Class of 2017 Graduates from Holy Cross High School

Holy Cross Graduation - Valedictorian Meghan Healey

Class of 2017 Valedictorian: Meghan Ann Brigid Healey.

Holy Cross High School graduated 89 students on Friday, June 2, at Sette LaVerghetta Center at Marywood University with Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton, as commencement speaker and honored guest.

A baccalaureate mass was held on Thursday, June 1, at Cathedral of St. Peter with Rev. Cyril D. Edwards as principal celebrant. Benjamin D. Tolerico is school principal.

Meghan Ann Brigid Healey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Healey, Scranton, was named valedictorian. Salutatorian was Hannah Ruth Gilhooley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Gilhooley, Olyphant.

Meghan was a four-year member of the varsity cross country and varsity track teams and was named senior captain of both teams. She served as class vice president for four years; was a two member of the swim and basketball teams, a senior Student Council representation, treasurer of the National Honor Society, and a member of the Pro-Life Club, Environmental Club and Crusaders for Compassion.

Holy Cross Graduation - Salutatorian Hannah Gilhooley

Class of 2017 Salutatorian: Hannah Ruth Gilhooley

Hannah was a member and parliamentarian of the National Honor Society, Pro-Life Club, Environmental Club, Language Club, Habitat for Humanity, Immaculate Heart of Mary Scholar, and a four-year varsity softball team member. She will attend the University of Scranton majoring in biology in the  PreMed track.

Members of the 2017 Holy Cross graduating class were: Abigail Sarah Anderson, Caitlin Marie Andrews, Dean Michael Angeloni, Jeffrey Joseph Antosh, Joseph Aloysius Arbie, Kevan Joseph Bailey, Christopher Michael Baumher, Erica Evanne Berlot, Lianna Shania Bilbao, Grant Joseph Brogenski, Deidra Cali, Kaitlyn Ashley Cebular, Ryan Commodario, Abigail Rose Corrigan.

Also, Francesca Ann Creavey, Marguerite Josephine Cummings, Thomas Antonio Deredita, Brianna Leigh Dyson, Shayonna D. Escalera, Dustin Bernard Fagnani, Kelly Ann Farrell, Thaddeus James Farrell, Jacob Andrew Geda, Matthew Paul Genovese, Leah Mary Clare Georgiades, Hannah Ruth Gilhooley, Mary-Margaret Graff.

Also, Emilly Paige Griffiths, Cassandra Groncki, Abigail Guziewicz, James Arthur Hanna, Meghan Ann Brigid Healey, Robert J. Hernandez, Julianne Frances Hunt, John L. Iacobacci, Patrick Kane, Jeabog Kim, Mark Stephen Kobierecki II, Acacia Krenitsky, Morgan Rebecca Kriefski, Daviane J. Laforme, Deion Joseph Lewis, Mia Francesca Maiolatesi, Paul Joseph Marmo, Rose Martillotti.

Also, Colin Quinn McAndrew, Makayla Isabelle McClemens, Madelyn McGoff, Emily Ann McHale, Laurel Ann Mekilo, Joseph David Mies, Rachel Anne Moffitt, Timothy Jared Murphy, Celine Antoinette Nash, Matthew G. Nelson, Maria Rachel Noyes, Kaitlyn Christine O’Connor, Kateri Christine O’Connor, Christian A. Ogozaly, James Dougas Owens, Kella Ann Pacifico, Leah Pawluck, Grace Alyona Perechinsky, Shelby Anne Petrillo, Alyssa Lynn Pezzuti.

Also, Malachi Jordan Phillips, Miranda Piwowarski, KiSeong Kevin Ra, Michael Joseph Roberts, Amanda Ross, Bailey T. Simrell, Alana Bridget Siock, Ann Marie Siock, Noah James Sirannni, Jordan Joseph Symonies, Carly Ann Tomaine, John Barton Topalanchik, Lauren Kathleen Torre, James Michael Tressler, Tracey Ann Tyrrell, Nicholas Henry Urso.

Also, Giovanni Charlie Vega, Lauren Catherine Walker, Ashley Elizabeth Walsh, Matthew Ryan Warden, Madison Christine Ware, Jade Jiajing Wehner, Tazu-Ling Sunny Weng and Suming Wu.

 

 

Holy Cross Crusaders Take Home Softball District Championship

Softball - Holy CrossBy Steve Svetovich

A brilliant complete game 4-hit pitching effort by Ashley Walsh and clutch go-ahead hit by Jenna Bradley led the Holy Cross Lady Crusaders to a 3-1 win over Riverside to capture the District 2 Class 2A title Wednesday, May 31 at Penn State Worthington.

