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Old Forge junior high girls win fifth Rosler

Picture from left to right, kneeling, Alicia Santarsiero,Nicole Tagliaferri,Sabrina Talarico,Trisia Renna,Gabby Verespey, and Tylor Hoover; standing, Coach Tom Mc Intyre,Dacia Tompkins,Andrea De Sando,Kailin Snyder,Tori Tansley,Kelci Yesnowski,Nina Pascolini,Debi Sekol,Melania Pepsin,and Coach Ronald Stacchiotti.

The Old Forge Jr. High girls’ basketball team completed its season with its fifth straight Rosler Tournament title at Carbondale Area High School.

The Blue Devils finished the season with a 20-4 record, and also claimed the Mid Valley Jr. High Tournament and finished second in the Old Forge Jr. High Tournament to Lackawanna League champ Dunmore. The Lady Bucks also beat out the Blue Devils for the LL title in a thriller to end the season.

Nina Pascolini led Old Forge with a 10.3 scoring average, and point guard Kelci Yesnowski followed with 8.1 points per game. Forward Tori Tansley averaged 7.1 points per game, and Nicole Tagliaferri served as the Blue Devils defensive stopper.

Sabrina Talarico was the fifth starter for Old Forge and was a valuable rebounder and defender for the Blue Devils.

Gabby Verespey stepped up in place of Tansley when the Blue Devils leading rebounder was out for three weeks with an injury. Debi Sekol was the first guard off the bench for the Blue Devils, and contributed throughout the season.

Other team members included Kailin Snyder, Melania Pepsin, Alicia Santarsiero, Andrea DeSando, Taylor Hoover, Dacia Tomkins and Trishia Renna.

The team is coached by Ron Stacchiotti. He is assisted by Tom McIntyre.

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