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Yurkanin Overcomes Inexperience

October 28, 2002

( Girls High School Soccer )

Last season Rayah Yurkanin stepped on the soccer field wondering, How the game is played."Well, I didn’t really understand the game at first until I played in more games during the season,"Said Lakeland's leading scorer.

This year she had some more playing experience than last season."Some of my goals this year,are to score as many goal's as I can and help my team win,"Quoted Yurkanin. She had practiced all summer long in the steaming temperatures, hoping to guide her team to their first division crown at Lakeland High School.

There were often days when she would watch the sport on her television."I watched a few soccer games on TV, So I can get myself better at playing the game.

With Lakeland on its way to victory, Rayah broke a school record, and the became the leading scorer in her division. There were times when her team needed a few points and they would always manage to get the ball to her. While in her possession she would do her hat trick."I use my head to hit the ball on the corner kick's and most of the time I would score,"Boasted Yurkanin.

When Rayah Has the ball in her control she mean business. As the crowd would scream her name and team member's would cheer. The goalies eyes would light up. And then Rayah would focus on the goalies movement, As she spun the ball around her feet. It would't be long when the ball is found in the goal. As the clock runs down. Rayah Yurkanin simply walked to the sideline with a smile on her face knowing that she had just won another game for the Lady Chiefs.


Joseph Smith ( Varsity Basketball Coach)

December 1, 2002

( Lakeland's girl's basketball coach)

1. What do you expect out of your team this year?

Answer: Well, we have alot of young kids on our team this year. We’re looking for everyone to contribute a team effort in each game.

2. What do you think about your team’s
performance this year?

Answer: There starting to play together as a team. But, The thing that they need to work on is 3rd quarter, because that’s when they take a rest. We are trying to find a solution were they can come out from halftime and play hard.

3. What player on your team really stepped up in each game over the past 2 years?

Answer: Well, To be honest with you, I feel that each player on my team has stepped up their game and level of play. They have stepped up unbelievable and risen our level of play each year. But, There are a few things that they need to improve, and then we could be a dynamitic team.

4. How do you feel about Sarah Sohn's performance this year?

Answer: Her and Jenny Smith are our co-captains. I just feel that both of those girls are a leader on our team. Sarah’s performance has been really impressive and when she was injured last week, The other kids arose to the occasion.

5. How do you plan on building your team this year?

Answer: Well, If we give our freshmen alot of playing time and the other kids come through. And if everyone gives a team effort, Then I feel we will win games.

6. Last season your team came up short from the playoffs, do you feel that your team has a shot at the playoffs this year?

Answer: Well, This year we are going into the open format. So, we definitely have a shot at playoffs. And if they play with heart and contribute a team effort, Then we will win games.


( Top 10 Athletes of the year )

December 24, 2002

------------ Athlete of the year-----------------

Name: Gerry McNamara -- Basketball
High School: Bishop Hannan
Birthdate: 8/28/83
Position: Point Guard
College: Syracuse
Class: Freshman
Ht: 6-2
Wt: 175
Hometown: Scranton, PA



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2. Steve Wasch - Lakeland Track & Feild

3. Jon Pastore -- Scranton Prep Cross Country

4. Ashley Williams- Valley View Softball

5. Al Karaffa --- Scranton Football

6. Taryn Mellody - Bishop O'hara Basketball

7. Bobby Machiesky - Lakeland Track & Feild

8. Josh Prall's -- Abington Height Soccer

9. Jeremy Ebert -- Honesdale Football

10.Dave Osborne -- Sacred Heart Golf


( Top 5 Quotes of the year )

December 24, 2002

(I had 10 people vote for there 5 favorite favorite quotes)There were about 30 qoutes and these were the top 5 my staff voted for.

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1. " The greatest victory is winning when they say you can’t "

-- Jeff Cavanaugh .Jr. --


2. " Play the game to the best of the player’s ability and enjoy ever minute of every game "

-- Jack Henzes --


3. " You give 100 %, you come out a winner "

-- Jeric Yurkanin ---



4. " Everything happens for a reason "

-- Cara Milewski--


5. " I believe that if we are blessed with many players of good character, I know that they will work hard and perform to the best oftheir ability, you can’t ask for any more than that "

-- Dan Case --






5. Phil Tochelli ( lakeland boy track coach)

March 25, 2003

1. Most Track runners either eat too much food or not eat the correct food hours before their race. And also they don’t drink enough fluids throughout the day of their race. Is that one of the problem with track athletes today?

Answer: The water is a big problem. Most athletes in high school don’t under stand the importance of hydration. They can’t perform if you don’t have enough water in your system. The eating part, they’re normally careful before they run because they don’t want to get sick before their race.


2. You have been coaching for one of the most successful track teams in the area for about 20 year now. Since, 1980 Lakeland’s varsity boy track team has been Lackawanna AA Champions 18 times, Jordan Relay Champions 17 times, and Lakeland won 8 District 2 Championships. Is it an honor to coach at Lakeland?

Answer: Sure it is, when you could deal with these kids and be that successful. I mean any coach would love to do that. I have been lucky to have a very large group of great athletes come through this program.


3. Last track season Lakeland’s Jr. High boy’s Track and Field team ended their season with an 8-3 record. That 8-3 record was one of the worst records at Lakeland in boy’s Track & Field as long as I could remember. How do you plan on developing these kids when they reach the varsity level?

Answer: Your going to see most of those kids who ran on that 8-3 team still on Junior High This year, because they were all 7-8 graders last year. I think that you’re going to be surprise. They are going to be a very good junior high team this year because those 8 graders are now freshman. But, They were young last year. They only had 2 or 3 freshmen left down there, because I moved 2 freshmen up to varsity. Which would have made a big difference.


4. If you look back at the history of all those great long distance runners over the years. And a good percent of them trained almost all year long. Is that what makes them such good runners?

Answer: Well, Long distance runners almost have to train all year long, at least now. The way that the runners in this area has developed. I mean, if you train don’t train all year long for distance you’re going to be behind everybody else.


5. For a Athlete to succeed in Track, it all deals with their attitude, half mental, Their natural ability, and also how much they train during the season and off season. And the most important they’re training techniques. Does all that effect on their performance?

Answer: Yea sure it does, I think one of the hardest things to do is being a salesman as a coach, at least in Track & Field. You are going to get those kids out there in the winter, snow and the freezing. You got to sell your program to these kids. If you don’t they are never going to put their time and effort that is necessary to be successful.


6. Most Track athletes from other schools in the league could succeed in their races. But, The problem is that their coaches are not training them correctly and also not hard enough. What are your thoughts on that?

Answer: I think that there are a lot of good coaches in the league. There are a new group of coaches coming up that ran Track. They know a lot that is going on. I think you’re going to see a lot of programs around here become very competitive.


7. You’re been around Track almost your whole life. Who did you think was one of the amazing runners that ran in District 2 Track & Field?

