Dallas trio, Harder set for all-star game appearance

By Tom Robinson - For Dallas Post
Dallas’ Joey Parsons, center, secures a rebound between Allentown Central Catholic’s Keeshawn Kellman, left, and Dat Lambert in a PIAA Class 5A boys basketball second-round game. - Dallas Post file photos
Dallas’ Alex Charlton, left, looks to pass as Allentown Central Catholic’s Nick Filchner reaches for the ball in a PIAA Class 5A boys basketball second-round game at Hazleton Area High School. - Dallas Post file photos
Sean Harder of Tunkhannock snags a rebound. - Dallas Post file photos
Jay Bittner (No. 35) dribbles past a Lake-Lehman defender earlier this year. - - Dallas Post file photos

Three players who led Dallas into the second round of the state tournament and Tunkhannock’s Sean Harder will be part of the Wyoming Valley Conference boys team that takes on the Lackawanna League Monday in the first Battle of the Valley All-Star Classic at the Wilkes University Marts Center.

Jay Bittner, Alex Charlton and Joey Parsons will represent the 21-win Dallas team that beat Lower Dauphin in the first round and took Allentown Central Catholic to double overtime before losing in the second round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class 5A tournament. It was the first state tournament win for the Dallas boys basketball program since 1991.

The Wyoming Valley Conference senior all-star team will be coached by Jason Kingery from Berwick. Kris Holtzer from Delaware Valley will coach the Lackawanna League team.

The boys game, scheduled for 8 p.m., completes a doubleheader that opens with a girls game between the conferences at 6:30 p.m.

With many of the participating players planning to continue their careers in college, the game will take on the look of a college contest in some ways, including the use of a shot clock and 20-minute halves.

The Joyce Insurance Group is sponsoring the game, which benefits Miles for Michael and the Brian Forgione Foundation.

Miles for Michael, founded by Michael Joyce in 2006, provides support with unexpected expenses, such as travel, lodging, food, gas and tolls for local cancer patients and their families during treatment and recovery.

The Brian Forgione Foundation, established in 2002, is dedicated to providing opportunities in education and athletics and inspiring and empowering people affected by cancer.

SPRING SPORTS

High school sports team have been preparing for the start of the spring seasons, which begin Wyoming Valley Conference play on different dates.

Boys tennis and boys volleyball are set to open conference play Monday. Boys and begins track and field follows with openers on Tuesday.

Softball and girls lacrosse begin WVC play April 2. Baseball and boys lacrosse have the latest scheduled openers April 3.

Dallas’ Joey Parsons, center, secures a rebound between Allentown Central Catholic’s Keeshawn Kellman, left, and Dat Lambert in a PIAA Class 5A boys basketball second-round game.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_Ball1.CMYK_-1.jpgDallas’ Joey Parsons, center, secures a rebound between Allentown Central Catholic’s Keeshawn Kellman, left, and Dat Lambert in a PIAA Class 5A boys basketball second-round game. Dallas Post file photos

Dallas’ Alex Charlton, left, looks to pass as Allentown Central Catholic’s Nick Filchner reaches for the ball in a PIAA Class 5A boys basketball second-round game at Hazleton Area High School.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_Ball2.CMYK_-1.jpgDallas’ Alex Charlton, left, looks to pass as Allentown Central Catholic’s Nick Filchner reaches for the ball in a PIAA Class 5A boys basketball second-round game at Hazleton Area High School. Dallas Post file photos

Sean Harder of Tunkhannock snags a rebound.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_Boysball.CMYK_.jpgSean Harder of Tunkhannock snags a rebound. Dallas Post file photos

Jay Bittner (No. 35) dribbles past a Lake-Lehman defender earlier this year.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_Dallas-Lake-Lehman-BBB-3_CMYK-1.jpgJay Bittner (No. 35) dribbles past a Lake-Lehman defender earlier this year. Dallas Post file photos

By Tom Robinson

For Dallas Post

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