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5-7 Sr. G
Aufiero led the Trojans to a 26-2 record, a third consecutive Wyoming
Valley Conference Division 2 title, a District 2 Class 4A championship
and to a first-round state victory by averaging 16.2 points, swiping
73 steals and knocking down 48 3-point field goals at a 40.2 percent
clip. Aufiero scored her 1,000th career point and set the school record
with eight 3-pointers in a single game and scored 31 points in a victory
over Hazleton Area after hitting 30 in the previous game. She hit
every shot she took in a regular-season win over Holy Redeemer, where
she went 9-for-9 from the floor hitting all four of her 3-point
attempts and all three of her foul shots during a 25-point night.
5-8, Sr. G
After missing her junior season with a torn ACL, Klepadlo returned
to the court with a vengeance and picked up right where she left off
as a sophomore. She averaged 15.1 points, 4.4 steals per game, and
6.2 assists per game. She also led the Trojanettes on the boards
averaging 8.4 rebounds per game. That included an 18-rebound effort
where she pulled down 10 in the final quarter of the season finale.
Her all-around game helped Nanticoke Area finish 26-2 and with WVC
and District 2 Class 4A championships, and to Nanticoke Areas
first opening round PIAA tournament victory in five years.
Girls basketball: Gibbons, Aufiero
earn all-state honors
Steve Bennett - Citizens Voice
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Aufiero led Nanticoke Area in scoring with 16.2 points per game. She made 146
field goals on the year, with 65 of them coming from beyond the 3-point
line. Aufiero was not just a presence on the offensive end, but she
was also a menace on defense, especially when the Trojanettes went
to the full-court press that helped them force turnovers and convert
easy baskets at the other end of the floor.
It wasnt as if somebody told her when she was in junior
high that she was going to be an all-state player, Nanticoke
Area coach Alan Yendrzeiwski said. This is a testament to all
the hard work she put in. She would come in during the summer and
work on her game.
Aufiero helped lead the Trojanettes to the District 2 Class 4A championship
and a trip to the second round of the state playoffs, where they were
eliminated by Gwynedd-Mercy. Nanticoke Area finished the year 26-2.
Aufiero led the Trojanettes in scoring in 17 games this season and
scored a season-high 31 points in a victory over Crestwood.
Aufieros best single-game performance came in a regular-season
victory at Holy Redeemer, where she had a perfect shooting night,
making all nine of her field goal attempts as well as all three free
throws to finish with 25 points.
I am really proud of her, Yendrzeiwski said. She
made a lot of big plays for us whether it was on the offensive end
or the defensive end.
WVWs Erin Gibbons, Nanticokes
Kayla Aufiero receive girls basketball
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They came into high school with pure passion for the game they loved,
but without many of the abilities that made them leaders of championship
But by the time they walked off the court, everyone in the Wyoming
Valley Conference was aware of how dangerous senior guards Erin Gibbons
of Wyoming Valley West and Nanticoke Areas Kayla
Aufiero could be with a game in their hands.
That didnt happen by accident. And neither did their selections
to the Pennsylvania All-State Girls Basketball teams.
Their coaches contend nobody could have projected either Gibbons or
Aufiero would have ended up among the states 16 best
players in their respective classes when they first stepped into a
high school varsity gym.
Kayla, when she was in eighth grade, she was a nice little player,
Nanticoke Area coach Alan Yendrzeiwski said. But I dont
think she was even starting. Nobody said this is going to be your
next 1,000-point scorer, youre next All-State player at Nanticoke.
She kept getting better and better every year. She worked so hard,
and got so much better from when she walked through the doors as compared
to when she left.
This incredible honor is a great credit to her.
Yet, the success of her team meant the most to Aufiero.
She spearheaded Nanticoke Areas run to a 26-2 overall record,
a third consecutive WVC Division 2 title, and the schools first
District 2 championship and PIAA playoff victory since 2011. Aufiero
sparked Nanticoke Areas 16-game winning streak to open the season,
and another 10-game run before it ended with a loss in the second
round of Class 4A state play.
My team and I had a tremendous season, said Aufiero, who
stands 5-foot-7 and will play for Wilkes next season. This really
caps it off. My team and I, we gave it our all and played our hearts
out every game. I couldnt ask for any more.
Yet, Aufiero delivered more than anyone could have envisioned.
Known for her game-changing and game-winning shots over the past few
years, Aufiero took her eye-popping performances to another level
She set a Nanticoke Area girls basketball records by hitting eight
3-point field goals in one game. She scored 21 in the first quarter
in a victory over Hazleton Area. Aufiero scored 61 points over two
games as the Trojanettes extended their season-opening win streak
to 16 consecutive victories. She ignited a press defense that regularly
produced more than 20 turnovers per game by averaging 2.6 steals.
And then there was that perfect night against Holy Redeemer, when
Aufiero went 9 for 9 from the floor, 2 for 2 from the foul line and
scored a game-high 25 points to force a tie for the WVC Division 2
lead and, ultimately, propelled the Trojanettes to a division championship.
She had a fantastic year, Yendrzeiwski said. She
scored her 1,000th point toward the end of it. She led our team in
scoring, on a very formidable team that went 26-2. The combination
of the two got her noticed. The success our team had, and of her,
I think both played a part in this.
I think its well-deserved.
2016-17 Citizens' Voice girls basketball
School: Nanticoke Area
She led the team in scoring (16.2 ppg) and helped guide them to the
second round of the PIAA Championships. She scored the 1,000th point
of her career this season.
School: Nanticoke Area
She returned to the court for her senior season after missing all
of last year because of a knee injury. She finished second on the
team in scoring with 15.1 points per game.
PIAA Girls Basketball: Shooting woes sink
The big spurt came toward the end of the first quarter, one that
not only brought the Nanticoke Area fans to their feet, but seemed
to give the Trojanettes a jolt of much-needed energy.
After being able to survive a sluggish first half that saw them tied
with Gwynedd-Mercy heading into the third quarter, Nanticoke Areas
season essentially came down to 16 minutes.
And while 16 minutes in basketball time can seem like an eternity,
for the Trojanettes on Friday night, it seemed to fly by with the
blink of an eye.
Gwynedd-Mercy held the high-powered Trojanettes to just eight second-half
points, and ended Nanticoke Areas season by handing the Trojanettes
a 56-33 loss at Parkland High School.
The loss ends Nanticoke Areas season at 26-2, and ends what
it had hoped would be a journey to the state championship game.
We couldnt put the darn ball in the basket. They did a
great job defensively, Nanticoke Area coach Alan Yendrzeiwski
said. They did a good job taking away our shooters and not letting
us get to the rim. Early on, we had a nice flow going.
That flow came when Lisa Radziak hit a pair of 3-pointers as part
of an 8-0 Nanticoke Area run that gave it a 15-9 lead with 1:03 left
in the first quarter.
But Gwynedd-Mercy had all the answers. Point guard Maura Conroy controlled
the Gwynedd-Mercy offense with her speed, which never allowed the
Trojanettes to set up their trap. Coupled with Nanticoke Areas
struggles shooting the ball, the Trojanettes were never really able
to establish their pressure defense.
All season long, we dont mind playing a fast pace. Sometimes
we give up baskets going it, Yendrzeiwski said. Normally,
we are able to score baskets to keep up. They were fundamentally sound
on the defensive end.