Answer: You had the 2 Ismail brothers from Meyers, John Dessove from Pittston Area who was a great sprinter a couple years ago. We also had some great athletes come through here like Joby Fawcett, Tom Prawdzik an excellent thrower. Joe Obloshny was a great thrower. But, This area has a lot of great athletes around here. The completion is really going to be tough in this area.


Lakeland's track and field coach gets no credit

June 25, 2004

Normally, when someone asks you to name one of the greatest high school coaches in Lackawanna County, You will name, Blakely’s Football Legend, Johnny Henzes, Valley View’s Frank Pazzaglia, or even Bishop Hannan’s Former Basketball coach John Bucci, who produced a 171 – 47 record, before retiring this year.

However, have you ever heard the name, Phil Tochelli, the man who produced some of the greatest high School Track and Field athletes, not only at Lakeland, but in the Lackawanna County?

Tochelli's been coaching since Ronald Reagan took over as the president of the United States and was still coaching after Ronald Reagan died.

When is this man going to get recognition and be declared as one of the greatest Track & Field coaches in the League or state?

"He doesn’t get enough credit, insisted former Lakeland sprinter, Tony Prudente. He is probably one of the greatest coaches in the state. They should have a Track and Field “Hall of Fame” and he should be in it."

It sounds funny and to quick to say, but while Tochelli was Coaching. Lakeland’s’ Varsity Boys Track & Field team has won 20 Lackawanna AA Championships, Jordan Relays 19 times, 13 consecutive and 8 Districts 2 AA Championships.

In his 22 years at the helm, Lakeland won 196 meets and lost only 19. Overall his coaching record is 210 and 24. No coach in the area or maybe even state has put up those kinds of numbers.

But that Lakeland Varsity Boy's track coach denials that he has something to do with their success over the years.

There an old saying you could lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.

" Any coach can train there track star, said Tochelli. But, you can’t make them mentally prepared them for each meet. Some people wondered how this Coach loses many of his star runner and still the following year still winning meets and titles."

"First it needs to go back to the kids; if you don’t have the athletes you might not be successful. If you don’t have the kids, I don’t care what kind of coach you think you are or what you do. You need the athletes with the willingness to work to improve themselves on the track and in the field. Our kids work hard. Other school’s has good athletes to, but I think our kids buy into our program. "

From the time frame of the year 1994 to 2000, they won 52 straight meets, but were one win away from setting a state record for most consecutive wins, until losing to North Pocono 78 – 73. In that meet Star Sprinter Steve Walsh False started and was disqualified in his event.

Also they lost one home meet since 1992, which again was decided by Star Sprinter Steve Walsh in 2002. Who now holds the conference records for the 100 meter dash and 2000; Abington defeated Lakeland 78 – 72. In that meet Lakeland lost the 4 by 1, when Wasch pulled a hamstring when anchoring, unfortunately Teammate and senior Bobby Machiesky stepped into the picture one meet later, while Wasch was injured and ran the 100 meter dash 10.6 seconds against 2001 district champion Greg Petrosky. That time was the second fastest time run in Lackawanna Track conference history.

There also been 2 state champions, Bobby Spechier and Joe Obloshny, in the Ladys’ track and field only one girl has ever won states, which just happened this past year, Trina Carito. She jumped 5’5 inches to become 2004 high jump state champion.

Three state Champions, what an accomplishment, I don't think we need people to vote, who one of the best ttrach and field coaching in disrict 2, its self- explantory.


Tuzze's choose Akron, while being Lakeland force this fall

August 8, 2004

All of the time Lakeland’s fullback, Joe Tuzze put in the weightlifting room is finally paying off.

He stands only 5’11 220 pounds, some people criticized his size. That size and weight was good enough to play football for Akron University. “It’s a big city down there, they have everything new, said Tuzze. They even have a rock climb.”

Well that 5’11 220 pound frame will be one of Lakeland’s threats on the football field this year. He led the team in tackles last year and now holds the school record for most tackles in a single season, 132, that helped Lakeland become the only second team in school history to win 13 games in a single season.

At the fullback position, he rushed for a career high of 1196 yards and 24 touchdowns.

"It is a blessing to coach a kid like Joe Tuzze, Lakeland coach Dan Case said. He is a good player and a good person. Joe is working extremely hard in the classroom, off the field and on."

At the Penn State Nike camp this year Joe Tuzze pumped out 38 repetition of 185 pound.

He also was able to put up 400 pounds.

"Joe is a good kid, said teammate Keith Galinsky, who was one of Lakeland leading tacklers last year behind Tuzze. He is a very strong kid."

"He playing his fourth year on varsity now, Joe is just a great kid and friend."

Tuzzes career high was in last year state playoff game against Line Mountain, while rushing for 178 yards.

Lakeland went 29 -1 in the regular season, since he was starting at fullback for the Chiefs.

Just how valuable is Joe Tuzze to Lakeland’s offense? You really don’t have done any research on this one.

On one particle away game last year, one of Lakeland assistant coaches asked Dan Case and the other coaches if they have everything, because they were worried that they forgot something while the bus was leaving. He answered back, “Well don’t worry about me, while laughing. Just forget me, but don’t leave Tuzze behind."

Who wouldn’t want a player like Joe Tuzze in the Backfield or on defense? "He a Great Football player, you could always depend on him to make big plays when we need them the most, stated teammate, Kyle Miller."

Joe Tuzze will be will join Lakeland’s record setting quarterback Evan Kraky, Linemen Mark Mushel, Tight-end, Jeff Cavanaugh, linebacker, John Wormuth in Division 1 College Football next fall.


Lakeland vs Mount Carmel

November 20, 2002

Lakeland’s next opponent is Mount Carmel; both teams will play each other on Friday night at Kemp Memorial Stadium. Mount Carmel has a history of winning State championships, In 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000 and now its 2002.They could be on their way to another state championship game, this year.

The last time these teams played against each other was two years ago, which Mount Carmel defeated Lakeland 12-0. In 4th quarter and 2:33 left, Lakeland’s Evan Kraky was denied on a quarterback sneak at the goaline. Kraky was 1 inch short of the end zone, according to the referee the ball didn't cross the line. Then Mount Carmel's Jon Vetch sealed the win, after he shot through the Chiefs defense like a speeding bullet and sprinted 95 yards for a touchdown. The following Friday Mount Carmel defeated Marian Catholic and then went on and played in the state championship game, which they won 26-6.

Mount Carmel is undefeated coming into Friday’s game against the Chiefs. They are a threat in passing and running the ball; Mount Carmel is a well balanced team this year. Last week their quarterback Dave Shinski went 16-24 and through for 267 yards and 4 touchdown passes. The 6-4 220 pound senior also broke 3 school records with a 40-0 win over Hughesville last Friday. Lakeland most contain Shinski to have a chance of winning the game.
" Our defensive line needs to get a good pass rush ", said Lakeland’s Linebacker Brian Houser. "The way we are going to win this game is on special teams". The Red Tornados will test the Chiefs defense this week." They are big and physical, but we can’t be intimated ", said Chiefs linebacker Jimmy Yeslavage." We need to be aggressive ".

