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THURSDAY ROUNDUP: Tennis victories for N. Pocono, Holy Cross

The North Pocono and Holy Cross girls tennis teams and the Montrose golf team all defeated higher-ranked opponents Thursday.

North Pocono pulled out a pair of three-set victories in doubles to defeat West Scranton, 3-2, while Holy Cross defeated Valley View, 4-1, in Lackawanna League matches.

Montrose downed Lackawanna Trail, 6-3, in a non-league match between defending champions and current leaders of different Lackawanna divisions.

North Pocono (3-1) entered the day as the third-ranked Big School in the Riverfront Sports Super Six Girls Tennis Power Rankings of District 2 teams while West Scranton (1-2) was second.

The Lady Trojans got their three points in two matches where they lost the first set and a third where they needed a tiebreaker to win the first set.

Maddie Carney-Nora Pencek defeated Gianna Tallo-Camilla Sphabmixay, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, at first doubles. Shivani Patel-Ella Salak topped Molly Donovan-Samantha Raphael, 5-7, 6-1, 6-3, at second doubles.

North Pocono avenged an upset loss in last year’s District 2 Class 3A team semifinals with the help of Julie Schriver’s 7-6 (9-7), 6-1 victory at first singles over Gabrielle Chantiloupe.

West Scranton’s two points came from Madison Maloney and Mia Butka at second and third singles.

Maloney defeated Parri Salak, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2. Butka beat Madison Schriver, 6-2, 6-2.

Holy Cross bounced back from a loss to Scranton Prep to improve to 2-1 with its victory over Valley View.

The Lady Crusaders entered the match ranked sixth while the Cougars were fifth among Small Schools.

Montrose fell out of the Scranton Golf Center Super Six Power Rankings this week while Lackawanna Trail remained in the rankings, clinging to the sixth spot among Small Schools.

The Meteors won the meeting of unbeaten teams, improving to 3-0 while the Lions dropped to 5-1-1.


Wyoming Seminary and Holy Redeemer remained unbeaten in the Wyoming Valley Conference.

Wyoming Seminary shut out Berwick, 5-0, dropping just a single game in 10 sets.

The singles lineup of Ilana Rosenthal, Ella Krypel and Margaret Mihalick and the second doubles team of Victoria Smulowitz-Bridget Dowd all won, 6-0, 6-0.

Dominica Delayo-Samantha Casey won, 6-1, 6-0, at first doubles.

Holy Redeemer defeated Hanover Area, 4-1.

The Royals swept doubles and won both of the day’s three-set matches for their third straight win to begin the season.

Crestwood moved above .500 by defeating Pittston Area, 4-1, and Wyoming Area posted its first win, 3-2, over Wyoming Valley West.

Hannah Ziegler, Megan McLaughlin and Shannon Grffiths swept singles while Madison Van Gorden-Samantha Olszyk took second doubles, all in straight sets.

Katie Koss-Jacy Van Osdol earned Pittston Area’s point in a marathon first doubles match, beating Olivia Richards-Sydney Bruno, 7-6 (9-7), 6-7 (3-7), 6-4.

Jocelyn Williams did not lose a game at third singles, Ella Rau-Morgan Slusser won in straight sets at first doubles and Wyoming Area used a forfeit at second doubles to complete its win.

Kaya Reisinger and Brescias Bocchiaro won in the first two singles spots for Wyoming Valley West.

Abington Heights and Riverside, the two No. 1 teams in the Riverfront Sports Super Six, both remained undefeated with 5-0 Lackawanna League victories.

Abington Heights matched the Wyoming Seminary accomplishment of losing just one game the entire match.

Bella Peters, Rina Hanumali and Susan Arp, plus the first doubles team of Faith Bennett-Hanna Adonizio had the 6-0, 6-0 wins. Elina Joshi-Bernie Mullin won, 6-1, 6-0, at second doubles.

Karissa Ghigiarelli, Madeline DeFaber-Schumacher and Bella Aniska were perfect in 6-0, 6-0 singles matches for Riverside against Scranton.

Leah Pfeiffer-Rita Lin and Paige Olanovich-Mari Novotka won in straight sets in doubles.

Jim Thorpe shut out Hazleton Area, 5-0, to hand the Lady Cougars their first loss in a non-league match.


Nick Werner’s 2-under-par, 34 at Huntsville Golf Club led Wyoming Seminary past Wyoming Area, 167-192, in a WVC match.

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