88 Graduate from Holy Cross High School

Holy Cross High School held its commencement ceremonies on Friday, June 1, featuring 88 graduates at Sette LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts, Marywood University. Benjamin D. Tolerico is principal. Commencement speaker was Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D.J.C.I., Bishop of Scranton.

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Christina Shaffern is valedictorian of the Holy Cross Class of 2018.

A baccalaureate mass was held on Thursday, May 31, at Cathedral of St. Peter, celebrated by Rev. Cyril D. Edwards, Holy Cross High School chaplain.

Valedictorian of the 2018 graduating class as Christina Shaffern, daughter of Elizabeth and Robert Shaffern of Scranton.

Salutatorian was Allison McGee, daughter of Maria and Daniel McGee of Peckville.

A total of 83 class members will be attending college, while others are entering the Armed Services or entering employment or other post-secondary training. The total value of scholarships awarded to graduates is $16,606,918.

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Allison McGee is salutatorian of the Holy Cross Class of 2018.

Graduates include: Amanda Michelle Alfano, Neena Beggin, Rosalie Catherine Bennie, Christian Alexander Bloom, Anna Mary Boles, Thomas Logan Bright, Mollie Lynn Burda, Carson Anthony Cacioppo; Angela James Calciano, Matthew Thomas Cerep, Nicholas Charles Cerep, Nicholas Cicci, Christian Colaiezzi, Emma Rose Connelly, Brigit Coolican and Ashlynn Celia Cos.

Also, Cameron Kanani D’Andrea, Harleigh Christina Davis, Joseph James DeGrazia, Ryan Michael Dugan, Alexis Dutkevitch, Debbie Duverge, John Charles Egan, Hannah Helen Evans, Megan Rose Farrell, Nick Ferraro, Jaclyn Rachel Finnerty, Patrick Shane Galvin, Jennifer Ann Gillern, Kirsten Marie Gillern, Nicole Gillette, Anthony King Gilliotti, Griffin John Gilroy, Jared Emanuel Griffin, Alicia P. Griffiths, Sarah Lyndal Hankee, Quinn Harrison, Eric Earl Hartman, Kelsey Sueann Hartman, Brendan Eugene Herbert, Abigail Hoban, Bruce John Hughes.

Also, Juliana Seraphina Innocenti, Ronald James, Elisabeth Johnson, Casey Linda Bridget Joyce, Anysia Jurgiewica, Jason Edward Kopf, Karli Ruth Bernadette Kozel, Tyler Robert Kuchwara, Lindsey Marie Leppo, Alex Lopez, Isabel Lopez, Destiny Kay Marino, Angelica Marie Matthews, Allison Marie McGee, Michael David Minich, Aurora Moncelli, Conor Joseph Nealon, Madeline Nicoll Neville, Thomas Roland Niemiec, Juliana Alexander Nieto, Nicholas Joseph Novobilski, Megan Shalyne O’Brien.

Also, Kevin Michael Parchinski, Maura Ann Perri, Mariah Ann Elizabeth Petrucci, Carl Joseph Pettinato IV, David Pfoestl, Matthew John Piccoletti, Dominic Luciano Possanza, Ryanne Danielle Rocco, Emily Theresa Romanski, Morgan Ann Sewak, Christina L. Shaffern, Daniel P.F. Shields, Cassandra Lynn Sporko, Kayla Elziabeth Stelma, Daniel Aaron Stolten.

Also, Nathaniel Mark Talbot, Matthew James Troiani, Laurelai M. Vanston, Alexis Nicole Walsh, Jillian Marie Warabak, John Robert Warner, William Robert White, Soren Darby Yadlosky, and Karly Jean Zindle.

 

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Jenna Bradley Pitches Holy Cross to District Title Win

jenna bradleyBy Steve Svetovich

Holy Cross sophomore pitcher Jenna Bradley was almost untouchable all season.

With a minuscule 0.54 ERA, she earned her league leading 13th win of the season to lead the Lady Crusaders to a 5-3 win over Old Forge in the Lackawanna League District 2 final Thursday, May 31, at the University of Scranton’s Magis Field.

