Toomey Helps Lady Bucks Score District Title, Advance to PIAA Playoffs


By Steve Svetovich

Victoria Toomey scored 28 points in leading the Dunmore Lady Bucks to a 48-44 win over Holy Redeemer as her team won the District 2 Class 3A title Saturday, March 3, at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Coach Ben O’Brien’s team avenged last year’s title game defeat with the win.

The Lady Bucks are now 25-1.

Talented junior Gianna Delfino played a tremendous all-around game for Dunmore as she added nine points, nine assists and eight rebounds in the title win.

Toomey and Delfino and Kelly Quinn combined for 45 of Dunmore’s 48 points. Quinn, averaging 11.2 points per game entering the contest, scored eight points. Toomey and Lisa Tallo added eight rebounds each for the Lady Bucks.

Toomey, a junior, was on the entire contest as she hit 11-of-14 shots in the win.

She came into the game averaging 16.3 points per game and has shined on the court all season.

Holy Redeemer made only 14 of 59 shots against the tight Dunmore defense.

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Victoria Toomey helped lead her team to 48-44 win over Holy Redeemer and another district title. (Photo Credit: Rich Banick Photography)

Toomey got in foul trouble early in the game. She picked up two fouls and sat the final 1:53 of the first quarter as Holy Redeemer built a 13-10 lead.

But when she came back in the game, the junior stalwart was simply dominant.

Toomey scored nine of her points in the second quarter as the Lady Bucks moved ahead and took a 25-21 lead into the second half.

Dunmore went ahead 32-23 in the third quarter before Holy Redeemer trimmed the Lady Bucks lead to 34-30 after a 3-pointer by Cameron Marcinkowski.

Toomey then hit a key bucket for Dunmore with 12 seconds left in the third quarter.

Dunmore took a 36-30 lead into the final quarter. A 3-point play by Sam Yencha cut the Dunmore lead to 47-44, with 1:49 left in the game.

Holy Redeemer had one final opportunity to tie the game, but Tallo made the play of the contest when she stole the ball, was fouled and hit a free throw to seal the win with 2.6 seconds left. Tallo, averaging 9.8 points entering the game, made the first of two free throws. Her only steal and only point of the game were the game’s biggest.

Maria Borgia and Alexis Chapman also played nice all-around games for Dunmore in a strong team effort.

Yencha, averaging 14.7 points entering the game, led Holy Redeemer with 13 points.

Dunmore defeated Meyers, 56-24, and Mid Valley, 60-27, to get to the district final.

Holy Redeemer defeated Dunmore, 51-37, in last year’s district final.

Holy Redeemer dropped to 22-4.

The Lady Bucks now advance to the PIAA playoffs.



Holy Cross Boys Take Home District Basketball Title

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By Steve Svetovich

Tyler Mozeleski and Pat Galvin combined for 37 points as the Holy Cross Crusaders won the District 2 Class 2A title, 55-39, over Northwest Area Saturday, March 3, at Mohegan Sun Arena.

And Holy Cross remains hot, earning its 17th consecutive win of the season.

Mozeleski, clutch all season, scored 11 of his game high 19 points in the first quarter of the title win. Galvin, always a producer, scored 18 points in the win. Still, the Crusaders’ stingy defense was the turning point in the big win.

The Crusaders defense forced 14 turnovers in the first half.

Holy Cross forced eight turnovers in the first quarter and held Northwest scoreless for the final 5:11 of the period.

Kieran Burrier added nine points for Holy Cross in the title win. Burrier has been brilliant all season for the Crusaders. Both teams advance to the PIAA playoffs.

Holy Cross, which defended its district title, opens up with District 4 runner- up Northeast Bradford.

The Crusaders finished the first quarter on a 12-0 spurt and a commanding 17-4 lead.

Mozeleski, a junior, was red hot, hitting on five 3-pointers. Four of those 3-pointers came in the opening 16 minutes of the contest.

The Crusaders had a 26-11 lead after the first half after forcing six more turnovers in the second quarter.

basketballHoly Cross veteran basketball coach Al Callejas has stressed defense all season long and it paid off mightily.

