The 85th Annual Scranton Lions Club Dream is set for July 17 at John Henzes/Veterans Memorial Stadium. To get ready check out his collection of the images from the Dream Game through the years.
City team head coach John Whitelavich huddles up with his squad late in the 4th quarter to later claim victory over the county team on Wednesday night, August 6, 2003. Butch Comegys/Staff Photographer
County tailback Justin Carey of Valley View hurdles over the City’s Carlos Periera of Delaware Valley for some extra yardage as #89 Chris Harrar closes in on Wednesday night, August 6, 2003. Butch Comegys/Staff Photographer
City QB Tom Grady, from Scranton Prep, scrambles away from the rush during first half action in the Dream Game at Lackawanna County Stadium Wednesday evening, August 6, 2003. Times-Tribune File
Fans of Lakeland’s Seth Tratthen whoop it up during Dream Game at Lackawanna County Stadium Wednesday, August 6, 2003. Times-Tribune File
Barbie Obloshny holds up a sign for her brother Joe Obloshny from Lakeland, standing next to her at left is Jennifer Obloshny at the Dream Game at the Lackawanna County Stadium on August 6, 1998. Times-Tribune File
County’s Jason Johnson (20) runs around some defenders along with teammate Nick Parlanti (35) during the Dream Game on August 6, 1998.
County team celebrates after winning the 80th Dream Game. Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer photos/blumunkee
Sal Marchese (right) scores the games first touchdown Wednesday while City teammate Kyle Oprisko celebrates during the Dream Game at John Henzes/Veterans Memorial Stadium in Blakely. JASON FARMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
City’s #12 Scott Gorton, of Scranton, knocks the ball loose from County’s #4 Jake Henzes, of Abington Heights, and City recovered the fumble during the 81st Dream Game. Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer
City’s quarterback, Austin White, of Susquehanna, looks for an open receiver during the 81st Dream Game. Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer
City quarterback Austin White (14) scrambles from the County’s Andrew Sledzinski during the Dream Game. JASON FARMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Valley View running back Kyle Passeri leans out for extra yardage while tackled low by Dunmore’s Patrick Hilson during the 73rd Annual Dream Game on Wednesday night. Butch Comegys/ Staff Photographer
Valley View running back Kyle Passeri breaks along the outside while finally grabbed by North Pocono’s Ryan Williams during the 73rd Annual Dream Game on Wednesday night. Butch Comegys/ Staff Photographer
Abington Heights receiver Shaun Pasternak makes the catch while wrestled down by Bishop O’Hara’s Dan Palmer during the 73rd Annual Dream Game on Wednesday night. Butch Comegys/ Staff Photographer
City’s #3 Rob Heyen, of Holy Cross, breaks away from County’s #30 Nick Krehel, of Valley View, during the 78th Scranton Lions Club Dream Game at Scranton Memorial on Wednesday, August 1, 2012. Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer photos/sports
City’s quarterback #12 Jordan Dempsey, of Dunmore, looks downfield and connects for a touchdown during the 78th Scranton Lions Club Dream Game at Scranton Memorial on Wednesday, August 1, 2012. Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer photos/sports
County fans cheer during kickoff at the start of the Dream Game held at Memorial Stadium on Wednesday, August 1, 2012. Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer photos/blumunkee
Bishop O’Hara senior Mike Cleary cools off on the sideline during the Scranton Lions Club All Star 73rd Annual Dream Game held at Scranton Memorial Stadium on Wednesday night. Cleary was playing for the city team. Butch Comegys/ Staff Photographer
Jerry Preschutti, player/coach liaison, talks to the dream game players during the Dream Game Media Night at John Henzes/Veterans Memorial Stadium on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer photos/sports
City’s Timmy Blaine of North Pocono makes a touchdown catch as County’s Julio Galarza of Honesdale defends during the 82nd Scranton Lions Club Dream Game at John Henzes/Veterans Memorial Stadium in Peckville on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer
