BOYS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Dimitri Gnall (6-5 senior forward) is quickly showing why he is considered to be one of the elite inside players in the district. Last week he helped guide Wyoming Seminary to the championship of the 18th Joseph Nespoli Tournament played in Berwick. In the opening round, he scored 14 points in a 64-55 win over East Stroudsburg North. Then, in the title game, the senior forward netted 31 points as the Blue Knights rolled over Selinsgrove, 90-50. Tuesday night, in a showdown against Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 contender Crestwood, Gnall netted 29 points in their 61-49 victory over the Comets.
Leahy O’Connor (6-0 junior guard) has helped Holy Cross jump out to a 3-0 start to the season. He contributed 22 points in a 68-37 win over Mountain View. On Monday night, the junior guard chipped in a dozen points as the Crusaders got by a solid Pittston Area squad, 60-47. Then, in a battle among Lackawanna League contenders, O’Connor registered 18 points as Holy Cross topped Valley View, 63-44.
GIRLS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Nicole Boutanous (5-7 senior guard) guided Wyoming Valley West to a championship victory in the Mike Duda Memorial Tournament. She scored 20 points in their opening round 57-48 win over West Scranton. Then, in the title tilt, the senior guard netted 13 points as the Lady Spartans defeated Honesdale 44-34 for the championship.
Rachel Rose (5-5 sophomore guard) has Scranton Prep (2-0) playing extremely well through their challenging exhibition slate. She scored 13 points as the Classics got by a highly-regarded District 1 opponent, Boyertown, 45-35. Then, in a collision among some of the top teams in the district, Prep got an impressive 50-32 victory over Lake-Lehman.