BOYS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

 

Will Johnson (5-11 senior guard) has helped Wilkes-Barre GAR grab a share of first place in Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 action.  Last week, against Division 1 front-runner Crestwood, he hit 19 points in an 82-51 loss to the hot-shooting Comets.  Johnson then netted 24 points in a big 76-62 victory over Pittston Area.  On Saturday, the senior guard connected on 29 points (with 3 triples) but his team came up short to high-regarded, Division 3 contender, Holy Redeemer, 62-52.  On Tuesday, the 4-year starter for the Grenadiers hit 36 points in a 60-53 win over MMI Prep.         

 

Colin Rickard (6-1 senior guard) is one of several key players that has guided Honesdale to a share of first place in Lackawanna League Division 2 play  The Hornets surged into a tie with Wallenpaupack following their three straight division victories.  Rickard netted 19 points in their 61-52 win over perennial contender Delaware Valley.  Last Friday, he netted 12 points in a 56-43 showdown win over ‘Paupack.  On Tuesday, the senior guard added 19 points as the Hornets defeated rival Western Wayne, 59-46.    

 

 

  

GIRLS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

 

Julia Andrejko (5-8 senior guard) has Holy Redeemer atop the talent-filled Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 race.  She hit 22 points as the Lady Royals rolled over Pittston Area last week, 66-23.  On Friday night, Andrejko added a dozen points as they got a 59-34 win over Wilkes-Barre GAR.  Holy Redeemer then traveled to take on District 3 powerhouse Trinity in Saturday’s Lancaster Catholic Showcase.  The senior guard netted 12 points but HR’s furious second half rally fell short, 49-44.  On Monday, she scored 15 points in a win over MMI Prep. 

 

Colette Mulderig (6-3 junior center) has Scranton playing very well in the extremely competitive Lackawanna League Division 1 race.  Although the Lady Knights are currently looking up in the standings at the other teams, her contributions are giving everybody plenty of optimism.  She netted 19 points last week as Scranton came up just short to Valley View, 49-48.  In Saturday non-league matchup against Stroudsburg, a solid District 11 foe, the junior scored 20 points in their 40-36 win.  On Monday, the 6-3 center contributed 23 points as her team got a 52-49 crossover victory over an improving Delaware Valley squad.

 

 

 

BOYS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

 

George Tinsley (6-5 junior forward), one part of a key trio of returning starters, has Abington Heights poised to contend in league, district, and statewide play this season.  He started out with a hot hand, connecting on 5 triples and 25 points in a 72-32 opening night win over Holy Cross.  Tinsley then matched that total in a 77-55 victory over Wyoming Valley West.  In a road trip against Williamsport, he hit 17 points in the Comets’ 71-55 win.  Then, last Saturday at a Northampton CC showcase event, despite his team struggling from inside the paint early on, the junior added a dozen points in a 60-55 loss to Downingtown East.  Tuesday night, the versatile forward netted 18 (including a pair of treys) in a 55-26 win over a highly-regarded Holy Redeemer squad.     

 

Mike Piscotty (senior guard) has Hanover Area off to a 4-0 start.  He scored 19 points in their 59-58 tip-off victory over Pittston Area.  He then added 22 points as the Hawkeyes defeated Wilkes-Barre Coughlin, 51-43.  In their always-contested and emotional battle with rival Nanticoke Area, the senior netted 18 points in a big 52-49 win over the Trojans.  Finally, Piscotty connected on 17 points in a 60-51 win over North Pocono.  In his team’s last three wins, he has hit at least 3 triples per game.     

 

 

  

GIRLS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

 

Sara Hopkins (5-4 senior guard) has been a steady force for Crestwood so far.  She hit 25 points (with 3 treys) in a 67-52 win over Pleasant Valley.  Against powerhouse Schuylkill League member Minersville, Hopkins scored 18 points with 3 triples but the Comets came up just a bit short, 61-58.  The senior guard then added 18 more points with a pair of triples in their 60-42 victory over Riverside.

 

Victoria Toomey (6-1 junior center) has Dunmore currently undefeated at 4-0 and holding several impressive early season wins.  She connected on 13 points as the Lady Bucks topped perennial District 4 contender Mount Carmel on the road, 56-48.  Toomey then hit 21 points in a 55-25 win over Scranton.  That was followed up with a 24 point effort in defeating West Scranton, 62-27.  Then, in one of the marque matchups of the season so far, the junior center netted 17 points in their 59-53 win over an always-tough Holy Redeemer team.     

 

 

 

 

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