By Steve Svetovich
Work hard when no one is looking. That’s the mantra for Dunmore sophomore Ciera Toomey.
The Dunmore sophomore is well known throughout the area for her basketball skills, but has proven to be multi-talented with her second All Region selection for golf.
Daughter of Carrie and Patrick Toomey, Dunmore, Ciera earned the first girls’ golf medal for Dunmore High School with fourth place in the PIAA Class 2A tournament posting 7-over 79.
She won a spot in states by finishing second in Division 2 with a score of 81, then claiming a one-hole playoff.
She won the Scott Greens Invitational title with 3 over 36.
Those who follow the local basketball scene, know about Ciera’s accomplishments as well as those of her older sister Victoria and mom, the former Carrie Bowen, on the hardwood. Victoria is currently a sophomore basketball player at Rider University.
“I was very excited when I heard about my All Regional golf selection,” Ciera said. “There are a lot of other great golfers in this area. A lot of the others considered are my friends.
“Girls’ golf is a team sport. You need three top scores to win as a team. You need to push your teammates and work together to win.”
Ciera said she continued to develop her golf skills through constant practice.
The hard driving sophomore said her Dunmore golf coach Robert Coyle gives her positive feedback. “He always tells me to go out there and try my hardest and never focus on mistakes.”
Ciera said her parents have taught her a lot regarding hard work. “My parents always tell me to work hard when no one is watching. And you should want to work even harder when no one is looking. They tell me if you work hard all the time, then things will come easier. Practice as much as possible. Work hard when no one else is.”
As a freshman forward-center on the Dunmore Lady Bucks basketball team last season, Ciera was one of the league’s leading scorers averaging over 16 points per contest. She also averaged over seven rebounds per game. The Lady Bucks playoff run was halted due to COVID-19.
Ciera, confident and well spoken, said she was introduced to golf at a young age. “I am lucky,” she said. “My dad introduced me to golf when I was in the second grade. I learned all the basics from him and have been playing golf for eight years now.”
The sophomore scholar-athlete has an impressive 97 academic average and is a member of the French Club. Her best subject is math.
A high achiever by nature, Ciera is undecided about a future college. However, she wants to continue her basketball career and possibly study engineering in college.
Ciera was working hard in practice to prepare for the Dunmore Lady Bucks basketball season when more statewide COVID restrictions were imposed, halting workouts until at least January 4.
“We had four days of basketball practice and then it was cut short,” Ciera said. “We are supposed to start back after January 4. I think there will be a basketball season. We are all remaining positive.”
Ciera, when she finds the time, enjoys listening to music. She likes Labrinth, a pop music artist.
Thought provoking and intelligent on and off the golf course and hardwood, Ciera said she loves Dunmore. “I have been on this campus since elementary school and love it. The Dunmore school district and community itself is unmatched. The support you get for sports at Dunmore is unmatched. The teachers and coaches are extremely supportive. I love this town and this community.”