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Patriots running away with The Bridge

Defending champion has 7-1 lead over Wyoming Area

The opening of the quest for The Bridge started fast before the fall sports season was interrupted by rain, floods, and even more rain. But when all of the events finally were scheduled, rescheduled and rescheduled again, it was defending champion Pittston Area who was way out in front in the race for the 2011-2012 Bridge Award.

The Patriots got off to a fast start as Brandon Matthews, Ryan Tracy, and Matt Carroll tore up the links in a win over the Warriors on September 2.

A two-week delay of the girls’ tennis match just put off the Lady Patriots 4-1 win over the Lady Warriors as Anna Podrasky and Miranda Warunek led the Pittston Area to a 2-0 lead on Sept. 16.

The golf teams went at it again four days later, with PA defeating WA by 28 strokes on Sept. 20.

The cross-country teams finally got together in the final week of September with Pittston Area taking two wins from a depleted WA squad on the boys and girls’ side for a 5-0 lead. October brought more of the same for the Patriots as Jordan Consagra and Pietro Colella led PA to a 10-3 soccer win, and a six-game advantage over the Warriors.

Serra Degnan finally got Wyoming Area on the board, leading the Lady Warriors Field Hockey team to a 4-0 win over the Lady Patriots in a District 2 Class 3A match. Degnan had three of the Lady Warriors goals to get WA a win in the series which they now trailed 6-1.

Wyoming Area looked to start a winning streak with the annual match up on the gridiron, but the Patriots pulled off the 24-21 upset as the Anthony Haughton-led PA defense kept Warriors superstar Nick O’Brien out of the endzone for the only time this season.

The Warriors and Lady Warriors will try to get back into the race for The Bridge during the winter sports season with four matchups and two other possible events next Sunday.

The 12th annual Anthony “Badger” Marseco Memorial Boys’ and Girls’ Tip Off Tournament gets under way on Friday. Neither the boys’ nor girls’ basketball teams are slated to meet in the first round, both the teams could meet in the championship or consolation games on Sunday.

Barring matchups next Sunday, the schools are scheduled to meet again on January 13 in a swim meet at Wyoming Area. The teams will take to the pool again on February 8 at Pittston Area before the Lady Patriots and Lady Warriors meet on the hardwoods on February 16 at PA. The boys’ hoops teams will then play on February 17 at Wyoming Area in the annual DeMinico Game.

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