Lakeland will play without starting Wide Receiver John Wormuth, due to a shoulder injury against Hanover last week. He won’t be playing for the remaining of the season.

Then their running back Brian Hilling is still suffering with a minor knee injury from 1 week ago. Hilling had rushed over 100 yard’s in 7 straight games,also has 1,117 yards rushing this year.
Without John Wormuth playing Friday, that could effect Lakeland’s passing game. Hilling is not very healthy either, Lakeland have to adjust around it." We might have to put some of our younger guys in there ", said Lakeland’s Jake Rogowski." Everyone needs to step and make a big play".
Kickoff will be at 7 pm at Kemp Memorial Stadium.


Mount Carmel Seeks, as Chiefs season ends

November 28, 2002

Football fans piled in at Kemp Memorial Stadium to see Mount Carmel and Lakeland Clash together. In pregame, Football player stood on the sideline with a blank stare, as if it was their last high school football game. Then suddenly excitement filled the air , the atmosphere, electricity. Each team fought a battle that won’t be forgotten. When it was all over one team advanceed to the quarterfinals.

The scored board lit up early, after Mount Carmel’s Fullback Dave Brown pounded his way through the Chiefs defensive line for a 3 yard touchdown run.

In the second drive, after forcing Lakeland to punt on their following possession, they went 67 yards in 11 plays that set up another Dave Brown touchdown.

When Mount Carmel that they felt Comfortable, Lakeland’s Trevor Tellip made sure they weren’t after hooking up with Jake Rogowski for a 67-yard pass. " The coach called a great play, ' said Jake Rogowski." Trevor threw a great ball; we were lucky to break for a touchdown."

Mount Carmel took a 28-6 lead coming into the 3rd quarter. Lakeland’s in the opening of the second hlaf, they drove down to the 3-yard line, which setup a Joe Tuzze touchdown run.

Then the Chiefs came up big, After forcing a fumble, which was covered by John Demark.

Then Trevor Tellip meant business as he lead his team down to the 15-yard line. On a 3rd and 8, Tellip backed up to pass and was knocked on the ground and injuried his right shoulder. Meanwhile, Lakeland’s fans and player remained quiet. Trevor walked back in the huddle for the following play, but coach Case called him to the sideline. Trevor Tellip did sat on the sideline for the rest of the 3rd and 4th quarter. He watched backup quarterback Mike Ciuccol try to come back from a 28-6 led, but could not after Tuzze was denied on a 4th and 3.It was all Mount Carmel after that.” The Best Defense, Is an good Offense, “ Said Mount Carmel’s (Head Coach) Mike Brennan.

Mount Carmel quarterback Dave Shinskie passed for 208 yard’s and completed 15 of his 20 passes. “ He is a good athlete,” said Joe Tuzze.” Dave is definitely division 1 material."

Mount Carmel Tornadoes will have to switch their game plan when they face Northwestern Friday. “ They’re a pretty big team, ”Said Dave Shinskie. “ They have 4 good guys that could hurt you anytime.” We just need to play Mount Carmel football.As Mount Carmel defends Lakeland 36-12.
Mount Carmel remains unbeaten and seeks another state title.


Chargers finds chemistry, while stoping Amanda Vitzakovitch

February 12, 2004

bY:Jeric Yurkanin

Carbondale--- Carbondale Area Found a transition that held Forest City’s' leading Scorer, Amanda Vitzakovitch to just 7 points and five rebounds.

Vitzakovitch looked miserable on the court Tuesday night; when she shifted to the right or went for a lay-up, the Lady Chargerettes', Nicole Piatt was sure to follow. "She played a great defensive game on her”, stated Carbondale’s Coach Jesse Whittington. We played her real tough. They did an excellent job."

However, Nicole scored only 6 points, but her defensive effort kept Amanda off the boards and held her to a season low of 7 points. A great defense can win games, Sometimes a team is dominate one minute and than you take there star, out of the game and they are beatable.

You can argue about that, for example in the end of the 3rd quarter, Natalie Winter slowly limped to the bench to nurse a sore ankle, after just shooting a 3 pointer. Fans awed, the crowd went silent.

To make things even worse, the minute she walked off the court, Forest city chipped an 11 point, Chargerettes, halftime lead to 7. Things became a little shaking on the Carbondale’ Bench. It almost looked like as if Forest City was going come back.

But with the acing ankle and pain, Winters, the leader she is, went back in the game, forty seconds into the fourth quarter and scored 8 of her 25 points." She’s a great player,” said Carbondale’s Joya Whittington. She is very strong and a very dedicated player, to this team.”

Whittington found herself shooting a total of 11 foul shots throughout the game; she made 9 out of those 11.

This was similar to a high school play, but this time Joya Whittington was the main character. What they saw that night was a freshmen maturing and what she showed, is self explanatory.

Maybe she spent some quality time with her dad, after practice. Who knows?
Rebounds.

This freshman was 5 for10 in a recent game this year, and making 50 percent of her shots. Bill Gates could even solve this equation. You don’t need Einstein to tell you how to perform this operation either.

When I asked her dad, head coach, Jess Whittington about her foul shooting; he laughed, and said,” she been working on her foul shots; then, he looked at Scranton times writer, Marty Meyers and whispered, "It true".

Not only did that freshman go 9 for 11 on the foul-line, she scored a total of 13 points “I’m proud of myself,” Joya replied.

Toward the end of the first half, Jesse Whittington had his team playing “keep away” and kept Amanda Vitzakovitch and her offense off the floor.

Carbondale played that game for one minute and ten seconds, which unfortunately ran out the clock and kept a 27 – 16 Chargerette lead.

"We had the lead and had the ball, said coach Whittington. We wanted Forest City to come for we could attack the basket; also we were hoping we could slow down the game.

In the second half Carbondale’s defense made Forest City’s all time leader, scorer useless, she had only 3 rebounds and 2 points, yes , 2 points.

When the Lady Foresters started to chip away at the score, Carbondale would make more baskets. The score was 33 – 21, Chargerettes lead three minutes into the half.

Four minutes later, just after Natalie Winters' was injured, the score board read, Home 35 guest 28.

In the fourth quarter, when Natalie came back into the game, everyone started to get the hint that Carbondale was going to win another division crown and their twentieth game of the season.

The clock ticked and ticked: fifty seconds left in the game, result; another "keep away" game. When clock ran out the Lady Chargerettes were full of smiles and Forest city slowly went to the locker room showing no excitement. On the stat persons paper, it read; Carbondale 53 Forest 40.


November 18, 2002

11/18/2002 Lakeland vs. Hanover

Lakeland’s Nate Hosie snagged 3 of Jeff Shooks pass’s, on a 27-20 victory over Hanover on Friday. One interception went for an 82-yard touchdown return. The 6-2 180 pound senior had an idea that someday he would make a big play.

