after the coming season. “It will depend on where I go to school in my junior year. If the opportunity presents itself, I definitely want to continue playing.”

Marina talked about her future goals. “Well, my number one goal is to become a pharmacist. I would like to someday open my own pharmacy. I would like to play softball as long as I can in college. I like being a part of the team.”

Marina enjoys listening to music in her spare time. If she could see anyone in concert, she said, it would be the late Michael Jackson.

Her biggest supporters are her parents.

“My parents always tell me to do my best. They tell me to perform up to my capabilities both in academics and softball. They are very supportive, go to all of my softball games and that gives me a very comfortable feeling.”


Dunmore Bucks Open Season with Win Over West Scranton

bucksBy Steve Svetovich

Dunmore sophomore Steve Borgia scored touchdowns on an 86-yard kickoff return to open the game and on an eight-yard pass from quarterback Gavin Darcy as the Bucks defeated rival West Scranton, 28-18, in the opener, Friday, August 25, at Gatto Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Dunmore back Cristian Buckley led the potent ground attack with 112 yards on 22 carries.

Dunmore quarterback Darcy scored touchdowns on two runs and passed for another.

West Scranton speedy back Kevin Williams rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in the loss.

Dunmore linemen Anthony Kashmer and Anthony Santarsiero, both juniors, played key roles in the win filling in for two linemen who were hurt. Dunmore lineman Rocco LaCapra is out with an injury while Nick Shoemaker missed a good part of the action with cramps. The Dunmore ground game, featuring three backs, was brutal, totaling 248 yards on 49 carries eating up much of the clock.

Borgia took the opening kickoff after the ball bounced and sprinted 86 yards for a touchdown as the Bucks started on a positive note right away. Rinaldi’s extra point kick gave Dunmore a 7-0 lead.

Then the ground game and punishing offensive line took over in the ball control offense.

West Scranton came back with 5:36 left in the first quarter. Invaders quarterback Nick Gioia   recovered his own fumble and scored on a 10-yard run. The extra point kick attempt was blocked and Dunmore held a 7-6 lead. That lead held to the half.

The Invaders had an opportunity to go ahead after Jake Ciullo recovered a Dunmore fumble in the second quarter. The Invaders drove to the Dunmore 10, but could not score.

The Bucks, led by the offensive line, put together long scoring drives in the second half  that ate up a good part of the clock.

Following one of those drives, Darcy scored a touchdown on a one-yard plunge with 5:56 left in the third quarter. Rinaldi’s extra point kick upped the Bucks lead to 14-6.

West came back strong with a Williams six-yard touchdown run with 2:55 left in the third quarter. The Invaders had a chance to tie the game, but a pass failed on a two-point conversion attempt and Dunmore held a 14-12 lead.

The Bucks came right back with Darcy scoring his second touchdown on a two-run burst with 38 seconds left in the third quarter. Rinaldi’s extra point kick gave a Dunmore a 21-12 lead.

The Bucks upped the lead to 28-12 after Borgia snared an eight-yard TD pass from Darcy and Rinaldi booted the extra point with 5:44 left in the game.

West would not give up. Gioia came right back and fired a 67-yard touchdown pass to Merrifield, who had four catches for 105 yards in the contest, with 5:26 left in the game. A pass failed on the two-point conversion attempt and Dunmore had a 28-18 lead.

Gioia completed 5-of-8 passes for one touchdown and 110 yards in the loss. He left the game in the closing seconds with an injury.

Darcy completed 4-of-5 passes for 51 yards and a touchdown for Dunmore.

And Dunmore veteran head coach Jack Henzes has his team off and running again.


UPDATE: On Friday, Sept. 1, the Dunmore Bucks added their second win of the season, defeating Lackawanna Trail 34-7.  The Bucks brought their throwing game as quarterback Gavin Darcy threw three touchdown passes, and scores were made by fullback Frank Damiano, and receivers Nate Fangio and  Steve Borgia, who also returned a punt 68 yards for a touchtown).

The Bucks managed to intercept three Trail passes during the game. Starring on defense were Nick Shoemaker (nine tackles and two sacks), Sean Jones, Owen Hivner and Jacob Brim.


5th Annual Dunmore Summer Festival Set for August 17th through 19th

Dunmore Summer Festival

The 5th annual Dunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park will be held Thursday August 17 through Saturday August 19. Shown in photo are officers and members of the Sherwood Youth Association at last year’s festival.

By Emily Fedor

For months, members of the Sherwood Youth Association have been preparing for the 5th annual Dunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park, and finally party time is right around the corner. This year, the festivities will take place from 5 to 11 p.m. on August 17 and 18, and from 4 to 11 p.m. on August 19.

The festival got its start when the borough of Dunmore celebrated its Sesquicentennial back in the summer of 2012. Ever since, the annual event has become a tradition for many in little old Bucktown a tradition filled with good food and good friends. And the cherry on top is that all that fun benefits a wonderful cause.

“The park’s mission is, and always has been, to keep the children playing,” said Sherwood Youth President Matt Fedor. “The proceeds from the festival will be used to upkeep and improve the park’s facilities.”

Every year, it seems more folks come out to catch up with friends and enjoy a bite to eat. The festival hosts a wide array of vendors, who offer all kinds of sweet, spicy and savory foods.

Villa Maria Restaurant has been a part of the summer festival since it first began five years ago. The American-Italian style eatery is based on Washburn Street in West Scranton, but the business first got its start in little old Dunmore back in 1982.  

Owner Joe Macciocco says he likes coming back to Bucktown each year to pay a visit to those who have helped make his business a success.

“It’s phenomenal. It’s a great time of the year. They raise money for the park, and there’s something for everybody,” said Macciocco.

Members of the Sherwood Youth Association also man a stand, from which they serve up beverages, potato pancakes, wimpies, pizza fritte, fresh-cut french fries, clams and more.

This year, homemade hot wing bites will also be on their menu.

“The success of the festival and the continued improvements at the park would not be possible without the association’s hard-working and faithful members, said Fedor.”  

Members of Keystone UNICO, the Dunmore High School Crimson Company and other non-profit organizations will also be part of the festival.

Another big part of the annual event is the musical entertainment. This year’s line-up features two new-comers and one returning act, who will take the stage at 7 p.m. each night.

Tony Bouselli, Mike Bertha and Dave Arneli make up the band known as Take 3. Together, the rock and roll trio will open the festival on Thursday, August 17.

On Friday, August 18, the Luongo Brothers Band will take the Show Mobile stage. The band features Pat and Nick Luongo, who are founding members of another area band called The Poets, as well as Alan Shields and Rich Marmo. They play a variety of hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

The Fabulous Fortunes will return to the Dunmore Summer Festival for the fifth year to close out the festival on Saturday, August 19. The rock group has been performing for decades in Dunmore and beyond.

The Dunmore High School cheerleaders and marching units will also make an appearance at the festival on Friday, and gymnasts with the United Sports Academy will perform Saturday.

“There will also be a bounce house, horseback riding, face painting and lots of games for the kids,” said Fedor. “We hope the community comes out to support our festival and the park.”