Doin’ Dunmore: Four with Dunmore Ties to be Inducted into PA Sports Hall of Fame

By Steve Svetovich

Al Callejas, John Marichak, Kevin Walsh and Sara Harris Walsh, all with Dunmore ties, are among the nine to be inducted into the Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, October 27, at 5 p.m. in the University of Scranton DeNaples Center.

The other inductees include Pam Kiesel, James “Red” McAndrew, Tom O’Donnell, Pete Smith and former New York Giants guard and two-time Super Bowl champion and four-time Pro Bowl selection Chris Snee, a Montrose Area graduate.

Callejas has 488 wins in a 25-year career as Bishop O’Hara and Holy Cross basketball coach. Fiery as a coach, he was twice named state coach of the year in his classification and took two of his teams to the state final. He is known as a tenacious competitor among his peers. 

Marichak, currently the superintendent at Dunmore High School, was a tough linebacker and three-sport athlete at Scranton Technical High School, where he was an excellent student in the classroom and twice an all-star on the gridiron. 

Marichak, intense on the football field, was a four-year starter at Villanova University and later head football coach at Scranton High School. His Scranton Knights twice won Lackawanna Football Conference Division I titles and a District 2 Class 4A crown in his nine years at the helm.

Kevin Walsh, MVP of both the baseball and basketball teams at Dunmore, was a 1,000-point scorer for the Bucks and MVP of the Lynett Memorial Tournament. He was a two-time District 2 champion, and in college played for two Wilkes University league championship teams.

Harris Walsh was a two-sport star in basketball and softball at Bishop O’Hara. She was a four-time Lackawanna League Southern Division all-star and three-time MVP of the Scranton Jaycees/LJC Girls’ Holiday Tournament and three-time All-Region selection.

Carly Graytock Shea will also be officially inducted. She was voted in two years ago.

Longtime sportscaster Kent Westling will receive the Northeast Chapter Sports Hall of Fame’s Media Award. Westling was the play-by-play voice of the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Red Barons for many years. 

Snee was a three-time All-Region football player and named All-State one year at Montrose. He played four years of standout football at Boston College before moving on to the New York Giants as a second round draft pick in 2004.

Smith was a highly regarded coach, official and previously standout wrestler at Abington Heights. 

Kiesel was the first woman to roll a 300 game in the Scranton Women’s Bowling Association. 

McAndrew was a stalwart basketball player and track star at Scranton Tech before a superb 35-year career as a high school basketball official.

O’Donnell was a standout two-way tackle at Scranton Prep who went on to play at West Point and was a four-year letter winner for the Army.

Graytock Shea was a 3,200 meter state champion at Forest City High School and three-time All-Patriot League cross country standout at Bucknell University. 

Tickets for this year’s event are $50 and can be obtained by calling Bob Walsh at 570-346-2228, or Jerry Valonis at 570-498-9461. 

Callejas Carries on Family Tradition at Holy Cross High

Caleb Callejas

By Steve Svetovich

Caleb Callejas has big shoes to fill, and he is filling them quite well. No pressure.

The junior starting guard for Holy Cross High School is averaging in double figures while playing team style Crusader basketball under his uncle Al Callejas.

And his dad Tim Callejas is an assistant coach at Holy Cross.

Caleb’s brother Cory played under his uncle graduating in 2012.

His cousins Connor and Al, Jr., played at Holy Cross under their dad graduating in 2014 and 1997.

Caleb said it is business as usual playing under his uncle and with his dad as the assistant.

“My uncle always wants the best from everybody. He treats me no different. He is never satisfied. He works us hard all the time.

“It is great playing with my dad on the sideline. He is always correcting me. He tells me what to do and how to do it right. He helps me to stay fit.”

Caleb has a 3.2 academic average at Holy Cross. His best academic subject is chemistry.

The three-year member of the Crusaders basketball team would like to major in biology in college. Caleb said he wants to eventually become an orthodontist.

basketballThe sharp shooting guard said he would like to attend the University of Scranton. He is unsure if he will play college basketball.

The Crusaders won 3 of its first 6 games this year, but Caleb is not worried. “We have two of our senior starters out right now,” he said. “When they come back we will be fine. We have a very good team. Our goal is a state title.”

Caleb said he has no problem balancing his time between practice, games and school work. “I study whenever I have the chance.”

He enjoys listening to music in his spare time and would like to see rapper Travis Scott in concert.

Caleb talked about what is takes to excel from the guard position in high school basketball.

