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MONDAY RECAP: Cougars secure track title

Justin Kolsovsky won both hurdles events and the pole vault Monday as Valley View ran away from West Scranton while becoming one of the teams to clinch a divisional title with a 123-25 Lackawanna Track Conference Division 1 boys romp.

Valley View exceeded 100 points in three of its four division meets, winning by an average margin of 64.3 points.

Kolsovsky won the 110-meter high hurdles in 16.3 seconds, the 300 hurdles in 43.2 and the pole vault by clearing 9 feet.

Connor Hilling sprinted to victories in the 100 and 200 dashes and as the anchor of the 400 relay team.

Jack Baronski won the 1600 and 3200 runs while Jacob Nielsen won the long jump and triple jump.

Mid Valley and Montrose also locked up LTC boys titles with dominant efforts.

Mid Valley defeated Riverside, 112-37, in Division 3 while Montrose handled Mountain View, 111-20, in Division 4.


Montrose clinched the Lackawanna Track Conference Division 4 title outright with a 111-20 rout of Mountain View.

Mountain View entered the day in second place in the division.

The Lady Meteors went 5-0 in the division, scoring at least 92 points in every meet.

Abington Heights ran its LTC winning streak to 83 by beating Scranton, 109-41.

The Comets set up a showdown May 11 at Scranton Prep between the two 3-0 teams to decide the LTC Division 1 title.

Aria Messner and Jakiya Kroon each won two individual events and a relay as Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 leader Pittston Area remained unbeaten with a 120-30 romp over Wilkes-Barre Area.

Messner won the triple jump and high jump. Kroon won the 100 and 200. Both ran on the winning 400 relay team.

Samantha Ruszin (800 and 1600) and Leah Zambetti (1600 and 3200) also added two individual wins.


WVC Division 1 and District 2 Class 4A leader Tunkhannock was held to its lowest offensive output of the season, but Kaya Hannon made sure it did not matter in a no-hitter with 14 strikeouts to shut down Wyoming Valley West, 2-0.

Hannon walked just one batter while throwing 62 of her 82 pitches for strikes.

Emily Schultz drove in both Tunkhannock runs.

Jenna Santuk led the way with her pitching and hitting as Holy Redeemer clinched at least a tie for the WVC Division 2 title with an 11-1, five-inning victory at Hanover Area.

The Lady Royals are 9-0 with three games to play and their top three pursuers have all lost three games already.

Santuk tossed a two-hitter with a walk and seven strikeouts. She went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, two runs and two RBI.

Lackawanna League Division 1 leader Abington Heights scored 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning and defeated Scranton, 13-0, in five innings.

Riley Marshall led the way, going 3-for-3 with a home run, double and five runs batted in.

Colleen Cole was 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI.

The shutout was the seventh of the season for the Comets and the sixth for Ava Leach, who struck out 11 in a four-hitter.

Jessica Koptcho struck out 15 in a three-hitter to lead Crestwood to a 7-0 shutout of Wilkes-Barre Area in WVC Division 1.

Mid Valley opened its Lackawanna Division 3 lead to three games by winning at second-place Holy Cross, 8-5.


Matt Shamany and Marcus LaBuda combined on a four-hit shutout and the Hazleton Area offense maintained its 10-runs-per-game pace as the Cougars remained unbeaten by stopping Wyoming Valley West, 10-0, in six innings in Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 game.

Shamany worked the first five innings, striking out 10. LaBuda struck out one of the three batters he faced in a scoreless sixth.

Bryce Molinaro and Nick Biasi each homered.

Molinaro went 3-for-4 with four runs batted in and scored twice. Brett Antolick had two hits and scored twice.

Riverside also remained undefeated, using a nine-run fourth inning to finish off Carbondale, 14-2, in five innings in a Lackawanna League Division 3 game.

Division 1 leader Abington Heights trailed twice, but remained unbeaten in the Lackawanna by rallying with four runs in the fourth inning, then adding six in the fifth on the way to a 12-10 victory over Scranton.

Colin Davis, who drove in three runs, and Gabe Pietryka each doubled twice. Michael Show had two hits, two RBI and two runs scored.

Third-place Pittston Area won its third straight and caught up to second-place Dallas in the loss column with a 3-1 victory in WVC Division 1.

Adam Felinski threw a four-hitter and did not walk a batter for the Patriots.

Alex Peters drove in Kevin Powers in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift Berwick to a 1-0 WVC Division 1 victory over Tunkhannock.

Teagan Shortlidge struck out five in 2 2/3 innings to earn the win in relief.

Tyler Mullen went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI to lead Lakeland past Western Wayne, 10-7, in a battle for second place, behind Riverside, in Lackawanna Division 3.

Zach Kalinoski and Tyler O’Connor had four hits each and Ian Richmond added a grand slam as Mid Valley defeated Holy Cross, 15-5, in Lackawanna Division 3.

The Spartans broke the game open with seven runs in the top of the seventh.

Kalinoski had two doubles, a triple, four RBI and three runs scored. O’Connor homered, doubled, scored four times and drove in two runs.


Delaware Valley scored seven times in the first quarter and six in the fourth on the way to its fifth straight victory, 20-11, over Dallas in the WVC.

Nate Melnick led the way with six goals and three assists.

Brady Quinn, who had an assist, and Xander Kelly scored four goals each.

Anderson Leo scored six goals for Dallas.


Madison Lasinski, Maddy Raspen and Kortney Harry led the way as Lake-Lehman overwhelmed North Pocono, 21-5, in a WVC game.

Lasinski scored six goals. Raspen had four goals and four assists. Harry made nine saves.

Kendra Jordan scored three times for North Pocono.

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