Dishin’ the Dirt: November 2019

By Steve Svetovich

Former Dunmore Coucilman and Minnesota Vikings football fan Joe Tomko honored for his dedicated service to Greater Scranton YMCA last month at La Buona Vita, Dunmore…Jeanne Kreis McDonald, Ken McDowell, Sean Dempsey, Brian Loughney, Bill McAndrew, Tim Maloney and Jess Farrell among those in attendance honoring Tomko…Former Dunmore Councilman Paul Nardozzi, retired Forest City policeman Tom Prince, Dunmore’s Mike Jones, retired Dunmore state policeman Rich Grippi and his son dishin dirt yankeesformer Dunmore baseball standout Richie Grippi, former Dunmore Lady Bucks softball and basketball player Marissa Pegula, former West Scranton basketball player Austin Martinelli, former Marywood baseball and West Scranton basketball player Dylan Svetovich and this scribe all among the 48,998 in attendance at Yankee Stadium in New York Yankees Game Three American League Championship Series playoff loss to Houston Astros, 4-1…

Former Dunmore Mayor Patrick “Nibs” Loughney was roasted Saturday¬† at La Buona Vita, Dunmore. Event benefited Parents Loving Children Through Autism, Arts Alive and Scranton Carbondale Autism Swim Program…Roastmaster was Joe Tomko…Special guest roasters were Tom “Sid” Hallinan, Father Joe Sica, Joe Ferguson and John Loughney. Peter Cosgrove was chairperson for event…

Dishin Dirt DuncanGary Duncan, former cross country runner and head of Dunmore Neighborhood Crime Watch program, had breakfast last month with Daniel Mulhall, ambassador of Ireland to the United States…Dunmore’s Lynne Duncan, who ran New York City Marathon last year, and daughter Lynne Duncan in Washington, D.C. last month for United States Marine Corps Marathon…

Congratulations to Vince Fedor honored for 50 years coaching cross country at Dunmore High School by Dunmore Cross Country Reunion Friday, November 29, from 6 to 10 p.m., at La Buona Vita, Dunmore…Do you remember Denny Pryle?…Fiona Jordan scored two goals to lead No. 4 Holy Cross to 5-0 win over No. 5 Elk Lake in District 2 Class 1A quarterfinal girls soccer match…Philadelphia Phillies made smart move hiring former Yankees skipper Joe Girardi as manager…

And how about Hazleton native Joe Maddon, who played in early 1970’s in ACBL at Dunmore’s Schautz Stadium, being named manager of LA Angels, team he spent 31 previous years with as minor league player, coach and bench coach…Maddon is most famous for managing Chicago Cubs to first World Series title in 108 years in 2016…Could New York Yankees be looking to trade injury plagued, high priced slugger Giancarlo Stanton who was unable to get on field for most of AL championship against Houston Astros?…With centerfielder Aaron Hicks out for most of next season, while recovering from Tommy John surgery, look for Yankees to re sign free agent veteran outfielder Brett Gardner…Gardy, noted for his leadership, speed and defense, hit career high 28 homers at age 36 last season…

And what was that smile on Yankees Aroldis Chapman’s face after Houston’s Jose Altuve hit walk off homer off hard throwing closer to advance Astros to World Series and eliminate Bronx Bombers?…Yankees GM Brian Cashman should remember that smile if Chapman chooses to opt out of contract and become free agent in off season…Dunmore standout back Cristian Buckley scored three second half rushing touchdowns leading Dunmore to 28-13 win over Lakeland to clinch tie for divisional title…Former North Pocono cross country runner Brian Bosley entertained this scribe and former Scranton Wilkes Barre Red Barons legend Greg Legg, who also had MLB stint with Philadelphia Phillies, at his Springbrook Township home for first game of World Series…Legg, who lives in Archbald and whose number is retired at PNC Field, Moosic, currently coaching for Lakewood Blue Claws, Double-A affiliate of Phillies…Legg recalled being player of game and being interviewed by late broadcasters Richie “Whitey” Ashburn and Harry Kallas after his first game with Phillies…Legg, a California native, knows popular former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel very well…

marathonLast month’s 24th annual Steamtown Marathon was 115th time Jermyn’s Tony Cerminaro, 83, crossed finish line…Remember Bill Lazor throwing for two touchdowns and running for two scores in Scranton Central’s 28-14 win over Abington Heights 30 years ago?…Remember Dan Holland rushing for 117 yards and two touchdowns in Bishop O’Hara’s 12-7 win over Carbondale 20 years ago?…The late Mike Mashurak, Brian Cali, John Viola, Jack Spager, Ken Costanzo, Tommy Sohns, Jack Earley, Lou Costanzo, Bob Conway, Bill Sabatelle, Jack O’Connor, Billy McAllister, Frank Sohns, Tony Ottobre, John Burke, Rich Murray, Marty Monahan, Bill Jenkins, Charley Raymond, Mike Germano, Billy Ehnot, Nick Donato and Cosmo Lalli were all members of 1965 Dunmore Little League District 17 championship team that finished second in state…Caroline Nolen scored late in the second half to give No. 5 Dunmore a 1-0 win over No. 4 Western Wayne in District 2 Class 2A girls soccer quarterfinal…Do you remember Scranton Prep’s Mike Cosgrove…Whatever became of Mike Epstein?…

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