Kevin Walsh Steady on Court for Dunmore Bucks

By Steve Svetovich

Steady and consistent.

Those are the two words to best describe the performance of Dunmore Bucks 6-1 senior forward Kevin Walsh.

Kevin is ninth in Lackawanna League Division III in scoring with an average of 11.0 points per game and seventh in free throw percentage at .667. He is also among the league leaders in rebounds with over eight boards per contest.

Teammate Adriel DeNaples is third in the league in scoring at 14.3 points per game and first in free throw percentage at .805. in Dunmore’s 68-50 win over Carbondale Area, on Thursday, Jan. 27, at Dunmore. He scored 14 in the second half and hit on two 3-point field goals. DeNaples added 21 in the Bucks win. The win increased Dunmore’s record to 10-6, including 5-2 in league play.

“We’ve been clicking as a team recently,” said Kevin. “We started a bit slow, but are really playing well as a team now. If things continue to go well, we will end the season on a high note. We feel winning the league is a strong possibility. Then going for the district title is a goal. We want to go as far as possible in the state playoffs.”

Kevin, 18, tore his ACL playing football for Dunmore in his sophomore year. He worked hard in rehab to bring himself back to play at a high level on the Dunmore basketball team. He is a four-year member of the basketball team.

And although he no longer plays football, Kevin is a two-year member of the Dunmore baseball and golf teams. A versatile athlete, he is a pitcher-third baseman on the Dunmore baseball team.

The senior stalwart forward has a highly impressive 3.8 academic average and is a member of the National Honor Society, Engineering Club and French Club.

He aspires to study engineering in college and would like to go to Penn State or the University of Maryland.

Well-spoken and polite, he talked about what it takes to excel at the forward position in high school basketball. “It takes a lot of discipline and listening to your coaches,” he said. “You can’t go off on your own. You need to be a team player.”

The hard working scholar-athlete said he has learned a lot from Dunmore basketball coach Kevin Clark. “He teaches me to trust my game and be patient. Your shot will not always be there. If it is not going in at first, eventually it will. Always trust your shot.”

The senior standout said his best academic subject is math. He loves country music and would like to see Luke Combs in concert.

He talked about his goals. “Well, first of all there are team goals,” he said. “We want to win the league and district titles and compete in the states. Personally, I want to study engineering in college and play some club basketball. Then I want to work as an engineer. I’m not sure what kind of engineer yet.”

Kevin said he gets his strong work ethic from his parents. “They teach me to always work hard in the classroom and with sports. They tell me success comes from working hard.”

The talented senior said he came to Dunmore in eighth grade as a transfer from Saint Paul’s. “It was a great decision for me,” he said. “I made the transition and Dunmore has become my home away from home. I’ve made a lot of friends and developed some great relationships. The coaches and teachers are great. I’ve enjoyed it very much.”

Defense is Name of Game for Dunmore Senior Joey Marzzacco

By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore senior defensive end Joey Marzzacco takes pride in his game, but being a good teammate is his biggest asset.

“He’s just a great kid and a very good teammate,” said Dunmore head football coach Kevin McHale after the Bucks 17-8 win over Carbondale Area in a Lackawanna Football Conference Division III game at Dunmore’s Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday, Oct. 1.

The Bucks ran the ball 51 times using a ball control offense and tight defense to seal the win.

Son of Jennifer and Joe Marzzacco, Joey had eight tackles from his defensive end position. 

Dunmore’s scores came on a 20-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Thomas Bowen to Brayden Reuther, a one-yard touchdown sneak by Bowen and a 37-yard Max Hunt field goal. Hunt also kicked two extra points.

Nico Ruggerio, who also had an interception, led Dunmore with 67 yards on nine carries. Ruggerio rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in Dunmore’s 34-0 win over Riverside Friday, September 24. 

Dunmore is now 3-2 (2-0 in Division III).

“We are really happy with these last few wins,” said Marzzacco. “We started the year rough, but things are coming together now. We are coming together as a team. We are starting to play teams our own size. We are feeling pretty good about ourselves right now.”

