Badyrka Comes Back From Injury to Excel in Two Sports 

Coathlete BadrykaBy Steve Svetovich

The poised kicker lined up for a field goal attempt to win a game, just minutes after missing an attempt to tie it, and he drilled it through the uprights. 

Junior kicker Peyton Badyrka hit on a 21-yard field goal with 4.9 seconds left to win the game for the Dunmore Bucks, 13-12, handing No. 4 ranked Old Forge its first loss of the season Friday, September 27, at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

It was Badyrka’s second 21-yard field goal in the contest and came after Dunmore quarterback Steve Borgia led the Bucks on a 61-yard drive on 11 plays to set up the game winner.

“The winning kick felt pretty good,” he said. “My teammates were jumping up and down. It was just a great feeling.”

His missed attempt came with 9:31 left in the game when Old Forge’s Tyler Carey blocked the kick to preserve a 6-3 lead for the Blue Devils.

“You can’t worry about the previous kick or the next kick won’t be good,” Badyrka said. “You have to put it in the past and focus on the kick you are attempting in the moment.”

Badyrka has made four field goals in five tries this season for Dunmore. He has not missed an extra point kick in 25 tries. His longest field goal is 38 yards against Mid Valley. He made his only field goal attempt, for 32 yards in the state playoffs against West Catholic, last season.

Son of Daniel and Johanna Badyrka, Peyton is an honor student at Dunmore. His best subject is computers. He is a member of the French Club, Earth Club and Engineering Club. 

soccerPeyton also excels as a three-year member of the soccer team at Dunmore. He plays at the center midfield position. He was All League as a freshman member of the soccer team.

“I love soccer too. It is a great sport.”

Peyton suffered a torn ligament to his right knee and missed most of his sophomore soccer season. He worked hard to recuperate. “I had knee surgery and then it took three months of physical therapy and then another two months in the spring,” he said. “It was a lot of hard work and physical therapy. I wanted to get back on the field and I did for the state playoff football game against West Catholic where I was able to kick a field goal.”

Peyton said he wanted to be a kicker ever since he started watching Justin Yoon of Notre Dame. “My dad and I are huge Notre Dame fans. I started watching the kicker, Justin Yoon, and I wanted to be just like him.”

The scholar-athlete said he has learned a lot from his parents. “They tell me if you want to be good then keep working. Hard work will always pay off.”

Dunmore head football coach Kevin McHale has also been a big influence on the confident kicker. “He tells us to work hard every single day and be more willing than the other team to win.”

Peyton talked about what it takes to be a good kicker in high school. “You need to focus on the kick. You need to tune everything out. You need to forget about a previous miss and completely block it out. Just focus on making the kick.”

Peyton said he enjoys listening to rap music and would like to see Lil-Uzi-Vert in concert. 

The hard working kicker/soccer standout said he wants to study computer design/programming in college and play either soccer or football as a kicker.

Peyton said he and his teammates still get to see former Dunmore football coach Jack Henzes in the locker room after every game. “It is awesome seeing him, especially after a win. He looks great. He is doing much better.”

Peyton talked about his future goals. “I want to continue working hard here at Dunmore and go to a college in California to study computers and play a sport, either soccer or football, and keep getting better at it.” 

Athlete of the Month: Emma Coar

Athlete of the Month - Emma CoarBy Steve Svetovich

Dunmore High School Homecoming Queen Emma Coar has many passions, but one stands out.

She is a kicker for the district champion Dunmore football team.

Daughter of Thomas and Jennifer Coar, the multi talented senior is also ranked second in her class with a 98.9 academic average.

Emma excels on the Dunmore soccer team where she is a captain and two-time All-Star. She is a member of the school band, member and treasurer of the honor society, vice president of the Spanish Club, treasurer of the Music Guild and writes for the school newspaper.

And it was Dunmore veteran football coach Jack Henzes, currently recuperating from a heart ailment, who asked Emma to join the football team.

“Coach Henzes asked me in gym class,” said Emma. “He saw me in kickball and liked how I kicked.

“I thought about it and looked at it as an opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself. I looked at it as a great way to remember my senior year.

“My parents were very supportive. They had my back and were there for me. They always teach me to have a strong work ethic.”

Emma went on to excel as a kicker. She kicked over 40 extra points for the district champions.

“It was not a problem with the boys on the team. They looked at me as another athlete on the team. Just like anyone else. They never looked at me as different.

“The practices were not that hard for me. I pretty much was on my own with workouts during practice.

bucks“Coach Henzes continued to support me. He is always very supportive. Even though he was out, Kevin McHale and the other coaches were always in contact with him. Coach McHale was also very supportive.”

Emma, humble and hard working, said she is undecided about a college major but would like to attend the University of Scranton. Her favorite subject is history.

“I like all my classes though.”