“My coaches kept telling me, that I would make the big plays", Said Nate Hosie. His 3rd interception came in the closing minutes of the 4th quarter. When Jeff Shook threw the ball, after being tipped by Lakeland’s linebacker Joe Tuzze, some how it ended up in the hands of Nate Hosie. “He was amazing ", Said Lakeland’s linebacker Keith Galinsky."We are going to need him to play like that next week". Hosie helped Lakeland overcame Hanover passing attack and also lifted Lakeland to their 2nd district 2 AA title in 3 years.

Lakeland’s Brian Hilling rushed for 104 yards on 15 carries. He spent most of the 2nd quarter on the sidelines due of a knee injury. Joe Tuzze banged in 2 touchdowns. On defense, Tuzze spent most his time chasing down Hanover’s quarterback Jeff Shook. He had 2 sacks and several tackles in the game." He was all over the field", said Lakeland’s Defensive Coach Cavanaugh." He is one our leaders on defense.

Hanover’s Jeff Shook completed 10 passes for 251 yards against Lakeland’s ranked defense. He broke tackles and threw all night long, which wasn't enough defeat, the Chiefs. “He a good kid ", said Coach Cavanaugh." Hanover came in this game to win; Know body wants to lose when they get this far into the playoffs." They all play with their heart", He said.
Lakeland’s next opponent will be Mount Carmel next weeks. As the Chiefs improves their record 11-1.


Lady’s Trojans’ remains unbeaten, as Lakeland is handed another loss

December 24, 2003

December 24, 2003 --- North Pocanos' performance indicated Tuesday night against Lakeland why they are one of the best teams in the area right now.

Throughout the entire game both teams battled back and forth and in the end North Pocono stayed on top. “We knew we just needed to pick-up a little and play together and we did, in the second half we came out and started over," said North Pocono’s", Emily Lynch.

At half time the score remained tied at 20, as both teams went in the locker to talk things over. Coming into the second half the Lady Trojans’ scored quickly after Emily Lynch took a rebound and shot the ball into the net, from there, the rest was history. "Tonight, I started off a little rough, but my team’s effort kept me into the game," Insisted Lynch. She finished the game with 13 points, while lifting North Pocono to a 41-35 win over the Lady Chiefs.

With 2:08 on the clock in the fourth quarter, the score North Pocono 37, Lakeland 35 and the clock rewinding down, The Lady’s Chiefs fouled 3 times. Result? Four points for the Lady Trojans and an 8-0 record.

This wasn’t a way any team wants to finish a game." Toward the end of the game we had to foul," stated Lakelands’, Brittany Kraky. “We got into a situation were we had to stop the clock, so that’s what hurt us.” Brittany sister, Kellen Kraky led the team with 13 points.

A good team is not to be in a situation where they need to foul to stop the clock and have a chance to score and win, Lakeland did just that. North Pocono took an advantage of that and scored 6 of their points in the last 3 minutes off those free throws.

Lakeland’s showed determination Tuesday night against a tough, physical North Pocono team, but even though they lost. Their head coach still didn't show any frustration or angry with his team during or after the game, instead he smiled while explaining their mistakes.

After losing to a skilled and well-coached team with no loses, no coach should be frustrated with their team, not even Lakeland's coach. "I always tell my team that they could play with anyone", he said. North Pocono’s’ is a great team. Now the girl’s from Lakeland know that they could compete with anyone. They played hard against Bishop Hannon, Carbondale and now North Pocono and none of these games were easy walks, for any of those teams."

Lakeland’s’ head coach, Joseph Smith still left the game satisfied, because there wasn’t anything to be mad about at his hard working team. All because he knew that they had played with every muscle in their body from toe up to the head, just like every good sports athlete does during each game. “They played hard in the entire game," added Coach Smith; with a smile on his face. I think they were getting tired at the end, but that happens. But, I’m very proud of them."

All of that explains why the Lady Chiefs’ has a 7-3 record. They work together, as a team and similar to a family.


Cougars rises, Trojans comes short

February 10, 2004

With the division title on the line and all the intensity in the game Valley View pulled out another victory. The Cougars can clinch the title with a win over Honesdale on Wednesday.

Valley View had a 7 – 0 lead in the opening minutes, however that didn’t last long, after North Pocono bounced back and managed to score 15 points by the end of the first quarter and had a 15 -9 lead.

With 16 seconds until halftime, Steve Viccica made two free throws and tied the game at 23. He also scored 10 of his 16 points in the first half and finished the game with 8 rebounds. "Our key in the game was bottling out and rebounding," he said. That is what we are there for, Ben Esgro and I started working together and added some points."

By the end of the first Esgro already fouled 4 times, this was a problem for Valley Views coach Larry Pegula. "He was in foul trouble most of the game, he said. But down the stretch he made some really good plays and showed a lot of heart to get those rebounds."

However , he finished the game with 8 points and led the team with rebounds.

His desire to stay focused, rebound and take the ball down the stretch helped the Cougar Monday night.” I do what I can in every game and try to play hard and get the best of what come out of it”, stated Esgro.

Soft spoken,but this is the kind of person Ben and Steve is on the court and even off. "They work so well together as a team", said Pegula. There not big, everyone around them is usually bigger than them. But there hearts is bigger than those guys.

This was a nail biting game ending. With under a minute left, Valley View’s sealed the win, after a lay-up by an unchallenged Ben Esgro; to lift the Cougar’s to a 45 – 47 win." A lot of times I try to hide myself in back of the defense and it just worked out that time," he said.


Than a few second later North Pocono’s Jason Steinmetz hit a jump shot and took the within 2. The Trojan had 2 shots to tie, but failed after a Eli Londo shot fell short and Garratt Podhyski shot hit the rim. "The intensity was there, everything was there", insisted North Pocono’s Eli Londo. But I think we handled it well. The last second shots weren’t falling in for us. The intensity and everything stayed. Eli scored 8 of his 13 point in the first half and was 3 for 3 from the foul-line.

North Pocono record is now 13 – 9 and there next victim is Western Wayne.


Hilling slides pass meteors, as Chiefs win

November 4, 2002

As snow poured on Lakeland high school stadium and temperatures begun to fall and football fans brought blankets with them to watch the game, as if the game was played at Green Bays Lambeau feild on friday night.

The ground covered with snow, not any grass to be seen. Players worn heads underneath there helmets. In pregame, they stretched every muscle in their body, knowing that they had a cold night ahead of them.

All of that did't effect Lakelands Brian Hilling, who rushed for 216 yards on 27 carries and scored 2 touchdowns. "The linemen made the big holes,and thats what made my job easy,"said Hilling."I wanted to succeed.

He made cuts left and right, he done spin moves when the montrose defence came after him and then fought for every yard he could get."He ran really hard when offensive line came off the ball,"quoted Coach Cavanaugh ( assistance coach). "He rushed for about 800 yards in the last 5 games, thats a great effort by a tailback."In the last couple games he really carried this team on offence.