Sam Saxe scored eight of his team high 14 points in the second half for Northwest which stayed fairly close until the very end.

Saxe hit a jumper followed by a short bucket by Matt Saxe bringing Northwest to within 16 points, 50-34, but then the Holy Cross defense got tough again.

The Crusaders held Northwest standout Jaxson Yaple to nine points, including only two in the first half, in the contest.  The team then ran its record to 20-6 with its 17th straight win. Northwest fell to 10-15. Callejas was most proud of the Holy Cross team defense following the district title win.

Holy Cross easily defeated Blue Ridge, 63-34, and Old Forge, 45-25, to get to the district title game.

Dunmore Freedom League Seeking New Players, Teams

baseballBy Steve Svetovich

Charlie Ehnot has been involved in summer baseball at Sherwood Park for the past two decades.

Ehnot, Dunmore, a Scranton Prep graduate, is founder of the Collegiate Summer Baseball League (CSBL). The named changed in recent years and this summer will mark the fourth consecutive season of the Dunmore Freedom League.

Ehnot has been the league’s commissioner for the past 14 years.

Most of the games are played at Dunmore’s Sherwood Park. The season starts Memorial Day weekend and goes into the first week of August when playoff games are held.

It’s a competitive hardball league and players range from age 17 to as old as 58. Although most of the players are 19 to 30.

Dunmore’s Charlie Terrery, playing in his third consecutive year, is the league’s oldest player at 58. His son, Alex Terrery, plays in the league.

Former Holy Cross and University of Scranton baseball standout Anthony Duchnowski, Dunmore, plays in the league every summer. “Every year, I can’t wait for this to start,” he said.

Marywood University senior outfielder Dylan Svetovich plays centerfield on one of the Dunmore teams and will be in his fifth consecutive year in the league.

Harry Wildrick, a Kings College senior who played two years of baseball at Penn State Worthington, will be playing in his fifth consecutive year on one of the Dunmore teams.

West Scranton graduate Brett Lesh, 21, is looking forward to his fourth consecutive year in the league. “I can’t wait for it to start,” he said.

It is a highly competitive hardball league. In order to play, you need to be at least 17 and be able to play competitive baseball. There are many college and post college players in the league.

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Charlie Ehnot, left, commissioner of the Dunmore Freedom League, is shown with his son, Chaz Ehnot, a coach in the league.

Ehnot is looking for new players and new teams to play in the expanding Dunmore Freedom League. Any player or team interested in joining the league can call Charlie (570-479-2289) or his son, Chaz Ehnot (1-301-503-0131) who is a player-manager in the league.

“We would like to have from six to eight teams in the league,” Charlie Ehnot said. “Right now we have about five committed. We want to expand the league with more teams.

“We’ve completed some renovations at the field. The backstop was fixed up. New dirt was added to the field. We would like to add a couple new teams if possible.”

Ehnot has baseball in his blood. He managed various Little League, junior and senior leagues and youth baseball in Dunmore for a couple decades. He managed his three sons, Jerry, Marc and Chaz, from t-ball to Little League to Teener League and up.

His son, Chaz, is enthusiastic about the coming season.

“Right now we have five teams who are committed to play next year. We have three Dunmore teams, Honesdale and a team of Scranton Prep graduates. We also have a possible team from Old Forge. We want to add two more teams. We want to have eight competitive teams if possible.”

Chaz said each team will play a 14-15 game schedule followed by playoffs. The final two rounds will most likely be best of three.

He talked about other plans for the league.

“We would like to move the back stop back about four feet. We would like to put up a nice retaining wall in the area behind the back stop. We want to make the bleacher area really nice for our fans. We want to turn this into a really nice field for us and other leagues who want to play here at Sherwood Park.


Sherwood Youth Association will host their annual Dunmore Summer Festival this month. (Photo Credit: Sherwood Youth)

“We want this to be a first class field. The dugouts were put in by an Eagle Scout for his scouting project. They are nicely built and will sustain us for a long time. We want to work on the backstop even more. We are getting another tri-axle  of dirt. We will place 25 tons of dirt. There were 25 tons of dirt placed on the field last year.

“With manpower, we will get everything done. Every year we have something else going on. Every year we are doing something to improve the field.

