Delaware Valley fans look back on another successful season
Things went fairly well for most Delaware Valley varsity squads this autumn.
All in all, the Warriors brought home four district titles and sent two teams to the state tournament.
The first group of Warriors to head to state level play was the field hockey team.
The DV girls closed their Wyoming Valley Conference Division I play with a 7-6 record, tied for sixth with Dallas. However, they were the top seed among Class AAA teams in District Two.
The Lady Warriors with Hazleton, 2-0, in the opening round of the district tourney and then sealed the deal with a 1-0 win over Honesdale.
Sadly for local fans, their season ended with a 13-7 tally when they fell, 3-0, Methacton, the three-seed out of District I, in the first round of state contention.
DV's girls tennis team posted a winning season by going 8-6 in the Lackawanna League.
Tied with Mid Valley at the close of the schedule, the Lady Warriors ranked behind just six other teams, two of which were also tied.
In the District 2-4 Class AAA team tournament, DV edged out Hazleton, 3-2, in the first round but dropped a 3-0 decision to Abington Heights in the semifinals when the match was halted.
Taylor Moglia earned a first round bye in singles play and advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Scranton’s Angelina Huffman (6-4, 1-6, 6-1).
Unfortunately, Abington's Bella Peters would bounce her from the tournament in the quarters, 6-0. 6-1.
Gia Cicileo also earned a first round bye but too met with the callous hands of Comets, dropping to Laura Koczwara, 6-2, 6-2.
Moglia and Julianna Anderson formed one of DV’s pairs in the district doubles playoffs while Lauren Matarazzo and Rose Lombardo made up another duo.
Matarazzo and Lombardo were eliminated in the first round, but Moglia and Anderson received a bye and were ranked sixth in the second round. They defeated North Pocono’s Ashley Dunn and Marie DeLarosa 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 to advance, only to suffer a loss to Paupack's Phoebe Cykosky and Heidi Washburn (7-5, 6-2) in the quarterfinals.
Closing out WVC play with a 14-3 record, the girls volleyball team ended in a three-way tie with Tunkhannock and Dallas and fifth among AAAA schools heading to the District 2-11 subregional tournament.
They fell 25-15, 25-13, 25-5 to Liberty and were jetted from the chase for a state title but came back to claim the District II-4A crown by sending Wyoming Valley West down in three sets, 25-15, 25-22, 25-14.
Golf finished 4-10 in the Lackawanna League Division I.
Still youthful, the Warriors battled against stiff competition among the likes of Abington Heights, who went undefeated, and Paupack, who fielded the individual D2 champion.
Boys soccer ended up the season with a 6-8 record in a very competitive Lackawanna Soccer League Division I. Tied for fourth with Scranton, only the top three teams posted plus-.500 tallies.
Of note, the Warriors rallied to comeback and post a 2-1 upset over Abington during the regular season. They suffered a loss to Scranton in the District Two Class 4A playoffs.
The ladies also closed in fourth among LSL Division 1 teams with a 7-6-1 record.
DV secured a 2-1 win over Hazleton in the District Two Class 4A tournament to claim the championship, but lost 3-0 to Williamsport in the state qualifying match.
Jared Krick and Adam Kanterman finished in the top ten among the gents at the AAA boys cross country finals. DV’s guys took third at districts after finishing with a 17-4 Lackawanna League record that saw them tied for fourth with Scranton.
Also tied with Scranton, but for seventh, in the league were the DelVal girls. Laina Bogusta and Alexandra Antonecchia ran in the top ten at districts and helped pull the ladies to a fifth-place finish at the District II AAA meet.
Wrapping up the fall set was football. For the third straight year the Warriors walked away with the D2 Class 6A championship and went to the state playoffs for a second straight year.
With a 9-3 Lackawanna Football Conference record, the Warriors went on to post a 26-0 shutout over Scranton in the opening round of the Subregional playoffs and then punched their ticket to states by landing a 35-14 decision against Scranton.
Unfortunately for the young squad, they faced, for a second consecutive year, a veteran group of players from State College in the first round of states and sadly succumbed to the Little Lions 56-19.
Overall, things went well for the Warriors this fall and winter sports are already in pre-season mode.
Both the boys and girls swim teams are looking to defend their district titles from last year. In addition, a more experienced girls hoops squad hopes to make some serious strides.
The boys basketball team returns with solid skill and experienced players and could be a contender for a district championship.