Athlete of the Month: Ron Prislupski

By Steve Svetovich

Holy Cross junior soccer player Ron Prislupski has a formula for achieving success.

And he is using it to his benefit, 

Son of Ron and Katie Prislupski, the All-Regional junior soccer player credits his dad with the formula.

“My dad always tells me to visualize success,” he said.

“So I always arrive an hour before a soccer match and go out on the field and practice plays. During the time I am out there, I visualize what I am going to do in the match. I practice my moves. I visualize success. My dad also teaches me to be humble. And being humble and having humility also leads to success.”¬†

Named the Times-Tribune Soccer Performer of the Year, the talented Holy Cross junior was named to the Pennsylvania Boys Soccer Coaches All-State team. He was also the Lackawanna League Division II Player of the Year.

A second time All-Regional selection, he smashed school and Lackawanna League scoring records by netting 72 goals and now has a school record 110 for his career. He totaled 17 assists.

With great speed to beat defenders, he has ball skills and the vision to go through traffic and is a highly accurate shooter and passer.

He led the Crusaders to their first District 2 soccer title since 2009 and a state playoff berth.

He led the nation in goals per game.

An unselfish soccer performer, the scholar-athlete also excels in the classroom with a 4.0 academic average. His best academic subject is Math.

A three-year soccer performer at Holy Cross, he was named to the Lackawanna League Coaches All-Star team as a freshman.

A member of Student Council and the National Honor Society, he is a two-year member of the Holy Cross track and field team. He earned a silver medal in the 800 relay and bronze medal in the 800 meter run,

Well spoken and articulate, Ron said he wants to play soccer on the collegiate level. “I want to major in finance in college and play soccer. I will choose a college where those two go hand in hand. Beyond that, I would like to play soccer on a professional level.

“My immediate goal is to help lead Holy Cross to a state soccer title next year.” 

A hard worker and confident, Ron said Holy Cross soccer coach Joe Dodgson is teaching him a lot. “He says it all starts with a game plan. He tells us we have the talent to get the job done. He tells us not to get frustrated and good things will happen.”

The motivated junior who plays the striker position on the soccer team, said he was excited when he heard on Thanksgiving day about being named Performer of the Year. “I was very happy. It is a great award. It was also nice to see my teammate Drew Smith being named with me to the All-Region team as a midfielder. That was equally exciting news.”

Ron, polite in nature, said he enjoys music and would like to see Drake in concert.

He is thoroughly enjoying his experience at Holy Cross. “I love it,” he said. “Coming here is one of the best decisions I ever made in my life. The teachers, students, coaches and administration here are all so friendly and helpful. They all contribute to your success. 

“It is like one big family.” 

Holy Cross’s Tierney Sets School Rushing Record in Win Over Montrose¬†

By Steve Svetovich

Holy Cross junior standout Logan Tierney set the school’s single season rushing record in the Crusaders 36-0 win over Montrose Friday, Oct. 29, at Montrose.

The talented back now has a Holy Cross single season record of 1,338 rushing yards. 

The win improved the Crusaders to 4-6 overall, with a 1-3 mark in Division IV.

The junior sprinted for 163 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in the Lackawanna Football Conference Division IV win over Montrose.

Tierney bolted for 128 yards in the first half alone as the Crusaders built a commanding 28-0 lead.

On his second carry of the third quarter, he burst through the right side for a 7-yard gain and the school record.

The stalwart back set a goal earlier this season to rush for 1,000 yards while helping his team win games.

He has more than exceeded that goal. 

Holy Cross first year head football coach Joe Giorgio called his record-breaking junior back a tremendous football player on both sides of the ball. “He’s a special player.”

During the Crusaders first scoring drive, Tierney carried the pigskin on five of the first eight plays before Holy Cross quarterback Nate Cobley hit Bobby Staples for an eight-yard touchdown and an 8-0 lead followed by a two-point conversion run by Tierney with 3:14 left in the first quarter. 

Tierney’s first touchdown came on a one-yard plunge on the Crusaders next possession. 

Montrose then drove inside the Holy Cross 10 mostly due to two long completions from Hudson Aukema to Nate Porter. 

Holy Cross ended the drive with Sean Herbert intercepting an Aukema pass attempt.

