Successful Soccer Season for Lady Bucks Comes to an End

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By Emily Fedor

Dunmore High School senior Gillian Coar and the rest of the Lady Bucks soccer team have scored one goal after another this year. Literally.

Over the course of her four-year soccer career, Coar — a striker — has scored more than 90 goals, slashing the previous school record of 41 goals set back in 2008. This season alone, she scored 34.

The Division MVP is also one of the soccer team’s four co-captains.

DHS Girl's Soccer - Gillian Coar

Senior striker Gillian Coar now holds the record for most career goals scored at Dunmore High School.

The Lady Bucks finished their regular season with a record of 9-2-2 — a stat that earned them the Division IV championship title. Coached under Dunmore High School graduates and former soccer starters Matt DeVivo and Megan Dempsey, the girls then went on to battle for the District 2 AA title.

This level of play was nothing new to the Lady Bucks. Last year, they were the PIAA District 2 runner-ups and advanced to the first round of state playoffs.

This year, the girls were ranked second going into district play, earning them an automatic spot in the quarterfinals.

That October 26th match against the Western Wayne Wildcats went into overtime, after neither team scored during the first two halves of regular play. But that overtime didn’t last very long. Less than a minute in, Coar shot and she scored, bringing home the ‘W’ for the Lady Bucks with a final score of 1-0.

Two days later on October 28th, the girls faced Montrose in a semi-final match-up. With a high-scoring machine in Coar, they had a good chance, no doubt. But the Lady Meteors had a weapon of their own in Maddy Gilhool. The Montrose junior striker scored once in each half of Saturday’s game — handing the Lady Bucks a heartbreaking 2-0 loss.

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The Lady Bucks’ finished the 2017-2018 season with a record of 10-3-2. While all involved hoped the journey would last a little longer, ending the season as one of the top four teams in their district is not too shabby. Not too shabby at all.

Multiple members of the team have also been acknowledged by being named first and second team all-stars. Those players named first team all-stars include Gillian Coar, fellow seniors Lexi Fangio and Olivia Ortiz, junior Emma Coar and sophomore Mia Chiaro.

The second team picks include junior Tommi Jane Golden and freshman Olivia Leo.  

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Dream Game Benefits Lackawanna Blind Association

Dream Game check

The Scranton Lions Club presented a check for $16,000 from the 83rd annual Lions Dream Game to Mary Lou Wascavich, Executive Director of the Lackawanna Blind Association. The money will be used to assist in funding client support services, prevention of blindness programs and the Visual Support Center.

Shown first row, from left: Ed Russo, Mary Claire Boylan, Mary Lou Wascavich, Executive Director LBA, and Bill Dempsey.

Second row: Dave Rudis, Karl Pfeiffenberger, president, and Dan Loftus.

Third row: John Mesko, Nick Parise, Bill Gnall, Joe Manley, and Kody Pasqualichio.

 

Bucks Remain Unbeaten and Capture Second Straight Division III Title

bucksBy Steve Svetovich

Gavin Darcy threw for 198 yards, fired three touchdown passes and ran for another leading the Dunmore Bucks to a 41-12 romp over Old Forge as the team earned its second straight Lackawanna Football Conference Division III title Friday, October 27.

Dunmore is now 10-0, including 9-0 in Division III.

Dunmore veteran coach Jack Henzes, who three years ago became the 16th high school coach in the country to achieve 400 career wins, will lead his team as the No. 1 seed in the District 3 Class 2A playoffs, where the Bucks will host Mid Valley.

The win was Dunmore’s 29th consecutive in the regular season and 43rd straight in the division. Darcy now has 21 touchdown passes for the season.

The loss was Old Forge’s first of the season. The Blue Devils will host defending champion Lackawanna Trail in the District 2 Class 1A final.

The Bucks only totaled three yards rushing in the first half, but held a commanding 27-6 lead mostly due to Darcy’s arm. He passed for 159 yards and threw all three of his touchdown passes in the first half. Darcy also scored on a one-yard plunge in the first half.

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DHS Senior Nick Shoemaker is a tackle for the Dunmore Bucks.

Darcy’s first touchdown pass came on a 22-yard strike to Steve Borgia with 11:04 left in the first quarter.

The extra point kick by a Rinaldi made it 7-0.

 

Dunmore defensive stalwart Nick Shoemaker stopped the Blue Devils first scoring opportunity with a stop at the Dunmore seven-yard line with 8:31 left in the first quarter.

