DHS Basketball Team Shows Resilience During Pandemic

By Zack Albert
Dunmorean Intern

To those who are from this borough, the Dunmore High School Bucks and Lady Bucks provide a special energy through their academics, athletics, and extra-curricular clubs. Whether it is the marching band playing for the athletes, the cheerleading team pepping up  the other students to cheer for the athletes, or the play of the athletes themselves– these  students and the staff take their part in their school community seriously. 

As athletic seasons are continuing in 2021, the players, coaches, administration, and parents have shown remarkable resilience throughout the pandemic. 

The completion and success of the 2020 football and volleyball seasons are examples of everyone accepting the responsibilities involved in keeping everyone as safe as possible while setting a foundation for upcoming winter sports seasons. 

Going back to an earlier interview with superintendent John Marichak, the same comments he mentioned then continue to remain true as we reach the stretch of the 2021 basketball season.

 “The guidelines provided by theCDC, federal, state, and local governments during the COVID-19 pandemic are part of ensuring our students, staff, and faculty remain safe. We also have implemented other recommendations through the diligent work of our school board, athletic directors, Mark Finan, Timothy Hopkins, Maureen Burke, and our maintenance staff,” Marichak said then. “All have been phenomenal in getting our academic and athletic seasons executed as we have thus far, while keeping the safety of our students, faculty and staff at the forefront. 

“Though challenges existed in all phases throughout this pandemic, the offseason workouts were able to occur, and we are excited for the regular season to start. Not having spectators will be tough for the students, but they know the community will be behind them.”

 The Lady Bucks have won all three of their league games thus far, including handing Riverside their first defeat of the season. The Bucks have won back-to-back games for the first time this season. 

Moriah Murray (15.0 ppg), Ciera Toomey (13.2 ppg), Mia Blume (8.6 ppg), and Anna Talutto (8.2 ppg) lead the Lady Bucks in scoring. Kevin Walsh (13.8 ppg), Frank Ruggiero (9.8 ppg), and Dom Temperino (8.8 ppg), lead the Bucks in scoring. 

The Lady Bucks have been great at the free throw line, 70.9% (22 FTM -31 FTA), with the Bucks a bit lower at 55.0% (22 FTM – 40 FTA). 

Both teams have their second game against Riverside to start the month, followed by upcoming rivalry games at Holy Cross, Lakeland, and Old Forge. In their latest wins against theVikings, the Bucks and Lady Bucks used their tenacious offensive and defensive rebounding to not let Riverside gain any sizeable advantage. 

The Lady Bucks’ defense in the first half while getting points on the other end was the difference, as the second half was deadlocked (23-22 scoring in the second half). 

The Bucks’ defense in the fourth quarter was the difference in their win over the Vikings as they held Riverside to 7 points in the quarter (31-21 second half scoring). Dom Temperino’s game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds led the way for the Bucks. 

A strong second half of the season is possibly in the works for the Bucks and Lady Bucks, and the Dunmore community is proud to support them through these challenging times!

Scranton to Host Inaugural Ice Festival

A small group of community-minded volunteers in partnership with First Friday Scranton, Scranton Tomorrow, the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, and the Scranton Area Community Foundation, have joined together to host the inaugural Scranton Ice Festival, which will be held on Friday, Feb. 5, through Sunday, Feb. 7, in Downtown Scranton. 

The Scranton Ice Festival will feature a number of ice sculptures in front of businesses in downtown Scranton including various businesses located on Adams Avenue, North Washington Avenue, Penn Avenue, Linden Street, and Wyoming Avenue. Family-friendly activities are also planned. Some of these activities include ice sculpting demonstrations, musical acts, and more. The event coincides with First Friday. The Scranton Ice Festival aims to bring people to downtown Scranton to support small businesses after a challenging year caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This free and largely outdoor festival will be an opportunity for the community to safely patronize local businesses and generate charitable support for the Scranton Small Business Relief Fund at the Scranton Area Community Foundation, which will help small business owners and employees experiencing hardship during the coronavirus pandemic. Any and all remaining proceeds from this nonprofit event and its sponsorships will go towards this charitable fund. Contributions will be tax-deductible. 

For questions about the Scranton Ice Festival, please email scrantonicefest@gmail.com.

Kaci Kranson Scores 1,000th Point for Holy Cross

By Steve Svetovich

Only a junior, Kaci Kranson celebrated with Holy Cross teammates as she scored her 1,000th career point Friday, January 29, in the Lady Crusaders 76-44 win over Lakeland.

Kaci scored 26 points as her team won for the fourth time in five games this season. Senior center Abbey Lentowski led Holy Cross with 30 points in the win for the No. 6 ranked Lady Crusaders.

Daughter of Jill and Ryan Kranson, Kaci’s late grandfather Jerry Foley was a local legend as a standout professional boxer in the 1960s and 1970s. 

“I was very surprised and happy to achieve 1,000 points in my junior year,” Kaci, 17, said. “Every year I ser personal and team goals. This was one of my personal goals, so I was happy to achieve it so quickly. It was just such a crazy, outstanding feeling. I was so happy my teammate were a part of it. They played a big part in making it happen.”

Kaci averaged 23 points per game as a sophomore last season when she was a Lackawanna League All-Star. She is averaging 23 points per game with 115 points in her first five games this season. 

“My parents always teach me to work hard and give it my very best shot. That is what they tell me should always be my focus, trying my very best.”

The standout junior point guard said Holy Cross veteran basketball coach Barry Fitzgerald teaches her similar values.

“He teaches me to always work hard. And he tells me to be more patient on the court while looking for the open pass or shot”

Kaci is a three-year starter on the Lady Crusaders basketball team. She will be a three-year member of the Holy Cross softball team, although no games were played las year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She plays centerfield and was a Lackawanna League All-Star as a freshman outfielder. 

The scholar-athlete has an impressive 3.9 academic average. She is a member of the Service Club, Pro Life Club, Student Council and is class president of the junior class. She is a member of the National Honor Society.

She talked about what it takes to be a good point guard in high school basketball. 

“You need to look up and down the court and be very selective with your shot or passing the ball.”

Kaci said she wants to play basketball in college. She would like to see Sean Mendez in concert. Last year she saw Ariana Grande as a birthday present from her mom.

Kaci’s best academic subject is English. The sharp shooter said she is thinking about studying physical therapy in college. 

She talked about future goals. “Well, first I want to help our team go as far as we can in the district and state playoffs in the next two years. Then I want to get accepted to a good college, play college basketball and get a great education and finally have a good career.”

Kaci is completely enjoying her experience at Holy Cross.

“I absolutely love it here at Holy Cross,” she said. “Everyone knows each other here. It is like one big family. 

“All of the teachers and coaches are great. It is the best place to be for me. I have met so many nice people and made great friends. We are all so close. This is a family here.”