Holy Cross Runner Takes Second in Foundation Race 

Athlete Andrew HealeyBy Steve Svetovich

Holy Cross senior Andrew Healey has spent the past four years excelling in cross country, track and in the class room. 

Most recently, the cross country standout won a league meet and then finished in second place in the PIAA Foundation Class 1A race Saturday, September 21, at Hershey’s Parkview Course. He was only three seconds behind the winner.

Son of Chris and Maura Healey, Andrew said he knew the Foundation race would be fast and competitive. “There were a lot of good kids in the field,” he said. “I just tried to stay up front and towards the end it was me and the two kids from Penns Valley near the front.

“Going up the last hill I just tried my hardest to push out ahead but ended up getting caught. It was a good effort. The race gave me a lot of confidence.”

Andrew said he has been running cross country for six years, counting two seasons in junior high school. He won medals in state competition for cross country as a sophomore and junior. 

He is also a four-year member of the Holy Cross track and field team where he runs the 3200 and 1600. He was a district champion as a freshman and sophomore in the 3200 and as a sophomore and junior in the 1600. He earned medals in state competition in the 3200 as a sophomore and junior. 

Andrew more than excels in the class room. He has a highly impressive 4.2 academic average. His best and favorite subject is history. 

He is a member of Student Council, the History Club and the Foreign Languages Club at Holy Cross. 

The scholar-athlete said he is undecided about a college or major, but knows he wants to be a cross country and track runner at a higher level beyond high school.

His cross country and track coach at Holy Cross is Alex Hugley.

“He pushes us very hard in both sports,” said Andrew. “He knows we have to work very hard and do our best to be good.”

Humble and polite in nature, Andrew said his parents taught him a lot. “My parents teach me how important it is to be a part of a team. They encourage me to be a team player. They tell me to do it for the team.”

Andrew talked about what it takes to excel in cross country and track on the high school level. “It’s all about working hard, being consistent and having the dedication to succeed. It works that way in both sports.”

The talented runner compared that type of dedication to what it takes to excel in the class room. “What it takes in school is very similar to what you need to succeed as a runner,” he said. “You have to put the time and effort in.”

Well versed, Andrew said he enjoys music and would like to see the rapper Drake in concert.

He is thoroughly enjoying his experience at Holy Cross as his senior year progresses.

“I love it here. Holy Cross is a small school, but that gives it a closer atmosphere. You know all the students and teachers. It is a very supportive environment. It’s great.”

Holy Cross Tennis Player Earns Second All Region selection 

Tennis Logan GregoryBy Steve Svetovich

Holy Cross graduating senior tennis player Logan Gregory earned his second straight All Region selection after finishing 15-4 overall at No. 1 singles.

Son of David and Tammy Gregory, Logan is also a two-time Times-Tribune all-star for tennis. 

Logan, who graduated with a 3.0 academic average, said he will probably attend Kings College in the fall. He is undecided about a major, but will play tennis in college.

Logan had a tennis record of 28-10 the past two seasons at Holy Cross.

He reached the District 2 Class 2A semifinals and was a Lackawanna League Coaches’ Class 2A all-star for the second year in a row. Logan reached the District 2 Class 2A semifinals in doubles with Holy Cross teammate Joey Lennon who was also an All Region selection as a junior. 

He led Holy Cross to the District 2 Class 2A semifinals.

Logan said he initially gained interest in tennis from his dad and Bill Stege, a tennis coach at Birchwood Country Club. Logan started taking tennis lessons at Birchwood when he was 12.

Logan said lessons learned from his parents were simple and to the point. “Work your way through things and keep plugging,” he said.

Logan said he learned a lot about his serve through coach Stege at Birchwood.

John Azzarelli was his tennis coach at Holy Cross.

“Coach Azzarelli taught me a lot about the mental part of the game. He taught me to be both a better person and a better tennis player.”

Logan was asked what it takes to excel at tennis. “You need to be strong mentally and practice a lot.”