Jenna pitched a 7-inning complete game allowing 5 hits and only one earned run in the district title win. The sophomore stalwart struck out 11 to increase her league leading total to an astounding 148. She has a 13-1 pitching record for the season.

Daughter of Josh and Jennifer Bradley, Jenna has already committed to Hofstra University in Long Island, New York. She will attend Hofstra in two years on a softball scholarship.

Jenna will major in business administration at Hofstra.

Jenna has an impressive 3.8 grade point average at Holy Cross. Her favorite subject is English.

The scholar-athlete talked about the team’s second consecutive district title. “Coach Joe Ross is a very positive influence for us. He is positive everyday at practice. We all want to win. He teaches us to play our game and control what we can control.

“Coach Ross tells us not to think too much. Don’t let things get into your head. Play for all 21 outs. Never give up. He really taught us a lot.”

Jenna is sophomore class president and a member of student council. She is a member of the foreign languages club and will be in the history club next year. She was elected junior class president for next school year.

“Our goal now is to compete in the state playoffs. We want to win as many games as possible.”

And her future goals? “I want to keep helping my team here at Holy Cross in the next couple years. Then I want to compete at the highest level at Hofstra and help them win a championship. Hopefully, someday I will coach and help teach other kids to fall in love with the game. I would like to open up an in door facility someday. It is something this area needs.”

hofstraJenna said she will major in business administration at Hofstra. Her goal is to get into sports administration someday.

She is elated to have another district title under her belt. “It feels great to be back where we were last year. This was our goal all along. The possibilities for us in the state playoffs are endless. We expect to excel in the state playoffs and in the future down the road.”

Humble but confident in nature, Jenna said she learned from her parents. “My parents teach me to keep pushing if you want something. You have to work for it. There is always someone working harder. Be humble and be thankful.”

Jenna said she enjoys listening to country music in her spare time. Her favorite country artist is George Strait.

Jenna leads the league in most pitching categories this season. She was picked as honorable mention as a pitcher last season. Expects some bigger accolades this season for the Holy Cross ace.

Holy Cross Shortstop Reflects on High School Career

Lindsey Leppo

By Steve Svetovich

Lindsey Leppo had a decision to make four years ago. Coming from a public school she wasn’t sure if the transition to a private school would be an easy one.

But four years later the recent Holy Cross High School graduate said she made the best decision of her life.

Daughter of Jim and Denise Leppo, Lindsey, 18, hit .335 as the starting shortstop for the Holy Cross Lady Crusaders Lackawanna League District 2 title team.

A four year member of the Lady Crusaders softball team, Lindsey is now a major part of two consecutive district titles.

Holy Cross defeated Old Forge, 5-3, Thursday, May 31, at the University of Scranton’s Magis Field to earn this year’s district title.

Status-FastPitch-Game-Leather-SoftballAs one of the senior captains, Lindsey’s impact on the team came both on and off the field.

“I came from a public school (West Scranton Intermediate) to a Catholic school four years ago,” she said. “At the time, I was a little nervous and not sure if I made the right decision.

“Four years later, I would never change my decision. I played four years of softball here and made many friends. It has been such a great experience.

“It was the best decision I ever made in my life.”

Now a Dunmore resident, Lindsey looks forward to the PIAA Class 2A playoffs and will take her star to Kings College in the fall. She will major in business and economics and play on the Kings softball team.

“Our plan the whole year at Holy Cross was to come out on top,” she said. “We were waiting for this to happen. I am so happy about winning this district championship. We were underestimated in the beginning of the year.

“Our goal now is to keep winning in the state playoffs. We just can’t overdo it. We have to go with the flow and do our thing on the field.”

Lindsey, always positive and upbeat, said she learned so much from Holy Cross softball coach Joe Ross.

“He is my favorite coach ever,” she said. “He taught me how to deal with adversity. He told me to worry about the process and not the results. And then everything will fall into place.”

The scholar-athlete said her parents teach her “to always keep going and never give up.”

Lindsey talked about what it takes to be a successful shortstop in high school softball. “It takes a lot of communication on the field. And you need to develop a lot of confidence. If you have that, you have half your game down.”

