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TUESDAY RECAP: Lake-Lehman clinches tie; Lakeland locks up outright title in girls track

port tag: Track and field, softball, lacrosse, baseball, boys volleyball

School tag: Lake-Lehman, Lakeland, Dallas, Pittston Area, Crestwood, Abington Heights, Wyoming Area, Holy Redeemer, MMI Prep, Wyoming Seminary, Berwick, Crestwood, Tunkhannock, Dunmore

Tasha Mihalko won three individual events and anchored the record-setting, 400-meter relay team Tuesday when Lake-Lehman defeated Wyoming Area, 97-53, to clinch at least a tie for the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 girls track and field title.

The win over second-place Wyoming Area moved the Lady Knights to 5-0 with one meet left. The top-ranked Small School team in the Riverfront Sports Super Six Power Rankings needs only to defeat last-place Hanover Area to wrap up the outright division title.

Autumn Palka, Gabby Shonis and Keera Naugle joined Mihalko in the 50.9-second, relay performance that set a Lake-Lehman school record.

Mihalko also was the clear winner in the long jump (15-3½), triple jump (35-6) and 100 dash (12.7).

Lizzy Blaski won both hurdles and ran on the winning 1600 relay team.

Grace O’Donnell was a relay teammate of Blaski’s, along with also winning the 800 run and running on the 3200 relay win.

Wyoming Area finished its schedule at 4-2, leaving Holy Redeemer (3-1) as the only team with a mathematical shot at tying Lake-Lehman.

Lakeland, which had earlier clinched at least a tie for first place, closed out its Lackawanna Track Conference Division 3 championship with a 97-49 victory over Holy Cross.

The division title was the eighth straight for Lakeland, which has won every Division 3 championship since the LTC switched to its current four-division setup.

Skylar Arendt set a school record by running the 800 in 2:20.0.


Lake-Lehman claimed sole possession of the WVC Division 2 lead when it shut out Nanticoke, 6-0, while Wyoming Area was handing Holy Redeemer a 4-3 loss.

Holy Redeemer started the day in a first-place tie.

Nick Finarelli struck out eight while combining with two relievers on a three-hitter. He worked five innings, giving up three hits and four walks.

Graedon Finarelli, Max Paczewski, Ty Federici and Cole Kaiser all had two hits in the win.

Graedon Finarelli doubled twice and drove in a run. Paczewski doubled and scored. Federici, who doubled, and Kaiser scored and drove in a run.

J.J. Hood struck out 13 in five innings to earn the win for Wyoming Area. He gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks.

Hunter Lawall overcame five walks by striking out five in two innings to pick up the save.

Lawall also had a double and an RBI.

Sam Supey walked twice, doubled in his only official at-bat and scored a run.

Nate Dudeck and Luke Kopec each had a double and single for Holy Redeemer.

MMI Prep edged Wyoming Seminary, 3-2, in eight innings in another WVC Division 2 game.

Both starting pitchers carried shutouts into extra innings.

Wyoming Seminary’s Aiden Murphy struck out 18 in 7 1/3 innings.

MMI Prep scored in the top eighth when winning pitcher Marcus Danchision, Kevin McNulty and Colin Williams each drove in runs.

Danchision struck out 13 while also working 7 1/3 innings.


Dallas was outhit, 12-3, but still managed to hand visiting Pittston Area its first Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 defeat, 3-2.

Victoria Spaciano shut out Pittston Area until Bella Giardina’s two-run homer in the seventh inning. She walked one and struck out three.

Sage Weidlich had three hits while Giardina and Tori Para had two each for Pittston Area.

Gianna Adams tossed a three-hitter in the loss.

Jordan Porasky and Lily Lombardo each had a hit and scored a run for Dallas.

Emily Novicki struck out 15 in a one-hitter and Katie Starr homered for Berwick in a 2-0 WVC Division 1 victory over Crestwood.

Jessica Koptcho struck out 12 for the Lady Comets.

Tunkhannock remained unbeaten in WVC Division 1 when it defeated Hazleton Area, 5-2.

Winning pitcher Kaya Hannon, Gabby Wood and Elle McNeff each had two hits.

Hannon struck out 11 in a five-hitter.

Emma Conte hit two of Dunmore’s four home runs in a 10-2 victory over Old Forge in Lackawanna League Division 3.

Sophia Mandarano and Jenna Cruser hit the other home runs.


Isabella Caporuscio scored seven goals and assisted on three others as Crestwood remained unbeaten through 12 WVC games with a 19-8 victory at Abington Heights.

Kelsey Kulak and Jill Taleroski each added three goals and two assists. Julia Glowacki had a goal and four assists.

Allison Dammer led Abington Heights with four goals and an assist.

Wyoming Seminary edged Scranton Prep, 7-6, in a WVC game between two of the top five teams, according to the Riverfront Sports Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

No. 5 Wyoming Seminary is 10-3 in the WVC and 11-5 overall. No. 4 Scranton Prep is 7-3 and 7-4.


Abington Heights remained unbeaten in the Lackawanna League with a 25-10, 25-11, 25-19 sweep at Forest City.

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