County’s Jordan Hallander of Abington Heights completes a pass against the City team during the 82nd Scranton Lions Club Dream Game at John Henzes/Veterans Memorial Stadium in Peckville on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer
City’s Kevin Holmes of Scranton Prep makes a catch for a touchdown as County’s Shawn Balinas defends during the 82nd Scranton Lions Club Dream Game at John Henzes/Veterans Memorial Stadium in Peckville on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer
City’s Timmy Blaine of North Pocono makes a catch in the end zone as County’s Julio Galarza attempts to block the ball during the 82nd Scranton Lions Club Dream Game at John Henzes/Veterans Memorial Stadium in Peckville on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer
City’s Austin Cernak of Delaware Valley runs with the ball against the County during the 82nd Scranton Lions Club Dream Game at John Henzes/Veterans Memorial Stadium in Peckville on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer
County’s quarterback, #12 Corey Talerico of Riverside, is under pressure by City’s #74 Jesse Wilson Kellogg, of Scranton, during the Dream Game on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer photos/sports
County’s #21 Michael Torch, of Carbondale, breaks up the pass intended for City’s #33 Adam Manzoni, of Delaware Valley, during the Dream Game on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer photos/sports
County’s #23 Tommy Armillay, of Riverside, makes the tackle on City’s #23 Jimmy Pichariello, of Dunmore, after catching the ball during the Dream Game on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer photos/sports
City’s #16 Tyler Hughes, of West Scranton, looks for running room through the County’s defense during the Dream Game on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer photos/sports
Dunmore running back Michael Perry of the City Team runs over Valley View’s Brian Kubilus of the County Team in the second quarter during the 76th Annual Dream Game on Wednesday night at Scranton Memorial Stadium. Butch Comegys / Staff Photographer
Delaware Valley receiver Damari Roulhac of the City Team dives unsuccessfully for a deep pass while covered by Valley View’s Brian Kubilus of the County Team on Wednesday night during the 76th Annual Dream Game at Scranton Memorial Stadium. Butch Comegys / Staff Photographer
County Team receiver #1 Caleb Wilson of Old Forge, left, dives unsuccessfully for a deep pass while defended by City Team’s Josh Idelfonso during the Dream Game on Wednesday night. Butch Comegys / Staff Photographer
County Team running back Jared Fowler of Montrose bumps into his offensive lineman while tackled low by the City Team’s # 52 Matt Weisenfluh on Wednesday night during the Dream Game. Butch Comegys / Staff Photographer
City Team tailback Jason Dominick of Scranton, is gang tackled by a pack of County Team players on Wednesday night during the Dream Game. Butch Comegys / Staff Photographer
City Team tailback Kevin Spager of Dunmore breaks to the outside while hit by County Team’s Brice Rickard of Honesdale on Wednesday night during the Dream Game. Butch Comegys / Staff Photographer
Frank Pazzaglia, Blakely grid standout, gets some protection as County mates gear for benefit Dream Game tussle with City forces next Friday night at Scranton Memorial Stadium. Pazzaglia, a Times All-Scholastic last season, will likely handle the passing duties for the favored County crew. County selectees went through heavy drills yesterday. June 20, 1959
County squad for football Dream Game Friday night. First row, from left: Dick Karluk, Moosic; Phil Angeli, Blakely; George Hrobuchak, Old Forge; Rich Miller, Clark’s Summit-Abington; Russ Davey, Blakely; Jack Jones, Taylor; Tom Krempasky, Blakely.
Second row, from left: Jerry McDonough, Olyphant; Dave Jones, Clark’s Summit-Abington; Bob Beviglia, Old Forge; Bob Rinaldi, Old Forge; Frank Pazzaglia, Blakely; Bob Parry, Clarks Summit-Abington; Bill Reese, Blakely; Phil Avvisato, Old Forge.
Third row, from left: Bernie Gillespie, head coach; Jim Davis, assistant coach; Ken Keller, Moosic; Bob Parlanti, Jessup; Jerry Locatta, Archbald; Jerry Mackowsky, Old Forge; Paul Munleyc Archbald; Gene Lesneski, Old Forge; Andy Kachmarik, Taylor; Bernie Gavula and Jim Dyer, managers.