Moving the ball around to the open shooter proved difficult for the
Trojanettes. Gwynedd-Mercy used its length to clog the passing lanes,
and even when the Trojanettes tried to drive to the basket, there
was help from all sides to close off the driving lanes.
With the score tied at 25 at the half, the Trojanettes managed just
one field goal on a drive by Riley Klepadlo in the third
quarter. Katie Butczynski added a free throw at the 5:43 mark to bring
the Trojanettes within one point.
But from there, Gwynedd-Mercy took control. The Monarchs closed the
third quarter with seven unanswered points to go up by eight.
Butczynski knocked down a 3-pointer to open up the fourth, but the
Monarchs put together another stretch, scoring eight consecutive points
to grab a 44-31 lead. Nanticoke Area managed just two free throws
over the final 5:11, giving the team just two field goals in the second
Their length was tough for us, Yendrzeiwski said. They
did a great job taking everything away. It was a fantastic job by
their kids to guard us. We just had a real struggle in the second
half getting a good look.
Heineman 6 3-4 15, Cattie 7 0-0 14, Senour 2 7-8 11, Conroy 5 0-2
10, Dougherty 1 0-0 2, Flannery 0 2-2 2, Hutton 1 0-0 2, Martin 0
0-0 0, Hansen 0 0-0 0, Casey 0 0-0 0, Totals 22 12-16 56.
Nanticoke Area (33)
K. Butczynski 1 5-8 8, A. Lewis 4 0-0 8, L. Radziak 2 0-0 6, K. Aufiero
1 1-2 4, A. Lukowski 1 0-0 3, A. Pyzia 1 0-0 2, R. Klepadlo 1 0-0
2, M. Grilz 0 0-0 0, B. Sobeck 0 0-0 0, B. Czeck 0 0-0 0, J. Baron
0 0-0 0, Totals 11 6-10 33.
Gwynedd-Mercy 11 14 11 2056
Nanticoke Area15 10 3 533
3-point goals: L. Radziak (NA) 2, K. Butczynski (NA) 1, A. Lukowski
(NA) 1, K. Aufiero (NA) 1.
Nanticoke girls fall in second round
of state basketball play
They were right there.
The Nanticoke Area Trojanettes were even at the half and within
striking distance even during an ugly third quarter.
But they never could quite overcome the quickness and precision
of an opponent that suddenly turned the tables on Nanticoke
and cut short its promising state run.
Speedy Gwynedd Mercy guard Maura Conroy scored eight of her
10 points in the second half and keyed a bothersome defense
that held the Trojanettes to a mere eight points in the second
half, sending the Monarchs to a 56-33 victory and into the PIAA
Class 4A girls basketball tournament quarterfinals.
We couldnt put the darn ball in the basket,
Nanticoke coach Alan Yendrzeiwski said. They did a great
Against a speedy and sneaky-quick Gwynedd Mercy defense that
held star scorers Kayla Aufiero and Riley Klepadlo to a combined
six points, the Trojanettes tried to counter with some other
After the Monarchs burst out to a fast 8-2 lead, Aufiero knocked
down a 3-pointer, Alyssa Lewis came off the bench with a couple
of timely buckets and Lisa Radziak drilled a pair of 3-point
goals to give Nanticoke Area a 15-9 lead late in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, reserve Amiah Lukowski drilled another
three and Lewis pumped in a two more baskets as the Trojanettes
tied the game three time in the final three minutes of the first
half to enter intermission in a 25-25 tie.
We were confident, Yendrzeiwski said. We knocked
down some shots. We were happy to be at halftime tied.
But the good feeling didnt last.
Conroy scored six points in the third quarter as Gwynedd Mercy
took an eight-point lead, then Georgia Cattie hit eight of her
14 points in the final quarter as the game got away from the
Katie Butczynski, who joined Lewis with eight points to lead
Nanticoke, hit a 3-pointer to cut the Monarchs lead to
36-31 early in the fourth quarter, but the Trojanettes never
Obviously, its not the way you want it to end,
said Yendrzeiwski, whose team had a 10-game winning streak snapped
and finished 26-2. But our girls have a lot to be proud
of. We had three fantastic seniors to lead us this year. What
a great season for them. After the minutes, the hours, the days
and months pass, our kids will realize they had a season to
be proud of, a real special season.
Im just really proud of them.
PIAA Class 4A second round
Gwynedd Mercy 56, Nanticoke 33
NANTICOKE (33) Katie Butczynski 1 5-8 8, Lisa Radziak
2 0-0 6, Alexis Pyzia 1 0-0 2, Kayla Aufiero 1 1-2 4, Riley
Klepadlo 1 0-0 2, Alyssa Lewis 4 0-0 8, Maddy Grilz 0 0-0 0,
Amiah Lukowski 1 0-0 3, Bella Czeck 0 0-0 0, Jil Baron 0 0-0
0, Brinley Sobeck 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 6-10 33.
GWYNEDD MERCY (56) Megan Dougherty 1 0-0 2, Danielle
Senour 2 7-8 11, Maura Conroy 5 0-2 10, Carly Heineman 6 3-4
10, Georgia Cattie 7 0-0 14, Bridget Casey 0 0-0 0, Reganne
Flannery 0 2-2 2, Chloe Hansen 0 0-0 0, Molly Hutton 1 0-0 2,
Carly Bachinsky 0 0-0 0, Alyssa Martin 0 0-0 0, Sara White 0
0-0 0. Totals 22 12-16 56.
Gwynedd Mercy`11`14`11`20 56
Three-point goals NAN 5 (Radziak 2, Aufiero, Lukowski,
Nanticoke holds off West Perry in girls
basketball PIAA Class 4A opener
As far as the list of accomplishments go, Nanticoke Area has
Maybe its time for the Trojanettes to start a new one.
Kayla Aufiero scored her 1,000th career point, Riley Klepadlo
scored 15 and Nanticoke wiggled past West Perry, 52-46 in a
PIAA Class 4A girls basketball tournament opener at Wilkes Universitys
Marts Center that gave the Trojanettes their first state win
in five years.
It means a lot, my teams helped me achieve that
goal, Aufiero said of her career scoring milestone, which
came during her team-high 17-point night. But I wasnt
really worried about that. I was worried about winning the game.
Were setting goals for ourselves. The last one is to make
it to Hershey.
The Trojanettes, who moved to 26-1 and will face Gwynedd
Mercy in a second-round state game Tuesday, actually checked
off the last item on their original chalkboard from the preseason.
They won the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2, won the
District 2 Class 4A championship and avenged a four-point defeat
suffered in last seasons Class 3A PIAA opener.
They set all these goals before the season,
Nanticoke coach Alan Yendrzeiwski said. They pretty much
achieved every single one of them. Now they get to go and chase
And thats going to be an exciting dream to chase.
The undersized Trojanettes who feature the 5-foot-9 Klepadlo
as their tallest starter in a lineup of all guards chased
away a much taller West Perry team that kept things interesting,
but never quite caught Nanticoke after the games early
Aufiero scored four points in the opening period the
last being her career 1,000th as the Trojanettes grabbed
a 12-8 lead and nursed it throughout.
West Perrys 6-4 center Gracie Stauffer finished with a
game-high 21 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots
but couldnt put the Mustangs over the top.