Tierney then carried the football six times in the Crusaders next drive. He capped the drive with a five-yard touchdown bolt which gave the Crusaders a 20-0 lead following a failed two-point conversion attempt with 7:38 left in the half. 

The Meteors fumbled on its next possession granting Holy Cross the ball on the Montrose 10. Cobley then hit Jonathan Jones for his second touchdown pass as Holy Cross built a 28-0 halftime lead after a Cobley two-point conversion run. 

Tierney piled up 34 more yards rushing on the Crusaders first drive of the second half. 

Nick Cabets finished off the drive by plunging in from one yard out for a touchdown. Holy Cross converted on a two-point conversion run and had a 36-0 lead with 2:45 left in the third quarter. 

The stingy Holy Cross defense continued to hold Montrose scoreless for the rest of the contest. 

The win was the Crusaders first shutout since Oct. 15, 2015, against Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech. It was the team’s first shutout against a Lackawanna Football Conference opponent since Oct. 16, 2010, when the Crusaders shutout Mid Valley.

Athlete of the Month: Logan Tierney

By Steve Svetovich

Logan Tierney did it all. 

The 6-2, 195-pound junior excelled on both ends of the ball as the Holy Cross Crusaders football team snapped a 13-game losing streak with a 34-28 opening day win over Holy Redeemer Saturday, Aug. 28, at Saint Anthony’s Memorial Park, Dunmore.

Logan dominated the contest at both his tailback and outside linebacker positions.

He rushed for 242 yards on 22 carries while scoring three touchdowns on runs of one, five and 50 yards. His first touchdown came in the second quarter and the final two were in the final quarter. 

From his outside linebacker position, he contributed double-digit tackles to lead the Holy Cross defense.

Holy Cross, two years removed from cancelling the 2019 season because of low participation, ended a 13-game losing streak, posting their first win since Sept. 1, 2018, when the Crusaders beat Montrose, 13-6. 

Holy Cross senior Gavyn Grems added 87 yards rushing on 10 carries, including a 26-yard bolt in the third quarter giving the Crusaders a 21-14 lead. Holy Cross did not look back.

Logan’s one-yard plunge gave Holy Cross a 7-0 lead after the extra point, with 11:24 left in the second quarter. His 50-yard sprint gave the Crusaders a 34-21 lead, with 1:58 left in the game. His six-yard burst for a touchdown came with 5:22 left in the contest.

Son of Tom and Angela Tierney, Logan is a three-year member of the Holy Cross football team. He has been a forward for the past two years on the basketball team. He has a 3.4 academic grade point average. His best subjects are English and history.

Logan said he is learning a lot from new Holy Cross head football coach Joe Giorgio.

“He has a lot of knowledge about the game. He is a very determined and patient coach. He devised a great playbook for us. He goes over all the plays with everyone very patiently.”

Logan said his mom and dad taught him a lot. “They tell me to always act like you have been there before. Be classy and respectful and stay humble. Keep to yourself.”

The junior standout talked about what it takes to be a good tailback in high school football. “You need good field vision. You need to be strong and patient. And you need a good line.”

And to excel as an outside linebacker? “You need a lot of patience and field awareness of your surroundings. You need to be able to follow good instructions and listen to your coaches.”

Logan said his hobbies are sports, lifting, and hanging with friends. He enjoys music and would like to see Travis Scott in concert.

The scholar-athlete said he has aspirations to eventually become a physical therapist. His big dream would be to attend Notre Dame. 

He loves Holy Cross High School. “I absolutely love it here,” he said. “It’s a great school. The teachers are very nice and will do anything to help you. The principal, administration and staff root for you on the football field or in any other sport. There is a lot of school unity.”

He talked about both team and personal goals. “We want to win as many football games as possible and finish with a winning record. We want a positive record. I would like to rush for at least 600 yards and maybe even 1,000 and score at least 10 touchdowns to help us win games. In basketball, we are shooting for another district title and to go as far as possible in states. I also want to make high honors in all four quarters.”

The diminutive and speedy tailback said his performance in helping his team win the first game of the season felt pretty good. “It was an amazing feeling,” he said. “Last season was not the greatest. This first game was high impact. It felt terrific to get this win.”