Absent: Sal Marchese and Phil Forgione, Dunmore; Jerry Kase, Archbald; Jim Tallman, Lackawanna Trail; Ed Romanowski, assistant coach. June 24, 1959
City squad for football Dream Game Friday night. First row, from left: Bernie Coslett, Central; Keith Krayer, Central; Jack Wandalowski, Central; Harry Price, West; Jack Shaughnessy, West; Jim Corby, Technical; Ron Blackledge, Technical.
Second row, from left: Tony Laboranti, manager; Ken McDowell, Central; John Nicodem, Tech; Lou Druck, Central; Al Magnotta, West; Walter Kalinowski, West; Tom Artabane, St. Patrick’s; Carl Jones, Tech.
Third row, from left: Charlie Lee, trainer; Frank Koczwara and Frank Lee, managers; Bob McGraw, Technical; Bill Profka, West; Bill Laboski, Central; Tom Woodland, Central; Gerry Weber, Central; Frank Massino, St. Patrick’s; Bob Reese, assistant coach; C.J. Robson, head coach.
Bob Moylan, Central, was absent. June 23, 1959
Gridders representing the City team in the Dream Game Saturday took time out from drills yesterday afternoon to have their picture snapped. Members of the squad, shown above, first row, left to right, are: Head Coach Pete Doyle of Tech, Albert Belardi, Fred Ferber, Rupert Thomas, Vince Spinelli, Jack Brady, August Frattali, Richard Holmes and Assistant Coach Clarence (Fats) Robson. Second row: Paul Walsh, Tony Famularo, Alex LaSorsa, Sam Bilancini, Frank Regni, Joe Griffiths, Louis Haas, Russell Cain and James Berry. Third row: Assistant Coach Art Morris, Dan Sidelnick, William Lydon, Frank Curran, Edwin Cardoni and Bruno Arcangeletti. Missing is Jack Fitzpatrick, a backfieldman from Central. In front of the group, left to right, are George Yanisko, Vince Vitcavage and Paul Weiss, the squad managers. Dec 8, 1943
Introducing the star-studded County squad which will meet the City aggregation in the Lions’ Club annual benefit Dream Game Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at Athletic Park. This group of selected gridmen represent seven schools in the region and will enter this year’s schoolboy classic as the favorite.
Members of the squad, shown above, first row, left to right, are: Caesar Graziano, Old Forge; John Cantafio, Dunmore; Michael Laztonich, Dunmore; Louis Armezzani, Jessup; Eugene Palko, Dunmore; John Turrissini, Blakely, and John Sylvester, Jessup. Second row: Eugene Malay, Dunmore; Maurice Turlip, Carbondale; Edward Prebor, Clarks Summit; Jack Driscole, Clarks Summit; Joseph Fox, Dunmore; Walter Duffy, Old Forge; Peter Remish, Dunmore, and Larry Larioni, Jessup. Third row: Assistant Coach Johnny Henzes of Blakely, George Sosky, Taylor; Donald Oakey, Dunmore; Eugene Vellela, Dunmore; James Martinelli, Dunmore; Roger Neri, Blakely; Edward Stanton, Blakely; Jackie Jones, Blakely; Assistant Coach Jimmy Gatto of Dunmore and Fritz Davidson, Clarks Summit, who is serving as head coach. Dec 9, 1943
Twenty-one members of the City team slated to participate in the annual Lions Club Dream Game on Friday, Aug. 26, glance up at Times cameraman as they run through early drill at Memorial Stadium under Coach Pete Doyle of Technical High School. County gridders, directed by Coach Ed Romanowski of Lackawanna Trail, will report for their first practice session tomorrow at 5 P.M. in Dunmore High School Stadium. Both squads are expected to have full turnouts for drills next week. Aug 10, 1960
City’s Chris Stetzar scoops ball fumbled into end zone by teammate Bob Yarros (under pile at left) early in second quarter in attempt to run out of danger. But County halted him before he could, Moosic’s Al Ostir tackling him in end zone for safety. Aug 27, 1960
Third-period pass from County quarterback Tony DiMattia intended for Paul Flowers, right, is broken up by Cosmo Iacavazzi, left, and Joe Santomauro of City as City’s Jim McDonnell (40) sprints toward scene. Santomauro almost intercepted pass but collision with Iacavazzi jarred ball from grasp. Aug 12, 1961
County All-Stars, prepping at Clark’s Summit-Abington High School for Scranton Lions Club’s charity contest Friday night at Scranton Memorial Stadium.
