Lady Bucks clinch first half behind spark of Maddie Martin

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By Steve Svetovich

Maddie Martin put on a show in the second quarter of the Dunmore Lady Bucks 63-38 win over Riverside Wednesday, Jan. 20, to help her team clinch the first half title in the Lackawanna League Division III girls basketball.

The win stretched the Dunmore Lady Bucks record to 15-0 at press time.

Martin, a junior guard, scored all 16 of her points, hauled down four rebounds, had three steals and three of her nine assists during an eight-minute stretch that helped Dunmore to the division first half title.

The spark provided by the scrappy guard helped Dunmore to a 24-2 run and commanding 42-13 lead.

Martin’s magnificent second quarter began when she assisted Erika Bistran for a 3-pointer.

Megan Hartshorn’s steal led to Bistran setting up Martin for a score.

Another key play came when Martin went through the defense for a three-point play to give the Lady Bucks a 26–11 lead.

After a Riverside bucket, Martin then scored on a drive. She then buried a 20-foot. shot, hit on a 3-pointer from the wing and fired an assist to Emily Sheehan for a 3-pointer..

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Martin later hit on a three-pointer off a Hartshorn nice pass. She found Sheehan along the baseline for a strong 42-13 halftime lead.

Sheehan finished with 11 points in the win. Izzy Cooper scored 10 points. Bistran added nine points.

Jess Millan led Riverside with 12 points. Bistran led the Lady Bucks with seven rebounds. Sheehan had four steals.

Martin is third in Lackawanna League Division III scoring with an average of 15.7 points per game at press time. She is third in 3-point shooting averaging 2.5 per game.

Bistran is fifth in the league in free throw percentage hitting on 80 percent at press time. Martin is tied for 10th with a .667 percentage.

Bistran and Hartshorn are tied for fourth in 3-point shooting both averaging 1.5 per game at press time.

The Lady Bucks are coached by the veteran Ben O’Brien.

Riverside dropped to 11-4 overall with the loss.The Lady Vikings dropped to 4-2 in league play.

Dunmore volleyball player receives high honors

Athlete of the Month: Izzy Cooper

By Steve Svetovich

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Dunmore senior Izzy Cooper was named Times-Tribune volleyball player of the year and selected Class AA All-State by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association.

Cooper also helped lead the Lady Bucks volleyball team to the Lackawanna League championship.

She joins Jillian Korgeski, a two-time Times-Tribune player of the year, and Kimberly Dempsey as the only players from the Dunmore Lady Bucks volleyball program who have achieved All-State honors.

She is a three-year starter and three-time All-Region selection. She dominated league play in her senior year and was also chosen by the coaches as the Lackawanna League Most Valuable Player.

The talented senior totaled 279 kills with a 54.5 kill percentage, 114 service points with 33 aces, 14 blocks and 217 assists.

For her career, she is second on the program’s kill list with 600. Korgeski is first with 847.

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She also had career totals of 328 serving points, 103 aces, 36 blocks, 81 digs and 812 assists.

In Cooper’s three seasons, Dunmore had a 75-6 overall record. She was a part of a District 2 Class A title in her sophomore season,

Her sister Vivian was an All-Region volleyball player in 2012.

She credited her teammates for all making key contributions to a championship season.

Lauren Slavoski, Amanda Curcio and Courtney Kijek of Holy Redeemer were also chosen Class AA All-State.

New Miss Buck Looks to be Strong Role Model

By Steve Svetovich

She is humble, kind, wholesome, sweet and caring. She is Dunmore High School senior Angelica Plappert—Dunmore High School’s new Miss Buck for the  2015-2016 school year.

Daughter of Robert and Victoria Plappert, Dunmore, Angelica said she felt “relieved, happy and excited” when learning she was chosen to be Miss Buck on April 2, 2015 and said that she will do her very best to represent Dunmore High School.

“This is very rewarding,” Angelica said. “As Miss Buck, I want to represent Dunmore High School very well and hopefully have the younger students look up to me as a role model. I hope we have a great year with all sports, cheerleading, academics and everything else.”

Soft spoken and polite, Angelica will be in her fourth year as a basketball cheerleader. She also plays varsity soccer and is a member of SADD and TACT clubs. Her best academic subject is English.

The DHS basketball cheerleading coach is Maura Dempsey. “She always tells us to do our best and try to give a good performance.”

Angelica said her parents taught her a lot over the years. “They teach me to never give up. They tell me to keep pushing and do my best,” she said. “My parents were very happy for me and proud when they found out I was Miss Buck. They felt I did my best and it worked out for me.”

Angelica’s dad is president of the Dunmore Sherwood Park Youth Association. He was recently a chairperson for the third annual Dunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park. And no doubt, Angelica’s parents are very proud of her accomplishments.

Energetic and positive, Angelica set a goal to become Miss Buck and did it.

She talked about her future goals beyond high school. “I want to go to college in the medical field. I am not sure where I will go yet, but I want to help sick people. It would be a good feeling helping them to get better.”

Angelica has a strong work ethic and does volunteer work in her spare time..The Dunmore senior worked this past summer as a lifeguard at Montage Mountain. Angelica also volunteers at the Saint Joseph’s Day Care Center in Dunmore.

The new Miss Buck said she loves country music and would like to see Luke Bryan in concert. Her hobbies include playing sports, cheerleading, working and friends. Angelica is really looking forward to her senior year at Dunmore.

“Dunmore has been a great experience for me. I want to make the most of every single moment and have a lot of fun in my senior year,” said Angelica. “I really look forward to representing Dunmore as Miss Buck. It’s going to be a great year at Dunmore High School.”