Toomey Helps Lead Dunmore to Lynett Tournament Title

By Steve Svetovich

With tournament MVP Ciera Toomey leading the way, the Dunmore Lady Bucks recaptured the Lynett Memorial Girls Basketball Tournament title with a 46-17 win over Scranton Prep on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Lackawanna College Student Union.

Prep defeated the Lady Bucks in 2019 for the Lynett title.

Dunmore senior guard Moriah Murray, selected to the all-tournament team, led the Lady Bucks with 17 points and hit three 3-pointers in the Lynett title win. Dunmore freshman Sophia Talutto had two 3-pointers.

Ciera, regarded as one of the top 10 high school girls basketball players in the nation, scored 15 points, hauled down 10 rebounds and had some key blocks in the title win.

The 6-4 junior center, who is being recruited by numerous top Division-I colleges, scored 30 points and added nine rebounds and four assists in Dunmore’s 65-30 win over Scranton High School in the Lynett Tournament semifinal contest on Monday, Dec. 27, at Lackawanna College Student Union.

Murray, who will play basketball next year at Drexel University, added 20 points and four assists in the semifinal win. Dunmore senior guard Mia Blume added nine points and four assists. Talutto added four assists.

Daughter of Carrie and Patrick Toomey, Ciera’s sister Victoria Toomey was an all-state center at Dunmore and now plays basketball at Rider University.

Her mom, the former Carrie Bowen, was a Dunmore basketball standout named 1989 female athlete of the year. She started for four years at Franklin and Marshall University and played two years of professional basketball in England. She is currently one of the Dunmore assistant coaches under veteran Ben O’Brien. She is a member of the Northeastern Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

“We were all excited with the Lynett title win,” said Ciera. “It was a great moment that we were able to bring the Lynett Tournament title back to Dunmore. It made the holiday so much better for everyone.”

Articulate and well-spoken, Ciera has an impressive 3.8 grade point average at Dunmore. Her best subject is mathematics. She is a member of TACT, the Health Careers Club and the French Club.

Ciera’s basketball accolades include first-team all-state and two-time All Regional selection and twice first-team Lackawanna League all-star. More honors of the same are expected this year.

The Division-I recruit is also a two-year member of the Dunmore golf team. She was an All Regional selection both years, finishing fourth in the state her first year and sixth in the state in her second season.

The junior standout said she has learned much from Coach O’Brien. “He teaches us to never overlook any team. You can easily win or lose any game. The most prepared team wins. You can never do enough research. It is all about the details.”

The hard-working scholar-athlete said her parents are huge mentors. “They always teach me and my sister to work hard all the time. Hard work pays off. Few things go wrong when you work hard.”

Ciera enjoys listening to music in her spare time and would like to see Olivia Rodrigo, a pop artist, in concert.

She talked about what it takes to excel at the center position in girls high school basketball.

“I’m very fortunate to be gifted with good height,” she said. “I use it in ways to score and find the right moves. I try to make it hard for an opponent my size or smaller to guard me. I closely watched my sister play. I watched her moves and learned a lot from her. I try to apply what I learned from her to my own game.”

Ciera talked about her future goals. “Number one, I want to help Dunmore win as many games and titles as possible. Then I want to work hard to become an All American college basketball player in Division I. I want to graduate with an engineering degree. Then the ultimate goal would be to play in the WNBA.”

Ciera is averaging over 27 points and more than 10 rebounds per game this season and is closing in on 800 career points as a junior.

She absolutely loves Dunmore.

“Dunmore is great,” she said. “I love it all. I have been here going to school since early childhood. I have never had one bad experience.

“Dunmore is a very unique town. We all support each other. Everyone has your back.

“It’s a small sized community and you definitely feel the love.”

Dunmore Sophomore Ciera Toomey Earns Second All Region For Golf

By Steve Svetovich

Work hard when no one is looking. That’s the mantra for Dunmore sophomore Ciera Toomey. 

The Dunmore sophomore is well known throughout the area for her basketball skills, but has proven to be multi-talented with her second All Region selection for golf. 

Daughter of Carrie and Patrick Toomey, Dunmore, Ciera earned the first girls’ golf medal for Dunmore High School with fourth place in the PIAA Class 2A tournament posting 7-over 79. 

She won a spot in states by finishing second in Division 2 with a score of 81, then claiming a one-hole playoff. 

She won the Scott Greens Invitational title with 3 over 36. 

Those who follow the local basketball scene, know about Ciera’s accomplishments as well as those of her older sister Victoria and mom, the former Carrie Bowen, on the hardwood. Victoria is currently a sophomore basketball player at Rider University. 

“I was very excited when I heard about my All Regional golf selection,” Ciera said. “There are a lot of other great golfers in this area. A lot of the others considered are my friends.

