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Hopkins named ‘Co-Player of the Year’ in WVC-I

PA sophomore shares honor with Valley West’s Zdancewicz


PA’s Mia Hopkins was namded Co-Player of the Year in the Wyoming Valley Conference Division I.







Pittston Area sophomore Mia Hopkins has been named the Co-Player of the Year by Wyoming Valley Conference Division I coaches along with Wyoming Valley West’s Tara Zdancewicz.

Hopkins, a 5’9 forward, led all Sunday Dispatch-area scorers with 18.8 points per game in just her second season of varsity action. She has 715 total points in two years and is on pace to scored her 1,000th point sometime next year.

Joining Hopkins on the first team along with Zdancewicz were Division I MVP Chelsea Cornelius of Crestwood, Janelle Ziminski of Hazleton, Jamie Swaboski of Valley West, Sarah Andrews of Crestwood, and Kendra Hayward of Coughlin.

Other Lady Patriots selected include junior guard Grace O’Neill who was named to the WVC Division I second-team, and senior Shannon Gilhooley who was selected as an honorable mention.

Wyoming Area senior forward Katie Scalzo was selected to the WVC Division II Coaches second-team. and sophomore guard Serra Degnan earned honorable mention honors.

On the boys’ side, Pittston Area senior center Joe Coyne was selected to the WVC Division I second-team as was teammate, junior guard Steve Stravinski.

Wyoming Area seniors Ryan Carey and Cody Gates were selected to the WVC Division II second team.

Lackawanna League

Old Forge’s Tony Goodall was the only Blue Devils player – boys’ or girls’ - to be selected to the Lackawanna League Coaches All-Star team.

Goodall was selected to the LL Division II First-Team after being named to the Second-Team last season as a junior. The senior guard averaged 14.3 points per game for the Blue Devils and joins Riverside’s Tommy Armillay and Jerry Kincel, Holy Cross’s Josh Kosin, and Valley View’s Jordan Siddons on the first team.

No foolin’

The senior boys – Coyne, Carey and Gates – also participated in the 42nd annual Senior All-Star Classic on April 1 at Holy Redeemer High School. Scalzo played in the girls’ version of the game which was played before the boys’ tilt.

Coyne played for the East team which was coached by Joe Caffrey, Mark Atherton and Pat Toole. The 6-foot-6 center scored two points during his team’s 94-74 victory.

Carey and Gates combined for 15 of the West team’s points which was coached by Mark Belinski and Jerry Blazik. Carey drilled three three-pointers for nine points, and Gates scored three field-goals for six points.

Scalzo helped lead the West girls’ team to a victory with some late game defense. The 5-foot-7 guard blocked two shots, one, a possible game-tying layup with under 40 seconds left to preserve a 60-58 win. She scored one point on the night.

Blue Devils among senior all-stars

Old Forge had three representatives in the annual Lackawanna League Senior All-Star game held at Valley View High School on March 29.

Guards Mario Martinelli and Tony Goodall, along with center Dom Avvisato played for the Blue Team in a 83-66 loss to the Red Team.

The Old Forge trio combined for seven points with Avvisato connecting on his only career three-pointer in the game.

Martinelli finished second in the three-point contest at halftime after drilling his first six shots and finished with 12 made baskets.

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