OK, the smoke cleared from the first of the three clashes of the top three teams in the Lackawanna League.

Funny how in these intense matches, they so often come down to the doubles teams that sometimes get overshadowed by the outstanding efforts of the singles players in the regular season.

Abington Heights edged previously undefeated Riverside in a battle between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the ON THE BLOG ranking.

Lady Comets win showdown

NEWTON TWP. – In a tennis match filled with star power, a doubles team stole the spotlight.
Elina Joshi and Bernie Mullin rallied from a set down, converted critical points, and earned a hard-fought win over Madelynn Perfilio and Paige Olanovich to lift Abington Heights to a 3-2 win over Riverside in a Lackawanna League showdown Tuesday between undefeated teams.
“Throughout the whole match, I was pretty stressed out,” Joshi said. “It’s great that we won. We both worked so hard together. We toughed it out on a lot of shots. Especially the critical points and we had great team work.
“I am grateful for Bernie’s encouragement throughout the match, her great shots and her enthusiasm.”
Abington Heights also received wins from Susan Arp at No. 3 singles and from the team of Faith Bennett and Hanna Adonizio at No. 1 doubles to improve to 10-0 this season. It clinched the victory when Joshi-Mullin won in three sets, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in a tense match that took almost two hours to complete.

 

So, that certainly shook things up in the Lackawanna League.

It also set up the annual rivalry match as Scranton Prep visits Abington Heights on Tuesday.

 

1-CLASSICS

2-LADY COMETS

 

SCRANTON PREP

Records

ABINGTON HEIGHTS

Records

Annie Johnson

8–1

No. 1

Bella Peters

10–1

Alyssa Wigley

10–0

No. 2

Rina Hanumali

10–1

Leelah Farrell

9–0

No. 3

Susan Arp

9–0

 

WHAT’S AHEAD

 

Don’t count out Riverside just yet. It will need some help if it wants to earn a Lackawanna League title. If Scranton Prep defeats Abington Heights, it sets up Thursday’s match that could send the standings into a three-way tie. And in the Lackawanna League, teams decide the champion — when possible — on the court.

 

SEPT. 30

Riverside at Scranton Prep

 

TOP 5 TEAMS

 

With Abington Heights’ win, there is a new No. 1 team, of course. The Lady Comets take over the top spot in the poll. Scranton Prep climbed one spot  to No. 2. Riverside tumbled to No. 3. North Pocono, which lost to Abington Heights last week, is still No. 4 and West Scranton stays at No. 5. All of them are headed to the District 2 Team Championship playoffs.

 

RANK

TEAM

RECORD

1

Abington Heights Lady Comets

11—0

2

Scranton Prep Classics

10—0

3

Riverside Lady Vikes

8—1

4

North Pocono Lady Trojans

7—3

5

West Scranton Lady Invaders

6—3

 