When West Perry pulled within two points in the second quarter,
5-2 Lisa Radziak popped a 3-pointer and the Trojanettes took
a 24-21 lead into halftime.
Aufiero hit a key 3-pointer in the third period for a seven-point
Nanticoke lead and Radziak converted a couple of buckets as
the lead grew to 11 near the end of the period.
It felt good, said Aufiero, who helped key a press
defense that gave the Trojanettes a fairly comfortable lead
in the second half. When I would make a shot, theyd
get close on me, and then Lisa would make a shot. We went back
Klepadlo made sure West Perry didnt come all the way back,
hitting four foul shots in the final 2:04 to protect Nanticokes
first state win since 2012.
The turning point was in the third quarter, Yendrzeiwski
said, when we started getting some steals and some stops
off the press. I think everybody looks to them (Aufiero and
Klepadlo) as our leaders, for being there before, for being
seniors, for being good players. You need them to step up and
make plays in a game like that.
They made enough.
PIAA Class 4A first round
Nanticoke Area 52, West Perry 46
WEST PERRY (46) Haylee Reisinger 1 0-0 2, Meredith Brown
5 4-4 14, Savannah Urich 0 0-0 0, Margrett Brown 2 0-0 4, Gracie
Stauffer 9 3-4 21, Tiara Johnson 2 0-0 5, Kaylin Kimmel 0 0-0
0. Totals 19 7-8 46.
NANTICOKE AREA (52) Riley Klepadlo 5 4-6 15, Kayla Aufiero
5 4-7 17, Alexis Pyzia 0 0-0 0, Lisa Radziak 4 0-0 9, Katie
Butczynski 3 0-0 6, Alyssa Lewis 2 1-2 5, Amiah Lukowski 0 0-0
0, Maddy Grilz 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 9-15 52.
Three-point goals WP 1 (Johnson); NAN 5 (Aufiero 3,
Nanticoke Area girls advance in opener
The goals the Nanticoke Area basketball team had set have been
reached. Now, it is officially time to start chasing the dream.
The Trojanettes eclipsed the final goal of the season with their
state playoff victory on Friday night at Wilkes Universitys
Marts Center in the opening round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
Kayla Aufiero scored 17 points, including the 1,000th of
her career, and Riley Klepadlo added 15 more in a 52-46
victory over West Perry. But it was not a typical opener to
the state tournament for either team.
The game, originally scheduled to begin at 6:30, was delayed
54 minutes after West Perry had all kinds of travel issues because
of the weather and road conditions. In all, the Mustangs spent
nearly five hours on the team bus, which left for Wilkes-Barre
around 1:30 in the afternoon.
Nanticoke Area arrived in plenty of time, getting to the Marts
Center in time to catch the first game of the night. It made
for a lot of waiting around for both teams Nanticoke
Area for the game to start and West Perry just getting to the
venue in the first place.
I think the kids handled it better than we did,
Nanticoke Area coach Alan Yendrzeiwski said of the extended
delay in the start time. I was talking to their coach,
and he said the same thing sitting on the bus. His team handled
it better. I cant imagine sitting in traffic waiting to
play a state game.
The win improved the Trojanettes to 26-1 on the season as the
program won its first state playoff game since the 2012 season.
It was also the final goal the team set for itself at the beginning
of the year. Nanticoke Area won a division title and district
title, as well.
Now, the focus is to see how long this run can last. Nanticoke
Areas next game will be on Tuesday at a site and time
to be announced against Gwynedd Mercy, a 71-45 winner over Audenried.
I think it is nice, the girls set all kinds of different
goals at the beginning of the season and this is the last one:
They wanted to win a state game, Yendrzeiwski said. Not
only did they achieve all their goals, now they can chase the
dream of getting to Hershey.
But first things first.
The Trojanettes had to tangle with a West Perry team that featured
6-foot-4 center Gracie Stauffer, who controlled the boards and
finished the night with a game-high 21 points. Stauffers
presence also helped the Mustangs handle Nanticoke Areas
pressure better than most teams have all season. West Perry
was able to stretch the floor and avoid dribbling into potential
double teams, which normally lead to turnovers and easy baskets
for the Trojanettes.
Their size was challenging. They did a good job of spanning
the floor and working the high-low game, Yendrzeiwski
said. We struggled with it. I thought we shot well enough
to take care of that early on.
Nanticoke Areas pressure finally got to the Mustangs in
the third quarter as the Trojanettes forced six turnovers, three
of which they turned into six points that helped turn what was
a 24-21 lead at the half into a nine-point lead going into the
Stauffer scored West Perrys first nine points of the fourth
quarter as part of a 9-4 run, helping the Mustangs close within
four points. West Perry was as close as four points with 1:20
left to play, but the Trojanettes got a basket from Alyssa Lewis
and the Trojanettes went 4 of 7 from the foul line in the final
53.9 seconds to ice the game.
Early on, I thought we didnt deny the ball the way
we normally should, and they did a good job of attacking us,
Yendrzeiwski said. Once we did start pressing well and
forcing turnovers, that was the difference. The press in the
third quarter got us a bit of a lead and we made a couple free
throws at the end to hold on.
G. Stauffer 9 3-3 21, M. Brown 5 4-4 14, T. Johnson 2 0-0 5,
M. Brown 2 0-0 4, H. Reisinger 1 0-0 2, S. Urich 0 0-0 0, K.
Kimmel 0 0-0 0, Totals 19 7-7 46.
Nanticoke Area (52)
K. Aufiero 5 4-7 17, R. Klepadlo 5 4-6 15, L. Radziak 4 0-0
9, K. Butczynski 3 0-0 6, A. Lewis 2 1-2 5, A. Lukowski 0 0-0
0, A. Pyzia 0 0-0 0, M. Grilz 0 0-0 0, Totals 19 9-15 52.
WPHS 8 13 10 1546
Nanticoke Area12 12 16 1252
3-point goals: T. Johnson (WP) 1, K. Aufiero (NA) 3, L. Radziak
(NA) 1, R. Klepadlo (NA) 1.
snatches away District 2 girls basketball title
They had been down this road before, banging on the door of a district title,
only to be turned away again and again.
This time, the Nanticoke Trojanettes
didnt bother to knock.
They simply stormed the last obstacle standing
in their path to a championship and smashed it down.
Kayla Aufiero rang up
18 points, Riley Klepadlo worked her way to 15 more and Lisa Radziak hit the money
shots Thursday as the Trojanettes burned Berwick with a tenacious press defense
that carried them to a 52-33 victory in the District 2 Class 4A girls basketball
final at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Oh my gosh, unbelievable, Aufiero said.
We came up short last year. To finally get it feels great.
three-time Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 champion Trojanettes have been
targeting this moment for three seasons, since Aufiero and Klepadlo were sophomore
But their gold medal dreams were dashed in the district semifinal
round the past two seasons, including last seasons four-point loss to Scranton
Prep with Klepadlo watching from the bench with a season-robbing torn ACL.
Klepadlo, Aufiero and Alyssa Lewis each made three steals as Nanticokes
swarming press defense forced 12 turnovers in the first half and 21 for the game
while neutralizing a much bigger and younger Berwick team.
press is really good, Berwick coach Bill Phillips said. Thats
why they only have one loss. They are a very, very good pressing team. It just
got to us.
Right from the start.
