Program celebrates 800th goal since 2001

On Friday, September 22 during an away game at Ding-Del, Jonah Yurkanin scored the 800th goal in the history of North Pocono's junior high soccer program, which was established in 2001.

“This is an historic achievement for the program,” Coach Jose Joga said. “We are very proud of Jonah Yurkanin. However, we also recognize that this is a celebration of every other North Pocono middle schooler who ever scored a goal in the program

“Without them, there would be no 800th goal.”

By the Numbers

The junior high A-Team defeated Ding-Del 6-0 and the B-Team also came out on top by a score of 1-0.

Scoring goals for the A-Team were Jonah Yurkanin, assisted by Cayden Lougee.

Lougee scored two goals, one assisted by Jake Silva and one unassisted.

Caleb Kenyon tallied one goal, assisted by Ryan Maughan.

Alex Cupelli added an unassisted goal.

The last goal was scored by Malin Kussi, a recent transfer student born in Germany. He was assisted by owen McDermott.

Kussi also scored the lone winning goal for the B-Team in the second game.

To date, the junior high boys soccer team has a season record of four wins andone loss. The Trojans are the returning Lackawanna League division champions.

The 2016 squad was undefeated last year and won their division. They are coached by Justin Bechaver, Assistant Coach and teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, volunteer goal keeper coach, David McDermott.

Head Coach Jose Joga, is a retired FAA air traffic controller and former Manager of the FAA Wileks-Barre air traffic control tower from Covington Township.

Cars & Coffee

This year, members of the North Pocono junior high boys soccer team were asked what event they would like to sponsor as part of the sports program and their community service commitment.

The boys decided that they would put on a car show and are now less than seven days from holding the 2017 “Cars & Coffee.

This event is scheduled for Sunday, October 1.

It will be held at Bill's Shop Rite in Covington Township from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Anyone with a classic car may register the day of for a $10 donation to support the North Pocono High School Soccer Program.

Donations will also be accepted at the Cars and Coffee show on that date.

Free coffee and doughnuts will be provided as long as supplies last.

“Come out and see the cars and start your Sunday with some fun,” Coach Joga said. “Or, stop by and see and enjoy these beautiful classic cars that are time machines and help us travel to another time and place.”

The Cars & Coffee Car Show will be held in the parking lot between the Dunkin Doughnuts and Bill's ShopRite.

The cars will be judged by the soccer team in six categories:

•Antique (60s, 70s, 80s) sports car, Kid's Choice (voted by most votes from entire soccer team) and Best of Show.

•Cars will be judged by the four team captains: (Jordan Carr, Corbin Lankford, Cayden Lougee and Aidan Dommes).

•In addition, there will be some additional door prizes which have been donated by our sponsors and a 50/50 raffle to help raise funds.

•A web event page has also been created for the event; for the page go to: HTTPS://

“We would like to thank all of our sponsor/partners in this effort who have donated gifts and prizes,” Coach Joga said.

“Bill's ShopRite, Mendicino's Pizza, Vince The Pizza Prince, The Shirt Lady of Moscow, Kay's Pizza, Tasty Swirl

And, last but not least, the Classic Car Community locally and regionally who have already committed to coming out for this worthy cause.”