Still, Old Forge came right back when Tommy Souriyavong snared a seven-yard touchdown pass from freshman Dante Lucarelli with 3:39 left in the first quarter. The extra point try failed on a bad snap and Dunmore held a 7-6 lead.

The Bucks stopped an Old Forge drive on fourth down from the Dunmore 10 when Borgia swatted down a pass attempt.

Two plays later, Darcy connected with Nate Fangio on a 75-yard touchdown pass. Dunmore held a 13-6 lead with 9:41 left in the second quarter after the extra point kick failed.

The Blue Devils then moved the pigskin to the Bucks 38, but Greg McHale intercepted a pass and scampered 75 yards to the Old Forge one. Darcy then bolted in from the one for another tally. The Rinaldi extra point gave Dunmore a 20-6 lead with 3:33 left in the second quarter.

The hard-nosed Shoemaker and tough interior line stopped a fourth down quarterback sneak by Lucarelli at the Dunmore 45. Darcy then hit Borgia on a screen pass resulting in a 50-yard gain. He followed with another screen pass to Frank Damiano for a five-yard score with 15 seconds left in the second quarter. The Rinaldi extra point kick gave Dunmore a 27-6 lead.

Dunmore scored again on a 16-yard run by Damiano with 2:29 left in the third quarter. Rinaldi booted the extra point.

Dunmore’s Kyle Harrity romped up the middle for a 47-yard touchdown run with 10:46 left in the fourth quarter. Rinaldi kicked the extra point and Dunmore led 41-6.

Borgia, excelling on offense and defense, led Dunmore with three receptions for 102 yards, including his touchdown.

Harrity led the running game with 55 yards on just three carries, including his touchdown run.

Lacertoso Keeping Dunmore Golf Program in High Gear

DHS Varsity golf team

Members of the Dunmore High School varsity golf team include, from left: Coach Tony Lacertoso, Sean Dempsey, Frankie Ruggiero, Christopher Murray, Owen Haggerty, Dominic DePietro and Brian McKitish. The team finished with an overall record of 15-2, the most wins in the school’s history.

By Steve Svetovich

Tony Lacertoso is entering his 14th season as the Dunmore High School basketball coach, but he took on a new venture this year.

He just completed his first season as the Dunmore varsity golf coach.

And it was a highly successful season as a group of six starters, including four seniors, led the golf team to a 15-2 record. The team finished second in the league before battling Scranton Prep in the championship during playoff action.  Dunmore had to win two rounds before getting to Scranton Prep in the championship.

Dunmore and Prep were tied after 18 holes in the championship. Then the Bucks lost to the Cavaliers in a one hole playoff.

The Dunmore golf team had 23 members this season. The four senior starters were Dominick DiPietro, Chris Murray, Sean Dempsey and Brian McKitish. The other two starters were sophomore Owen Haggerty and freshman Frank Rugierio.

“All six of our starters qualified for districts at Elmhurst Country Club,” said Lacertoso. “It was a tremendous feat for these six boys.”

Lacertoso gave a lot of credit to the four seniors for the team’s great success. “Our four seniors showed great leadership. They took the younger guys under their wing right from the start. All four of them played four years on the golf team.

“I am so proud of these boys. They work so hard and excel both on the golf team and in the classroom. There are so many times I heard them talking about their tests and homework assignments on the bus going to and from a match. They are so respectful of everyone.”

Lacertoso talked about what it takes to succeed as a high school golfer. “You need to play the game. You can’t just come to tryouts without playing in the summer. You have to play the game as much as possible to be successful at it. Playing the game is the most important thing. Keep practicing.”

Lacertoso said DiPietro had a special accomplishment during the season when he qualified for Regionals at the Golden Oak Country Club in Reading.  

He talked about making the transition as a golf coach. “Well, I did assist Mark Finan for three years previously. So I had some experience at it. It is totally different from basketball. It’s a totally different ball game. Coaching basketball is so intense. Golf is more laid back. Still, golf can be nerve wracking. It does require a lot of attention.

“I enjoyed it tremendously. And I am really looking forward to next season. We are losing the four seniors, but Haggerty and Rugierio and the rest of the team learned from them and have some experience now. We want to keep the team at a highly competitive level.

“The team played very well this year. Every kid had double digit wins this year. The two younger starters really have a lot of experience now. Everyone on the team helped each other out. It was a great season and situation for all of us.”

In the meantime, Lacertoso is gearing up for his 14th season as Dunmore basketball coach. “We are in conditioning already.”