Wallenpaupack Area's boys varsity basketball team honors graduating players
The Wallenpaupack Area boys varsity basketball closed out its regular season Friday night at home versus Western Wayne.
Previously this season, the Buckhorns narrowly edged out the Wildcats by a 48-42 margin on Jan. 8 at the Varden Garden.
Looking to cap their Lackawanna League schedule with another win, Paupack was eager to get the re-match underway.
However, before these two rivals tipped-off, the Buckhorns would pause for a moment to recognize the four members of this year’s senior class: Alex Pillar, Derrick Vosburg, Elijah Lugo, and Jake Liddy.
Alex Pillar has played golf and basketball for four years.
In golf, he was named to the Lackawanna League All-Stars each season since freshman year; has twice been the league Player of the Year and has twice won the District Two Class AAA individual title.
Pillar was the winner of the 2018 Jackman Memorial Tournament and holds the school record for most wins. He has been an honor roll student, is member of the Athletic Council, FBLA, and has volunteered with the Biddy Basketball program.
Alex plans to attend a four-year university to study business and sports management as well as continue his golf career.
Jake Liddy is a four-year veteran of the basketball and baseball teams. He is a member of the National Honor Society, SADD, the Student Ambassadors, and the Athletic Council.
Jake plans to attend a four-year college to study kinesiology and obtain a degree in physical therapy.
“Being a part of the team has been a great experience,” Liddy said.
Elijah Lugo has played basketball for four years. He plans to attend East Stroudsburg University to major in social work and minor in child development with the goal of becoming a social worker.
“Last year was my first year here,” Lugo said. “Everyone was very welcoming and it’s been a good experience.”
Derrick Vosburg has played soccer for three years and basketball and baseball for four seasons.
In soccer he was named to the Lackawanna Soccer League All-Stars and to the All-Region team for his goalkeeping abilities.
He has also been named to the LIAA All-Star Baseball team.
Vosburg is a member of the National Honor Society, FBLA, Student Council, and the Athletic Council. Derrick plans to attend Misericordia University where he will major in biochemistry and continue his baseball career.
“It’s been a lot of fun and we’ve had a lot of good times,” he said.
Paupack junior Elijah Rosenthal entered the night sitting on 900 career points having hit that markagainst North Pocono last week.
Western Wayne was bringing to the court senior Dahlton Frisbie and junior Zach Rovisnsky, both of whom broke the 1,000 mark earlier this year.
While ‘Cats and Bucks fans in attendance were looking for a shootout with these high scorers on the court, surprisingly, each squad’s defense managed to keep the star shooters in check.
Paupack and Western Wayne finished the first quarter tied at 10, but the Buckhorns managed to outscore their guests 12-6 in the second stanza.
At the half, the hosts held the high ground 22-16.
The Purple & White stayed hot in the third period outshooting the Varden gents 14-6.
In the fourth, Paupack kicked things into overdrive scoring 18 to Western Wayne's 10.
At the horn, Paupack signed off on the 54-32 victory.
Surprisingly, Rosenthal got most of his points from the line, hitting 6-of-7 and landing just one 2-pointer from the field.
Rovinsky was alsp curtailed beyond the arc and earned four at the stripe and sank a quartet of close shots. Frisbie nailed two from downtown but did drain three more good for two each.
Gabe Springer turned out to be Paupack’s high scorer. The junior forward has been stepping up his game consistently since overcoming an injury earlier in the season.
He went 6-for-11 at the line and tipped in seven baskets from the paint for a 20-point night. Almost always good for a few from the outside, Pillar counted a trio of treys and sent two more in from inside. He also drained a pair of foul shots for a total of 15.
Taking the Division 2 crown and ending with a 9-4 league record sits well with Pillar.
“It’s one of the better seasons in the history of the school and our first title since 1997,” he said.
In third place overall in the District Two Class 5A rankings, Wallenpaupack at 16-6 overall was slated to face Honesdale in the first round of the playoffs on Tuesday at North Pocono.