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SATURDAY ROUNDUP: NP opens boys soccer season with shutout

North Pocono, the last District 2 team standing at the end of 2021, got the boys soccer season off to a positive start Saturday when Billy Barker scored the first goal and assisted in the second in a 3-0, non-league victory over visiting Bangor.

Zach Evans assisted the first and last goals.

Eliot Bowen and Peter Sica scored second-half goals for the Trojans.

Aidan Bassi made four saves in the shutout.

North Pocono had an 18-9 shot advantage, but Bangor led 2-1 in corner kicks.

The Trojans, who finished last season No. 1 and open this season No. 2 among Big Schools in the Riverfront United Super Six Power Rankings of District 2 teams, reached the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class 3A state quarterfinals last season.

Wyoming Area scored seven minutes into overtime to defeat Delaware Valley, 3-2.

Kendall Heck scored on a Casey Noone assist, then assisted Dylan Kostik’s goal to give Wyoming Area a 2-0 halftime lead.

After Delaware Valley rallied on two Tyler Cottone goals, one in each half, Kostik set up Ben Nichol for the overtime game-winner.

In other boys soccer games: Lake-Lehman edged Lakeland, 3-2; Pittston Area routed West Scranton, 11-0; Mountain View topped Hanover Area, 3-2; and Honesdale beat Dunmore, 3-2.

Evan Kaiser and Cole Kaiser each had a goal and an assist in the second half to rally Lake-Lehman.

Jose Ortiz had a hat trick and Fabrice Gatsinzi added two goals and two assists for Pittston Area.

Noah Barnes scored the game-winner goal off a Julian MacDonald corner kick for Mountain View.


Madison Meagher scored two goals, including the overtime game-winner, to lift Honesdale over Mountain View, 5-4.

In other non-league games: North Pocono defeated Lakeland, 3-2; Dallas edged Methacton, 2-1; Pittston Area shut out West Scranton, 8-0; Wyoming Area shut out Wilkes-Barre Area, 2-0; Abington Heights routed Tunkhannock, 7-1; and Mountain View blanked Hanover Area, 2-0.

Olivia DeScipio, Amelia Maros and Ava Strzelec scored as North Pocono knocked off Lakeland, the No. Small School in the Super Six.

Elizabeth Viglone scored the game-winner for Dallas, the No. 1 Big School.

Caelan Gallagher gave the Lady Mountaineers a 1-0 halftime lead.

Melania Serino scored four goals for Pittston Area.

Anna Wisnewski and Halle Kranson scored for Wyoming Area.


Abington Heights and North Pocono played to a 4½-4½ tie at Elmhurst Country Club in a match between the last two unbeatens in the Lackawanna League Class 3A Division.

The Comets remain a half-match in front of the host Trojans in the division race.


Valley View defeated Honesdale, 5-0, then avenged a Lackawanna League loss by topping Wallenpaupack, 4-1, in the championship match of the Honesdale Fall Classic.

Wallenpaupack defeated Mid Valley, 4-1, in the other semifinal.

Honesdale topped Mid Valley, 4-1, for third place.


Sam Snyder had 13 kills, 7 aces and 6 digs as North Pocono downed Hazleton Area in four sets in a non-league match.

The Lady Trojans won, 25-17, 25-19, 24-26, 25-23.

Sam Bajor and Mia Summa added nine kills each.

In another match, Pocono Mountain East swept Western Wayne.


Stroudsburg shut out defending District 2 Class 3A champion Hazleton Area, 2-0, in non-league play.


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