Walsh gave up one unearned run, walked two and struck out three in her seven innings of work.

Holy Cross (15-2), coached by Joe Ross, was up 1-0, but the Lady Vikings tied the game in  the top of the sixth. Bradley, a freshman hitting .440, fouled off four straight pitches before smacking a long single to drive in the two go-ahead runs for Holy Cross.

Walsh then pitched a scoreless seventh to secure the 3-1 district title win. Walsh added three hits and scored one of the three Holy Cross runs.

The first run in the contest came in the bottom of the fourth when Holy Cross stalwart catcher Grace Perechinsky walked, took second on a Walsh base hit and scored when an errant throw deflected off the glove of Riverside pitcher Katelyn Weller.

Riverside tied the game in the sixth when Weller’s single was mishandled in the outfield allowing Kristen Lello to score from first.

Walsh’s third hit of the game started the winning rally with two outs in the sixth. Rose

Martillotti fouled off a couple 3-2 pitches before hitting a clutch single.

Shortly after, came Bradley’s big hit which proved to be the game winner.

Holy Cross senior Abby Anderson made a nice running catch in deep centerfield for the first out in the final inning.

Perechinsky went 3- for-3 with two doubles and Walsh drove in three runs to lead the Lady Crusaders to a 5-3 win over Wyoming Seminary in the District 2 Class 2A semifinals Friday, May 26 at St. Anthony’s Playground, Dunmore.

Lauren Torre and Martillotti each had two hits for the Lady Crusaders.

Bradley pitched a complete game striking out nine, walking one and allowing seven hits and one earned run in the win.

Senior standout Anderson had three hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs in the No. 1 Lady Crusaders 12-2 win over Blue Ridge in the District 2 Class 2A quarterfinals Tuesday, May 23 at St. Anthony’s Playground, Dunmore.

Perechinsky had two hits, including a homer.

Bradley had two hits, including a triple, and three RBIs.

Martillotti had three hits, one run and one RBI.

Holy Cross scrappy shortstop Lindsey Leppo had two hits, two runs and one RBI.

Walsh pitched a five inning complete game, allowing two runs, six hits, one walk and striking out three.

Members of the district champion Lady Crusaders include Abby Anderson, Rose Martillotti, Lauren Torre, Ashley Walsh, Amanda Ross, Grace Perechinsky, Hannah Gilhooley, Gianna  Calciano, Allison Pavlowski, Olivia Zehel, Kelsey Hartman, Ally McGee, Jenna Bradley, Lindsey Leppo, Gianna Sachetti and Olivia Krupski.

 

Athlete of Month: Vince Rebar

image_handlerBy Steve Svetovich

Vince Rebar knows he has baseball in his blood, and he shows it through his work ethic and consistent production on the field.

The former Holy Cross All Regional baseball player has been one of Marywood University’s leading hitters in each of the past four seasons.

He has a robust team leading .469 batting average after the first 30 games this season. That includes a team leading 53 hits, six doubles, five triples and four homers. He leads the team in homers, runs with 33, RBIs with 34 and stolen bases with 20. His 20 stolen bases in 23 attempts broke the school record previously held by his current third base coach JoJo Diskin.

“That’s pretty cool,” he said after he was told about the stolen base record. “I didn’t even know. Awesome.”

Son of Vince and Maureen Rebar, the 2012 Holy Cross graduate hit .377, .317 and .374 in his first three seasons at Marywood. He spent his freshman season at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, but was red shirted after just two at bats and a season ending injury. He transferred to Marywood in 2014 and quickly made an impact.

He played four years of baseball at Holy Cross where he batted.471 in his senior season. He played third base, but made the All Regional team as a DH.

WP_20170429_15_58_29_ProThe scholar-athlete received a B.S. in business from Marywood in 2016. He finished with a 3.4 grade point average. The stalwart infielder decided to play as a graduate student for Marywood this season after he learned he had one year of eligibility left. “It was an easy decision,” he said. “I applied for the waiver this past summer when I decided to go to graduate school at Marywood. I went for the red shirt and was declared eligible.”

A marketing major as a graduate student, Rebar talked about his approach at the plate. “My approach is to get a fastball and try to get out in front of it. I like to go after the first fastball I see as the number three hitter on the team. I don’t want to miss it.”

