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Blue Devils on drive for five

Old Forge seeks unprecedented fifth straight District 2 crown

The Old Forge boys’ basketball team seeks to set a District 2 record this week as it starts its trek to a possible fifth consecutive District 2 Class 1A title. No other district school has won five consecutive Class 1A titles.

The Blue Devils have won the last four small-school titles and continue to be just the second public school in the history of the Class 1A Tournament to wear the crown. Lake-Lehman was the other in the early 1980s.

Old Forge is once again the top-seed in the field. The Blue Devils (14-7) will face Forest City (5-18) on Tuesday at Scranton High at 6 p.m. The Foresters beat St. Michael’s on Friday night at Pittston Area High School.

Forest City plays in Division III of the Lackawanna League – a division which saw two of its top three teams ousted in the LL Class 2A play-in tournament by Division II lower division teams, Carbondale and Mid Valley.

The Foresters however are no stranger to playing David versus the Blue Devils Goliath. Forest City pulled off one of the biggest upsets in district play when they beat Old Forge in 2006. It’s the last time the Blue Devils lost a District 2 playoff game – a string of nine straight games.

Those nine games include three wins each over the other semifinalists, Susquehanna (7-15) and Freeland MMI Prep (6-16). Old Forge has beaten MMI in the past two title games, and Susquehanna in the one before that. This year’s title game is scheduled for Friday at a time and place to be announced.

The Blue Devils are led by senior guard Tony Goodall. Goodall who has scored over 750 points in his three-year career is averaging 13.8 points per game this season. Senior point guard Mario Martinelli checks in with 8.3 points per game and has handed out 52 assists. Forwards Connor Fultz (6.4 ppg) and Dom Avvisato (6.1) lead Old Forge on the board, averaging six rebounds each per game.

OF 26, West 37

Old Forge traveled to Scranton High School to take on West Scranton in a non-league game on Tuesday night. Both teams left their offenses in their home gyms.

The Blue Devils held the Invaders without a double-figure scorer but managed just 10 field goals in a 37-26 loss.

West led from the start but Tony Goodall did his best to keep Old Forge within striking distance in the first half.

The senior guard scored all nine of his points in the first 12 minutes of the game, including a driving layup to get the Blue Devils with 14-13 with 3:48 left in the second quarter.

But the Invaders reeled off 14 straight points over the last 3:48 of the first half, and the first 5:37 of the second half to take a 28-13 lead with 2:24 left in the third quarter.

Dave Argust stopped the run with back-to-back three-pointers to end the third as Old Forge got to within 29-19 to start the fourth quarter.

West opened its lead up to 37-20 before Bill Nocera canned two three-pointers in the final two minutes for the Blue Devils.

Goodall’s nine points led Old Forge. Argust and Nocera finished with six points each.

JV beaten just twice

The Old Forge junior varsity enjoyed a successful season by posting a 15-2 record this year despite not having one player average double figures for the season.

The Blue Devils two losses came to Riverside and Holy Cross in the first-half of Lackawanna League Division II play. The LL does not crown champions at the junior varsity level.

Brian Tomasetti led Old Forge with 8.7 points per game while Dave Chromey and Jake Manetti averaged 7.5 and 7.4 points per game respectively. J Argonish added 6.4 points per game and Colin Carey chipped in with 6.2 points per game. Sixth-man Dave Argust scored 6.6 points per game.

Old Forge won nine straight to end the season.

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