The senior defensive stalwart is a three-year member of Dunmore’s football team. He also has been a member of Dunmore’s track and field team for three years. He runs the 400 and throws the javelin.

The senior scholar-athlete has a 3.1 grade point average and is a member of TACT, the Art Club and the French Club.

His best subject is history and he is an aspiring teacher. “I would like to study Education in college and eventually become a high school history teacher and football coach,” he said.

An honor student at Dunmore, he is leaning towards studying Education at East Stroudsburg, Wilkes, or Bloomsburg Universities. 

Joey enjoys listening to music in his spare time and would like to see Kanye West in concert.

The hard-working senior talked about what it takes to excel at the defensive end position. 

“It takes a lot of hard work,” he said. “You need to have a big year in the weight room. You need to stay home. You need to know your assignments.”

He has learned a lot from coach McHale. “He teaches us to be a class act. Pick your teammates up. Don’t argue with officials.”

Joey said his parents teach him similar values.

“They tell me to always be respectful. They tell me to always give 100 percent no matter what you choose to do.”

Joey said he and his teammates are excited about the strides the team is making. “It feels like we are really playing together now. The defense is clicking and the offensive line is coming along very well.”

Joey said the team goal is to win its eighth consecutive district title and then go as far as possible towards a state championship.

He talked about his future goals. “I want to get a college degree and become a high school history teacher and coach football. I might play football in college. We will see.”

Team-oriented and humble, Joey said his dad has always been his biggest mentor. “My dad taught me all about football. He got me into it. He was a running back for Carbondale Area.”

Joey is enjoying his Dunmore experience. “I love it here at Dunmore High School,” he said. “Because of COVID, my last full year in school was my freshman year. I am glad to be back with my friends as a senior this year. I want to enjoy every minute of it.” 

Dunmore Quarterback Showing Leadership as Sophomore 

By Steve Svetovich

Some look at the bottle as half full and others look at it as half empty. 

Take Dunmore sophomore quarterback Thomas Bowen, for instance.

Son of Damon and Alicia Bowen, the Dunmore signal caller knew he had a lot to prove when he was named a starter as a freshman. 

He answered the call and passed for over 400 yards and three touchdowns in the COVID-19 abbreviated five-game season.

“I had to take on a leadership role as a freshman quarterback,” he said. “That is not an easy thing to do as a freshman. I had to earn the respect of all my teammates.”

This season the sophomore stalwart said he feels more confident taking on that leadership role. “As a freshman, learning coverages was a big thing for me. It looks a lot easier this year. And being a leader is much easier as a sophomore. I feel much more comfortable.”

Thomas talked about what it takes to be a successful high school quarterback. “It takes hard work, athleticism, leadership skills and the ability to be coachable,” he said.

He said Dunmore head football coach Kevin McHale taught him a lot. “He tells us we cannot be successful without putting the hard work in. Nothing is handed to you. You need to put the work in with lifting weights and also in the off season.”

Thomas said he is very grateful to his parents. “They taught me about leadership through the way they raised me. They raised me the right way. They tell me to be a big person in the room.”

The hard-working quarterback is also both a small and power forward on the Dunmore basketball team. His best academic subject is math.

His hobbies include bike riding, video games, and lifting weights.

Thomas enjoys listening to music in his spare time and would like to see Kanye West in concert.

However, Dunmore lost its opening game, 20-2, to Western Wayne, Friday, Aug. 27. Thomas completed 8-of-23 passes for 47 yards.

“It was a tough game for us. I am not usually going to be throwing that many passes, but we were behind. We can bounce back from this and we will. We have a lot to build on. A lot of things did not go our way.

He talked about the team goals. “We want to win every game, but one game at a time and step-by-step.”

“We will take one game at a time. We want to win them all, but we can only look at our next opponent.”

Thomas said he is looking forward to a sophomore year where classrooms are filled at Dunmore. “It was hard as a freshman during COVID not having kids in class. The next three years are going to be exciting. It should be a great time in school and with sports at Dunmore. I want to be with my friends and enjoy the experience.”

Thomas said he is unsure about a future major, but his dream is to get accepted to Penn State for college.