Citizens Voice

The Wyoming Valley Conference girls coaches recently selected its 2007-2008 all-stars. Teams are voted on by conference coaches only.

Division II
Most Valuable Player: Monica Wignot, Holy Redeemer
Player Of The Year: Paige Ven son, GAR
Coach Of The Year: Rich Nemetz, Holy Redeemer
JV Co-Coaches Of The Year: Amy Kachinko, Holy Redeemer and Mary Jo Hromchak, Dallas
First Team: Selena Adamshick, Lake-Lehman; Lyndsay Ellis, Dallas; Alyssa Sabalesky, Holy Redeemer;
Jen Harnischfeger, Nanticoke Area; Lindsay Maximowicz, Holy Redeemer.
Second Team: Gaby Olshemski, Lake-Lehman; Erin Delaney, Dallas; Danielle Krawetz, Dallas; Morgan Thomas, Nanticoke Area; Laura Casey, Holy Redeemer.
Honorable Mention: Lehman: Audrianna Lippnik, Beth Carey; Dallas: Melissa Gorski, Ally Evans; Holy Redeemer: Natalie Adams, Laura Wingert, Megan Kazmerski; Nanticoke Area, Kelsey Yohey, Leigh Ann Rentko; GAR, Lydia Naperkowski; Wyoming Area, Kylie Sheplock, Allie Scalzo, Elyse Linskey.

Trojanettes still in hunt for states

North Pocono 44
Nanticoke Area 35

Not quite the first half that North Pocono’s Katie Cahill had in mind. Playing with a jammed thumb, her shot was off.
She committed a pair of offensive fouls, each of which earned her a seat on the bench. And she had just two points to show for what was a very frustrating first half.
But in the third quarter, Cahill turned that anger and frustration into positive energy, sparking a third-quarter run that carried sixth-seeded North Pocono into the District 2 Class AAA title game with a win over No. 7 seed Nanticoke.
North Pocono advanced to Saturday’s title game against Holy Redeemer at 2:30 at Pittston Area High School.
The Trojanettes will face Coughlin (17-8) in the AAA third place game on Saturday, February 23, 2008 @ Wyoming Valley West @ 1 p.m.

Jen Harnischfeger scored 12 to lead Nanticoke.


NANTICOKE AREA 11 7 3 14 — 35
NORTH POCONO 11 7 13 13 — 44

Nanticoke tops second-seeded Valley View
By Job Fawcett - Citizens' Voice

Morgan Thomas made a lot of noise with her outside shooting, then, when Valley View’s defense shut her down, she slammed the door with an important rebound.
Drilling five 3-pointers in the first half, Thomas helped seventh-seeded Nanticoke build a lead it held onto, thanks to a rebound that led to two free throws, giving it breathing room in a 45-40 win over second-seeded Valley View on Tuesday at Scranton High School.
Nanticoke (15-8) advances to the District 2 Class AAA semifinals, where it will face North Pocono on Thursday.
Valley View ends at 18-8.
“The last few games I haven’t been making my shots,” said Thomas, who owns the school record for 3-pointers made in a season, now with 80. “There was no arc. I was just happy that I started to make them.
“On the rebound, I just went after it so we could get another offensive possession, so it was big.”
In the second quarter, after missing six of her first seven shots from beyond the 3-point arc, Thomas nailed four of her next five which helped Nanticoke build a 22-11 halftime lead.
When Nanticoke did miss, Kelsey Yohey gave the Trojanettes plenty of chances. She had 14 rebounds in the first half, including eight offensive.
“Morgan Thomas really shot the ball well,” Nanticoke coach Jack Rentko said. “Our intensity picked up. Valley View fought for every shot.”
Jennifer Harnischfeger took when Valley View clamped on Thomas. She made two soft jumpers and a 3-pointer highlighting a 9-3 surge to start the fourth quarter and push the lead to 37-26.
“I didn’t really shoot well in the first quarter, so I had to pick things up,” said Harnischfeger, who finished with 13 points and five assists.
Valley View increased its defensive pressure. Abbey Rodway converted a three-point play and added the front-end of a 1-and-1. Then, Shannon Krajkovich put back an offensive rebound and the Lady Cougars were within 37-34.
With a minute remaining, Keegan, who finished with 10 points, converted a three-point play that pulled Valley View to within 40-38 with less than a minute to play.
Harnischfeger made one free throw, then on her miss, Thomas came up with the rebound and got the ball to Leigh Ann Rentko, who went to the line after being fouled. She made both free throws giving the Trojanettes the cushion they needed.
“My girls never quit,” Valley View coach John Duffy said. “They are the best bunch of kids. We were right there at the end. I’m really proud of these girls. When I started coaching these girls, the program was coming off some tough seasons.
“They won 14 last year and 18 this year, and that’s a credit to the seniors.”

Nanticoke 66, Honesdale 44

Leigh Ann Rentko poured in a game-high 19 points as the Trojans advanced to Tuesday’s second round.
Jen Harnischfeger added 12 points for Nanticoke, which led 61-25 entering the fourth quarter. Morgan Thomas and Gaby Malischak chipped in 11 each for the Trojans.
Nanticoke will play No. 2 Valley View on Tuesday at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Carbondale High School.

12/7/2007 - Times Leader
Trojanette Basketball Capsule
Coach: Jack Rentko
Last year: 29-1

Key players lost: Sarah Acker, Aly Byorick

Players to watch: Leigh Ann Rentko, Sr.; Jen Harnischfeger, So.; Kelsey Yohey, Jr.

Outlook: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Acker and Byorick are now at St. Joseph’s and Xavier, officially marking an end of a stellar two-year run in which the Trojanettes were a combined 59-2. Instead of contending for a state championship, Nanticoke’s goal is to reach the .500 mark in league play. Its biggest strength will be the solid guard tandem of Rentko and Harnischfeger, who both possess lightning speed. Super-sub Yohey steps into the starting lineup and could be the offensive leader. “We will be a small team, but quick and very aggressive,” said Rentko.