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ROUNDUP: Tennis champs open with wins; Crestwood rolls in golf

Wyoming Seminary won three team girls tennis titles in 2021.

Abington Heights won two.

Both embarked on a new season Wednesday with 5-0 victories in conference openers.

Wyoming Seminary downed MMI Prep in a Wyoming Valley Conference match while Abington Heights topped Scranton in a Lackawanna League match.

Both opened conference title defenses with the wins. Wyoming Seminary is also the defending Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state Class 2A champion while joining Abington Heights, in Class 3A, as defending district champions.

The Wyoming Seminary singles combination of Ilana Rosenthal, Ella Krypel and Maya Rosenthal dropped just one game in six sets with Maya Rosenthal losing a game in the first set at No. 3.

Ama Reitsma-Addison Priebe rallied to defeat MMI Prep’s Katie Kissick-Kate Malay, 4-6, 6-0, 10-7, at first doubles and Wyoming Seminary received a forfeit at second doubles.

Scranton battled with Abington Heights in singles, but the Lady Comets dominated doubles.

Hanna Adonizio-Faith Bennett and Mary Booth-Bernie Mullin each dropped just one game in their doubles victories.

Susan Arp, Rina Hanumali and Sona Hanumali won in singles in straight sets, but Maia Philbin and Tejshree Patel from Scranton pushed the No. 1 and No. 3 singles matches to 7-5 in the second set before falling.

Wyoming Seminary, in Small Schools, and Abington Heights, in Big Schools, are the top-ranked teams in the Riverfront Sports Super Six Girls Tennis Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

Dallas, Wyoming Area and Hazleton Area all won 5-0 on Opening Day of WVC play.

Dani Konnick and Sophia Depolo won, 6-0, 6-0, at first and second singles for Dallas, the third-ranked Small School, in its victory over Hanover Area.

Hayla Bryant, Chloe Dudick-Abby Quinnan and Haily Yakus-Natalie Vincelli won the other points for Dallas. Both doubles teams had a 6-0 set.

No. 3 singles player Ava Vacula and No. 1 doubles team Ella Rau/Morgan Slusser won, 6-0, 6-0, for Wyoming Area at rival Pittston Area.

Cadance Cable, Jocelyn Williams and Jillian Graham-Erica Gilligan also won in straight sets.

Hazleton Area, which had a losing record last season but opens this season as the No. 5 Big School, defeated Wilkes-Barre Area.

The Lackawanna League schedule also included Scranton Prep shutting out West Scranton, 5-0, in a meeting of the No. 2 Small and Big schools.

The match was the opener for Scranton Prep. West Scranton is 1-1.

Alyssa Wigley won, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 1 singles and Emma Cuck won, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 3 for Scranton Prep.

Annie Johnson-Gisele Falzone and Ella Cohen-Grace Devine won the doubles matches in straight sets.

The second singles match was the most competitive with Leelah Farrell downing Mia Butka, 7-5, 6-0.

In other Lackawanna League matches: Wallenpaupack shut out Honesdale, 5-0; Mid Valley defeated Riverside, 4-1; Montrose defeated Dunmore, 4-1; and Valley View edged North Pocono, 3-2.

Wallenpaupack became the first team in either league to get to 2-0.

Valley View defeated North Pocono, a Class 3A district semifinalist last year that is the No. 4 Small School this year after dropping to Class 2A.


Jennifer Genell used a 7-iron for a hole-in-one on the second hole at Pine Hills while shooting a 38 and leading Riverside to a 140-159, non-league victory over Elk Lake.

Mati Lord led Elk Lake with a 52.


Three Crestwood players broke par as the Comets shot 1-over-par as a team while improving to 7-0 with a 145-181 victory over Pittston Area in a Wyoming Valley Conference Class 3A Division match.

Owen Blazick shot 3-under-par, 33, Tommy Biscotti shot 34 and Derek Johnson added 35 for the Comets.

Luke Joseph shot 43 to complete the Crestwood team score.

Patrick Ruane shot a 41 at Blue Ridge Trails to lead Pittston Area. The Patriots who entered the day in second place, fell to 3-2.

Hazleton Area took over second-place in the division by improving to 3-1 with a 161-190 victory over Dallas.

The match was between the two teams that won division titles last season when the WVC split its Class 3A teams into two divisions.

Wyoming Area moved above .500 by winning the other Class 3A match, 162-171, over Wilkes-Barre Area.

The Warriors are 3-2.

Wyoming Seminary opened its WVC Class 2A Division schedule with a 156-192 victory over Holy Redeemer.

Nanticoke downed Hanover Area, 194-206, in the other WVC Class 2A match.

Wallenpaupack edged Valley View, 5-4, and Honesdale defeated Scranton, 7½-1½, in Lackawanna League Class 3A Division matches.

Mid Valley and Riverside each improved to 4-1, good enough for a three-way tie in the 15-team Lackawanna Class 2A Division.

Mid Valley defeated Old Forge, 8-1, and Riverside shut out Elk Lake, 9-0.

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