Freshman Kaci Kranson Hitting Over .400 for Lady Crusaders

Kaci KranstonBy Steve Svetovich

Kaci Kranson is proving herself quickly as the starting right fielder for the Holy Cross Lady Crusaders softball team.

Humble in nature, Kaci, 15, was hitting .403 as her team prepared for the district title game against Northwest. Kaci also had 25 hits, 23 runs and two homers at press time.

Daughter of Ryan and Jill Kranson, Kaci is a high honors student at Holy Cross High School.

Kaci is one of the unsung heroes of the Holy Cross softball team which is a young group this season.

She started as a freshman and key member of the Holy Cross girls’ basketball team playing a variety of positions. She is a member of Student Council, the Service Club and the Pro Life Club at Holy Cross.

Her timely hitting and outfield play helped lead the Lady Crusaders to the Class 2A district title game against Northwest.

She talked about what it takes to be a good outfielder on the high school level. “You need to get a good jump on the ball, call out when you have to make a catch and have a good bond with the other outfielders. You need to know when to step back and when to step forward.”

Kaci said becoming a good hitter on the softball level takes practice. “It takes a lot of effort. You need to practice a lot and always keep at it.”

The freshman stalwart said she is learning a lot from Holy Cross veteran softball coach Joe Ross, who was quite a hitter in his day. “He teaches us to not be afraid of making mistakes. He tells us we will do better next time. Keep trying hard and working hard. And try to enjoy the game.”

Kaci’s parents have always been a strong influence in her life. “My parents teach me to always keep trying and working hard. They tell me there will always be bumps in the road,  but you have to keep plugging. Never give up on anything.”

Modest and polite, Kaci said she enjoys listening to music in her spare time and would like to see Ariana Grande in concert. She said her best academic subject is Spanish.

Kaci attributes the success of her team to a lot of team work and practice.

“It has been a fun year and our team is really playing well.”

Kaci said she has not thought about college yet, but does have aspirations to become a Physician’s Assistant. She would like to play college basketball or softball if possible.

As she nears the conclusion of her freshman year, Kaci can only beam with her decision to attend Holy Cross. “I just love it here at Holy Cross. There is no better place to go to school. I love it so much.”

Co-Athlete of the Month: Megan Pavlowski

Athlete of the Month - Megan PavlowskiBy Steve Svetovich

Dunmore senior first baseman Megan Pavlowski has done nothing but hit since she became a varsity starter in her sophomore season.

After hitting close to .400 in her first two years on the team, she is batting over .370 this year. She was 4-for-4, including two doubles, a run and RBI in the Lady Bucks 14-10 win over Old Forge, Saturday, April 25.

Daughter of Melissa and Tom Pavlowski, Dunmore, Megan is well versed and a member of numerous clubs at Dunmore High School.

She has a 95 academic average and 3.5 grade point average. Her favorite subject is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The talented scholar-athlete is a member of the National Honor Society, French Club, Spanish Club, SADD, Service Club, Earth Club, Health Careers Club and is president of the TACT Club. She is also a basketball cheerleader.

Megan attributes a lot of her Dunmore softball success to her coach, Ryan Ferguson.

“He teaches us to be confident at all times. He tells us if we put hard work in during practice, then it will show up during the games.”

The senior stalwart said her parents have been great role models. “They always tell me to be respectful. One of their biggest things is telling me to treat people the way you would expect to be treated.”

Megan said she enjoys listening to music in her spare time and would like to see country singer Luke Holmes in concert.

Athlete of the Month - PavlowskiShe is going to Marywood University in the fall to study architecture, a five-year program. She also hopes to play on the Marywood softball team.

“My future goals are to get an architecture degree and become an architect. I would love to play more softball in college too.”

Megan was an honorable mention for her softball play as a junior last year at Dunmore.

“I think we have a good team. We all get along so well. We are well coached.”

Megan played five years of travel softball for the Northeast Diamonds. “It was a great experience.”

The well spoken and positive senior said she has enjoyed her experience at Dunmore. “Dunmore High School is great. It is like a family. It is my second home. We are all so close here. Dunmore is one town, one family.”

Megan expressed her thoughts on the recent retirement of Dunmore legendary football coach Jack Henzes.

“He is just a great man. He was my driving coach and my teacher for multiple years. He was such a great football coach. It is so sad to see him go. He is just an amazing gentleman. We are all sorry to see him retire.”

Athlete of the Month: Kieran Burrier

Athlete of the Month - Kieran BurrierBy Steve Svetovich

Kieran Burrier is a floor leader for the Holy Cross Crusaders basketball team.

And he is showing the way to his teammates as a junior and three-year member of the team.

Son of Shawn and Danielle Burrier, Kieran’s brother Braden played high school basketball and football at Scranton Prep, graduating in 2017.

Kieran recently scored 24 points in a 59-48 loss to Holy Redeemer.

He is averaging in double figures for the Crusaders under veteran basketball coach Al Callejas.

But scoring is not important to him. “I like to find the open man and get him a good shot,” he said.

He talked about what makes a good guard in high school basketball.

“You need to have good vision on the court. I like to drive to the basket and pass off to get one of the guys an open shot. You need to be able to hit the open guy. Of course, you need to be able to hit a shot yourself.”

Kieran is an outstanding student at Holy Cross. He has a 97 academic average. “I try to balance my time well between basketball and academics. It is all about good time management.”

Kieran said he has learned a lot from his parents.

“Basically, they taught me to respect others. And that goes a long way.”

basketballThe talented student-athlete said coach Callejas has taught him plenty.

“He taught me to become a leader on the floor. He taught me to listen more and also to respect everyone. Respect is big with him.”

Personable and hard working, Kieran talked about the team goals. 

“First, we want to win the Lynett Tournament and then the league title. After that, we want to make a good run at states. We came close last year.”

And his future goals?

“I want to play college basketball and eventually become a pharmacist. I am looking to attend Wilkes or the University of Scranton.”

Kieran enjoys listening to music in his spare time and would like to see Post Malone in concert.

For now, Kieran is enjoying his experience at Holy Cross. “It’s an amazing school. It’s a little place, but we are all family here.

“I am really enjoying my time here.”