Emma enjoys music and would love to see Khalid, an R and B rap artist, in concert.

She talked about another one of her passions, soccer.

“I love soccer,” she said. “You need to put in a lot of work and time to excel in it. You need to be passionate about it.”

Emma said her experience at Dunmore High School has been awesome.

“I learned a very good foundation for my future. The teachers and coaches have been great. I made a great group of friends who I will always be in contact with no matter where we all go to college or in life. 

We will be friends forever. It is really a great school.”

Dunmorean of the Month: Noah Barton

Noah Barton

On the soccer field, Noah Barton has been a fierce competitor for three years. He is sitting out his senior year to an ACL injury. (Photo Credit: Rich Banick Photography)

By Maureen Hart

Noah Barton, a 17-year-old senior at Dunmore High School, has experienced amazing highs and devastating lows during his four year career on the school’s varsity soccer team.

Noah, who started every game since his freshman year playing on the varsity team, suffered a torn right ACL playing indoor soccer last February 18.

As a result, despite all those starts and his phenomenal play, Noah has had to sit out his entire senior season.

While he admits this development has been difficult, the young man is making the best of a bad situation by attending every varsity game and assisting Coach Chris Phillips.

And Barton does have the excitement of watching his 14-year-old brother, Aden (also a starter as a freshman on varsity), although he is disappointed not to have the experience of actually playing with his brother at DHS.

“After the injury, it was very difficult for me” Noah admits. “I gained weight and felt so frustrated.”  

His reconstructive surgery was completed on April 12, but he will not be cleared to play again until February, 2019.

For his senior year, despite the injury, Noah was selected as a team captain, and he says he enjoys the new experience of coaching.

“I have always wanted to be helping the team, seeing it grow,” he points out. “I’m just forced to do that in a different way this year.”

Noah Barton and brother

Noah Barton, right, is shown with his younger brother, Aden, who is also a member of the varsity soccer team.

Noah, who is the son of Heather Evans, a director of Scranton Counseling center (“She’s a huge fan,” he confides), also gives credit to the big role his stepfather, Dan Evans, has played in his life. “He would do anything for us,” Noah says. “He is a great human being.”

“My mother has been such a huge influence in my life,” Noah explains. “We are very close, and she has taught me  to respect other people, to have good values, and how to act in various situations.”

The family resides on West Grove Street, and their lawn is dotted with signs supporting both boys and their team.

Another influence has been Coach Phillips. “Among other things, he has taught me to be more of a team player, and how to control my anger. I used to get so upset over fouls!”

One of his favorite memories of his high school career was the first time he scored in a home game during his freshman year. “I can remember exactly how it happened,” he confides. “It was a long goal, from about 30 yards out, and I scored in the top right corner of the goal.”

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DHS soccer player Noah Barton is shown doing physical therapy at Allied Services to heal the ACL injury that has kept him off the field this season.

He went on to score 17 goals, the most on the team, during his sophomore year, and as a junior, he scored 18 goals and made the All Stars first team. One of his favorite memories was scoring two goals against the long-time undefeated Blue Ridge soccer team.

Noah’s interest in soccer began when he was five or six years old. He began playing competitively at age 12 or 13 on a travel team, and says he liked the game from the very beginning. At Dunmore High, he started as a defensive midfielder, but then became a forward.

“I just love soccer,” he says. “It consumes my whole life–whether I’m watching games, playing or learning the game. Even my job revolves around soccer.” Noah works at Soccer Plus in Clarks Summit.

After a lifetime passion for soccer, Noah envisioned playing his senior season with his brother, and having colleges take a look at him on the field. Instead, he has been doing physical therapy and working out every morning at 5:30. He completed the Race for the Cure last month, demonstrating his great progress since the injury.

Some colleges are showing interest, so Noah is sending out videos from past seasons. He is looking forward to next year, and says it will be a decision based on where he wants to go to school and who wants him to play.

Noah’s mother has seen him go through all of the ups and downs, and she says, “He was very down about the injury, but he is getting better as he is able to be more active.

“Naturally, it’s devastating when something like this happens, especially during the senior season. But Noah is trying to put it into perspective and go forward with a positive attitude.”

Noah Barton at AlliedAs Heather notes, “This has been heartbreaking for the whole family, because Noah had worked so hard. But we know it could be much worse. He could have a serious illness or something. This is something he can come back from.”

Naturally, Noah passes some of his time watching professional soccer, and his favorite team is Real Madrid. He became interested in the team when Cristiano Rinaldo was playing in Madrid.

“My family descent is Portuguese, so I liked that he was from Portugal,” Noah says. “But more than that, I think he is such a good team player and has a great winning attitude.”

As he finishes his senior year at Dunmore High School and looks ahead to college, Noah says he will really miss the school, and especially his teachers.

“I love Dunmore,” he concludes. “It’s the best place to be.”