lake-Lehman sweeps first three places in girls cross country opener

By Tom Robinson -

Lauryn Pembleton, Tasha Mihalko and Morgan Patla gave host Lake-Lehman a sweep of the first three places and a pair of victories to open the Wyoming Valley Conference girls cross country season Wednesday.

Pembleton completed the 3.1-mile course in 25:04 during wins of 27-30 over Wyoming Valley West and 25-31 over Tunkhannock.

Wyoming Valley West defeated Tunkhannock, 19-36.

The three teams will continue to run together each week while competing against other schools in the WVC’s cluster-meet scheduling format. Wednesday was the only time they will be scored against each other.

Securing the top three places assured Lake-Lehman of winning both meets.

Wyoming Valley West and Tunkhannock then combined to finish in the next nine positions.

Autumn Gaylord of Wyoming Valley West was fourth.

Tunkhannock was led by Madelyn Franko in fifth.

Dallas was also scheduled to open the season at home, but its meet was postponed because of the excessive heat.

In other action Wednesday:


Lake-Lehman 2-0

Tunkhannock 0-2

Wyoming Valley West and Tunkhannock combined to take the first three spots, but Lake-Lehman brought the next eight finishers across the line to defeat both teams in Wednesday’s WVC opener.

Neil Dougherty led the group of Black Knights. Brady Newman, Will McCarroll, Casey Weaver and Bryan Morio followed to clinch the wins of 20-43 over Tunkhannock and 25-36 over Wyoming Valley West.

Tavian McKenna from Wyoming Valley West finished first in 18:30, 10 seconds ahead of Tunkhannock’s Peter Sayre.

Wyoming Valley West defeated Tunkhannock, 24-33.


Dallas 11

Pittston Area 0

Hannah Yanovich scored the game’s first three goals and went on to finish with seven goals and two assists in the WVC Division 1 opening rout.

Grace Young added three goals while Shannon Barrett had a goal and an assist.

Lake-Lehman 3

Delaware Valley 0

Ava Radel had two goals and Lake-Lehman did all of its scoring in the first half of the WVC Division 1 opener.

Amy Supey had five saves in the shutout.

Alana Antonello also scored.

Hanover Area 4

Tunkhannock 1

Tunkhannock played its first game since the drop from Division 1 to Division 2 in the WVC, but fell short when Hanover Area scored twice in the last 10 minutes to break open a close game.


Dallas 156

Wyoming Valley West 190

Logan Paczewski shot a 1-under par, 35 to lead the Dallas victory.

Brett Ostroski added a 36.

Tunkhannock 161

Nanticoke 228

Tunkhannock’s Tyler Faux shot even-par, 37 on the front nine at Shadowbrook.

Nick Budner added a 39.


Wyoming Area 5

Lake-Lehman 4

Madison Brdaric scored twice but Lake-Lehman was unable to overcome a pair of three-goal deficits in the WVC Division 2 game.

Emily Smith added a goal and an assist for Lake-Lehman.


Lake-Lehman 1

Wyoming Area 1

Justin Timonte’s second-half goal rallied Lake-Lehman into a tie that held up through two overtime periods in the WVC Division 2 game.

By Tom Robinson