The game started off when montoses tailback Tom Burge sprinted for a 80 yard touchdown run on the 3rd play of the game. As Montroses leading rusher Joe Cosmello sat out and watched the game due to a injury. Burge ended the game with 127 yards on 13 carries.

Lakeland went in the locker room with a 20-8 led over Montose. In the 2nd half They used there ground game and did't throw the ball once.It took Lakeland 13 minutes to finally score a tochdown from the drive.

And then when Montrose senior Matt Remington saw his high school football career ends in 11 minutes and 13 second. He did't want to end his last game without a touchdown, so he sprinted to the endzone on 11 yards out."I did't leave the game empty,"He said. As he walked to the sideline with a smile on his face.

Lakelands defence stepped up in the 2nd half , they forced a fumble with 2:16 left in the game
and then Lakelands Chris Bennett recovered it on the 30 yard line. "Everyone came out fired up,"said Lakelands linebacker Jimmy Yesalavage. "They played there own position and did't worry about anyone else.

"We played very well with the weather conditions, We held onto the ball well in the 2nd half, "Boasted Jake Rogowski.

As the clock ran down and Lakeland walked away with a 36-16 win over Montrose and won there 3rd straight division title.



1. ( Interview of the year)

May 23, 2003 – 08:05 AM

Name: Larissa Cleary

High School: Valley View

Year of Graduation: 2003

Hobbies: Softball.. Swim team.. Football cheerleading.. Working out and Hanging out with my friends..

Future Plans: I am going to Penn State University Park, but I don' t know what I'm majoring in yet. Leaning towards becoming a forensic pathologist. Possibly play some sport, I don't know yet though.

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1. Throughout an athletes sports career they’re is always at least game that they will never forget. What is yours?

Answer: During softball my most memorable game would be last year against Nanticoke in the semifinals for districts. We lost 1-0; on a controversy call by the umpire behind the plate disagreeing over a fall ball with the field umpire.



2. What got you interested in playing softball?

Answer: I've been playing softball since I was 9 years old for the Valley area. My dad always tried to keep me active and I loved the sport.



3. Lakeland defeated Valley View 6-1 early in the season. It almost look like Lakeland was going to go undefeated this year, until you guys played them again and beat them 6-0. You also scored 2 runs in the 2nd game. What motivated you in that game?

Answer: The first time we played Lakeland was our first game of regular season. We were coming back from a season losing 6 starters. We were unsure of ourselves during that game, and errors were costly. The second time around, our loss to them the 1st time really motivated all of us to get all pumped up and try to gain an early lead. After I scored the first run of the game with getting walked, I knew if we just played hard defense we were able to win.



4. You had really came up big this year for Valley View. You had several key runs, hits, etc.. That helped Valley View to an 11-2 record. You are an amazing Softball player. Last year Valley View went undefeated, which was helped by your talented pitcher, Ashley Williams and you. How does all that feel?


Answer: Well, this year being a senior and captain with Ashley, we really had to try to hold the team together and show leadership. I just go out there and play the hardest I can. I'm a really competitive & aggressive person during the games and that's what motivates me to do what I'm capable of doing. My teammates are always they’re cheering me on, and when we stick together and get all fired up, we can be unstoppable.



5. You played against several talented players throughout your career. Who did you think was one of the most amazing softball players to ever play the game of softball?


Answer: Last summer I played for the 18 and older Northeast Stars, I faced a lot of talented pitchers throughout the course of the tournaments down in Bristol, Penn State, and others. But locally, Mary Thomas has a lot of talent. For only being a sophomore she has a lot of speed on her fast ball and she is a really aggressive pitcher. I love going against faster pitchers, so I look forward to playing her & her team. Plus the rivalry is great.



6. In the year 2001, Bishop O Hara’s Softball starting lineup consists of 4 players that were from Lakeland. They all went there in their freshman and sophomore year. They’re were rumors that they were recruiting softball players from other schools, and that same year they won the state championships. Last June Bishop Hannon boy’s basketball coach was caught recruiting. What are your thoughts on all these high schools recruiting from other schools in the area? Do you think its right?


Answer: Well, to be honest with you, I don't really think it's "legally" right if they go there just to play a sport. But if they go there for academics or some other reasons, I don't see it as a big deal. I know I was thinking of transferring in my freshman year for swimming to either Prep or Bishop Hoban, because of their great swim programs, but I decided there was more to high school than just swimming. But, I know our softball team won the state championship in 2000 with only girls from Jessup, Peckville and Archbald. If you have the talent and the coaching and dedication on your team, you don't need to recruit the so-called "best" players in the area.


7. You had a great softball career at Valley View. Do you plan on going to College and playing softball?

Answer: Well, I am going to Penn State, and possibly going on as a walk on, but I am unsure if I want to pursue a Division 1 sport in college.



8. Can you tell me what person you admire the most?

Answer: The person I admire the most would probably be Brett Favre ;). I'm a huge Green Bay Packer’s fan, I knew that he had a hard life and he still managed to get through all of the hardships to become one of the NFL’S all-time Quarterback. Another person though would be Gerry McNamara. I think he is an awesome athlete & I really look up to him:)



9. In your own words, what makes a good athlete?

Answer: A good athlete would be someone who thrives on competition. They definitely must be dedicated. You can have all the talent in the world, but if you don't work hard and strive to be better, than you’re merely a waste of talent. They must love sports & love the game:)


Mancini Responds, As Penn State Worthington get first win

November 25, 2003

Dunmore ---It didn’t take long for Penn State Worthington’s, Cari Mancini to finish where teammate Yolanda Davis left off on Friday.

When Penn State needed to score quickly, Mancini responded by scoring 8 straight points to take the Lady Lion’s to an 18 –17 lead at the end of the first half." She really stepped up tonight," said Worthington’s Coach, Gina Gray." She wasn’t afraid to take the ball to the net.

This wasn’t the end of her scoring streak; she also added another 7 points in the 2nd half to finish the game with a career high of 15 points. “I was very surprised by my performance," stated Cari Mancini, with a smile on her face." I never scored that high in any game." But I’m proud of our whole team,” she said.

Her defense kept Penn State in the game, after interrupting a few shots taken from Penn College late in the game." She was our best defensive player today," consisted, Gina Gray.

In the second half the Lady Lions found themselves down 42 – 41 with fifty seconds to play. Someone had to answer the call for Penn State, and they did. This time it was Carbondale Areas Graduate, Tiffany Klikus, who shot the ball after a rebound to take Penn State – Scranton to a 43 – 42 win over Penn College.” I kept my head in the game,” said Klikus.” I had the opportunity to shoot, so I did.” She finished the game with 8 points.

“Tiffany’s performance was very good," said Penn State's forward, Cari Mancini." She could have been a little stronger on the rebounds, other than that, I thought she did alright."

Scoring 15 points just didn’t feel right for Mancini because normally her teammate Yolanda Davis would be the one to make the big shots and plays. But someone had to take her place and step up their performance, so she did.

