Defense is Name of Game for Dunmore Senior Joey Marzzacco

By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore senior defensive end Joey Marzzacco takes pride in his game, but being a good teammate is his biggest asset.

“He’s just a great kid and a very good teammate,” said Dunmore head football coach Kevin McHale after the Bucks 17-8 win over Carbondale Area in a Lackawanna Football Conference Division III game at Dunmore’s Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday, Oct. 1.

The Bucks ran the ball 51 times using a ball control offense and tight defense to seal the win.

Son of Jennifer and Joe Marzzacco, Joey had eight tackles from his defensive end position. 

Dunmore’s scores came on a 20-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Thomas Bowen to Brayden Reuther, a one-yard touchdown sneak by Bowen and a 37-yard Max Hunt field goal. Hunt also kicked two extra points.

Nico Ruggerio, who also had an interception, led Dunmore with 67 yards on nine carries. Ruggerio rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in Dunmore’s 34-0 win over Riverside Friday, September 24. 

Dunmore is now 3-2 (2-0 in Division III).

“We are really happy with these last few wins,” said Marzzacco. “We started the year rough, but things are coming together now. We are coming together as a team. We are starting to play teams our own size. We are feeling pretty good about ourselves right now.”

The senior defensive stalwart is a three-year member of Dunmore’s football team. He also has been a member of Dunmore’s track and field team for three years. He runs the 400 and throws the javelin.

The senior scholar-athlete has a 3.1 grade point average and is a member of TACT, the Art Club and the French Club.

His best subject is history and he is an aspiring teacher. “I would like to study Education in college and eventually become a high school history teacher and football coach,” he said.

An honor student at Dunmore, he is leaning towards studying Education at East Stroudsburg, Wilkes, or Bloomsburg Universities. 

Joey enjoys listening to music in his spare time and would like to see Kanye West in concert.

The hard-working senior talked about what it takes to excel at the defensive end position. 

“It takes a lot of hard work,” he said. “You need to have a big year in the weight room. You need to stay home. You need to know your assignments.”

He has learned a lot from coach McHale. “He teaches us to be a class act. Pick your teammates up. Don’t argue with officials.”

Joey said his parents teach him similar values.

“They tell me to always be respectful. They tell me to always give 100 percent no matter what you choose to do.”

Joey said he and his teammates are excited about the strides the team is making. “It feels like we are really playing together now. The defense is clicking and the offensive line is coming along very well.”

Joey said the team goal is to win its eighth consecutive district title and then go as far as possible towards a state championship.

He talked about his future goals. “I want to get a college degree and become a high school history teacher and coach football. I might play football in college. We will see.”

Team-oriented and humble, Joey said his dad has always been his biggest mentor. “My dad taught me all about football. He got me into it. He was a running back for Carbondale Area.”

Joey is enjoying his Dunmore experience. “I love it here at Dunmore High School,” he said. “Because of COVID, my last full year in school was my freshman year. I am glad to be back with my friends as a senior this year. I want to enjoy every minute of it.” 

NE Chapter of Sports Hall of Fame Has Inductees with Ties to Dunmore

By Steve Svetovich

Anthony Cantafio, Barry Fitzgerald and Jack Lyons, all with Dunmore ties, head this year’s group of 10 being inducted this month into the Northeastern Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Barry Fitzgerald

The induction dinner will be held Sunday, October 24, at 5 p.m, at Fiorelli’s, Peckville.

Tickets for the event, including dinner, are $50 for adults and $25 for children 10 and under. For tickets, call Bob Walsh (570-346-2228) or Jerry Valonis (570-498-9461). Walsh is president of the Northeastern Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Program ads run $100 for a full page, $50 for a half page. For program ads, call Tom “Doc” Doherty at 570-313-8141.

Also being inducted are Rich Beviglia, Terry Greene, Paulette Costa Karwoski, Mike Mancuso, the late George Roskos and the late Bill Terlecky who will receive the service award. 

Cantafio was an all-scholastic fullback at Dunmore, where he was honored with the Leo Hungerbuler Student Athlete Award. He was awarded a scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania where he played for four years. 

He began a 49-year football coaching career in 1968 as assistant coach for the University of Pennsylvania freshman football team. 

He was assistant coach at Mid Valley and Scranton Prep before becoming head football coach at Prep in 1993. As head coach for 14 seasons, he compiled a 77-64 record with 10 winning seasons. His teams were Big 11 champions, 2-year Eastern Conference Class AA champs, 3-year Eastern Conference semi-final runners-up, and Lackawanna Football Conference Division II champions. 

In 1982, Cantafio coached wrestling. His team won the Lackawanna League title and he was named Coach of the Year.

Barry Fitzgerald is one of the few local high school coaches to win over 600 games. In a 36-year career beginning at Mid Valley, he won two league titles and one District II championship at Bishop Hannan. His current Holy Cross teams were District II runners-up several times.

His team’s won three league and two District II championships while an assistant at Mid Valley. He coached two league championships as head softball coach at Bishop Hannan. 

The Scranton Times honored Fitzgerald by naming him All-Regional Softball Coach of the Year during his tenure at Bishop Hannan.

Jack Lyons is a graduate of Cathedral High School where he was a part of two PCIAA State basketball championships and two Lynett Tournament titles. While coaching at Bishop O’Hara, Scranton High and West Scranton, his teams made 17 state playoff appearances. His team’s won 23 preseason and Holiday championships, two Lackawanna League titles and were District II PIAA runner-up four times.