LEAGUE RESULTS

ABINGTON HEIGHTS

DELAWARE VALLEY

DUNMORE

HOLY CROSS

Delaware Valley, W 5-0

Abington Heights, L 5-0

West Scranton, L 5-0

Honesdale, W 4-1

West Scranton, W 5-0

Honesdale, W 3-2

Wallenpaupack, L 5-0

Scranton Prep, L 4-1

Western Wayne, W 5-0

West Scranton, L 5-0

Scranton Prep, L 5-0

Valley View, W 4-1

Honesdale, W 5-0

Scranton Prep, L 5-0

Riverside, L 5-0

North Pocono, L 5-0

Valley View, W 5-0

Mid Valley, W 3-2

Scranton, L 5-0

Riverside, L 4-1

Wallenpaupack, W 5-0

Wallenpaupack, L 4-1

North Pocono, L 5-0

Scranton, W 4-1

Montrose, W 4-1

Montrose, W 5-0

Abington Heights, L 5-0

Abington Heights, L 5-0

Dunmore, W 5-0

Dunmore, W 5-1

Delaware Valley, L 5-0

Montrose, W 5-0

Holy Cross, W 5-0

Scranton, W 4-1

Honesdale, L 5-0

Delaware Valley, W 4-1

Riverside, W 3-2

Holy Cross, L 4-1

North Pocono, W 5-0

HONESDALE

MID VALLEY

MONTROSE

NORTH POCONO

Holy Cross, L 4-1

North Pocono, L 5-0

Wallenpaupack, L 5-0

Mid Valley, W 5-0

Scranton Prep, L 5-0

Scranton, W 3-2

North Pocono, L 5-0

Montrose, W 5-0

Delaware Valley, L 3-2

Montrose, W 4-1

Mid Valley, L 4-1

Riverside, L 3-2

Abington Heights, L 5-0

Honesdale, W 3-2

Western Wayne, L 3-2

West Scranton, W 3-2

Mid Valley, L 3-2

Delaware Valley, L 3-2

Valley View, L 5-0

Holy Cross, W 5-0

West Scranton, L 5-0

Valley View, L 5-0

Abington Heights, L 4-1

Scranton Prep, L 4-1

Scranton, L 3-2

Scranton Prep, L 5-0

Delaware Valley, L 5-0

Dunmore, W 5-0

Valley View, L 4-1

Wallenpaupack, L 4-1

Riverside, L 4-1

Western Wayne, W 5-0

Dunmore, W 5-0

Western Wayne, W 4-1

Holy Cross, L 5-0

Scranton, W 5-0

Montrose, W 4-1

Honesdale, L 4-1

Abington Heights, L 5-0

RIVERSIDE

SCRANTON

SCRANTON PREP

VALLEY VIEW

Western Wayne, W 4-0

Mid Valley, L 3-2

Holy Cross, W 4-1

Scranton, W 3-2

North Pocono, W 3-2

Valley View, L 3-2

Honesdale, W 5-0

Holy Cross, L 4-1

Scranton, W 5-0

Riverside, L 5-0

Dunmore, W 5-0

Western Wayne, W 4-1

Wallenpaupack, W 3-2

West Scranton, L 5-0

North Pocono, W 4-1

Abington Heights, L 5-0

Dunmore, W 5-0

Dunmore, W 5-0

Delaware Valley, W 5-0

Montrose, W 5-0

Holy Cross, W 4-1

Honesdale, W 3-2

Wallenpaupack, W 4-1

Mid Valley, W 5-0

West Scranton, W 5-0

Holy Cross, L 4-1

Mid Valley, W 5-0

Honesdale, W 4-1

Montrose, W 4-1

North Pocono, L 5-0

Western Wayne, W 5-0

West Scranton, L 5-0

Abington Heights, L 3-2

Delaware Valley, L 4-1

Valley View, W 5-0

Scranton Prep, L 5-0

Scranton Prep, L 5-0

Scranton, W 5-0

WALLENPAUPACK

WEST SCRANTON

WESTERN WAYNE

Montrose, W 5-0

Dunmore, W 5-0

Riverside, L 4-0

Dunmore, W 5-0

Abington Heights, L 5-0

Abington Heights, L 5-0

Riverside, L 5-0

North Pocono, L 3-2

Valley View, L 4-1

Abington Heights, L 5-0

Scranton, W 5-0

Montrose, W 3-2

Scranton Prep, L 4-1

Delaware Valley, W 5-0

North Pocono, L 5-0

Delaware Valley, W 4-1

Honesdale, W 5-0

Scranton Prep, L 5-0

Mid Valley, W 4-1

Riverside, L 5-0

Mid Valley, L 4-1

West Scranton, L 5-0

Valley View, W 5-0

Wallenpaupack, L 3-2

Western Wayne, W 3-2

Wallenpaupack, W 5-0

 

 

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE

TODAY

Western Wayne at Holy Cross

Dunmore at Mid Valley

TUESDAY

2-Scranton Prep at 1-Abington Heights

Scranton at Wallenpaupack

Honesdale at 3-Riverside

Montrose at 5-West Scranton

4-North Pocono at Delaware Valley

Dunmore at Western Wayne

Mid Valley at Holy Cross

WEDNESDAY

3-Riverside at Valley View

THURSDAY

3-Riverside at 2-Scranton Prep

Montrose at Scranton

4-North Pocono at Wallenpaupack

Honesdale at Western Wayne

Mid Valley at 5-West Scranton

Valley View at Delaware Valley

Dunmore at Holy Cross

 