But Cari didn't feel too comfortable about this situation." Since Yolanda was out, it feels weird that someone had to step up and take her position," She said.

Davis was the leader, the example and motivator for her team.

Center Kristen Schmitt finished the game with 13 points and led the team with rebounds. Several other players that played a key role in a 43 – 42 win over Penn College was Amanda lavin and Felicia James.

Gina Gray didn’t see an improvement in just one of her player’s performance, she thought they all step up their level of play." They all responded after losing Yolanda last week from an injury," she said.

Penn State's girl’s basketball team is loaded with several talented and hard working players this year. Everyone's attitude and desire on the team will keep them going throughout the season. Their goal is to win more game than last year and maybe, if possibly, a league championship.


Penn State Worthington's Turkey Trot 2003

December 24, 2003

1. Jeric Yurkanin 13:02
2. Adam Malak 13:04
3. Justin Novijosky 14:23
4. Bill Clark 14:26
5. Ryan Berry 15:30

Here is article I wrote for Penn State Worthington Newspaper in 2003. Which paper was not able be released due to lack of funds.


On a sunny, cold, frosty morning, the first annual Turkey Trot was held at Penn State Worthington. It directed by the great and only" Phyllis Cournan", she put the event together for anyone at Penn State that want to participant in it. I witness the race because I was one of the runners in the race.

I awoke from bed on this cold November morning around 9 AM and hustled to my bathroom to take a shower. After showering, I walked to my bedroom to put on my favorite clothes; knowing that 12:20 PM the turkey trot will start. At that moment, I wasn’t going participate in the race. I was more worried about studying for my important “math” test, which was at 4 PM.

After dressing, I traveled to Penn State, while arriving; I noticed that the snow on the ground began to melt. This wasn’t a good thing, because now if I run in the race, I’ll probably be covered in mud. After parking, I jumped out of my car, and then briskly walked inside of the school to study for my test. I studied for about 2 hours with my friends. While studying, we talked about different running events that where held in the area, grades, sports, work.

Meanwhile the clock struck 12:00, and I asked myself “Should I run in the turkey trot”, I sat there in the seat thinking. A few minutes later I said to, Alysia Malar, “I’m going to win this race, just watch and see for yourself”. I went to the gym to put my black shoes – they weren’t even running shoes, I also worn shorts, and a sweatshirt.

There wasn’t a bit of nervousness in my body at that moment. 10 minutes later, I walked up to the starting line. Standing next to me was one Penn State Worthington’s, top runner, Adam Malak. He stood there perfectly straight with his chest pointing towards the director, like a warrior. Suddenly, my adrenaline began to flow through my body; I couldn’t wait for the race to start. A few minutes later, the race director explained the course and rules. Then, from the distance, she yelled “people, thanks for coming out, well good luck”; she pulled the trigger on the gun, BANG! Off we went.

Adam took the lead and was in front everyone, but neither did he know, that I would challenge him for first place. We battled back and forth throughout the entire race in the mud, snow and wet ground. Until the last 500 meters, after I heard footstep behind me, and I sprinted up the hill with my arms pumping and reddish cheeks shaking. I felt mud and water slashing on the back of my leg. When I passed the finish line, Athletic director Jeff Mallas shouted,” 13:02". After running in the race, I learned action is better than words.

A few weeks later some of my friends and family members saw the picture of me in the “Advantage newspaper” and they congratulated. I told them, that it wasn’t really a big deal; I also mentioned that there wasn’t much competition in the race, except Adam. This race wasn’t any different than any of my other races, that I competed in throughout my life, I might have finished first, but that doesn’t mean nothing to me. I succeeded in some of my other races in high school and reached my personal goal, without finishing first.
I never ran in any race to impress a friend, family member or even a coach. I run for myself and improve my performance; that is what life is all about.


Penn State Worthington's Turkey Trot 2003 Copy

December 24, 2003

1. Jeric Yurkanin 13:02
2. Adam Malak 13:04
3. Justin Novijosky 14:23
4. Bill Clark 14:26
5. Ryan Berry 15:30

Here is article I wrote for Penn State Worthington Newspaper in 2003. Which paper was not able be released due to lack of funds.


On a sunny, cold, frosty morning, the first annual Turkey Trot was held at Penn State Worthington. It directed by the great and only" Phyllis Cournan", she put the event together for anyone at Penn State that want to participant in it. I witness the race because I was one of the runners in the race.

I awoke from bed on this cold November morning around 9 AM and hustled to my bathroom to take a shower. After showering, I walked to my bedroom to put on my favorite clothes; knowing that 12:20 PM the turkey trot will start. At that moment, I wasn’t going participate in the race. I was more worried about studying for my important “math” test, which was at 4 PM.

After dressing, I traveled to Penn State, while arriving; I noticed that the snow on the ground began to melt. This wasn’t a good thing, because now if I run in the race, I’ll probably be covered in mud. After parking, I jumped out of my car, and then briskly walked inside of the school to study for my test. I studied for about 2 hours with my friends. While studying, we talked about different running events that where held in the area, grades, sports, work.

Meanwhile the clock struck 12:00, and I asked myself “Should I run in the turkey trot”, I sat there in the seat thinking. A few minutes later I said to, Alysia Malar, “I’m going to win this race, just watch and see for yourself”. I went to the gym to put my black shoes – they weren’t even running shoes, I also worn shorts, and a sweatshirt.

There wasn’t a bit of nervousness in my body at that moment. 10 minutes later, I walked up to the starting line. Standing next to me was one Penn State Worthington’s, top runner, Adam Malak. He stood there perfectly straight with his chest pointing towards the director, like a warrior. Suddenly, my adrenaline began to flow through my body; I couldn’t wait for the race to start. A few minutes later, the race director explained the course and rules. Then, from the distance, she yelled “people, thanks for coming out, well good luck”; she pulled the trigger on the gun, BANG! Off we went.

Adam took the lead and was in front everyone, but neither did he know, that I would challenge him for first place. We battled back and forth throughout the entire race in the mud, snow and wet ground. Until the last 500 meters, after I heard footstep behind me, and I sprinted up the hill with my arms pumping and reddish cheeks shaking. I felt mud and water slashing on the back of my leg. When I passed the finish line, Athletic director Jeff Mallas shouted,” 13:02". After running in the race, I learned action is better than words.

A few weeks later some of my friends and family members saw the picture of me in the “Advantage newspaper” and they congratulated. I told them, that it wasn’t really a big deal; I also mentioned that there wasn’t much competition in the race, except Adam. This race wasn’t any different than any of my other races, that I competed in throughout my life, I might have finished first, but that doesn’t mean nothing to me. I succeeded in some of my other races in high school and reached my personal goal, without finishing first.
I never ran in any race to impress a friend, family member or even a coach. I run for myself and improve my performance; that is what life is all about.


