Lions Club Honors Students at Scholarship Dinner

The Dunmore Lions Club recently held its 41st Annual Scholarship Award Dinner at La Buona Vita Restaurant in Dunmore.

 Honored with Penn State Scholarships were Joseph Cardillo of Dunmore High School and Molly Landsiedel of Holy Cross High School. 

Also, honored with monetary gifts were Dunmore High School Male Scholar/Athlete-Kevin Walsh and Female Scholar /Athlete-Moriah Murray and Holy Cross High School Male Scholar/Athlete-Nick Cabets and Female Scholar/Athlete- Kaitlyn Farrell. Remarks were made by Chris Lucas,Dunmore High School’s Assistant Principal, and Alexa Bravis, Holy Cross High School counselor.

 Presentations of awards were made by Lion President Elect Sam Sebastianelli Sr., and Past President Jim Aita. Lion Gino Tempesta served as dinner chairman and Lion Michael Colangelo offered invocation. 

Lion Justin Patchcoski served as Toastmaster and congratulated all award recipients, not only for the great honor they received, but to be at such an exciting time in their life. Further commenting, he added, “ I was thinking back to this time last year and how different, yet similar things, were. Just like last year’s class, I’m sure you’ve all made sacrifices throughout your academic careers, your perseverance and ambition are admirable, but I promise you’ll all look back on this night and all the wonderful memories of your high school athletic and academic careers often and fondly”. 

This is the 70th year the Dunmore lions have been serving the community of Dunmore.

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.”

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.