The 25-1 Trojanettes harassed Berwick
into eight turnovers in the first quarter, Aufiero scored seven points in the
first eight minutes and Klepadlo swished a 3-point goal that gave Nanticoke a
10-7 lead it never lost.
And while Berwick took better care of the ball in
the second quarter losing it four times the Bulldogs were held to
just six points during the period.
Our defense is relentless, Aufiero
said, Our press gets teams confused, frazzled. From the start, we came out
It sent Nanticoke into the PIAA Class
4A playoff tournament to face 18-6 Lancaster Catholic, the fourth seed out of
District 3 on March 10.
Berwick, as the District to runner-up, will
face either Jersey Shore or Lewisburg, which play tomorrow for the No. 3 seed
from District 4.
And that defense sent a message to Berwick, which battled
the Trojanettes to the very end of a three-point loss during the regular season.
we were going to go into this game and press in the half court, full court, just
playing with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, Nanticoke coach Alan Yendrzeiwski
said. The press, I think, was really tough for them to handle.
Bulldogs really became rattled when Radziak began rattling the rims.
changed the direction of the game, by burying a 3-point goal two seconds from
halftime to send the Trojanettes into the locker room with a 27-17 lead.
knew time was running out, Radziak said. I just wanted to get a last
shot. I was able to take it.
For good measure, the 5-foot-2 sharpshooter
continued beating Berwicks zone defense by drilling two more 3-pointers
in Nanticokes first couple of possessions of the second half, as a seven-point
Nanticoke lead shot to 35-19 in the span of less than three minutes.
Aufiero said of Radziaks long-range shooting spree. They really helped
us to build the lead. When she hit those, we felt great confidence.
helped the Trojanettes overcome a Berwick team that rode a five-game winning streak
into the district final.
And the Bulldogs had reason to believe they were capable
of pulling an upset in the title game, packing the middle with post players Roni
Isenberg, Megan Dalo and Tori Talanca, all standing 6-foot or a tick under against
a much smaller Nanticoke attack.
But the Trojanettes were undeterred.
kept finding ways to produce points in the paint, swooping in for 11 of the teams
27 points in the opening half.
It was challenging, said Aufiero,
who converted all seven of her free throws. But I went up and got some fouls.
My teammates did a good job of finding me.
She had plenty of help from
Klepadlo, at 5-9 Nanticoke Areas tallest player, who scored two points in
each of the last three quarters to help the Trojanettes navigate through a tall
task and reach the top of the district at long last.
happy for our seniors, Yendrzeiwski said. To get this opportunity,
to finally clime the mountain and get that district title, is something theyll
remember for a really long time.
Nanticoke Area 52, Berwick 33
(33) Reese Mensinger 6 2-3 17, Abbey Burt 0 0-0 0, Mikayla Davis 0 2-2
2, Tori Talanca 1 1-2 3, Roni Isenberg 4 1-2 9, Mallory Pinterich 0 0-0 , Megan
Dalo 0 2-2 2, Sierra Miedaner 0 0-0 0, Maddie Lanning 0 0-0 0, Jordan Greshko
0 0-0 0, Alexa Wall 0 0-0 0, Haley Owens 0 0-0 0, Whitney Switzer 0 0-0 0. Totals
11 8-11 33.
NANTICOKE AREA (52) Riley Klepadlo 7 0-0 15, Kayla Aufiero
5 7-7 18, Alexis Pyzia 0 0-0 0, Lisa Radziak 3 1-2 10, Katie Butczynski 0 0-0
0, Alyssa Lewis 3 3-4 9, Amiah Lukowski 0 0-0 0, Maddy Grilz 0 0-0 0. Totals 18
goals BER 3 (Mensinger 3); NAN 5 (Radziak 3, Klepadlo, Aufiero).
year for Nanticoke Area continues with district title
pressure was on from the beginning of the season.
Nanticoke Area was projected
as the team to beat in Class 4A.
Anything less than a District 2 championship
would be a failure.
Well the Trojanettes responded to the pressure the best
way they possibly could with pressure.
That was the biggest difference
in Thursdays 52-33 victory over Berwick to give the Trojanettes the district
title at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Nanticoke Area (25-1) advances to next weeks
state tournament as the top seed out of District 2.
Its the Trojanettes
first district title since 2007.
Berwick (16-9) will also play in the state
Their press is very good. That is why they have one loss,
said Berwick coach Bill Phillips, whose team lost by three points to Nanticoke
Area earlier in the year. We worked hard against the press. We had a lot
of video. They are a very good pressing team. It got to us.
started from the opening tip and wasnt limited to just made field goals.
Trojanettes were pressing on inbound passes as well as missed shots.
worked as Berwick turned the ball over nine times in the first quarter and 14
times in the first half.
That led to easy baskets for Nanticoke Area, mostly
in transition and the majority coming close to the rim.
One of the things
we talked about is we wanted to press the whole time, Nanticoke Area coach
Alan Yendrzeiwski said. Its something that has been good for us all
year. Our girls played with a ton of energy, and Berwick had a hard time getting
in the sets they run well.
Realizing Nanticoke Areas strength is
its shooting from the outside, Phillips felt it was best to play zone and force
the Trojanettes to try to win the game from the perimeter, particularly with having
to shoot in a strange environment with the roll away baskets.
did its best to try to find holes in the zone to get some buckets in the lane.
But once the outside shooters began to get acclimated to the new surroundings,
the Trojanettes seemed to find another gear.
Nanticoke Area held a three-point
lead at the end of the first quarter, but started to open up things in the second.
Berwicks Reese Mensinger finishing with seven points in the first quarter,
Nanticoke Areas defense was able to limit her shot opportunities in the
Berwick scored just six points in the second period, and was within
seven points on Nanticoke Areas last possession of the half.
when Lisa Radziak helped open up the game with a 3-pointer from the top of the
key that made it a 10-point game. It helped swing all the momentum in Nanticoke
That hurt us, Phillips said.
that momentum into the third quarter as she hit two more 3-pointers as part of
a 10-0 run to open up a 37-19 lead.
To get that bucket at the end of
the half was huge for us, Yendrzeiwski said. Early on we didnt
shoot it well and it was the press that kept us going. We got some easy baskets,
then our shooters started to warmup.
Radziak, who finished the night
with 10 points, said it took a while to get used to shooting at the arena, but
felt eventually the perimeter shots would start to fall.
We knew it would
be a different atmosphere but we were able to adapt to it, Radziak said.
It was crazy to be here and win. It was better than we could describe.
storms back to earn spot in Class 4A girls basketball final
As she looked around her, it wasnt hard for Katie Butczynski to see
what was happening.
The Dallas defense was determined to keep a trio of high-scoring
Trojanettes from taking over the game.
So Nanticokes defensive ace turned
into an offensive force, and the Trojanettes turned the tables at the end of a
District 2 Class 4A girls basketball semifinal.
Light-scoring Butczynski scored
seven of her 13 points in the final six minutes Friday as Nanticoke fought back
from a 10-point deficit for a 55-54 victory over Dallas and into the District
2 championship next week.
We are super-pumped, Butczynski said.
Cant wait to be there.
The Trojanettes got there with patience
They trailed by a point after the first quarter, by five at
halftime and by eight heading into the fourth quarter, where Dallas boosted its
lead to 10 points.