For the 2008-09 season, he was named Lackawanna League’s Coach of the Year. While at Lackawanna Junior College, coach Lyons was named Region XIX’s all-star coach and WARM radio Coach of the Year. He earned his 500th win coaching West Scranton Feb. 14, 2020. 

Paulette Costa Karwoski started her bowling career in 1972 with Gal Galdacci as her coach. She finished her competitive bowling career about 25 years later. She gathered notoriety by rolling the highest average in the Scranton Women’s Bowling Association (SWBA). She had the highest bowling average in the state for five years straight from 1978 through 1982. 

She had the highest women’s average (228) in the country from among four-million women bowlers. She was a member of the Sheraton Inn team which recorded the High Team Single game and High Team total scores. These scores are recorded in the Guinness World Book of Records.

She is a member of three Halls of Fame: the Chic Feldman, Women’s All-Star Association (WASA) and the Scranton Women’s Bowling Association.

Scranton Prep graduate Rich Beviglia was a two-time All-Lackawanna League catcher with a career batting average of .429. While playing for the Old Forge American Legion, his two-year batting average was over .400. At the same time, he was selected for both regional and state showcases for Collegiate and Major League scouts.

Beviglia was awarded a full scholarship to Duke where he was a four-year starter as a catcher. He was a two-year captain and three-season All ACC honorable mention, finishing his career with a .314 batting average.

Playing basketball at Scranton Prep, he was the second leading scorer in the Lackawanna League’s Southern Division, MVP of the Lynett Tournament, second team Lackawanna Southern Division all star in 1983 and first team all star in 1984.

He coached baseball at Scranton Prep in 2008 leading his team to the Lackawanna Division I and PIAA District 2 Class AA championships. He led Old Forge to two PIAA District 2 Class A titles. 

Terry Greene was an All-Scholastic basketball player at Scranton Tech in 1974. He averaged 22 points and six rebounds per game. He was selected to the Scranton Tribune’s Olyphant Rotary Club’s Dream Games’s South team in 1974 and 1975. 

He was an All-Scholastic basketball player at Scranton Central in 1975. He was presented the Aldwin Jones Memorial Award as the South’s team’s most outstanding player. In 1974-75, he was awarded the Theodore J. Wint Post 25 VFW Outstanding Team Player Award. 

Green was a basketball official for 36 years. The highlight of his career was officiating the 2006 PIAA State AA championship game.

Michael Mancuso earned Small School second team All-State honors playing football for Carbondale Area. As a specialist, he scored 19 touchdowns. He is one of the few athletes at Carbondale whose number is retired. 

As a track star, he was the District 2 AA 100 meter champion while finishing fourth in the 100 meter dash at the PIAA track and field championships. That earned him All-State honors. He was the District 2 champion in both the 100 and 200 meter run in 1992 and 1993. 

He was awarded a football scholarship to William and Mary, but transferred to East Stroudsburg. At ESU, he was a four-year letterman and the school’s first 1,000-yard receiver. He was a Division II first team All American and two-time Don Hansen Football Gazette All-American. He was a two-time first team All-PSAC All-Conference Eastern Division All -Star.

The late George Roskos was a graduate of the University of Scranton and member of its first wrestling team. He was head wrestling coach at West Scranton from 1973 through 1986. He posted a career record of 147-50-2. His teams were Lackawanna League champions in 1976, 1977 and 1986. He was selected Coach of the Year twice. 

He served as president of the Lackawanna Scholastic Wrestling League of which he was a co-founder. A total of 12 of his former athletes went on to coach varsity wrestling at various schools in the Lackawanna League.

The late Terlecky began his baseball front office career in 1978. He joined the staff of the Rochester Red Wings starting a 40-plus year career in baseball. He worked on the AA and AAA levels as well as Independent Leagues. He operated a Collegiate Summer Baseball League in New England. He received the International League Executive of the Year in 1991. He was the recipient of the Frank Cashen Award in 2003. The award is given to the top executive in the New York Mets organization. 

A baseball pioneer, he was named the first general manager of the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Red Barons, ushering professional baseball’s return to the area in 1989. He continued for eight successful seasons with attendance topping a half million in four of those years.

He brought the AAA All-Star game to Moosic in 1995. 

He oversaw the completion of Lackawanna County Stadium and was a fixture there during his tenure with the Red Barons. 

(Editors’s Note: Dunmorean sports editor Steve Svetovich is the 10th member of this class as the recipient of this year’s Media Award. He has been writing for The Dunmorean for close to 32 years and previously was a reporter for The Scrantonian Tribune, The Sunday Sun, Mid Valley News, The Scranton Weekly, The Pennsylvania Athlete, The Potter Enterprise in Coudersport, The Hawley News Eagle, The Scranton Times and The Baseball Bulletin. 

He received an award from United Press International (UPI) for his interview with Pete Gray, baseball’s only one armed position player ever. The story was named best sports story in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania market in 1986 and can be heard world wide on the web today through the Society for American Baseball Research. The live taped interview is in the library archives of the National Baseball Hall of Fame). 

New Champions for Bucktown Golf League

The Bucktown Golf League recognized its all-season champions on Sept. 20 at Wemberly Hills Golf Course in Scott Township. John Kohanski and Rob Aldrich finished the season in first. Sean Comstock and Dave Gindle came in second place. Shown from left to right are: Rob Aldrich, John Kohanski, Sean Comstock and Dave Gindle.