Dunmore Senior Looking Forward to Academic, Softball Future

Athlete of the Month - Mia Mandarano

By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore senior second baseman Mia Mandarano comes from a baseball-softball-academic family.

So it is not surprising that softball and college are in her immediate future.

Daughter of John and Rita Mandarano, Mia, 17, is enjoying her senior year at Dunmore to the fullest while she prepares for a future at Marywood University. She will play softball and major in Early Childhood Education at Marywood.

Two of her brothers, P.J., a junior pitcher, and John, a freshman shortstop, both Dunmore graduates, are currently at Marywood playing baseball.

Hmarywooder sister, Bella, plays with her as a junior center fielder on the Dunmore softball team.

Another brother, Joe, is a sophomore catcher on Dunmore’s baseball team taking after P.J. and John.

With a catcher, second baseman, shortstop, pitcher and center fielder in the family, the Mandarano family is very strong up the middle.

Mia talked about what it takes to be a solid second baseman in softball. “You need to know where the play is and tell the other players where to go. You need to be a leader in the infield.”

Mia has a 93 academic average. She is member of the tennis team. She is in several clubs, including SADD, TACT, the Spanish Club and the Earth Club.

She talked about her goals for the rest of her senior year. “I want to get my grades up even higher and finish strong. I want to help our softball team finish strong and win as many games as possible.”

And her future goals?

“I want to enjoy my time playing softball in college. I want to get my degree and become a teacher with elementary kids. Hopefully, I will get a job teaching at Dunmore. I would love that.”

Mia said she learned a lot from Dunmore softball coach Ryan Ferguson. “He taught me to always be confident on the field and have confidence in myself. He taught me to always keep your mind in the game. It’s a mental game and you should shake everything off in the end.”

And the scholar-athlete, humble in nature, credits her parents for much of her success. “My parents teach me to always stay positive. They tell me you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it. They really taught me everything in life.”

Mia enjoys listening to music in her spare time and particularly loves country music artist, Luke Bryan, who she saw a couple times in concert.

Mia, who hit two homers last season for Dunmore and has played softball most if her life,  has very good time management skills. “You need to always be prepared, organized and know what you are doing next. You need to understand everything you are doing.”

Appreciative and hard working, Mia is cherishing all the moments as she closes out her academic and athletic career at Dunmore.

“Dunmore High School has been great. I made so many great friends here. I will have these friends forever. The teachers were really great. They taught me so much. What they taught me will take me to the next level and the level after that.”


West Point Saxophonist to Perform at Marywood

Saxophonist Stacy Wilson,Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will host a Saxophone Recital and Master Class by principal saxophonist for the West Point Band, Stacy Wilson, and her accompanist, Yalin Chi, on Saturday, April 7. The recital will take place at 1 p.m., and the Master Class will take place at 3 p.m., in the Marian Chapel, at the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life on the University’s campus. The recital and master class are free and open to the public

Staff Sergeant Stacy Wilson is the principal saxophonist in the West Point Band. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, with recent concert appearances in Japan’s Izumi Concert Hall, Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw, and Mahidol University in Thailand.

Staff Sgt. Wilson was recently featured as a guest concerto soloist with the United States Army Band in Europe, giving concerts in Oftersheim and Eppelheim, Germany. Since joining the West Point Band in 2008, she has performed as a concerto soloist and was the logistical coordinator and organizer for the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference hosted by the band in 2011.

She has been a jury member for the NASA Young Artist competition, NASA Quartet Competition, and the Asia Pacific International Solo Competition. Staff Sgt. Wilson has been a featured guest artist at the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy in Bangkok, Thailand, and has taught at Indiana University and Montclair State University. She earned degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington, and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Sergeant First Class Yalin Chi joined the West Point Band in January of 2008. Originally from Beijing, China, she gave her debut with the Central Opera Symphony Orchestra in 1997. In the same year, she moved to the United States and studied with Victoria Mushkatkol at the Interlochen Arts Academy. She has performed in prestigious venues including: Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Gardner Museum in the United States, and Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, South Korea.

Sgt. First Class Chi attended the Aspen Music Festival in the summer of 2006 with an orchestral piano fellowship. She attended the Taos School of Music, the Music Academy of the West, the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and has performed in master classes for Arie Vardi, Richard Good, John O’Conor, and Boris Berman.

For additional information about the Marywood University’s free Saxophone Recital and Master Class, please contact Dr. F. David Romines, D.M.A., music, theatre, and dance department co-chair and associate professor of music education at Marywood University, at dromines@marywood.edu, or call (706) 255-9180.


County Sheriff’s Office Recognized for “Good Works”

Sheriff's Seminar Good Works Pix

The Lackawanna County Commissioners presented a “Good Works” certificate to the Sheriff’s Office staff who recently facilitated the eight session “Active Shooters” seminar series for all County employees.

Conducted at Marywood University, the program was designed to educate staff on how to: recognize signs of potential threats; protect/defend themselves, and be cognizant of the surroundings they are in.

Shown from left: Deputy Ryan DeLuccie, Deputy Robert Moore, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Jeanne Rosencrance, Trauma Services, District Attorney’s Office; Deputy James Malone, Chief Deputy John Tigue, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, and Deputy Glenn Chapman.   


Marywood Basketball Coach Speaks at UNICO Chapter Meeting

UNICO motivational speaker

Motivational speaker and Marywood University’s Men’s Basketball Coach Enrico Mastrianni, gave a humorous and informative presentation at the March meeting of Keystone Chapter UNICO.

Frank Gervasi livened up the membership and guests with his own special entertainment. Members of the Membership Drive Program and Marywood University graduates gather around motivational speaker and Men’s’ Basketball Coach Enrico Mastrianni.

From left are Cathy Bianchi, Sandy Graziano, Melissa Delfino, Michele McDade, Coach Mastrianni, Valerie Riggi, Nancy Angeloni, Mary Ann Coviello and entertainer Frank Gervasi.