Every time we started to make a little run at it,
Nanticoke coach Alan Yendrzeiwski said, theyd make a shot. It seemed
like, for the longest time, it (the deficit) was eight, 10 (points). It seemed
like it took forever.
Then Butczynski stepped up.
She swished a 3-point
field goal with 6:09 to play, igniting a Nanticoke run that erased that 10-point
deficit in under four minutes and ultimately carried the Trojanettes to the district
I knew we were down by quite a lot, Butczynski
said. Someone had to make it for us to come back. I thought I might as well
give it a shot. I knew my team needed it.
It turned into a shot of electricity
for the Trojanettes.
Riley Klepadlo followed Butczynskis 3-pointer with
two consecutive steals and fed Kayla Aufiero for buckets both times with
Aufiero completing a 3-point play on the second one to pull Nanticoke within 50-48.
later, Klepadlo tied it at 52-52 with a drive for a layup, and Nanticokes
vaunted press defense never allowed the Mountaineers to recover.
out the press and said, Weve got to play the best pressure defense
we played all season, Yendrzeiwski said, as the Trojanettes were looking
at making up 10 points in the final six minutes. Then we had a 3-point shot,
a three-point play, the crowd was going bonkers. Our girls fed off that.
place just started to get rocking.
Alyssa Lewis, who came off the bench
with 13 points, rolled in a free throw that gave Nanticoke a 53-52 lead, and the
Trojanettes never lost it.
The point production of Lewis and Butczynski helped
Nanticoke recover from a Dallas defense that held star scorer Aufiero to nine
points and limited 3-point ace Lisa Radziak to just one point. Meanwhile, Klepadlo
finally broke loose in the second half after being held to eight points in the
Klepadlo willed her way to a game-high 19 points and made five
of her eight steals in the fourth quarter to help fuel Nanticoke Areas comeback.
it probably wouldnt have been possible without a kick-start from some of
the teams lighter scorers.
Theyre taking away our top three
scorers, kind of slacking off other kids, Yendrzeiwski said. Some
of them, Katie and Alyssa Lewis, had to make big plays in the clutch.
God they did.
A number of Mountaineers took turns making things tough
on the tournaments top-seeded Trojanettes.
Sara Lojewski scored eight
points in the first half and Lauren Charlton tossed in seven as Dallas opened
a 26-21 halftime lead and Maddie Kelley scored seven of her team-high 17 points
in the third quarter as the Mountaineers retained control.
I was a little
nervous, Butczynski said. But I knew we had it in us to come back.
they did, Butczynski made sure the Trojanettes secured a trip to the finals, while
Berwick will play Scranton Prep in Tuesdays third-place game for the right
to join the PIAA tourney as the District 2 No. 3 team.
She hit four shots over
the final four minutes, and made a key steal in the final minute with Nanticoke
protecting a two-point lead.
Katie was huge, Yendrzeiwski said.
Were just so used to her being huge on defense. It (her scoring) was
such a big turning point in the game for us. We never quit. Weve just got
a bunch of kids from Nanticoke who play their tails off every game. They work
their tails off for everything they get. We just had barely enough.
we had enough.
Nanticoke Area 55, Dallas 54
Lauren Charlton 7 0-1 16, Sara Lojewski 4 3-6 12, Kendra Saba 1 0-0 2,
Hanna Johnson 1 1-3 3, Maddie Kelley 6 5-8 17, Olivia Johnson 0 0-0 0, Gianna
Centrella 0 4-4 4. Totals 19 13-22 54.
NANTICOKE AREA (55) Katie
Butczynski 3 6-10 13, Lisa Radziak 0 1-2 1, Alexis Pyzia 0 0-0 0, Riley Klepadlo
8 3-7 19, Kayla Aufiero 4 1-1 9, Alyssa Lewis 6 1-3 13, Amiah Lukowski 0 0-0 0,
Maddie Grilz 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 12-23 55.
Three-point goals DAL 3 (Charlton 2, Lojewski);
NAN 1 (Butczynski).
District 2 girls
basketball: Trojanettes rally past Dallas to advance
Eight minutes, that is what Friday nights District 2 Class 4A semifinal
between Dallas and Nanticoke Area came down to. Sure, the loser would have another
game to play with the opportunity to advance to the state tournament on the line.
They were also the most important eight minutes that Dallas and Nanticoke Area
would play this season.
But the winner was assured a chance at playing for
a district championship.
With all that in mind, the scoreboard painted a pretty
bleak picture for top seed Nanticoke Area. The Trojanettes were down by eight
heading into the fourth quarter, and all the momentum was resting in the Dallas
huddle before the quarter began.
But it turned out the Trojanettes had another
gear. They upped the defensive intensity, created turnovers, and overcame a 10-point
deficit to escape with a 55-54 win at Wyoming Area High School.
sends the Trojanettes to the district championship game, where they will face
Berwick. Dallas will play Scranton Prep in the third-place game on Tuesday at
a site and time to be announced.
We picked up the press and we told
them they have to play our best pressure defense in the last eight minutes,
Nanticoke Area coach Alan Yendrzeiwski said. We have our strengths and they
have their strengths. We are smaller and quicker. They had the size advantage.
Dallas held a pair of 10-point leads in the fourth quarter with the final one
coming at the 6:24 mark after a Maddie Kelley basket. But, eventually, the Nanticoke
Area pressure proved to be too much.
The Mountaineers turned the ball over
12 times in the fourth quarter. They had 14 possessions where they didnt
get a shot off.
Katie Butczynski hit a 3-pointer that sparked an 8-0 run,
with Kayla Aufiero adding the other six points to cut the deficit to one possession.
However, Dallas proved to be resilient, even with all its struggles in the final
We turned the ball over multiple times and they capitalized
on our turnovers, Dallas coach Kelly Johnson said. One turnover seemed
to lead to another turnover. I think the kids got a little flustered with the
momentum (Nanticoke Area) built. We were right there.
scored on a drive to the basket to help the Trojanettes tie the game. Butczynski
made 1 of 2 free throws to put Nanticoke Area in the lead for good.
had a shot to win it at the end.
A pair of Gianna Centrella foul shots got
Dallas within one point with 36.2 left to play. Nanticoke Area missed a pair of
free throws, but another Dallas turnover gave the Trojanettes the ball back and
a chance to either get fouled or take time off the clock.
That never happened,
as a turnover gave the ball back to Dallas with 11.1 left and another opportunity.
Having to go the length of the floor, Dallas had two chances as time was running
out, but both attempts were altered. And as the buzzer sounded, a relieved Nanticoke
Area team rushed the floor to celebrate the chance to play for a district title.
We made a couple of mistakes at the end where we could have put it away,
Yendrzeiwski said. We got a big stop, we had high hands and we tipped the
ball out a little and they ran out of time. We ended up with the win.
Taking the top seed to the brink was of little consolation to Dallas, who was
coming off its best game of the season when it eliminated Wyoming Area from the
tournament on Tuesday night.
We still had two chances there at the end,
Johnson said. We told the kids how proud we are of them. That is not good
enough for them. They know we were right in that game and we could have won that
game. We made some mistakes that cost us.
Kelley 6 5-9 17, L. Charlton 7 0-1 16, S. Lojewski 4 3-6 12, G. Centrella 0 4-4
4, H. Johnson 1 1-3 3, K. Saba 1 0-0 2, O. Johnson 0 0-0 0, Totals 19 13-23 54.
