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HR’s Durako places eighth at PIAA meet

Seven local soccer players lead Prep to title

Holy Redeemer’s Marissa Durako finished in eighth place last Saturday at the PIAA Class 2A Cross Country Championships in Hershey.

Durako – the District 2 champion – posted a time of 19:30 to finish behind only one other District 2 runner, her teammate Rachel Sowinski who ran a19:21 to place fifth overall.

The Lady Royals finished fourth overall in the team championships.

Holy Redeemer reached Elite Eight

Three Greater Pittston residents had the Holy Redeemer girls’ volleyball team in the PIAA Class 2A Elite Eight after the unbeaten Royals beat District 4 champion Towanda, 3-1, in the opening round of the state tournament.

Liz Knaub and Biz Eaton, both of West Wyoming, and Nicole Phillips of Yatesville, all start for the Wyoming Valley Conference Division I and District 2 Class 2A champions. The Royals have won over 90 consecutive WVC matches.

Eaton, a junior setter, had 50 assists, eight digs and nine service points for Redeemer in the 25-23, 15-25, 25-20, 25-17 win.

The Royals won the District 2 title with a 3-0 win over previously undefeated Lackawanna League champs Dunmore. The 25-14, 25-15, 25-15, victory gave Holy Redeemer its sixth straight district crown.

On Friday the Royals were eliminated in pool play, drawing the toughest pool in the state.

Scranton Prep wins D2 title

Seven Greater Pittston residents were on the roster – most in the starting lineup – as Scranton Prep won the District 2 Class 2A girls’ soccer title this season.

Pittston’s Tiana and Elana Falcone, Dominica and Rachel Insalaco, Bianca Chairge, and Julie Langan, and Jenkins Township’s Gracie Jenkins were among the Classics that put together a 12-2 record in the Lackawanna Soccer League’s Division 1 before making a run though the district playoffs.

Scranton Prep lost only two regular-season matches – both to undefeated LSL D1 and District 2 Class 3A champion Abington Heights. The Classics then beat Western Wayne in the D2 title match, 3-0. Elana Falcone scored two goals in the win. Gracie Jenkins and Rachel Insalaco led the defense in the shutout.

Prep lost its opening round match in the PIAA Class 2A tournament, 2-1, to unbeaten District 4 champion Mountoursville, 2-1, on Tuesday afternoon. Elana Falcone scored the Classics only goal – a second-half goal with just 11 minutes remaining to knot the score at 1-1 – before the Warriors won on a penalty kick with less than four minutes left.

Croker wins first round match

Old Forge resident and Scranton Prep junior Kendra Croker won her PIAA Class 2A First Round Singles’ match at the Hershey Racquet Club last week before being ousted in the quarterfinals.

Croker, the District 2 Class 2A Singles Champion, defeated District 10 champ Amy Orr of St. Mary’s, 6-0, 6-0. She lost by the same score to District 3 champ Julia Cassselbury of Lancaster Country Day.

Do you know a Greater Pittston student-athlete who attends a private high school? Send us the info and we will do our best to follow them throughout the scholastic sports season. Email Rick Notari at rnotari@psdispatch.com.

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