First row, from left: Jack Sweeney, Jessup; John Stawasz, Taylor-Moosic; Pat Hughes, Archbald; Ed Cody, Clark’s Summit-Abington; Gene Evanish, Taylor-Moosic; Bob Dougherty, Clark’s Summit-Abington, and Steven Jackowitz, Jessup.
Second row, from left: Rick Casagrande, Blakely; Frank Cleave, Clark’s Summit-Abington; Bob Scasselatti, Jessup; Jim Scagliotti, Jessup; John Scavo, Old Forge; Joe Rossi, Blakely, and George Morgan, Clark’s Summit-Abington.
Third row, from left: Dennis Sebastianelli, Archbald; John Coar, Dunmore; Joe Smicherko, Old Forge; Tony Riggi, Old Forge; Mike Robochik, Taylor-Moosic; Al DeMartino, Old Forge; Sabie Naro, Dunmore; Jim Stevens, Lackawanna Trail, and Bill Hurley, Taylor-Moosic.
Also on squad are Tony Ross, Old Forge; Mike Zelno, Lakeland, and Tom Evans, Taylor-Moosic. Aug 4, 1962
The major assignment of halting offensive maneuvers by the Scranton-Dunmore (City team) in the Scranton Lions Club 29th annual Dream benefit football classic Friday evening at Memorial Stadium, Providence Rd., will be handled by star senior gridders comprising the County club squad pictured above. Colorful pregame ceremonies will start at 7:30 and the kickoff is scheduled at 8. With ideal weather, a record attendance is anticipated. The prize-winning Dunmore High School band and star-studded troupe of Crimsonettes will appear in the halftime show.
First row, kneeling from left: Robert Wychowanec, Lakeland High School; Lee Ehmling and Jack Evans, Clark’s Summit-Abington; Don Mosley, Lakeland, and Paul Tagliaterra, Old Forge.
Second row, same order: John Henzes Sr., Blakely HS, assistant coach; Louis Astolfi, Old Forge High School; John Dewey, Blakely; Robert Craig, Clark’s Summit-Abington; Tony Popeck, Blakely; Charles Fessenden, Clark’s Summit-Abington, and Charles Igoe, assistant coach. Aug 7, 1963
City linement pause during preparations for Dream Game. Kneeling are, from left: Jim Pettinato and Ron Chiavacci, Technical; Bob Chmieliewski, Bill Williams and Ed Goczwara, West Scranton; Bob Boettger, Central; Bill Lezinski, West, and Bob Chisdak, Central. Standing, from left: Tom Kenney, Central; Paul Shaughnessy, West; Ed Brandes, Central; Gerry Butash, Technical; Tom Green, West; Charles Harte, Central; Dave Pekar, South Catholic; Boyd Hughes, Central; Charlie Kreilick, Technical. Aug 23, 1960
These backs will perform for County in football Dream Game Friday night at 8 at Scranton Memorial Stadium. In front are, from left, Head Coach Ed Romanowski, Dick Hall, Bob Paulishak, Dough Brickel and Joe Morelli. Standing, from left: Charlie Brown, Frank Salerno, Charlie Burok, Rick Baldwin, Bob Mellow, Al Ostir, Art Manuel and Joe Kreseski. All in first row are quarterbacks. Aug 24, 1960
Pat Genell sprints through gaping hole in right side of City line on four-yard touchdown run in fourth quarter, final score of Dream Game. Referee Fiore Cesare, background, watches as City defender, already taken out of play, prepares to try diving tackle at onrushing Genell. Walt Marciniak follows at right. Aug 10, 196
Bernie Gillespie, left, assisting in the coaching of the County forces for Friday night’s Dream Game against the City brigade, gives the “Get Going” sign to backfield stars during workouts at Dunmore High School Stadium. Friday’s grid contest at Scranton Memorial Stadium is sponsored by the Lions Club with proceeds going to the Blind Conservation Fund.