R. Klepadlo 8 3-7 19, K. Butczynski 3 6-10 13, A. Lewis 6
1-2 13, K. Aufiero 4 1-1 9, L. Radziak 0 1-2 1, A. Lukowski 0 0-0 0, A. Pyzia
0 0-0 0, M. Grilz 0 0-0 0, Totals 21 12-22 55.
Dallas 12 14 20 854
Area11 10 17 1655
3-point goals: L. Charlton (Dal) 2, S. Lojewski
(Dal) 1, K. Butczynski (NA) 1.
District 2 roundup: Nanticoke Area marches on
Class 4A quarterfinals
West, Lisa Radziak and Kayla Aufiero each scored 15 points to lead Nanticoke Area
to a 56-35 win over Honesdale in the District 2 Class 4A quarterfinals on Tuesday
Riley Klepadlo added 13 for the Trojanettes, who play Dallas in the
semifinals on Friday at a site and time to be determined.
Emily Theobald scored
11 points for Honesdale.
E. Theobald 5 1-2 11, C.
Tuman 2 5-6 9, R. Barton 2 0-2 4, A. Jones 2 0-0 4, C. Bannan 1 0-0 3, S. Keast
0 2-2 2, C. Casazza 1 0-2 2, F. Howell 0 0-0 0, N. Longman 0 0-0 0, Totals 13
Nanticoke Area (56)
K. Aufiero 5 3-6 15, L. Radziak
5 4-6 15, R. Klepadlo 4 3-4 13, K. Butczynski 2 1-2 5, A. Lukowski 2 0-0 4, A.
Lewis 1 0-0 2, A. Pyzia 1 0-0 2, M. Grilz 0 0-0 0, B. Sobeck 0 0-0 0, B. Czeck
0 0-0 0, J. Baron 0 0-0 0, Totals 20 11-18 56.
6 12 1135
Nanticoke Area18 23 12 356
goals: C. Bannan (HON) 1, R. Klepadlo (NA) 2, L. Radziak (NA) 1.
WVC Girls Basketball All-Stars selected
High School, High School Basketball
Wyoming Valley West senior
Erin Gibbons (Division 1), Nanticoke senior Kayla Aufiero (Division 2)
and Northwest sophomore Brenna Babcock (Division 3) were named MVPs by the
WVC girls basketball coaches on Sunday.
Hazleton Area senior Kendra Pfeil
was named Division 1 Player of the Year and Valley Wests Gary Ferenchick
was named Division 1 Coach of the Year.
Joining Gibbons and Pfeil on the Division
1 first team were: Valley West senior Gabby Smicherko, Dallas senior Maddie Kelley,
Crestwood junior Julia Makowski and Pittston Area seniors Taryn Ashby and Kirsten
Nanticoke senior Riley Klepadlo and Holy Redeemer junior Sam
Rajza were named Division 2 co-Players of the Year, while Nanticokes
Alan Yendrzeiwski was selected Coach of the Year.
Also selected for the
Division 2 first team were: Berwick junior Reese Mensinger, Wyoming Area juniors
Sarah Holweg and Addison Orzel, Berwick senior Tori Talanca and Holy Redeemer
sophomore Julia Andrejko.
Meyers Erin Morris was named Division 3 Player
of the Year, while the Coach of the Year honor went to Northwests Amy Kachinko.
Joining Babcock and Morris on the Division 3 first team were: Hanover Area junior
Victoria Benning, GAR junior Khira Cook, Meyers senior Gia Skaff, Wyoming Seminarys
freshman Alex Wesneski and Northwest freshman Reagan Harrison.
Division 1: Sara Lojewski, senior, Dallas; Colleen Cwalina,
senior, Wyoming Valley West; Sara Hopkins, junior, Crestwood; Maddie Mrochko,
junior, Hazleton Area; Alexa Noone, junior, Pittston Area.
Lisa Radziak, junior, Nanticoke; Irelyn Januzzi, junior, Holy Redeemer, Katie
Wolfgang, senior, Wyoming Area, Corrina Scoblick, sophomore, Lake-Lehman, Madison
Borum, sophomore, Lake-Lehman.
Division 3: Genesis Rodriguez, junior, Hanover
Area , Olivia Prato, sophomore, GAR, Bella Skaff, sophomore, Meyers, Mia Raineri,
sophomore, Wyoming Seminary, Trista Babcock, sophomore, Northwest.
2/19/2017Lisa Radziak, Kayla Aufiero
take Nanticoke to WVC Division 2 title
Radziak, Aufiero spark Nanticokes
For a while there, Nanticoke
got lost in a flood of spirit, strength and determination.
And it was all coming
from the other team.
Then, slowly but surely, the Trojanettes found a way to
swim out of it.
Lisa Radziak found her shooting touch, Kayla Aufiero found
more game-changing points Saturday and Nanticoke found enough resolve to overcome
a sensational scoring performance by Sam Rajza and hold off hard-charging Holy
Redeemer, 49-47 in the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 girls basketball title
game at Wilkes Universitys Marts Center.
Not a lot of kids get
the opportunity to do this, Nanticoke coach Alan Yendrzeiwski said. First,
you want to come out and win a championship. And hopefully, this will pay some
dividends down the road.
It was the third consecutive league title
for Nanticoke and seniors Aufiero, Riley Klepadlo and Alexis Pyzia, who helped
the Trojanettes run their overall record to 22-1 as the top seed in the District
2 Class 4A Playoffs, which open Tuesday.
Its just another thing
checked off, Aufiero said of a team list that includes much bigger goals.
nearly became a black mark.
The 18-5 Royals, fueled by the memory a 15-point
Feb. 10 home loss to Nanticoke that essentially forced Saturdays playoff
between two teams that finished 15-1 in league play, roared out on a mission.
consecutive driving buckets by Alyssa Lewis gave Nanticoke an early 9-5 lead,
Rajza and the Royals responded with 11 consecutive points.
In the first
half, I couldnt wait for our girls to calm down, Yendrzeiwski said.
I thought we were a little sloppy dribbling the ball.
Aufiero tried to clean things up, hitting a 3-point field goal and an 18-foot
jumper to even the score at 18-18 late in the first half, Rajza responded by dashing
along the baseline to give the Royals a 20-18 halftime lead.
the way I anticipated it going, Yendrzeiwski said.
Then Radziak got going.
5-foot-2 shooting guard drilled two straight 3-pointers midway through the period
including one from NBA 3-point range then added another one near
the ned of the period to lift Nanticoke back into a lead.
I knew we were
down and I knew we needed it, said Radziak, who finished with a team-high
11 points. I was just happy to help for the team.
a little more.
The stalwart scorer who developed a reputation for coming through
in clutch moments going back to the District 2 playoffs of her sophomore
season provided more punch during pivotal moments for the Trojanettes.
3-pointer from the wing lifted Nanticoke into its largest lead, 38-30, with 6:49
to play. And her inside bucket with just under four minutes answered a Redeemer
rally and restored a six-point lead to Nanticoke.
I feel just playing
(helps), said Aufiero, who finished with 11 points, and not worrying
about what the score is at that moment. Just keep playing. Things werent
going our way. We didnt let ourselves get down. We came back in the second
Rajza wasnt about to let the Royals roll over.
an electric reverse layup while falling to her knees with 1:47 remaining, then
23 seconds later, buried a 3-pointer to finish with a game-high 22 points and
even the score at 45-45.
