NEPA Sports Nation

Today in NEPA Sports Nation, 12/15

Wrestling league competition gets underway, an area boys basketball coaching great is remembered, two tournament champions square off in girls basketball and two more teams get their league swimming schedule started to highlight Wednesday’s schedule around District 2.

The entire Lackawanna League and Division 1 of the Wyoming Valley Conference begin their wrestling schedules.

Forest City honors the late Julius Prezelski during ceremonies at its home basketball game with West Scranton.

Holy Redeemer is at Dallas in girls basketball.

Pittston Area is at Nanticoke in a Wyoming Valley Conference opener in the only boys and girls swimming meets scheduled.

Abington Heights is at Wallenpaupack in a Lackawanna League Division 1 match between teams that are off to 4-1 starts after participating in Saturday dual meet tournaments.

The rest of the league-opening schedule has: Scranton at Delaware Valley and North Pocono at Valley View in Lackawanna Division 1; Montrose at Mountain View, Lackawanna Trail at Elk Lake, Blue Ridge at Western Wayne and Scranton Prep at Honesdale in Lackawanna Division 2; and Hazleton Area at Crestwood, Wilkes-Barre Area at Pittston Area and Dallas at Wyoming Valley West in WVC Division 1.

Forest City will recognize Prezelski’s career accomplishments during its home game with West Scranton.

Prezelski was Pennsylvania’s career leader in boys basketball coaching wins with 757 at the time of his retirement at Forest City where he spent the bulk of his career. He died in February at age 94.

The gym at Forest City is named in Prezelski’s memory.

Forest City originally planned to honor Prezelski in a Thursday game with Carbondale, but Carbondale’s decision to shut down sports until after Christmas led to a change in plans.

Foresters players are wearing shooting shirts with the name Prezelski and the number 757 on the back during warm-ups this season.

There are 10 non-league boys games on the schedule.

The nine-game girls schedule features Holy Redeemer, which won a tournament at Selinsgrove, playing Dallas, which won Tuesday night’s Mike Duda Tournament championship. Both teams are 2-0.


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