DISTRICT 2 

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

Dates:

  • Friday, October 8th (First Round if necessary)
  • Tuesday, October 12th (Quarterfinals)
  • Thursday, October 14th (Semifinals and Finals) at Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre.
    • Class 2A Semifinals: 11 a.m.
    • Class 3A Semifinals: 12:30 p.m.

First Round on Friday, October 8th (if necessary – only if more than 8 qualify)

 

STANDINGS

(Courtesy piaad2.org)

CLASS 3A

3A School  W  L  T  Rating  TWP  OWP  Games
Sch(Left)
1 Abington Heights 11- 0- 0  0.772497  1.000000  0.445113  14(3)
2 Crestwood 7- 1- 0  0.680822  0.867089  0.412780  12(4)
3 North Pocono 7- 3- 0  0.611943  0.691919  0.496855  14(4)
4 West Scranton 6- 3- 0  0.611576  0.670391  0.526940  14(5)
5 Wallenpaupack 6- 4- 0  0.542347  0.595960  0.465198  15(5)
6 Delaware Valley 5- 6- 0  0.461260  0.451163  0.475791  15(4)
7 Hazleton Area 5- 5- 0  0.441233  0.490291  0.370637  14(4)
8 Pittston Area 3- 6- 0  0.371255  0.325967  0.436426  13(4)
9 SCRANTON 2- 8- 0  0.339900  0.190000  0.555611  14(4)
10 Wyoming Valley West 1- 7- 0  0.297149  0.128049  0.540487  12(4)
11 Wilkes-Barre 0- 9- 0  0.214875  0.000000  0.524086  12(3)

 

CLASS 2A

2A School  W  L  T  Rating  TWP  OWP  Games
Sch(Left)
1 Wyoming Seminary College Prep 10- 0- 0  0.780618  1.000000  0.464921  14(4)
2 Scranton Preparatory School 10- 0- 0  0.755952  1.000000  0.404762  14(4)
3 Riverside (2) 8- 1- 0  0.706719  0.893855  0.437427  14(5)
4 Dallas 8- 1- 0  0.694673  0.881356  0.426032  12(3)
5 Holy Redeemer 6- 2- 0  0.632424  0.737500  0.481218  12(4)
6 Holy Cross 5- 4- 0  0.556924  0.553073  0.562467  14(5)
7 Valley View 7- 4- 0  0.556698  0.627907  0.454227  16(5)
8 Tunkhannock 5- 4- 0  0.498966  0.551913  0.422773  13(4)
9 Hanover Area (2) 5- 6- 0  0.465338  0.453744  0.482021  12(1)
10 Berwick Area 3- 5- 0  0.453626  0.384146  0.553609  12(4)
11 Mid Valley Secondary Center 5- 6- 0  0.453185  0.447005  0.462078  16(5)
12 Wyoming Area 5- 6- 0  0.444456  0.452915  0.432285  14(3)
13 Honesdale 4- 9- 0  0.383856  0.295720  0.510687  18(5)
14 Western Wayne 1- 7- 0  0.338178  0.118750  0.653941  14(6)
15 Dunmore 0- 9- 0  0.258561  0.000000  0.630636  14(5)
16 MMI Preparatory School 0- 11- 0  0.241468  0.000000  0.588946  15(4)
17 Montrose 0- 10- 0  0.232703  0.000000  0.567568  14(4)

 

 


 

TOP PLAYERS

 

Riverside’s Karissa Ghigiarelli won her singles match against Abington Heights’ Bella Peters in straight sets in the big team showdown. She continues to pad her remarkable resume in both the league and in District 2. Her career record is now 74-1 with her only loss coming in the PIAA Class 2A tournament in her freshman season. Riverside’s Madeline De Faber-Schumacher also posted an impressive win against Abington Heights’s Rina Hanumali that pushed her to No. 2 in the ranking. Peters is at No. 3 and Scranton Prep freshman Alyssa Wigley moves to No. 4. Wigley faces Peters on Tuesday.

