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SATURDAY RECAP: Spartans, Lady Chiefs clinch first-place ties

Collin Pacyna won two individual events and contributed to two relay wins Saturday when the Mid Valley boys became the first Lackawanna Track Conference team to defeat Lakeland in a Division 3 meet.

The Spartans posted an 83-67 victory at Lakeland to clinch at least a tie for first place in Division 3.

Pacyna won the 800-meter run and triple jump and was part of wins in the 3200 and 1600 relays.

Both the Lakeland boys and girls went 5-0 to win Division 3 for seven straight seasons from 2013 to 2019. They became Division 3 teams when the LTC realigned from three divisions to four between the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

There were no spring sports contested among Pennsylvania high schools in 2020 because of the pandemic.

Mid Valley and Lakeland went into Saturday tied for first at 3-0 with the breakthrough win considered likely, but not a given.

The Spartans were ranked first and Chiefs second among Small Schools in the Riverfront Sports Super Six Boys Track and Field Power Rankings.

Jeremiah Wolo won the high jump and the pole vault for the Spartans.


Lakeland is still perfect through 39 meets as an LTC Division 3 member after clinching at least a tie for its eighth straight division title with Saturday’s 90-59 victory over Mid Valley.

Both teams were 3-0 in the division going into the meet.

Madison O’Donnell won the 100-meter hurdles and triple jump while Kaylee Lorenzetti won the 200 dash and long jump for Lakeland.

Abington Heights ran its LTC winning streak to 82 meets with a 99-51 victory over Delaware Valley in a Division 1-2 crossover that is not part of the Division 1 standings.


Hazleton Area and Riverside got big efforts from their pitchers while protecting District 2’s only perfect records.

Nick Biasi threw a five-inning, no-hitter as Hazleton Area went to second-place Dallas and came back with a 16-0, Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 victory.

Biasi struck out seven and walked just one. He also had a home run in the game.

The Cougars opened a 2½-game lead in Division 1 with three games to play. They are 9-0 in the division and 14-0 overall, outscoring opponents by a total of 140-28.

Alex Schell drove in five runs with a couple of extra-base hits.

Dallas is 6-2 and 8-4, but still leads the ratings race for the top seed in the District 2 Class 4A baseball playoffs.

Zach Day did a little bit of everything when Riverside maintained its Lackawanna Division 3 lead by winning a battle of divisional unbeatens, 4-3.

Day struck out 13 in six innings while giving up just three hits, three runs (one earned) and one walk. He also had a double, single and two RBI.

R.J. Santarsiero finished off the combined three-hitter, striking out one. He also doubled and scored.

Jason Janesko hit a home run.

The Vikings (8-0, 11-0) have outscored opponents, 111-19.

Lakeland is 5-1 and tied for second in the division with Western Wayne.

Mason Sgarlat’s two-hitter helped Wyoming Valley West defeat Wilkes-Barre Area, 7-1, in a WVC Division 1 game.


District 2 is down to a single unbeaten team after Tunkhannock hammered Mid Valley, 11-1, in five innings in non-league play.

Tunkhannock made official its clinching of a Class 4A playoff berth in the game that matched teams leading both their divisions and their district playoff races.

Kaya Hannon tossed a two-hitter for WVC Division 1 and District 2 Class 4A leader Tunkhannock. She struck out 11 and walked 2.

Maranda Runco had both hits for Lackawanna Division 3 and District 2 Class 3A leader Mid Valley. She also accounted for the team’s only run and only RBI with a solo homer.

Gabby Wood was 2-for-3 with a double, home run, four runs batted in and two runs scored for Tunkhannock, which put together a seven-run third inning.

Paige Marabell also homered.

Elk Lake maintained its Lackawanna Division 4 lead and its perfect record with an 8-1 win over Lackawanna Trail.


Isabella Caporuscio scored 11 goals and assisted on a pair as Crestwood remained on top of the WVC by winning a meeting of ranked teams, 17-10, from Scranton Prep.

Caporuscio, who did not get to play as a freshman because the season was canceled, is over 100 points as a sophomore.

Christina DeNaples had five goals and two assists for Scranton Prep.

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