“Girls’ golf is a team sport. You need three top scores to win as a team. You need to push your teammates and work together to win.”

Ciera said she continued to develop her golf skills through constant practice. 

The hard driving sophomore said her Dunmore golf coach Robert Coyle gives her positive feedback. “He always tells me to go out there and try my hardest and never focus on mistakes.”

Ciera said her parents have taught her a lot regarding hard work. “My parents always tell me to work hard when no one is watching. And you should want to work even harder when no one is looking. They tell me if you work hard all the time, then things will come easier. Practice as much as possible. Work hard when no one else is.”

As a freshman forward-center on the Dunmore Lady Bucks basketball team last season, Ciera was one of the league’s leading scorers averaging over 16 points per contest. She also averaged over seven rebounds per game. The Lady Bucks playoff run was halted due to COVID-19.

Ciera, confident and well spoken, said she was introduced to golf at a young age. “I am lucky,” she said. “My dad introduced me to golf when I was in the second grade. I learned all the basics from him and have been playing golf for eight years now.”

The sophomore scholar-athlete has an impressive 97 academic average and is a member of the French Club. Her best subject is math. 

A high achiever by nature, Ciera is undecided about a future college. However, she wants to continue her basketball career and possibly study engineering in college. 

Ciera was working hard in practice to prepare for the Dunmore Lady Bucks basketball season when more statewide COVID restrictions were imposed, halting workouts until at least January 4. 

“We had four days of basketball practice and then it was cut short,” Ciera said. “We are supposed to start back after January 4. I think there will be a basketball season. We are all remaining positive.” 

Ciera, when she finds the time, enjoys listening to music. She likes Labrinth, a pop music artist. 

Thought provoking and intelligent on and off the golf course and hardwood, Ciera said she loves Dunmore. “I have been on this campus since elementary school and love it. The Dunmore school district and community itself is unmatched. The support you get for sports at Dunmore is unmatched. The teachers and coaches are extremely supportive. I love this town and this community.” 

Freshman Ciera Toomey Named 3rd Team All-State

BCiera Toomeyy Steve Svetovich

She made an impact.

Enough of an impact as aman that Dunmore freshman Ciera Toomey last month was named to the Class 3A all-state third team. 

Daughter of Pat and Carrie Toomey, Dunmore, Ciera was part of a contingent of five Lackawanna League players who earned berths on the Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State girls basketball team. 

Ciera’s teammate, sophomore Moriah Murray, was a first team All-State selection.

Ciera averaged 16.5 points per game as a freshman.

The 6-2 freshman opened eyes with her play in the second half of the season and hit 51 percent from 3-point range.

Ciera showed a great ability for handling the ball and shooting with quickness and agility.

She averaged 19 points in two state playoff games, shooting 9-of-11 and scored 22 points in a win over Neumann Goretti. She hit 15-of-18 shots in the two state playoffs games before the impact of Covid-19 cancelled the rest of the state playoffs.

Ciera also averaged 5.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and three blocks in the two state playoff contests.

Ciera was also an All Regional pick as a freshman.

And she comes from good basketball stock. Her mom, Carrie Bowen Toomey, was a Dunmore all-star selection and 1,000-point scorer for Franklin and Marshall College. 

Her sister, Victoria Toomey, earned numerous all-star selections and awards as a Dunmore standout and currently plays for Rider University.

Ciera said she was honored by her third-team All-State selection. “We are in a league with a lot of good players,” she said. “I certainly did not expect it. It could have been anyone.”

The talented freshman said she enjoys playing with sophomore teammate Murray. “Moriah is great,” she said. “She is such a good passer. She makes plays all the time. I just love playing with her. We feed off each other very well.”

Ciera has an impressive 97 academic average at Dunmore. Her best subject is math.

She also plays on the golf team and is a member of the French club.

She praised Dunmore veteran basketball coach Ben O’Brien. “He is such a good coach. He has us prepared all the time. He is a game changer. There is a reason why the Dunmore Lady Bucks win every year.”

Ciera said her parents and older sister Victoria have been big influences. “My parents always teach me to work hard for what I want and to go after it.

“My sister taught me how to play in the post and get position. I was a guard before, so she really taught me a lot and helped with the transition.”

The scholar-athlete said she and her teammates were disappointed with the ending of the season due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “We were really playing well, so we wanted to keep going. It was tough ending the season like that. But we were playing great and will have all of our starters back next season. We can go further next year.”

Ciera said she is staying in shape during the stay-at-home orders by working out and playing basketball and golf with her sister Victoria.

She enjoys listening to music, especially Dua Lipa.

She called her freshman experience at Dunmore as “unforgettable” and hopes to play college basketball after she graduates in three years.

“We are a very close team. We have a great bond and outstanding coaching. We hated to see the rest of the season cancelled, but we will come back stronger next year.”