“We would like to start the season a little earlier, but we like to get all of our college kids involved without missing any games. That’s why we usually begin play Memorial Day weekend.

“We shoot for a 14 to 15 game schedule for each team followed by playoffs. We play a good brand of competitive baseball and these teams only look to win. There is an instructional and teaching component for our younger players.”

Managers in the league include Chaz Ehnot, Mark Simko, Tyler Chulvick, Bobby Best, John Grandquist and Kevin Sompel. Most of the managers serve as player-coaches to some degree. Some more than others.

“I get into some of the games if I need to,” said Chaz Ehnot. “But I don’t like to take at bats away from my players at this point. So I stand back and coach and manage. And I love doing that.

“This league has come a long way. We went from three teams to six and are hopeful of having eight this season. We’ve made real good strides. I’m proud of how we’ve done things here. We play competitive baseball. These guys want to win.

“The Dunmore Freedom League is here for good and I’m proud to be a part of it. There is an instructional element and the younger guys learn from the older guys. We would like to add more competitive players. Feel free to call us. We can’t wait to start the season.”


Lady Bucks Win Third Straight Lynett Tournament Title


Photo Credit: Rich Banick Photography

By Steve Svetovich

Coach Ben O’Brien and his Dunmore Lady Bucks proved once again that defense wins.

Dunmore won its third consecutive Lynett Memorial Girls Tournament, 45-29, over Abington Heights Friday, December 29, at the Lackawanna College Student Union.

The Lady Bucks are the first team in the 15-year history of the girls tournament to win the crown three years in a row. It is the team’s fifth overall title.

Coach O’Brien praised his team’s defensive effort following the win. He was especially proud of the communication the players showed on defense.

Dunmore held the Lady Comets to only 20 percent shooting in the first half.

Dunmore’s Victoria Toomey, the tournament MVP, and Lisa Tallo scored 28 of the 45 points. Toomey and Tallo scored 14 points each in the title win.

Gianna Delfino, who earned all-tournament honors, added nine points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals in playing a brilliant all-around game.

Dunmore senior point guard Kelly Quinn added eight points for the Lady Bucks. Senior Maria Borgia scored the remaining two points for Dunmore.

Dunmore ran its undefeated record to 8-0 with the title win.

The score was knotted, 7-7, when the Lady Bucks went on an 11-point run pushing Dunmore to a 18-7 lead. Toomey scored eight of her 14 points in a five-minute span during the run.

The stingy Dunmore defense held Abington to 5-for-25 shooting in the first half.

Toomey led the Dunmore defense with 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Delfino hit a pair of clutch free throws in the third quarter for the Lady Bucks preventing Abington from cutting the Dunmore lead to less than double digits.

Hannah Kowalski, a member of the all-tournament team, led Abington with 10 points. However, the tough Dunmore defense led by Toomey kept her from getting to the hoop often.

The loss dropped Abington, coached by Deanna Klingman, to 5-4.

The Lady Bucks defeated Scranton, 53-30, in the semifinal game.Wednesday, December 27, at the Lackawanna College Student Union.

Delfino led a balanced Dunmore scoring attack with 12 points.

Toomey scored 10 points. Freshman Anna Talutto added nine points and five rebounds. Quinn scored eight points. Alexis Chapman scored five. Tallo added four points.

Delfino, playing her usual all-around game, hauled down a game high 11 rebounds against the Lady Knights.

Dunmore had a 4-2 lead early in the game, but then scored the next 11 points. The scoring run included a 12-foot bucket by Toomey and Talutto hitting on a 3-pointer that swirled around the hoop before dumping in.

Dunmore had a 15-7 lead after the first quarter. The Lady Bucks started the second quarter with a 10-2 run. Talutto sparked the end of the first half with a nifty last second play, passing to Chapman who hit a quick 3-pointer for a 31-13 halftime lead.

The Lady Bucks never looked back.

Shelby Funchess led the Lady Knights with 13 points. Colette Mulderig added 10 points.

Scranton’s record dropped to 4-3 after the loss.

Dunmore, with its pin point passing, had 15 assists on its 21 field goals in the win over Scranton.