The scrappy shortstop finished her senior year with a 3.2 grade point average. She was a member of the Language Club, the Service Club and a 2-year member of Student Council.

Her sister Lauren graduated from Holy Cross in 2015 and was also a standout member of the softball team. She currently plays softball for Wilkes.

KingsCollegeWilkesBarrePennsylvaniaLogoAnother sister Leah will enter Holy Cross as a freshman in the fall and will play softball.

Lindsey said she enjoys listening to music in her spare time and is a huge fan of reggae and the late Bob Marley.

She looks forward to the state playoffs and attending Kings in the fall.

“For now we want to keep winning as we go into the state playoffs. Then I am looking forward to playing four more years of softball at Kings and then doing something in the finance field.”

Holy Cross Crusaders Come Up Short in PIAA Semifinal

Holy Cross team

By Steve Svetovich

The Holy Cross Crusaders splendid basketball season ended in a hard fight.

The Crusaders lost, 69-64, to Constitution, Saturday, March 24, in the PIAA Class 2A semifinals at Freedom High School.

Holy Cross rallied back from a 21-point halftime deficit in the contest, but fell a little short.

Pat Galvin put on quite a show for the Crusaders, scoring more than half of his team’s points. Galvin, always a scrapper, scored 33 points for the Crusaders in the loss.

He scored 27 points in the second half.

Jabari Merritt scored 10 of his team leading 20 points in the fourth quarter as the district 12 runner-up  Generals (20-11) advanced to the championship game in Hershey for the second consecutive year.

The loss ended a 20-game winning streak for Holy Cross (23-7).

Holy Cross veteran coach Al Callejas said he has never been prouder of any group of kids he ever coached.

It was a Cinderella story all season for the Crusaders who played above expectations. But the team, itself, always had big expectations.

And it will go down as one of the best seasons of coaching for Callejas. And he’s had many.

The Crusaders got off to a rocky start in the contest, missing their first 10 shots and 14-of-16 in the first quarter along with committing six turnovers.

Then Holy Cross made its run in the second half.

Galvin went on a shooting spree from all ends of the court. A 3-pointer he hit capped a 13-0 spurt for the Crusaders bringing his team to within six points at 40-34 with 3:04 left in the third quarter.

Constitution led, 46-40, after three quarters.

Then layups by Kieran Burrier and Galvin to open the fourth quarter brought the deficit to only two.

Constitution scored the next eight points, but the Crusaders responded with a 7-0 burst. Five of those points came on free throws by the spunky Galvin.

The gap was only 54-51 with 4:02 to go.

But two consecutive 3-point plays by Merritt sparked an 8-0 Constitution run as the Crusaders began to run out of gas.

But the Crusaders had something left in the tank.

A 7-0 Holy Cross run brought the score to 62-58, with 1:48 left.

However, Jahmir Marable-Williams scored Constitution’s final seven points, including a steal and lay-up with 27.2 seconds left to seal the win.

The Crusaders simply ran out of time.

Tyler Mozeleski scored 12 points and hauled down 13 rebounds for Holy Cross.

Burrier added nine points, but sat out the final four minutes due to a possible concussion.

The Crusaders defeated Math, Civics, and Science, 71-58, in the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinal Saturday, March 17, at Liberty High School.

Mozeleski scored 26 points, including five 3-pointers, in the win. He added 11 rebounds.

Galvin scored 20 points. Burrier totaled 12 points. Tom Montefour chipped in with 10 points and five assists for the Crusaders.

Holy Cross defeated Bishop McCort, 61-39, in the second round of the PIAA Class 2A playoffs Wednesday, March 14, at Cumberland Valley High School.

Galvin put together a huge all-around effort in the contest, scoring a team high 17 points and adding four rebounds, three assists and seven key steals.

Burrier and Declan Tokash added 13 points each in the win.

The Crusaders easily defeated Northeast Bradford, 71-34, in the opening round of the PIAA Class 2A playoffs Saturday, March 10, at the Marywood University Insalaco Arena.

Burrier led the Crussders with 20 points in the win. Caleb Callejas scored 14 points off the bench.

It will be a season to remember for the tough Crusaders.