DISTRICT CHAMPIONS-Lance Blass moves upfield for the Crestwood Lacrosse team. The Comets won the District 2 Class 2A title and advanced into the opening round of states on May 30, defeating Lewisburg, 11-4.
The newly crowned WVC District 2 Class 2A lacrosse champion Crestwood Comets came up short in the quarterfinals of PIAA state tournament against District 12 Champion Landsdale Catholic. The Comets lost by a score of 12-9 at Emmaus High School’s Memorial Field on June 3.
Crestwood played tough from start to finish. Freshman Anthony Caporuscio put the Comets in the lead briefly late in the third after Zach Anderson knotted the score in dramatic fashion three minutes earlier. The Crusaders were quick to respond, tying the score at 9-9. Crestwood played a strong three quarters but three unanswered goals by Lansdale Catholic in the fourth made the difference.
Caporuscio the led the Comets in scoring with five goals and an assist, followed by Owen Griga who tallied two goals. Kyle Richards and Anderson each scored one goal while Matt Tirpak and Wyatt Malia each recorded two assists.
Reed Karaska had eight saves for Crestwood.
A Cinderella story in the WVC this season, Crestwood’s win over Lewisburg in the opening round on May 30 made the Comets the first team in Luzerne County to win a game in the state tournament.
Crestwood handily defeated District 4 champion Lewisburg, 11-4, in the opening round to advance to the quarterfinals.
Against Lewisburg at the Lake Lehman Eddie Edwards Stadium, the Comets streaked out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter. The scoring opened with two goals by freshman Malia, the first coming off a pass by junior Tirpak. Thomas Kulk also scored in the first half.
The Comets domination of the Green Dragons continued in the second half with precision passing that kept Lewisburg back on their heels.
Malie finished the game with four goals and two assist, followed by Caporuscio with two goals and three assists. Anderson also added two goals and recorded an assist.
Rounding out the scoring for the Comets was Kulak, Tirpak (two assists), and Justin McCloskey. Grigas was credited with an assist.
Karaska was outstanding in goal with 11 saves.
Wilkes University awarded 782 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at its 70th spring commencement ceremonies on May 20.
The following area residents received degrees:
Mountaintop: Paul Altavilla; Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering; Zachary Berg, Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Media; Brian Costello, Doctor of Education in Educational Administration; Sagar Desai, Bachelor of Science in Science; Nicholas Dopko, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Danielle Eckert, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Harry Gothreau, Bachelor of Arts in History; Taylor Higgins, Bachelor of Business Administration in Management; Matthew Kaster, Bachelor of Science in Biology; Kelly Leicht, Master of Science in Education; Deborah Macri, Master of Science in Education; Daniel Martin, Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science; Jon Petrochko, Master of BusinessAdministration in Business Administration; Zachary Smith, Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies; Christopher Yokimcus, Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Nursing; Luke Zack, Doctor of Pharmacy; and Devin Zurawski, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering.
Wapwallopen: Willard Hauze, Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Media; Michele Karchner, Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Nursing; and Aaron Piavis, Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience.
White Haven: David Hontz, Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry; and Hillary Transue, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.
Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional programs.
Students receive awards at annual Wilkes University Awards Ceremony
Wilkes University students were given awards at the Annual Awards Ceremony held May 19 at the University.
David Hontz, White Haven, received the American Chemical Society Section Award at the Wilkes University Annual Awards Ceremony. Hontz is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry.
Tara Giarratano, Mountain Top, received the Frank J. J. Davies Award -Literature Track at the Wilkes University Annual Awards Ceremony. Giarratano is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
Daniel Martin, Mountain Top, received the Outstanding Achievement in Computer Science at the Wilkes University Annual Awards Ceremony. Martin is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science.
Christopher Yokimcus, Mountain Top, received the Outstanding Clinical Practice Award at the Wilkes University Annual Awards Ceremony. Yokimcus is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in Nursing.