Anthony Bouselli turned in an electrifying performance Tuesday afternoon, leading Wallenpaupack Area's boys varsity track & field team to a big win over Honesdale.
A versatile junior who specializes in throws, Bouselli dominated all three of his events as the Buckhorns cruised to a 105-45 Lackawanna League Division Two triumph.
He finished first in the shot and discus, but then absolutely wowed the crowd with a school record effort in the javelin.
"Anthony is a talented kid and he's just starting to realize his potential," Paupack throws coach Bernie Bieski said of his star pupil. "If Anthony keeps working as hard as he is now, there's no telling what he can do."
On the girls' side of the ledger, these two ancient rivals battled right down to the wire before Paupack eventually sealed the deal on an 82-67 win.
Hope Decker led the way in this one, contributing key efforts that resulted in four gold medals.
Next up for head coach Frank Gaudenzi's squads is a road trip to the Cavalier Relays on Saturday.
East Stroudsburg South is hosting the event, which is slated for an 8 a.m. start.
As is almost always the case at a high school track meet, sprints, hurdles and relays attracted the most spectator attention Tuesday afternoon.
However, Bouselli treated a small contingent of local fans to a show they won't soon forget.
Anthony opened his one-man assault on Honesdale with a victory in the shot. He fired the metal spheroid a distance of 43' as Paupack went 1-2-3 in the event.
Bouselli followed that up with a win in the discus. Anthony unleashed a throw that measured 146' 2", outdistancing teammates Brad Bieski and Shawn Reid.
Page 2 of 3 - Both those achievements were noteworthy, but they paled in comparison to what Bouselli had in store for his grand finale.
Anthony has spent the last two years re-writing Paupack's record book in the javelin.
As a sophomore, he set a new school record at 177' 8". Just this past weekend, he bested that mark with a heave of 179' 4" at the Ice Breaker Relays.
No one (including Paupack's longtime throws guru) though, was prepared for what Anthony would do Tuesday.
"He really took it to the next level," Coach Bieski said. "Anthony's a great kid and he works very hard. The conditions were perfect today, but I was kind of shocked when I heard the number."
Bouselli started off with a throw of just over 180', which was another school record. However, that was just a hint of what was to come.
Anthony's second effort elicited a collective gasp from the crowd. And, when officials announced a distance of 190' 4", cheers echoed around the complex.
"I don't think I've ever seen a bigger smile on his face than when he hit that throw," Coach Bieski said.
"The way Anthony is going right now, it's just a matter of time before he goes over 200."
While Bouselli was setting new records, his fellow Buckhorns were taking care of business on the track.
Corey Schmalzle finished first in the 1600M, breaking the tape in 4:39.
Brian Rose surged down the stretch to take gold in the 800M (2:09).
Sean Durkin closed out the day with a win in the 3200M, stopping the clock at 11:18.
Page 3 of 3 - While Summer Hill continued her singleminded pursuit of Honesdale's all-time record in the mile, Hope Decker paced Paupack to a satisfying team triumph.
The Lady Bucks' star sprinted to victory in the 400M (1:02.5). Decker also added a win in the long jump (14' 11"), but saved her best for the relays.
Hope ran the anchor leg in the 4x800M. She then combined with teammates Jasmine Stevenson, Deirdre Schmidt and Emily Martone to capture gold in the 4x400M (4:23.1).
Rachel Valentine chipped in with a victory in the 100M hurdles, stopping the clock at :18.9.
Maddy Spinelli led a 1-2-3 sweep in the 300M hurdles, breaking the tape at :54. She was chased home by teammates Ingrid Bates and Valentine.
Jasmine Stevenson took first in the 200M (:26.9) and second in the 100M.
Taylor Campfield paced the Lady Buck field attack, authoring a gold medal effort in the discus (1001 1").
Honesdale countered with stellar efforts in the middle distance events and the throws.
Hill dominated both the 1600M (5:02) and the 800M (2:22).
Sam Krempasky posted wins in the javelin (108' 2") and shot (31' 7"), while Skylar Carmody placed second in the discus.