Another lost, but no forfiet

January 24, 2004

Penn State Worthington’s Lady’s basketball team came into the game Friday night against PSU- Hazleton, with one win, 2 losses, 2 canceled games and 5 players. That one win was against Penn College on November 24, the score? 43 – 42. They won by one point, after Tiffany Klikus rebounded the ball and shot with 50 seconds left in the game.

On November 21, teammate Yolanda Davis injured her knee in the first quarter against Central Penn, the result? 52 – 40, one game lost, one less player. The following week, they talked with Felicia James, who played on last year’s team. They asked her if she could play in the next game for them and she accepted. James played in the Penn College game and after the Penn State Berks game on December 1, Felicia had to quit because she was transferring to another college. This meant it was time to go around campus and recruit. Nine days later, still 4 players, game canceled. Thirty-three days later, same result, no game.

Finally on January 14, they recruited Kim Jeryga. After Penn State Scranton’s forward, Cari Mancini, saw her shooting the ball around in the gym. She went up to Kim and asked her if she wants to play basketball; she was not interested. A few minutes later, Coach Gina Gray walked up to her and exemplified the situation. Gray told her she needs another player to continue their season. It did not take long for her to switch mind.” It was a good opportunity for me to get back on the court,” said Jeryga.

“We were thrilled when Kim said she would play for us, because we haven’t had a game in 6 weeks,” said Gray, with a smile on her face. “We were just thankful we had five players to play the game or we would have to cancel another game.”

“I was really excited when I found out we had another player, because we were finally going get to play a game, said Amanda Lavin. We've all been working so hard and wanted to play so bad. So I was really excited when we found someone to play.”

Kim Jeryga went to the gym and practiced with them that Thursday afternoon. She learned their basic plays, practiced bouncing the ball, shot some balls in the basket and learned defensive schemes. She was already well conditioned, from working out and running on the thread-mill daily. So, there was no reason for Coach Gray to worry about conditioning.” Kim was already athletically inclined, she said. So, she had the basic knowledge of the game, which helped. She has not played in several years. But she knows the skills of the game.” Two days after they recruited her, they played Penn State Hazleton.

One hour before the game, Worthington briskly troted on the court to warm-up, with the song “Eye of the Tiger”. Then, it was game time.


They led, 14- 10 with eleven minutes into the game. But it wasn’t long when PSU-Hazleton marched back and scored 13 points to led 23 – 16. Then, with four minutes left in the half, Scranton went on a scoring streak to tie the game at 27.

In the second half Penn State – Hazelton came out and scored quickly to take a 38 – 30 lead, six minutes into the half. They came out and pressured Scranton on defense, made them throw passes that they weren’t too comfortable with, which eventually wore them down. Which led to a 64 – 57 Hazleton win.

On one particle play in the second half, Worthington’s , Kristen Schmidt jumped up for the ball and fell to the ground, back first ,while hitting her head; she did that twice in the game. With the pain and headaches, she managed to stay in the game. Schmidt didn’t let this put her down, not once, nor twice, in the game. Her performance was not affected. Normally after an injury Basketball player sat out of the game, not Kristen Schmidt.

When the game ended, so did Schmidt pain, after scoring 23 points, a game high. "I think Kristen really held it together, Cari Mancini said. She played her heart out. She did what she could.”

Several other people that had been injured during the game were Cari Mancini and Tiffany Klikus. Neither of them gave up, not even when things weren’t going right.

“During the game, Cari’s leg was hurting; Tiffany was in pain, added Schmidt. My team hung in there because we were determined to win.”

Just as the Legend, Vince Lombardi once said, “I don't say these things because I believe in the "brute" nature of man or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle.

“Yes, brutalized to be combative and exhausted, just as Penn State – Scranton was Friday night.

Penn State – Hazelton replaced different players in their line-up the entire game. Worthington had no players to switch. “They know that they have to play because we only have five players, added Gina Gray. So I can’t sub anyone in or even give them rest.” No subbing or resting means, less energy.

In the fourth quarter, Worthington, looked exhausted and hurting, but they still managed stay focused and keep the score close. “We had a rough season, boasted Mancini. We only have five girls. Whoever were up against, we have to stick together and do what we can.”

That score board meant nothing to them at the end of the game, in there hearts and minds, It was similar to a victory. They could have just sat back and watch things happen, but they choose to makes things happen, by scoring points, blocking shots on defense, throwing good passes, stealing balls and sprinting down court for the ball.

"I have to give my team all the credit in the world, Gray replied. If I was hurting that bad, as Cari and Kristen was in the game, I don’t thing I’ll push myself for forty minutes, hard as they did. But like we talked about before, they are very dedicated."

When the game ended and know-one was in the gym; the score-board still read, Guest 64, Home 57. That was eventually put back to zero for the next game that Penn State Worthington’s Lady’s Basketball team has to play. But their heart, the dedication, attitude and pain was left behind. But in the end, five players remained and another lost was put in the books.


Eagle Believes, Farve finds reality ( janaury,2004)

January 15, 2004

By: Jeric Yurkanin

---Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Donavan McNabb was on the sidelines with one knee on the ground praying quietly, while kicker David Akers walked on the field to kick a 37 yard field goal to tie the game with 10 seconds left. A few seconds later the game was tied. That kick sent the game into over-time.

Eagles received the ball first in over-time; they came up empty and had to punt the ball to the Packers. This wasn’t what the eagle had in plan. They didn’t want Brett Farve and Ahman Green on the field. Green already had 156 yard on 25 carries. But the Eagles’ couldn’t risk, not punting the ball.

Eagle Free Safety Brian Dawkins will thank Coach Reed for that decision. After Farve was blitzed and floated a high pass to Javon Walker that was intercepted by Dawkins, and leading to David Akers game winning field goal.

With the Eagles trailing 17-14 and 1:12 left in regulation,NcNabb threw the ball for 28-yard completion to Freddie Mitchell on a fourth-and-26. That, in turn, led to a 37-yard field goal by Akers that sent the game into overtime. This game was not luck, it dealt with whatever team wanted it more and this time it was the Eagles.

Heart, desire, attitude, god given ability and believing in themselves all determined the final score, Eagle 20 Packer 17. “First take the most important thing in your life and for me that would be God, said James Thrash, in a recent interview. Than everything else will be lined up and get spaced.”

That night those words meant a lot and desire was accomplished, after that 28 yard catch. He continued” So put the lord first, live for him and all else will be given to your desires of your heart and everything you want, God will give it to you. But the most important thing first, that would be God. Then, everything else will be taking care of itself.”

Brent Farve stood on the sidelines and nodded his head, back and forth after the game winning field goal. It will haunt him in the off-season, by losing this game. Now he has time to think about his father’s death. Green Bay won three straight games since his father died just before Christmas. Farve threw for 399 yards against the Oakland Raiders, the day after his father death.

Brett Farve and Ahman Green didn’t speak to any reporters This was the ending of Green Bays season, plus the beginning of reality for quarterback Brett Farve.