And the clutch hitting senior does not miss many. He has a .500 on base percentage this season and has two or more hits in most of the first 30 games he played in this season.

Rebar was the starting second baseman for Marywood last season. This year most of his starts are at shortstop, but with a few games at second base.

He looks at the ending of his Marywood baseball career with mixed emotions. “I don’t want to stop playing,” he said. “There are definitely mixed emotions.

“There are a lot of young guys on the team this season. I wasn’t sure how it would all work out. But the chemistry on this team is very close. We all hang out. It’s been a lot better than expected. I know the seniors on this team play the game with all their hearts.”

And while he strokes line drives all over the diamond, Rebar ponders his future. “Well, I have another year of graduate school. Then I want to keep playing baseball as long as I can. I want to be a coach on this team next year. I am hoping that can be worked out. I would like to stay in baseball as a coach.

“I know there is a baseball scouting school in a Florida. I would love to do that. I want to stay in the game.”

He talked about what it takes to be a solid hitter on the collegiate level. “Well, just to be here playing college ball you already have to be a good hitter. But you have to stay within yourself and don’t get out of your zone. Don’t jump out of your shoes.”

And it’s that mental approach that helped him earn two MVP awards in the Hudson Valley League. He helped the Hudson Valley Pirates win two league titles in his three seasons playing in the summer collegiate league.

Well spoken and confident, Rebar said he learned a lot from Sandy Menichetti, his high school coach at Holy Cross. “He is a great guy. I will never forget the first day I showed up at practice. He told me to break down my swing in three sections – stride, hitch and swing. I remember laughing a little about it at first, but then it all came  together. It sure makes a lot of sense now. I learned a lot from him. It took me some time to figure it out, but I did.”

The modest, but talented hitter said he likes listening to European dance music in his spare time. He has eclectic taste and would like to see Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike in concert.

His dad is present at every Marywood baseball game. “I have learned a lot from my parents,” he said. “They always tell me to never give up and always support me. I do a lot of extreme sports, but they are always behind me. They always encourage me to play baseball. They are my biggest supporters.”

And if you want to see a live hitting machine, go to a Marywood University baseball game.

Just watch Vince Rebar.

 

Athlete of the Month: Abby Sempa

athlete-of-the-month-abby-sempaBy Steve Svetovich

Abby Sempa is only a sophomore on the Holy Cross Lady Crusaders basketball team, but she fit in right away with her teammates.

And that is because she cares more about being a teammate than anything else.

Daughter of Fran and Mary Sempa, the sophomore starting shooting guard averages 8.3 points per game and adds an additional offensive threat to the team and the league’s leading scorer, teammate senior Abby Anderson. She was 50-61 from the free-throw line (82%) and made 27 three-point goals and a total of 58 field goals.

Abby, a two-year member of the Lady Crusaders, helped her team to a 15-5 record despite a 45-44 loss to Mid Valley in the first round of district playoffs.

The sophomore stalwart scored 10 points in the tough loss.

Abby, 16, is also a member of the cross country team at Holy Cross. She was a second-team all-star as a freshman cross country runner.

sempaA scholar-athlete, Abby has an impressive 3.8 academic average. Her best subject is math. She will be joining the environmental club this month.

Abby talked about what it takes to be a successful shooting guard. “You need a lot of focus and situational awareness. And be ready for the ball all the time.”

She talked about the success of the team during the regular season. “It’s all about teamwork and being close to each other as a team,” she said. “No one is selfish. We work as a team. We work hard. We cheer each other on. We are always there for each other on and off the court.”

Abby said she learned a lot from Holy Cross girls’ basketball coach Barry Fitzgerald. “He taught me how to play better defense and how to play in tough situations.”

And she has learned plenty from her parents. “My parents taught me how to be a better person, how to be respectful and about sportsmanship.”

Abby has a couple older sisters to look up to. Mary Grace played basketball and is a 2011 Holy Cross graduate. Eileen played basketball and is a 2007 Bishop Hannan graduate.

Abby talked about her future goals. “I want to try to excel on the basketball court and play for my teammates. I want to keep up on my grades and academic subjects. I want to go to a good college.”

The talented guard said she likes listening to music in her spare time and would like to see Maroon 5 in concert.

Abby has totally enjoyed her experience at Holy Cross thus far. “It has been a very good experience,” she said. “I like it here a lot, but sports has played a big part of it. I really enjoy keeping up on my grades too. The entire Catholic experience has been a major part of it for me.”