Plaers from left, are: John Stambone, Jessup; Joseph Nicastro, Dunmore; Bud Kramer, Old Forge; Tony Stambone, Jessup; Mike Yanefski, Old Forge; Stan Olexy, Taylor, and Nick Petrosky, Archbald, and Joe Kull, Carbondale. Not on the scene: Dick Dewey, Blakely, and Frank Tippett, Moosic. June 24, 1958
Winding up preparations today for tomorrow night’s game with the County All-Stars are these City high school standouts. First row, from left: Bill Fox, St. Patrick’s; Joe Murray and Mike Ferraro, Central; Bill Howard, South Scranton Catholic; Paul (Kel) Chludzinski and Willard Davis, West Scranton.
Second row, from left: Assistant Coach Mike Kowalchick, Don Jasieniecki, Central; Tom Hannon, South Catholic; John Chisdak, Central; Bob Theis, Technical; Maurice (Moe) Barber, Central, and Assistant Coach Tom McLaughlin.
Fox, Murray, Ferraro, Howard, Chisdak and Theis are backs. Chludzinski, Jasieniecki, Hannon and Barber are ends. Davis is a center. June 26, 1958
Aiming for their seventh victory since the Scranton Lions’ Club annual Dream Game was inaugurated twelve years ago-every penny of the receipts go to promotion of blind conservation activity-scholastic footballers comprising the City team, pictured above, went through another long practice session yesterday afternoon at Athletic Park. The charity contest will be played Saturday afternoon at the Providence Road center. The County team players are drilling at Dunmore High School Stadium.
Members of the City squad in the photograph are, first row, left to right: Pete Doyle, coach of the Technical High School Eastern Conference champions, head mentor of the team in Saturday’s attraction; Tony Mulinaro, Roy Chase, Jack Dunleavy, Ted Zurcher, Algert Dalykas, Roland Ghirelli, Ray (Dizzy) Arcangeletti, all Techniclal performers, and Joe M. Butler Jr., team manager. Second row: Lydon Hennigan, Harold davis, John Scanlon, Richard Thomas, Neil O’Boyle, William Morell, Merle Tischler and Ray Matthews, all Central High School players. Third row: Eugene Ellis, Tech student and team trainer; Robert Jones, Lou Sylvester, Paul Cusick, John Woodbridge, Sylvester Santaniello, Tony Cetta, West Scranton High School gridders, and Billy (Ging) Weiss, Tech halfback star, who appears in civilian clothes. Dec 11, 1946
Dunmore’s Joe Morelli, County quarterback, lunges after fleeing Ronnie Russo but City back is on his way to first of team’s two third-quarter touchdowns. Play, through right side of County line, covered 13 yards. Official is Bob Spagna. Aug 27, 1960
Lou Mariani, the Valley View roadrunner, is pictured doing what he did just about all night Friday in the annual Dream Game. He is shown eluding a group of City defenders. Scranton Times August 10, 1974
Jim Rivera of Lackawanna Trail provided the City with some daylight early when he put his team ahead with this touchdown agter taking a pass from West Scranton’s Jackie Jones. Scranton Times August 10, 1974
City Head Coach Mike Hemak from Susquehanna is flanked by his assistants, Dan Wolfe, left, and Dick Bagnall, as they go over early practice details for the Dream Game team that will face the County on August 9 at Scranton Memorial Stadium. Scranton Times July 27, 1974
Tony Nese of Abington Heights breaks to the outside as Vic Fangio and Ed Gavin, both of Dunmore, and Jerry Sullivan of West Scranton purse. Scranton Times August 12, 1976
Official Gene Allegrucci signals County touchdown along with two county players as buried teammate Paul Papi of Old Forge crosses goal line against City on August 12, 1976. Attempting to stop Papi are Mark Lavelle of Central, AJ Sabatelle of Dunmore, Chester Lukasiewicz of Riverside shows his approval. Times-Tribune File