Sam Rajza played fantastic, said Holy
Redeemer coach John Jezorwski, whose Royals lost just twice both times
against Nanticoke over its past 19 games and will enter the District 2
Class 3A playoffs as the second seed. She put us on her back for awhile
The performance couldnt quite carry the Royals to a fifth
straight league title between Division 2 and Division 3 play.
Radziak saw to
it, by sinking three free throws in the final 1:15 to cement a third straight
divisional crown, along with a sixth consecutive victory, for the Trojanettes.
was very difficult, Jendrzeiwsi said. To not be at our best and and
still grit it out and make enough plays to be up at the end of the game is a testament
to our team.
In the end, the Trojanettes barely escaped the wave of Holy
Redeemers resolve, as the Royals missed a few shots to tie the game or go
ahead in the final 30 seconds.
We had three good, open shots at the end
by three good players, Jezorwski said. Finish. Thats the word
for the week. Im proud of the girls, they really played with heart. I think
theyre disappointed. Thats a feeling, going into districts, weve
got to fix. Have to give it to Nanticoke, theyre a very, very good team.
I thought we were playing really well defensively, containing shooters. Theyre
just a very good team, and its tough to do for a whole game.
girls basketball: Nanticoke Area beats Holy Redeemer, wins Division 2 title
All Nanticoke Area needed to do was settle down. The first half was
not a picture-perfect performance on either end of the floor.
with the Division 2 championship on the line.
But once the Trojanettes got
to halftime, they had time to relax and assess the situation. All they really
needed was to have one or two shots fall and get back to playing the way they
Lisa Radziak delivered those shots, and the Trojanettes grabbed
their third consecutive division title.
Radziak finished with 14 points and
helped Nanticoke Area to a 49-47 victory over Holy Redeemer Saturday afternoon
at Wilkes Universitys Marts Center.
This was by far the hardest,
Nanticoke Area coach Alan Yendrzeiwski said of comparing titles. The last
two, we kind of clinched early in the regular season. We knew we had to do it
the hard way. We welcomed the opportunity. We had a chance to beat them twice.
We didnt get a chance to play anybody in our division twice.
Area won the regular-season meeting between the two teams at Holy Redeemer. But
when the teams finished tied for first place in Division 2, a special playoff
game was necessary to determine the overall champ.
If we beat them twice,
we prove that we are the better team, Yendrzeiwski said. It wasnt
the prettiest at times. Its great when your kids can not be as pretty or
as nice execution-wise and still win a game.
The Trojanettes finished
the first half shooting 8 of 26 from the floor and 1 of 9 from beyond the 3-point
line. They also turned the ball over 12 times, which helped Holy Redeemer grab
a 20-18 lead at the half.
The first half, I couldnt wait for the
girls to come down. I thought I could help them settle down offensively executing,
Yendrzeiwski said. We were a little better in the second half.
Redeemer played fast in the first half, which helped it create turnovers and get
some transition baskets. But once Radziak knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in
the third quarter, the Trojanettes began to gain confidence. A 6-0 run to close
the third quarter gave Nanticoke Area a 33-28 lead.
The Trojanettes led by
as many as six points with 3:05 left in the game, but Redeemer wouldnt go
away. Samantha Rajza scored five consecutive points, including a 3-pointer to
tie the game at 45 with 1:22 left. Nanticoke Area went 4 of 8 from the foul line
in the final 1:15, but Julia Andrejkos basket in the lane cut the deficit
to 48-47 with 6.4 seconds left.
Prior to Andrejkos bucket, the Royals
had three chances at the basket to score, but could not get a shot to fall. Riley
Klepadlo iced the game for Nanticoke Area with a free throw with 4.6 seconds left,
leaving Redeemer with a last shot attempt that was off the mark.
a good job; we played defense and didnt give them open shots, Holy
Redeemer coach John Jezorwski said. We didnt finish. That was the
thing that was different. Nanticoke finished, and we didnt.Nanticoke
Area improved to 22-1 with the win and will head to the upcoming District 2 playoffs
as the top seed in Class 4A. Holy Redeemer is 18-5 and will be the No. 2 seed
in Class 3A.
Holy Redeemer (47)
S. Rajza 9 3-6 22, S. Yencha
4 3-4 11, J. Andrejko 3 0-0 6, M. Kornfeld 1 2-2 4, I. Januzzi 2 0-0 4, C. Marcinkowski
0 0-0 0, T. Kosierowski 0 0-0 0, Totals 19 8-12 47.
Radziak 4 3-4 14, K. Butczynski 4 1-2 9, K. Aufiero 3 1-2 9, R. Klepadlo 3 2-3
8, A. Lewis 3 1-4 7, A. Pyzia 1 0-2 2, M. Grilz 0 0-0 0, A. Lukowski 0 0-0 0,
Totals 18 8-17 49.
Holy Redeemer 13 7 8 1947
Nanticoke 9 9 15 1649
goals: S. Rajza (HR) 1, L. Radziak (NA) 3, K. Aufiero (NA) 2.
of the Week: Kayla Aufiero, Nanticoke Area girls basketball
Piccotti - Citizens Voice
Family: Mother, Kristin; father,
Matt; sister, Claire; dog, Marvin
Accomplishment: Aufiero was perfect against
Holy Redeemer on Friday, making 9 of 9 field-goal attempts and all three of her
foul shots for 25 points in a 66-51 victory over the Royals.
Favorite subject: Calculus
Favorite television show: Greys
Favorite actor: Matthew McConaughey
Favorite books: The
Harry Potter series
Favorite music artist: The Weeknd
athlete: Carli Lloyd
Favorite sports team: Penn State football
junk food: Cinnamon roll Pop-Tarts
Favorite color: Purple
For Kayla, the
best thing about playing basketball is ... playing as a team and getting a victory.
For Kayla, the most difficult part of basketball is ... knowing her final season
is soon coming to an end.
Away from the basketball court, Kayla likes to ...
spend time with her friends and family.
If Kayla could meet anyone in history,
she would like to meet ... Albert Einstein.
If Kayla could travel anywhere
in the world, she would travel to ... Italy.
If Kayla could have one superpower,
it would be ... the ability to read minds.
Kaylas biggest role models
have been ... her parents.
Up next, Kayla ... will attend Wilkes University
and study pharmacy. She is unsure if she will play any sports.
Athlete of the Week: Nanticokes Kayla Aufiero
Sport, position: Basketball, guard
mom; Matt, dad; Claire, sister
Last week: The senior began the week with
a 31-point performance as the Trojanettes rallied from a halftime deficit to beat
Crestwood 66-49 on Thursday. On Saturday night, Aufiero came out red hot. She
hit four 3-pointers and scored 21 of her teams 27 points as the unbeaten
Trojanettes rolled to their 15th consecutive victory by topping Hazleton Area
76-67. Aufiero finished with a game-high 30 points and six 3-pointers.
she says: They (Crestwood, Hazleton) are both really great teams. My teammates
did a great job of driving and getting me the ball. I just had to take it to the
rim and draw fouls.
