Holy Cross Crusaders Come Up Short in PIAA Semifinal

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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.

 

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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.

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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.”

Dunmore Senior Center in Need of Volunteers

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By Steve Svetovich

The Dunmore Senior Center is in need of volunteers for clerical and kitchen duties.

If anyone is interested, please stop by or call the Center at 570-207-2662.

 

“We want to hear from anyone out there,” Senior Center Executive Director Alison Boga said. “If there is a particular speaker or activity that you would like to see offered at the Center please let us know.”

Boga said the Center’s friends at Northeast PA AARP will be having a Pasta Dinner Sunday, March 18, at the Dunmore Senior Center.

“Please come out and support this wonderful organization.”

Cawley Physical Therapy Rehabilitation will be at the Center Tuesday, March 13, at 10:15 a.m. for a workshop on back pain and sciatica. “If you are interested in attending, please call the Center,” Boga said.

Boga said Hospice of the Sacred Heart will be at the Center Monday, March 19, to go over its upcoming workshop and series.

The Dunmore Senior Center congratulates its Cold Cash January and February winners: Catherine Belles (first), Maria Ragnacci (second), Marie Hoffman (third), MaryAnn Germano (first), Elaine Ruchak (second) and Jim Connor (third).

Boga announced the Dunmore Senior Center will be closed March 30 for Good Friday.

The Dunmore Senior Center remaining winter closure policy is such: if the Dunmore School District is closed, the Dunmore Senior Center will also be closed. If the Dunmore School District is running on a delay, the Dunmore Senior Center will be open on a delayed opening schedule (9 a.m.).

Other activities at the Dunmore Senior Center this month include bingo, learn to knit, ballroom dancing, sketching and oil painting, crochet, gentle yoga, Sketching with Gretchen, Tai Chi, pinochle after lunch, iPad Cafe, silver flow yoga, mahjong, VNA blood pressure screening, Honor our Vets, ice cream social, Why Butterflies Matter, garden planning, Sacred Heart workshops, Saint Patrick’s Day, nutrition and the importance of a balanced diet, Red Cross and birthday party.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offered 18 health tips for eating right in 2018. Those tips are: eat breakfast, make half your plate fruits and vegetables, watch portion sizes, be active, fix healthy snacks, get to know food labels, consult a registered dietician nutritionist, follow food safety guidelines, drink more water, get cooking, dine out without ditching your goals, enact family meal time, banish brown bag boredom, explore new foods and flavors, eat seafood twice a week, cut back on added sugars, experiment with more plant-based meals, make an effort to reduce food waste.

The tip sheet is provided by the Dunmore Senior Center for March National Nutrition month.