City Coach Jack Henzes will have plenty of depth at the quarterback spot when his team takes on th County in the annual Dream Game. Quarterbacks from left: Rick Chapman, Joe Perrotti, Coach Jack Henzes, Joe Marrazzo and Bob Fisher. Scranton Times August 9, 1976
City coach Jim Scagliotti, left, Scranton Prep, goes over intrustions with his defensive line players, kneeling, from left: Frank Pagnotti of Scranton Tech; Mike Flaherty of Scranton Prep; Mike Chancey of Lackawanna Trail. Standing, Church Balko of Tunkhannock; Greg Sabanas and Kevin Sherman, both of Scranton Central. Scranton Times August 3, 1975
Ball sails over head of County’s Matt Wzorel, the intended receiver, and defender Steve Kepic on a two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the 41st Dream Game. Pass went incomplete and the City won, 20-18. Scranton Times August 9, 1975
The City’s Lou DePalma is off an one of his long runs in Scranton Lions Club Dream Game at Memorial Stadium. Scranton Times August 9, 1975
County linemen set to take on the City tonight at 8pm at Scranton Memorial Stadium in the 40th Annual Scranton Lions Club Dream Game are: front row from left: Tom Koons, Tony Calvario, Kevin English, Al Giacometti, John Burney, Rich Tomasetti, Joe Waibel, George Kondraske, Dave Yarema, and Barry Tomasetti. Standing: Coach Gary Prozinsky, Mike Pietruskiewicz, Paul Kupchik, Al Thomas, Henry Wylam, Ed Loftus, Bill Fletcher, Bob Powell, George Semian, Dave Natishak, Gerard Dembesky and Phil Angeli. Scranton Times August 9, 1974
Offensive linemen of the City team which will take on the County in the 40th Annual Scranton Lions Club Dream Game at the Scranton Memorial Stadium. Kneeling from left: Carm Trovatto, Dave McKeon, Dave McIlwee, Pat Millham, Tony Marciano, Mark Robinson. Standing, Tim Earley, Ted Sohns, Morgan Whitebrand, Fran Dunleavy, Frank Myers, Craig Van Fleet, Gary Van Fleet and Rick Coyer. Scranton Times August 8, 1974
Team captains for the County Squad for Saturday’s 66th annual Dream Game include, from left: Lackawanna Trail’s John Glenn, Abington Heights’ Chris Kelly and Brian Connors, and Old Forge’s Keith Van Fleet. Butch Comegys/Staff Photographer
The County’s Jim Colvin hits the pile during the Dream Game on August 1, 2002. Times-Tribune File
City tailback Ken Jones is tripped up by the County’s Chris Colombo, right,
as teammate Chris Bennett closes in for the hit at left on Tuesday, August 3, 2004 at the DREAM GAME. Butch Comegys/Staff Photographer
City quarterback Al Karaffa stares out for an open receiver against the County
on Tuesday night, on August 3, 2004. Staff photo by Butch Comegys
County running back Derek Hewlett, an Abington Heights graduate, runs through the City defense during the Dream Game on August 4, 1999. Times-Tribune File.
The City’s Tony Shields, left, battles the County’s Ryan Ott for the ball in the endzone. Shields was called for interference on the play during the Dream Game on August 4, 1999. Times-Tribune File
Byline: Johnson Bachman
Date created: 08/05/1999
Frank Talarico carries the ball after intercepting a pass for the City at the Dream Game on August 4, 1999. Times-Tribune File
The County’s Ryan Castellani runs through the tackle of Tony Shields during the County’s 41-8 win Wednesday, August 4, 1999 in the Dream Game. Times-Tribune File
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