Logan said he enjoys listening to music in his spare time and would love to see Billy Joel in concert. 

The tennis stalwart said he enjoyed his experience at Holy Cross. “It was a good experience and a lot of fun.”

Logan, who enjoys playing pickup basketball, has a very simple future goal. “To have a career,” he said.

In the meantime, he will continue to have fun and improve his tennis game.

Athlete of Month: Olivia Krupski

Athlete of the Month Olivia Krupski athleteBy Steve Svetovich

Olivia Krupski was one of the leaders as the Holy Cross Lady Crusaders won a district softball title and advanced to the state semifinals, but now she is taking her star to Kings College in Wilkes Barre.

Olivia, a Times-Tribune all-star second baseman, batted close to .400 with five homers, 34 RBIs and a team leading nine doubles. 

Daughter of Donna and Tim Krupski, Olivia, 18, graduated from Holy Cross High School at the end of May and will now hone her softball skills at Kings where she will major in biology.

She credits her late grandfather, Paul Krupski, former sports writer for the defunct Scrantonian Tribune, for getting her interested in sports. Her grandfather was a local basketball referee and baseball and softball umpire. 

“He died when I was seven,” said Olivia. “But he and my dad were always talking about sports and got me interested. My grandfather is the primary reason I started playing sports. He got me into sports,”

Olivia played four years of both softball and soccer at Holy Cross. She was an all-star soccer player as a senior when she suffered a torn meniscus in the middle of the season.

She was a second team all-star in softball as a junior.

Olivia said she would like to use a biology degree to get into lab research or possibly eventually become a nurse anesthetist. 

Holy Cross lost the state semi final game, 9-0, to Brandywine Heights after defeating Conwell Egan, 11-0, in the opening round at Arcadia.

Status-FastPitch-Game-Leather-SoftballHoly Cross won its third straight District 2 title, 10-3, over Northwest Area, Thursday, May 30, at University of Scranton Magis Field.

Olivia hit a clutch sacrifice fly in a five-run first inning to start the game as star junior pitcher Jenna Bradley cruised with a complete game five-hitter, striking out 11 and walking none.

Holy Cross finished the season with an 18-6 record.

Olivia, who participated in the Field of Dreams softball game last month, had a 3.3 grade point average at Holy Cross. Her favorite subject is math.

“I loved my four years at Holy Cross,” she said. “It was honestly great. I came from a public school at Mid Valley, so I went from a very large school to a small school. Holy Cross is so loving and caring. We are all like family. There are no clicks. We are all friends with each other. Everyone knows you, but like a caring family.”

Olivia, well spoken and articulate, said her parents taught her a lot about composure. “They taught me about preparation and having a positive attitude. In the beginning during games, I would get hard on myself. They would tell me to pick myself up. I would look into the stands and they would give me a signal to pick it up. I could see them telling me to take it off and pick it up. That meant the world to me.”

Olivia, full of enthusiasm, said she attributes the success of the Holy Cross softball team this year to coach Joe Ross. “Coach Ross coached the seniors during our entire four years. He took over after XE McAndrew died, so my senior class was his first team. I remember like it was yesterday when he came in to talk to us. He wanted to carry on the softball tradition at Holy Cross in the memory of XE McAndrew.

Holy Cross Softball Team

“Coach Ross gives the best speeches. He is a great coach and is carrying on the XE McAndrew legacy. He is starting his own legacy in memory of XE McAndrew.”

Olivia loves listening to music in her spare time and is hoping to see Fleetwood Mac in concert soon. “I was supposed to see them recently, but it was postponed until the fall. I am supposed to go with my parents.”

Olivia looks to her future with great anticipation. “I will be playing softball and studying biology. It will not be easy studying a science in college, so I need to stay on top of things. I need to find the right balance between softball and my school work. I want to stay organized and stay on top of both. I have to balance my time well. I am looking forward to it all, but will certainly miss my great times at Holy Cross.”