“You have to play both ends of the floor well. You need to take care of the ball. You need to pass when a teammate is open. And you need to hit the open shot.”

He talked about future goals.

“First of all, I want to play these two years of basketball as hard as possible and go for a couple state championships. After that I want to go to college and become an orthodontist.”

Caleb said he takes a lot from what his parents have taught him. “My parents always teach me to keep my head up and never get down on myself. They tell me things will work out in the end if I work hard.”

And that’s hard work, the Crusader way. He’s another Callejas in the mix.

Holy Cross eliminates Dunmore before losing to Trinity

By Steve Svetovich

It was a hard fought contest between two highly energized Dunmore borough teams.

Holy Cross came out on top this time.

Sophomore Pat Galvin and senior Billy Trainor combined for 31 points in the Holy Cross Crusaders win over Dunmore, 46-39, in the District 2 Class AA quarterfinal Friday, February 19, at the Lackawanna College Student Union.

The Holy Cross win eliminated the No. 3 seed Dunmore Bucks (19-7) from the district playoffs.

Galvin led the No. 6 Crusaders with six rebounds in the win. Trainor added four assists.

However, the Crusaders lost a hard fought battle to Trinity High School, 60-43, in the first round of the PIAA Class AA boys’ basketball playoffs, Saturday, March 5, at Central Dauphin East High School.

Holy Cross ended another solid season with a 16-10 record. The Crusaders were 20-7 last season when the team reached the District 2 Class AA championship game.

Senior 6-3 guard Trainor, the only returning starter for the Crusaders this season, scored 11 points in his final game. He scored eight of his 11 points in the first half against Trinity.

Galvin, a 5-8 sophomore guard, led Holy Cross with 13 points in the contest. He hit on three 3-pointers.

Although the Crusaders never led in the game, they never stopped battling. Holy Cross was down, 16-11, after the first quarter. Then an 8-0 run by Trinity to start the second quarter put the Crusaders behind, 24-11. That spurt was too much to overcome.

Austin Gilbertson led Trinity with 21 points.

Matt Nelson, a 5-8 junior, added seven points for Holy Cross. Bailey Simrell. a 6-4 junior, added five points for the Crusaders.

The Holy Cross-Dunmore contest was a classic battle between the crosstown rivals.

Dunmore, coached by Tony Lacertoso, didn’t go down easy. The Bucks overcame a seven-point deficit and tied the score early in the fourth quarter.

However, Holy Cross veteran coach Al Callejas called a timeout.

It worked.

The sharp shooting Trainor hit a couple jump shots on two straight possessions. The Crusaders did not look back.

This marked the fourth contest this season between the intra borough teams. Both teams won twice, but the Crusaders took home the biggest win.

Holy Cross started off quick in the contest with three straight 3-pointers. Trainor hit two and Galvin one as the Crusaders built a quick 9-2 lead.

Holy Cross led at the half, 21-15.

Dunmore rallied in the third quarter when 6-foot-7 center Jonathon Williams picked up his game. He had four of his eight points and hauled down five rebounds in the quarter.

A clutch basket by Dunmore’s Nick Maldonato to open the fourth quarter tied the game at 28-28. Maldonato scored six points in the game.

Trainor then hit a jumper to put the Crusaders up, 30-28. Dunmore’s Matt Murphy came back and hit a 3-pointer to give the Bucks a 31-30 lead with 6:30 left in the contest. That was to be Dunmore’s only lead.

Trainor came back and hit another clutch jumper. Malachi Phillips hit on two baskets. Then Baily Simrell hit on a hoop. That capped the 8-1 Holy Cross burst to give the Crusaders a 38-32 lead with 3:08 left in the game.

Still, the stingy Bucks would not give up.

Colin Holmes, who scored seven points, and Williams both hit buckets to pull the Bucks to within 38-36 with 1:14 left in the game.

The Crusaders responded as Philips scored on a reverse layup and Galvin and Trainor each hit on free throws.

A Noah O’Malley 3-pointer came a little too late for Dunmore as Holy Cross held on for the 46-39 win.

Holy Cross defeated Mountain View, 62-46, in first round playoff action Wednesday, February 17.

Trainor led the Crusaders with 15 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in the opening round win.

Simrell added 14 points. Phillips scored 12.

Trainor is one of only three graduating seniors for Holy Cross. J.J. Montefour and Chad Yurkovic also graduate this year.

With a slew of returning key players, coach Callejas should lead his team to another strong playoff run next season.

The future is bright for the Crusaders.