Dishin’ the Dirt in the new year

By Steve Svetovich

Condolences to the family of former Dunmore basketball player Corey Rinaldi who died last month unexpectedly at the age of 26…Corey played baseball for several years in the Freedom Summer Baseball League at Sherwood Park and was an assistant golf pro at the Irem Temple Country Club….Do you remember Brian Lavelle scoring 22 points in Dunmore’s 54-48 win over Scranton Prep in Lynett Tournament championship 30 years ago?…Do you remember Chael Clark scoring 27 points for Dunmore in 54-47 win over Scranton Prep in Lynett Tournament championship 20 years ago?…Condolences to family of former University of Scranton athletic director Gary Wodder who died at 78 Christmas Eve in Florida after battle with pulmonary fibrosis…Brian Walsh, member of Scranton Prep’s baseball team, will attend Bloomsburg University next year…North Carolina-bound, three-time all-state senior center Ciera Toomey, sidelined since March with torn ACL, came back in second half of Lynett Memorial Girls Tournament semifinal to swish clutch 21-foot 3-pointer in Dunmore’s 58-42 win over Scranton…Dunmore sophomore Sophia Talutto led Lady Bucks with 19 points in Lynett Tournament semifinal win…Congratulations to Scranton Prep boys and girls basketball teams for both winning Lynett Memorial Tournament…Holy Cross senior forward Gabe Gonzales scored 16 points in team’s 58-52 loss to Scranton in Lynett Memorial Boys Tournament semifinal…Oliver Almonte led Scranton with 18 points…Cullen Smith scored 16 points and Nico Ruggiero added 13 points in Dunmore’s 66-53 loss to Scranton Prep in Lynett Boys Memorial semifinal contest…Kellen Casey led Scranton Prep with 11 points and 12 rebounds…Chase Scanlan added 10 points for Prep…Scranton Prep sophomore Maya Jenkins scored 16 points and Jenna Hillebrand added 15 points in Scranton Prep’s 72-19 win over Holy Cross in Lynett Girls Memorial Tournament semifinal…Condolences to family of Dunmore’s Delvi Olivetti, who started Dunmore Roofing over 70 years ago and earned Purple Heart and Bronze Star after being shot and injured in Battle of the Bulge during World War II, who died Christmas morning at 97…Condolences to family of long time local musician Billy Arnold who performed all around world since age seven and died last month at 79…Congratulations to Lakeland quarterback and defensive back Dominico Spataro presented with 31st Fiore Cesare Award and Scholarship…Congratulations to Fred “The Crime Dog” McGriff for his long overdue selection into National Baseball Hall of Fame…The Crime Dog batted .284, with 2,490 hits, 493 homers and 1,550 RBIs in 19-year career…McGriff hit 30 or more homers 10 times and drove in more than 90 runs 12 times…Crime Dog led both leagues in homers and batted .303 with 10 homers and 37 RBIs in 10 playoff series and 188 post season at bats…Despite Crime Dog’s selection, Yankees legend Don Mattingly came up short on votes…Donnie Baseball hit .307 with 2,153 hits and earned nine Gold Gloves and an AL MVP in 14-year career…Todd Helton, Jeff Kent, Gary Sheffield, Jimmy Rollins, Tori Hunter, Billy Wagner, Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez and Scott Rolen are leading candidates for selection into National Baseball Hall of Fame through writers’ vote this month…This scribe’s picks would be Helton, Kent, Rollins, Sheffield and Hunter…Nashville’s Alyssa Lazar, local music talent, in town last month performing at several venues with Dunmore’s Ryan Svetovich…Former North Scranton standout athlete T.J. Schmidt proud to be expecting first grandchild in spring…Congratulations to New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge named AL MVP, team captain, Associated Press Athlete of Year and securing nine-year, $360-million contract…Judge also got married this year and broke AL single season homer record with 62…It doesn’t get much better than that…How about Lebron James scoring 47 points on 38th birthday…Condolences to family of Dunmore’s Paul Biko who died several months ago at 72…A standout basketball player at Cathedral High School, Biko coached with late legend Jimmy Valvano who called him one of best players he ever coached…Bishop Hannon graduate Jimmy “J.B.” Barrett seen strumming guitar and singing New Year’s Eve at Dunmore’s Gold Crown Pizza and Bar…Dunmore’s Joe Cardillo seen with family enjoying the entertainment New Year’s 

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