Cake or pie: Cake
Oreos or Chips Ahoy: Oreos
to move? Pull-up 3-pointer
Favorite TV show: Friends
or Batman: Superman
Trapped on a desert island one thing you would bring: Cellphone
subject in school: Calculus
Favorite ice cream: Mint chocolate chip
do you put on your pizza: pepperoni
A place youd like to visit: Italy
are you binge watching on Netflix: Greys Anatomy
Become a pharmacist
Pirates or Ninjas: Ninjas
Future goals: Go to college
and play basketball
Varsity Voice: Nanticoke Area's Klepadlo
returns from injury to help spur undefeated Trojanettes
Bennett - Citizens Voice
A sport Riley Klepadlo played for fun ended in
a way that wasnt fun at all. But now the Nanticoke Area senior point guard
is back playing the game she loves most and is working her way to being one of
the best players on one of the top teams in the Wyoming Valley Conference.
Klepadlo missed her entire junior season on the basketball court after she suffered
a torn left ACL playing soccer in Nanticoke Areas first regular-season game
of the year.
I have been playing basketball ever since I was young;
soccer was always my for fun sport, Klepadlo said. I have
been on the varsity (basketball team) since my freshman year. Obviously, I missed
my junior year.
At the time she suffered the injury, Klepadlo said she
went down but was not in a severe amount of pain, and was able to walk off the
field. She even went as far as trying to get back in the game, but that never
happened. It was on her way to the team bus when the knee gave out and began to
She knew something was wrong.
I didnt know for a month,
Klepadlo said. I was diagnosed with an MCL sprain. I followed up with a
specialist and was told it was another MCL sprain and to take a week off. I had
a MRI scheduled that I pushed for and they told me it was completely torn.
With surgery the only option to repair the injury, Klepadlo headed to the Rothman
Institute in Philadelphia three weeks later for the operation. What followed were
four months of rigorous physical therapy designed to get Klepadlo back on the
court for this, her senior season.
Klepadlo had to wait six months after surgery
to be able to return to basketball activities with the stipulation of having
to wear a brace. After 10 months, she was able to shed the brace.
an eye on the future, her junior season was admittedly tough. The Trojanettes
finished last season 23-4. They won the Division 2 championship in the WVC and
qualified for the state playoffs, where they were eliminated by Danville in the
There was never a moment where the team made me feel
as though I was hurt, Klepadlo said. I always wished I was out there.
The focus was on getting better for (this) year. Every motivation going to the
gym for rehab or working out on my own every day was just to get back to this
From a coachs perspective, Alan Yendrzeiwski felt bad.
High school athletes dont get a redshirt with the chance to recoup a missed
season. From the basketball end of things, Yendrzeiwski looked at it as an opportunity
for other players needing to step up.
You just feel so bad for the kid,
Yendrzeiwski said. We knew we were going to have a good team. She was going
to be a big part of it. The other side is that you still have the rest of the
team. You still keep the team together, but you still feel bad for the kid.
Klepadlo spent the season on the bench sitting right next to the coaches. Yendrzeiwski
felt it was an opportunity for Klepadlo to see the game the way the coaching staff
sees it. In the end, he believed when she returned to the court, she would become
a much better player.
After a season on the bench, and once she was finally
cleared to get back on the floor, Klepadlo hit the court running. She played for
JB Hoops over the summer and participated with her teammates at Nanticoke Area
in some summer leagues. All the while building up strength and endurance.
In the beginning I felt like I lost some speed, but now I feel I am getting
back to it, Klepadlo said. In the summer, it was like I was trying
to reteach myself everything. I felt as though wearing the brace was a reminder.
I wore it for 10 months. It was almost like I forgot about (the knee). The major
part was the fast breaks and the open court. In the beginning that was the part
where I may have been a bit apprehensive.
Its safe to say there
are no longer periods of apprehension for Klepadlo. In fact, it was Nanticoke
Areas first game of this season against North Schuylkill in the third quarter
when Klepadlo showed that she was back.
She finished the game with 17 points
in a 70-41 victory. She currently is averaging 15.6 points per game and the team
is off to a 13-0 start, and looking like one of the favorites in Class 4A.
The first half of the North Schuylkill game she was a little shaky, just
working off some of the rust, Yendrzeiwski said. By the third quarter
it really started to click. You really saw the switch turn on. That was what we
remembered from her sophomore year.
Times Leaders Athlete of the Week: Nanticokes
position: Girls basketball, guard
Family: Lisa, mom; Leonard, dad; Leonard,
brother; Laura, sister
Last week: The 5-foot-2 sharp shooter scored 17 points,
including three 3-pointers to keep Nanticoke undefeated (9-0, 3-0) after a 81-51
win over Northwest on Friday. On Wednesday, Radziak scored 17 points in Nanticokes
big win over Hanover Area.
What she says: I think the team is starting
to see the open player, working the fast break and our full-court press is really
working well for us.
This year were working so much harder in practice,
running a lot more in practice and really, really working hard.
or pie: Pie
Oreos or Chips Ahoy: Oreos
Favorite song right now: Till
I Collapse Eminem
One thing people would be surprised to know about you:
My dad taught me everything I know about basketball
Favorite TV show: Big
Is a hotdog a sandwich?: No
Favorite teacher: Mr. Litch,
Favorite subject in school: English
Favorite food: Pork and
Favorite ice cream: Chocolate
Favorite Athlete: Manu Ginobili,
San Antonio Spurs
What do you put on your pizza: Chicken, hot sauce, blue cheese
book: Tuesdays with Morrie
A place youd like to visit:
What are you binge watching on Netflix: American Horror Story
goals: Become a pediatrician
Pirates or Ninjas: Ninjas
Trojanettes win Taylor Lions Tournament
At Riverside High School, Tournament MVP Riley Klepadlo
scored 22 points to lead Nanticoke Area to a 67-51 win over West Scranton in the
title game of the Taylor Lions Tournament on Wednesday.
Making the all-tournament
team for Nanticoke Area were Kayla Aufiero and Klepadlo.
R. Klepadlo 7 7-8 22, K. Aufiero 6 0-0 14, A. Lewis 4 2-4 10,
K. Butczynski 3 1-3 7, L. Radziak 2 0-0 6, A. Lukowski 3 0-0 6, A. Pyzia 1 0-0
2, M. Grilz 0 0-0 0, Totals 26 10-15 67.
West Scranton (51)
6 6-7 19, T. Repshis 5 2-4 12, N. Ross 1 5-8 7, N. Brown 3 0-0 6, K. ONeill
1 2-4 4, E. Rose 1 1-2 3, R. Rozina 0 0-0 0, C. Morocca 0 0-0 0, Totals 17 16-25
Nanticoke Area16 16 16 1967
West Scranton 11 14
3-point goals: K. Aufiero (NA) 2, L. Radziak (NA) 2, R.
Klepadlo (NA) 1, D. Jefferson (WS) 1.
Citizens Voice Girls Basketball Preview
¦ Head coach: Alan Yendrzeiwski
¦ Last season: Finished the season 23-4. Lost in the first-round
of the state playoffs to Danville.
¦ Players to watch: Riley Klepadlo, Kayla Aufiero, Alexis Pyzia,
Katie Butczynski, Lisa Radziak.
¦ Looking ahead: Klepadlo returns to the court after missing
her junior season because of a knee injury. She was named division MVP
by the coaches during her sophomore season. The Trojans will look to
put a bit more emphasis on guard play this season, which will result
in a more up-tempo style of play. The faster this group can play, the
better off it will likely be.