 

TOP 8 PLAYERS

RANK

PLAYER

RECORD

1

Karissa Ghigiarelli | RIVERSIDE

9–0

2

Madeline De Faber-Schumacher | RIVERSIDE

9–0

3

Bella Peters | ABINGTON HEIGHTS

10–1

4

Alyssa Wigley | SCRANTON PREP

10–0

5

Rina Hanumali | ABINGTON HEIGHTS

10–1

6

Annie Johnson | SCRANTON PREP

9–1

7

Julie Schriver | NORTH POCONO

7–3

8

Susan Arp | ABINGTON HEIGHTS

9–0

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Leelah Farrell (SP), Bella Aniska (RIV).

 

SINGLES LEAGUE RECORDS 

ABINGTON HEIGHTS

DELAWARE VALLEY

DUNMORE

Bella Peters

10–1

Sierra Hartmann

4–6

Hannah Albano

0–9

Rina Hanumali

10–1

Viktoria Sioreti

0–1

Olivia Santarsiero

0–9

Faith Bennett

1–0

Noelle Holderith

6–4

Maggie Jimmie

0–1

Susan Arp

9–0

Mikayla Courtright

4–4

Brynn Kochis

0–8

Paige Watt

0–1

Jessica Wilson

0–1

HOLY CROSS

HONESDALE

MID VALLEY

Caitlin Bestricky

5–4

Hannah Merritt

2–8

Katie Glinsky

4–3

Christina Monroe

4–5

Alexi Pinto

1–8

Kiralynn Blank

4–5

Maddy Kranson

5–4

Jocelyn DeNoie

5–4

Katrina Ricci

3–6

Mandy Grosman

0–1

Makenzi McDermott

1–1

MONTROSE

NORTH POCONO

RIVERSIDE

Annabelle Adams

0–10

Julie Schriver

7–3

Karissa Ghigiarelli

9–0

Olivia Aukema

2–6

Maddie Schriver

6–4

Madeline De Faber-Schumacher

9–0

Paley Adams

0–5

Parri Salak

6–4

Bella Aniska

8–1

Hayley Packer

1–5

SCRANTON

SCRANTON PREP

VALLEY VIEW

Maia Philbin

5–5

Annie Johnson

8–1

Grace Lennox

4–5

Julia Bergman

4–5

Alyssa Wigley

10–0

Carly Bossick

3–6

Teishree Patel

1–8

Leelah Farrell

9–0

Ava Santarelli

5–4

Dhruvi Shah

0–1

Gisele Falzone

1–0

Ignacia Ang

0–1

Ella Cohen

1–0

WALLENPAUPACK

WEST SCRANTON

WESTERN WAYNE

Rebecca Husson

4–5

Gabrielle Chantiloupe

6–2

Ava Compton

1–7

Erika Badnar

3–4

Madison Maloney

8–1

Rachel Tuman

2–5

Frankie Toppi

5–4

Mia Butka

8–1

McKencie Laity

0–3

Lili Elgayer

0–2

Camilla Sphabmixay

0–1

Stevie Wilkinson

1–4

 

DISTRICT 2 

SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIPS

Dates:

  • Saturday, October 16th
    • Class 2A – First three rounds 8:30 a.m. at Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre
    • Class 3A – First three rounds at North Pocono Middle School, Moscow
  • Monday, October 18th  at 1 p.m. at Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre
    • Semifinals and Finals

 

DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIPS

Dates:

  • Saturday, October 23th
    • Class 2A – First three rounds 8:30 a.m. at Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre
    • Class 3A – First three rounds 8:30 a.m. at North Pocono Middle School, Moscow
  • Monday, October 25th at 1 P.M.at Kirby Park, Wilkes Barre
    • Semifinals and Finals