Local lads and lasses deep into preparations for D2 Championships
Following a string of successful seasons where North Pocono boasted highly ranked distance runners at the district level, it seems as though this fall is devoted to development.
While the boys are fielding 11 seniors, a good portion of them are multi-sport athletes. The Lady Trojans boast just one senior squad member, Shawnna Lamond.
“It’s a rebuilding year for us,” said first-year Head Coach Brook Coyer, who has moved up after filling an assistant’s role for the past few seasons.
“Steven Brenkosh, a senior, is our strongest runner on the boys team and Alaina Kravitz, a junior, is our top member on the girls team.”
Heading into their final week of the regular season, the boys carry a 7-11 record while the ladies have a 7-9 tally.
Week One saw the Trojans post a pair of wins against West Scranton and Mid-Valley, but they took a hit from Scranton.
Against Scranton Prep and Holy Cross during Week Two, they suffered two more losses.
Then, in the third week they blazed past Western Wayne and Forest City but lost to Honesdale.
At the cluster meet on Week Four, they ended the first half of the season with losses to Valley View and Abington Heights.
Setbacks continued as the second portion of the schedule came around. Week Five saw North Pocono succumb to Blue Ridge, Montrose, and Elk Lake.
Strong runners from Paupack and Delaware Valley kept the Trojans down during Week Six, but finally they caught a break in Week Seven.
The Trojans notched three wins versus Dunmore, Riverside, ad Old Forge at Valley View before they headed home for their only home meet earlier this week against Lakeland, Lackawanna Trail, Mt. View and Susquehanna.
“Valley View was a great course to run before going home for our last week,” commented Kyle Betti, one of the team captains.
Like the guys, the Lady Trojans seized wins over West Scranton and Mid-Valley during the opening week, and similarly, got bewildered by Prep and Holy Cross in Week Two.
Honesdale and Western Wayne too had their way with them in the third week and more bad news came in Week Four versus Abington Heights and Valley View.
However, a solid showing in Week Five propelled the girls to wins over Montrose and Elk Lake before taking hits from Paupack and DV in the sixth week.
A sweep of Dunmore, Riverside, and Old Forge at Valley View in Week Seven put them in good position to finish well at home facing Lakeland, Trail, Mt. View, and Susquehanna.
“Our girls team is small,” Betti said, “but we have some good younger runners.
“Everyone on both the girls and boys team pushes each other and we all know our places and jobs.”
Betti made sure to point out up-and-coming younger talent such as Billy Pabst, who is rocking the Trojans’ junior high squad, as well as another prospect, Colin Kravitz.
Pabst already holds a number of junior high course records and at Valley View, the junior high boys placed first, third, and fourth in their race. Similarly, both the older athletes and the coaches see some potential in the girls’ program as well.
“Everyone contributes,” noted Steven MacDonald, another captain. “It’s a team effort all the time.”
Coach Coyer, too, has not been dismayed with the record.
“I think I got the first-year kinks ironed out and am enjoying it,” she stated,
“We have great kids, supportive parents, and my assistant coach Faith Nicosia has been amazing.”
The North Pocono runners move towards closing their season this coming week at the District Two Championships slated to be held on Wednesday at Lakeland High School.
Good showings there mean the Trojans can wrap on a high note as they continue to grow.
While there is no District Two Championship meet for junior high teams, local runners will have a chance to showcase their stuff one last time this fall.
On Saturday, Oct. 21, Mountain View High School will host the 2017 Lackawanna League Meet.
Action is slated to begin at 10 a.m. in Kingsley.