Athlete of the Month: Mia Galella

By Steve Svetovich

Holy Cross first baseman-outfielder Mia Galella just finished a stalwart freshman year, but is already honing her softball skills in a travel league throughout the country.

Daughter of Tom and Michelle Galella, Mia, 15, plays travel softball for the Virginia Glory National Mertz Bronowicz league.

She was playing in a tournament in Colorado when contacted for this interview.

Mia will also travel to Georgia, California, and Virginia to play in softball tournaments this summer.

“It’s nice,” she said. “You get to meet a lot of people, travel, and see a lot of things while playing softball. My parents drive me around and get to see me play.”

Mia noted that the Colorado high altitude makes breathing initially more difficult, but the softball travels a bit further when she connects.

Mia has been playing in travel softball leagues since she was eight.

Mia batted .544, with nine homers, a .606 on base percentage, seven stolen bases, 24 runs, 31 hits, 38 RBIs, five doubles and a 1.105 slugging percentage. She did not make an error in the field.

The talented scholar-athlete has a 4.0 academic average. Her best academic subject is math. Mia is a member of the TRU Club and will be a sophomore student council representative next school year at Holy Cross.

She is thinking about studying early childhood education and wants to play Division I softball in college.

“I am thinking about becoming a teacher.”

With an impressive nine homers as a freshman, she talked about her power. “I was born naturally strong, so that helps,” she said. “I do a lot of training work. I try to build up my lower legs to generate more power.”

Mia talked about what it takes to be a good first baseman. “You need to be able to stop the ball from getting away from you. And you need to be able to tell your teammates where they need to be after a hit ball.”

Mia has learned a lot from her parents. “They teach me to be humble and not take anything for granted. They tell me to keep working hard, because someone can be right there to take your spot.”

Holy Cross veteran softball coach Joe Ross is also a strong mentor and influence. “He tells us not to let the moment get to you. Stay in the moment. Live in the moment.”

Named to the first-team all-district team, Mia said she likes listening to music and would like to see pop artist Dua Lipa in concert.

She talked about her future goals. “I want to continue my years here at Holy Cross, play Division I softball in college and then pursue my dream job. Right now I just love playing softball.”

Lions Club Honors Students at Scholarship Dinner

The Dunmore Lions Club recently held its 41st Annual Scholarship Award Dinner at La Buona Vita Restaurant in Dunmore.

 Honored with Penn State Scholarships were Joseph Cardillo of Dunmore High School and Molly Landsiedel of Holy Cross High School. 

Also, honored with monetary gifts were Dunmore High School Male Scholar/Athlete-Kevin Walsh and Female Scholar /Athlete-Moriah Murray and Holy Cross High School Male Scholar/Athlete-Nick Cabets and Female Scholar/Athlete- Kaitlyn Farrell. Remarks were made by Chris Lucas,Dunmore High School’s Assistant Principal, and Alexa Bravis, Holy Cross High School counselor.

 Presentations of awards were made by Lion President Elect Sam Sebastianelli Sr., and Past President Jim Aita. Lion Gino Tempesta served as dinner chairman and Lion Michael Colangelo offered invocation. 

Lion Justin Patchcoski served as Toastmaster and congratulated all award recipients, not only for the great honor they received, but to be at such an exciting time in their life. Further commenting, he added, “ I was thinking back to this time last year and how different, yet similar things, were. Just like last year’s class, I’m sure you’ve all made sacrifices throughout your academic careers, your perseverance and ambition are admirable, but I promise you’ll all look back on this night and all the wonderful memories of your high school athletic and academic careers often and fondly”. 

This is the 70th year the Dunmore lions have been serving the community of Dunmore.

Dunmore’s Forgione Uses Speed, Bat, Glove on Diamond

By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore shortstop-center fielder Max Forgione utilized his speed, bat and glove in a big way as a freshman this past season.

Son of Derek and Autumn Forgione, Dunmore, Max, 15, hit .481 as a freshman. He had a .632 on base percentage, one homer, 12 stolen bases, 17 runs, five doubles, 13 hits and a .777 slugging percentage. He also had a 3.63 ERA as a pitcher.

A noted speedster, Max talked about what it takes to be a solid hitter in high school baseball. “You need to focus on what you are doing in the moment,” he said. “You need to be able to hit a line drive up the middle or in the gaps.”

Confident by nature, Max said he has learned a lot from Dunmore veteran baseball coach Sid Hallinan. “He played shortstop too, so I learned a lot about infield mechanics from him. He also wants to win. I like that.”

Max said his parents teach him a lot. “They teach me to be humble,” he said. “They tell me hard work always pays off.”

The scrappy Forgione said he is trying to build on his natural speed. “I practice sprints on the football field all the time,” he said. “It helps.”

The hard hitter said he is playing summer travel ball for Baseball U. He enjoys listening to music in his spare time and would like to see Macklemore in concert.

Multi-talented, Max is a guard on the Dunmore basketball team.

He talked about his future goals.

The slick fielding shortstop talked about his freshman season for Dunmore. “I thought it was a good one,” he said. “We started slow, but then we had a really good stretch and started to roll. I started slow as well, but improved with the team. We definitely got better as a team as the season went along.”

“I want to play Division I college baseball. I’m not sure what I want to major in yet. I am thinking about colleges like St. Joseph’s University, James Madison, University of Virginia and Boston College. They are all good baseball schools.”

Max said he has been playing travel baseball since age eight and continues to hone his skills this summer at Baseball U.

The stalwart shortstop said he expects to pitch more for Dunmore in the future. “I definitely would like to improve my pitching and help more on the mound.”

He enjoyed his freshman year at Dunmore. “I really had a lot of fun. I had some great times with all of my teammates. The seniors on the team pushed us to be the best. I am looking forward to my next three years at Dunmore.”