Kilian Palmiter’s Jersey Retired at Dunmore High School

Kilian Palmiter, a 2021 graduate of Dunmore High School, had the honor of having his No. 5 soccer jersey retired last month. Last year, during Kilian’s senior season playing with the Bucks, he was named to Pennsylvania’s All-State Team.

Shown at last month’s jersey retirement ceremony at Dunmore High School from left are: head soccer coach Tom Clark, Kilian Palmiter, Kilian’s mother Beth Kane, Jerry Melvin, and assistant soccer coach John Joseph.

Athlete of the Month: Lilly Reilly

By Steve Svetovich

Lilly Reilly is a classic example of a student-athlete who uses perseverance to excel in the classroom and on the field.

Daughter of Brian and Alyson Reilly, Dunmore, Lilly has a perfect 4.0 academic grade point average at Scranton Prep.

She is the captain of the Scranton Prep soccer team and has been the team’s leading scorer for the past two seasons. 

A four-year member of the soccer team, Lilly,18, is also a four-year member of the Prep Lacrosse team. Lilly is also a member of the Spanish Club, the Climate Change Awareness Club, and the Model U.N. Club at Prep.

A striker on the soccer team, she has seven goals and six assists this season. As a junior, she had 10 goals and eight assists in leading Prep to a 9-3 record before losing to Dallas in the district quarterfinals. Prep is 7-6 this season entering soccer playoff action. 

Articulate and well-spoken, Lilly talked about what it takes to be a good striker in high school soccer. “You need to be a very good overall player,” she said. “You can’t just be focused on scoring. You need to make passes and defend.”

The Dunmore resident was a soccer all-star as a sophomore and was nominated to play in a soccer all-star game for seniors this season. 

Her soccer coach at Scranton Prep is Douglas Kneiser. 

The talented senior, whose best academic subject is science, said she has learned a lot from her soccer coach.

“He taught us that hard work beats talent,” she said. “The other team might be more skilled, but the hardest working team will come out on top. And we have seen this actually happen a number of times this year.”

Lilly’s dad is a Dunmore graduate. Her mom graduated from Scranton Central. She has learned plenty from her parents. “My dad and mom are both hard workers,” she said. “They both grew up with single parents. They both started from the bottom and worked their way up.”

Humble and polite, Lilly said she is not sure where she will attend college. She has applied to about 15 colleges so far. “I’m not sure where I want to go yet,” she said, “but I want to go to college in the South. I want to study pre-dentistry and eventually become an orthodontist. 

“I am thinking about playing club sports in college.”

The scholar-athlete said she enjoys listening to music. She and her mom saw Taylor Swift in concert. “She was great and I would love to see her in concert again,” she said.

Lilly talked about what it takes to excel in both academics and sports at Scranton Prep. “You need to put in the work and study very hard,” she said. “And don’t slack. Never slack. Someone told me that. And it is the truth. That is the key to being successful.”

Lilly is a hard worker, but is also enjoying the ride. She has thrived at Scranton Prep. “It’s been a great experience,” she said. “COVID took our sophomore and junior years in the classroom away, but we are glad to be back in person. Prep handled the pandemic very well.

“There is a lot of school spirit now that we are back. We all appreciate being back in the classroom.”

Holy Cross’s Tierney Sets School Rushing Record in Win Over Montrose 

By Steve Svetovich

Holy Cross junior standout Logan Tierney set the school’s single season rushing record in the Crusaders 36-0 win over Montrose Friday, Oct. 29, at Montrose.

The talented back now has a Holy Cross single season record of 1,338 rushing yards. 

The win improved the Crusaders to 4-6 overall, with a 1-3 mark in Division IV.

The junior sprinted for 163 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in the Lackawanna Football Conference Division IV win over Montrose.

Tierney bolted for 128 yards in the first half alone as the Crusaders built a commanding 28-0 lead.

On his second carry of the third quarter, he burst through the right side for a 7-yard gain and the school record.

The stalwart back set a goal earlier this season to rush for 1,000 yards while helping his team win games.

He has more than exceeded that goal. 

Holy Cross first year head football coach Joe Giorgio called his record-breaking junior back a tremendous football player on both sides of the ball. “He’s a special player.”

During the Crusaders first scoring drive, Tierney carried the pigskin on five of the first eight plays before Holy Cross quarterback Nate Cobley hit Bobby Staples for an eight-yard touchdown and an 8-0 lead followed by a two-point conversion run by Tierney with 3:14 left in the first quarter. 

Tierney’s first touchdown came on a one-yard plunge on the Crusaders next possession. 

Montrose then drove inside the Holy Cross 10 mostly due to two long completions from Hudson Aukema to Nate Porter. 

Holy Cross ended the drive with Sean Herbert intercepting an Aukema pass attempt.

Tierney then carried the football six times in the Crusaders next drive. He capped the drive with a five-yard touchdown bolt which gave the Crusaders a 20-0 lead following a failed two-point conversion attempt with 7:38 left in the half. 

The Meteors fumbled on its next possession granting Holy Cross the ball on the Montrose 10. Cobley then hit Jonathan Jones for his second touchdown pass as Holy Cross built a 28-0 halftime lead after a Cobley two-point conversion run. 

Tierney piled up 34 more yards rushing on the Crusaders first drive of the second half. 

Nick Cabets finished off the drive by plunging in from one yard out for a touchdown. Holy Cross converted on a two-point conversion run and had a 36-0 lead with 2:45 left in the third quarter. 

The stingy Holy Cross defense continued to hold Montrose scoreless for the rest of the contest. 

The win was the Crusaders first shutout since Oct. 15, 2015, against Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech. It was the team’s first shutout against a Lackawanna Football Conference opponent since Oct. 16, 2010, when the Crusaders shutout Mid Valley.