2 CLASS AA
Dates: Thursday, Saturday, Feb. 26, March 1.
The seeds: 1. Elk
Lake. 2. Meyers. 3. Mid Valley. 4. Holy Cross. 5. Dunmore. 6. Montrose. 7. Hanover
Area. 8. Lackawanna Trail. 9. Riverside. 10. Nanticoke Area. 11. Mountain View.
12. Carbondale. 13. Blue Ridge. 14. Wyoming Seminary. 15. Northwest. 16. Lakeland.
matchups: Lakeland at Elk Lake, Riverside at Lackawanna Trail, Carbondale at Dunmore,
Blue Ridge at Holy Cross, Wyoming Seminary at Mid Valley, Mountain View at Montrose,
Nanticoke Area at Hanover Area, Northwest at Meyers.
The favorite: Mid Valley.
on: The district sends three teams to the PIAA tournament.
Dunmore has defeated Holy Cross, Riverside and Mid Valley this season. Defensively,
the Bucks will make opponents work.
Players to watch: Seth Callahan, Wyoming
Seminary, 21.9; Mike Malshefski, Nanticoke Area, 15.3; Jake Barber, Hanover Area,
19.0; Bobby Kerestes, Hanover Area, 11.3; Anthony Marcincavage, Hanover Area,
10.0; Tyriek Steward, Meyers, 17.5; Shahee Aurelus, Meyers, 9.6; Arlo Maurer,
Northwest, 10.2; Tanner Reyan, Elk Lake, 21.2; Matt Woolcock, Elk Lake, 15.0;
Connor Callejas, Holy Cross, 19.2; Connor Jones, Holy Cross, 16.4; Alex Prislupsky,
Mid Valley, 20.6; Jason Kenny, Mid Valley, 12.6; Mike Becchetti, Dunmore, 9.9;
Cameron Dean, Montrose, 18.4; Connor Mailen, Riverside, 16.8; Ross Fauquier, Lackawanna
Noteworthy: This bracket is up for grabs as there appears to be
no clear-cut favorite. The Lackawanna League has dominated this classification
recently. Holy Cross has won four of the last six championships. Riverside won
the title in 2011 before Meyers won in 2012. ... Elk Lake is the top seed and
began the season with a 19-game winning streak. .... Holy Cross is the most experienced
postseason team and is playing its best basketball of the year. ... Lamont Twyman
cracked the starting lineup for Meyers on Sunday, but it remains to be seen how
much of an impact he will make. ... Holy Cross is ranked seventh in the state
according to PennLive.com, while Mid Valley is eighth. Dunmore, Meyers and Riverside
are listed as others to watch. ... One WVC team is guaranteed to get to the semifinals.
The bottom half of the bracket features four teams from the conference.
Area positions themselves
Last year's record: 11-12
Current record: 3-5
to watch: Mike Malshefski, Brent Piontkowski, Tyler Myers, Scott Stout, Matt Winters,
Ed Lukowski, Justin Casey, Ben Sersen, Rees Roberts.
What to watch: Inexperience
is going to be a concern for Beggs, who is in his first year as the head coach
after taking over for Ken Bartuska. On the plus side, the Trojans are capable
of knocking down shots and if they are hitting from the outside they have the
potential to be a dangerous team. The issue arises when the shots aren't dropping.
Without much size, the onus falls on Pointkowski, a sophomore, who has a bright
future ahead of him.
Boys Basketball Capsule
12-13 WVC record: 7-6 Div. II, tied 2nd; 11-12 overall
postseason: Lost 57-37 to Wyoming Seminary in D2-2A first round.
Key players lost: Nate Seise, G; Cairee Walker, F
Mike Malshefski, 6-2, Sr.; Tyler Myers, 5-9, Sr.; Rees Roberts, 6-1, Jr.; Matt
Winters, 5-11, Jr.; Brent Piontkowski, 6-4, So.; Scott Stout, 5-10, So.
Outlook: Beggs takes over for long-time coach Ken Bartuska.
Through the early preseason, the defense has allowed too many points and the offense
has been inconsistent. Of course, that might have been expected with Malashefski
(9.8 ppg) and Myers (7.4 ppg) the only two returners who saw significant varsity
time last season. Piontkowski showed flashes of being a quality big man as a freshman.
Overall, the Trojans arent very big or experienced enough to make a big
improvement in last seasons record.
Winters, Malshefski power Trojans
Dave Scherbenco / for the citizens' voice Nanticoke's Mike Malshefski
makes his move around Allen Fell of Dallas on Saturday night.
Nanticoke, Matt Winters and Mike Malshefski each scored 22 points to lead the
Trojans to a 81-73 victory over Dallas on Saturday night.
Scott Stout had
17 points and Tyler Myers added 13 for the Trojans.
Chad DeBona scored a game-high
24 points for Dallas.
C. DeBona 7 6-6 24, M. Ross 5 4-5 16,
S. Mathon 8 0-5 16, A. Fell 3 3-3 9, G. Mathon 1 1-2 3, M. Farrell 1 1-2 3, T.
Gattuso 1 0-0 2, J. Sabatini 0 0-0 0, S. Wempa 0 0-0 0, Totals 26 15-23 73.
M. Malshefski 8 5-7 22, M. Winters 5 7-10 22, S. Stout 6 1-5
17, T. Myers 3 4-4 13, B. Piontkowski 0 4-6 4, B. Sersen 1 0-0 3, R. Roberts 0
0-0 0, A. Norton 0 0-0 0, J. Casey 0 0-0 0, J. Shimko 0 0-0 0, Totals 23 21-32
Dallas 10 15 24 24-73
16 18 27 20-81
3-point goals: C. DeBona (Dal) 4, M.
Ross (Dal) 2, M. Winters (NA) 5, S. Stout (NA) 4, T. Myers (NA) 3, M. Malshefski