When the opportunity was there, Green Bay didn’t take the advantage. The better teams will always finds a way tonight. ``We had a chance to win on offense, defense and special teams and we needed a play to go our way,'' Longwell said. ``We didn't and now we'll go home for the year.'' Yes, , now one more year to think about the mistakes they made and fix them to be a contender in the following season.

Philadelphia Eagles isn’t worrying once, nor twice about Carolina Panthers, who defeated St. Louis Saturday. Their just trying to enjoy this 20 – 17 win." We’re not even worried about the Carolina Panthers right now. We're excited about this win,'' McNabb said. ``Even though we were down we still prevailed and showed some heart. Now the Eagles' as one more week to play football.Plus the Philadelphia Eagles fan and players won’t accept anything less than a super bowl trophy, that simple. If that’s true, watch out Panthers.


Kraky Sisters plays like family, while taming the Lady Cougars

December 30, 2003

--- Lakeland’s’ sophomore, Kellen Kraky stood perfectly straight Monday night with her chest facing toward the red, white and blue flag, while the national anthem was being played.

She was very patient, until the game started, that is when adrenaline starting flowing through her body. Her quick feet and talent on defense lifted the Lady Chiefs against arch- rivalry, Valley View Cougars. Throughout the entire game, Valley View had trouble controlling the ball and shooting, due to Kraky sisters defense. Both of them combined had a total of 5 steals and when they were not taking advantage of that, Brittany and kellen were disrupting shots taking by the Lady Cougars.

Kellen muscled her way to the basket and scored 10 points, and finished the game with 13. She has been a major factor for the Lady Chiefs offensive and defensive this year. "My Sister is just a awesome basketball player," stated, Brittany. There is really nothing else to say about her. She is awesome on defensive and offensive," she added. She could make plays when Lakeland needs them the most. Those 10 points lifted Lakeland to a 23-13 lead at halftime.

"Kellen played really well today," said Lakelands’ Coach, Joseph Smith. Today in the second half, she was trying to work the ball more in the inside, so we could score and put the game away. She did her job, and did a great job, that is the kind of player Kellen Kraky is."

Basketball skills, heart, desire, dedication, talent and God given ability is what makes a good athlete, not according to Kellen Kraky. "I just shot when I was open, but I got lucky and made some baskets." Is it called luck, when you shot 2 -three pointers early in the first half? If that is called luck, than Syracuse’s Gerry McNamara must been lucky when he scored the winning basket on a three point shot in January against Notre Dame.

Lakeland went on a 19 –4 led with 6:42 left in the first half, but that didn’t calm the Lady Cougars, their defensive only allowed the Lady Chiefs to score 4 points in the last six minutes of the half. Valley View responded and scored 9 of their 13 points within those last six minutes. "We fall apart sometimes, I don't know why. We get down sometimes and than we lost momentum," said Brittany Kraky.


Coming into the second half Valley View continued their motivation and brought the score with 5, 29 – 23 with 1:57 left in the third quarter. But in the fourth quarter Lakeland’s quick passes and skilled defense wore down the Lady Cougars, while scoring 17 points. Trina Carito Scored 8 points within the last four minutes to help Lakeland with 49-30 win over Valley View "We give away so much size and we are young," insisted Valley Views’ Coach, Lou Camoni. Lakeland is a nice athletic team; their size hurt us. When we came up with the press, we had a tough throwing the ball. When Lakeland opened it up, when we didn’t have the ball. We came down and competed. But we give away so much size, than by the fourth quarter were tired."

That size and talent has helped the Lady Chiefs to an 8-3 record. The three sisters, Senior, Brittany Kraky; sophomore, Kellen; freshman, Lindsay , all of them combined scored a total of 23 point for Lakeland against Valley View. They played and won together like a family.


Lady Chiefs remains perfect, as forest city need improvement

September 12, 2003

Lakeland’s goalie Amanda Bryla was bored Thursday night against Forest City.

She stood in the front of the goal most of the 1st half waiting for the ball to come to her side of the field. The way that forest City was controlling the ball it almost looked like they were the better team. They came up empty, as Lakeland took a 2-0 led at the half.” We need to work on our passing, and hustle more,” mentioned, Forest City’s, Amanda Vitzakovitch.”

In the 2nd half of the game the Lady Chiefs proved that Rayah Yurkanin isn’t the only person that can win games for them,-While Yurkanin left the game scoreless. Freshman Striker Chelsea Buck step her talent up a notch and scored a goal for Lakeland with 30:13 left in the game.” We really play well together, stated Senior Striker, Lacy Standefer.

Then later in the game Casey Lisowski found her way in the game and punched in another goal, to help Lakeland with a 5-1 win over the Lady Foresters.” They played very well, noted, Lakeland’s, assistant coach Sonya Standefer.” There is still a couple thing that they need to work on, which includes triangle passes.”

-It’s funny that she should say that, because it looked like Lakeland could almost challenge any soccer team in the league.

Forest City finished the game with 15 shots at the goal and no corner kicks.” I think we played one of our worst games this season,” Said a disappointed Amanda Vitzakovitch. Hopefully we can step it up and do better next time.”

Lakeland’s next victim is Mountain View, which they are undefeated, just like Lakeland. Can The Lady Eagle’s hold off Lakeland quick-striker Rayah Yurkanin and Lakeland’s skilled defensive? If not, then Lakeland will remain undefeated, until a team could knock them off.


October 18, 2003

On a bright, sunny morning in April of 2002, while hearing the alarm, I awoke from bed around seven o’clock in Jermyn, Pa. Rapidly, I went to the bathroom to take a shower, knowing that at 4 pm my beloved Lakeland Chiefs track and field team would be racing against the Fierce Scranton Knights. I was extremely nervous. After Showering, I wobbled to my room and put on my favorite clothes. Off I went to school. Patiently I waited for the clock to strike 2:53. When it finally did, I briskly walked to the locker room with my team; furthermore while dressing, not a word was said or sound was heard. We went out to our red-rubber track for our two warm-up laps. Fifteen minutes later, I started stretching every muscle in my body. As a two miler, stretching is very important. After stretching it was time to start. I nervously jogged up to the starting line. Standing next to me, in lane 2, wearing a faded red jersey, was Scranton’s Jamie King. He stood perfectly straight, with his chest facing the north side of Lakeland’s stadium, green eyes staring at his coach. King showed no fear. We shook hands and wished each other luck. I felt good and ready to run at this moment. About two minutes later the race director explained the rules. Then, from the distance he screamed “Get ready, one, two, three,” and pulled the trigger on the gun; BANG! Off we ran, King and I ran side by side the entire race. On the 8th lap, he sprinted around the track his arms pumping, reddish cheeks shaking and finished the race in eleven minutes and five seconds. When I passed the finish line, Lakeland’s Coach Phil Tochelli shouted” 11:13!” which was my personal best. This was my first and last year running track, because I was senior. That day I learned, when you give 100% in any game or meet, win or lose, you come out a winner in your own mind because that is all that matters in sports.