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Event sweeps run Lady Comets past Valley View

Sarah Gronsky and Elisia Cadman led Abington Heights to sweeps in the 400-meter dash and 300-meter hurdles Wednesday afternoon, giving the Lady Comets the boost they needed to get past Valley View, 83-67, in a meeting of Lackawanna Track Conference Division 1 unbeatens.

The victory, their 29th straight, gives the Lady Comets the upperhand toward a likely fifth straight division title.

Abington Heights outscored Valley View, 34-2, in the four individual track events immediately before and after the Cougars’ only relay win in the 400.

Teams receive five points for first place, three for second and one for third. Abington Heights got all nine from the 400 and 300 hurdles and took first and second place for eight of the points in the 1600 and 800.

Stephanie Lalos got the decisive stretch started and helped finish it.

Lalos, who had already anchored the winning 3200 relay, won the 1600, ahead of teammate Taylor Ross. She finished second behind Erin Jaeger, another 3200 relay team member, in the 800.

Gronsky, Missy Burke and Jess McMinn went 1-2-3 in the 400 before Valley View broke up the rush with its relay win.

Cadman, Isabella Clauss and Jessica Kurey then went 1-2-3 in the 300 hurdles.

Missy Burke also won the triple jump and was part of the winning 1600 relay team with Gronsky, Clauss and Cadman.

Valley View was coming off a boys’ and girls’ championship sweep of last weekend’s Icebreaker Relays at Wallenpaupack.

Division 3’s unbeaten co-leaders also went head-to-head Wednesday.

Elk Lake emerged with sole possession of the division lead after a 105-44 romp over Mid Valley.

Holy Cross and Western Wayne remain tied for the Division 2 lead at 4-0. Holy Cross hosts Western Wayne in the regular-season finale May 2.

DREAM GAME

Plans are being made for the 77th annual Dream Game July 27.

The Scranton Lions Club-sponsored football all-star game is scheduled for Scranton Memorial Stadium.

Nick Parise has taken over as game chairman.

Scranton Prep’s Nick Donato will coach the City team. Lackawanna Trail’s Steve Jervis will guide the County.

A coaches meeting on Wednesday will help settle the rosters for the games.

COURSE RECORD

Moscow resident and former Scranton Prep golfer Nicholas reach tied the five-month-old course record set by PGA Tour player Jason Bohn when he posted a 10-under-par, 62 at the Junior Invitational on the 7,344-yard Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, Ga.

Reach, a University of Georgia recruit and one of the top junior players in the country, is attending the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy in Florida.

BATTLES AT THE TOP

All three Lackawanna League baseball leads went through changes after head-to-head meetings among the leaders.

Valley View took down the two former Division 2 co-leaders, handing Old Forge and Riverside their first defeats in a three-day stretch.

The wins moved the Cougars into a first-place tie with Riverside at 5-1.

Lackawanna Trail handed Blue Ridge its first loss in Division 3 and took that lead away from the Raiders with a 5-1 record.

Scranton defeated West Scranton for sole possession of the Division 1 lead at 5-0.

HOW THEY STAND

Dunmore became the first spring team to clinch at least a tie for a division title when the Bucks improved to 5-0 in Lackawanna Division 2 boys’ track.

The Bucks are at Montrose Wednesday with a chance to win the division outright.

Each Lackawanna League softball team division is down to one unbeaten at 6-0.

Wallenpaupack, Valley View and Elk Lake are the division leaders.

Delaware Valley and Scranton Prep are 7-0 and on top of Divisions 1 and 2 of Lackawanna boys’ tennis.

Lackawanna Trail is 6-0 and first in Lackawanna boys’ volleyball.

North Pocono shares the Wyoming Valley Conference boys’ volleyball lead with Holy Redeemer at 8-0.

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