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Abington Heights wins own tournament

WVW finishes second. North Pocono and Honesdale play to a tie in the consolation game.

Sam Paolucci of Abington Heights, left, battles for possession with Paige Wasilewski of Wyoming Valley West during Saturday’s championship game of the Abington Heights Invitational.

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SCRANTON — Midfielders Meghan Lenahan and Justine Leininger each scored three times Saturday while leading Abington Heights to the championship of the third annual Abington Heights Invitational girls’ soccer tournament.

Lenahan, Leininger, Dakin Hewlett, Sarah Holmes and Katie Hock were named to the all-tournament team after the Lady Comets won the tournament for the third straight time by beating Wyoming Valley West, 5-2, in the championship game at Riverfront Sports.

After scoring two goals and assisting on another in a 9-0 semifinal romp over Honesdale, Lenahan had a goal and two assists in the final. The senior set and tied several tournament scoring records by pushing her career total in the event to five goals and six assists in six games. She was also an all-tournament choice in 2007 and has points in five of her six tournament games.

Lenahan’s strong corner kicks led to headers by Leininger for goals in each game. The second time gave Abington Heights a 4-2 lead with 11:47 left in the final. Leininger, a junior, also scored the team’s first goal in the semifinal.

Hewlett, the point guard on Abington Heights’ division championship basketball team, is playing high school soccer for the first time. The senior started on defense in both games and had an assist in the semifinal.

Holmes, a junior, played sweeper on a defense that allowed just one shot in the first half of the semifinal and three in the first half of the final.

Hock, a junior forward, scored two goals, including the game-winner, in the championship game. She is the only player with goals in all three years of the tournament.

Lenahan scored the first goal of the championship game when she outran the defense to get to a long punt by goalie Mariah Deibert. She twice assisted second-half goals, setting up Hock and Leininger, after Valley West had closed within a goal.

North Pocono played in the tournament for the first time and finished tied for third.

The Lady Trojans lost to Wyoming Valley West, 7-2, and played to a scoreless tie with Honesdale.

Senior goalie Nancy Dunn and junior forward Ciara Cawley were North Pocono’s all-tournament selections.

Cawley had an assist on the team’s first goal.

Dunn had 19 saves, including five in the consolation game shutout. She dove to her left with 8:36 remaining in the half to stop Bethany Reynolds from five yards out and preserve the scoreless tie. She also tipped a shot by Honesdale’s Natalie Hoff with 40 seconds left in the half.


Hewlett and Dunn will follow up their all-tournament performances by playing tonight in the Lackawanna League All-Star Game for senior girls basketball players at Forest City.

Hewlett is one of five players from division champion Abington Heights who will play for their coach, Vince Bucciarelli, on the Division 1 team against a team of players from Divisions 2 and 3. Jamie Halloran, Elizabeth Kilzi, Kayla Bucciarelli and Jill Heron are the others.

North Pocono’s Dunn and Megan Acevedo are also on the team along with Scranton’s Terika Turner and Liz Borgia and Scranton Prep’s Celia Rader and Sarah Walsh.

Honesdale’s Katy DeGraw and Wallenpaupack’s Gina Polazzi complete the Division 1 roster.

Lauren Carra and Tayler Pallotta from Division 2 champion Dunmore are on the Division 2-3 team that is coached by Carl Urbas from Division 3 champion Forest City.

Holy Cross leads the way with three players -- Kayla Sileo, Lauren Fitzgerald and Maria Durdach.

Lakeland’s Sara Teeple, Valley View’s Emily Pambianco, Riverside’s Jess Segilia and Lackawanna Trail’s Kelsey Deveney are also on the team.

The remainder of the roster features Mountain View’s Sara Evans and Erica Lewis, Susquehanna’s Christy Glidden and Hannah Price, Montrose’s Chelsea Lunger, Western Wayne’s Emily Prussia and Blue Ridge’s Lauren Findley.

The all-star game for the league’s senior boys will be played Wednesday at Valley View.

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