North Pocono football team honors senior players; headed to districts

North Pocono closed out its Lackawanna Football Conference schedule last Friday at home versus Valley View.

Sadly, the Trojans proved to be little challenge to the 9-0 Cougars. Posting 33 points by halftime while allowing none by North Pocono, Valley View easily strode to a 45-7 finish leaving the home team with a 6-4 regular season record.

Ricky Kryeski notched the lone Trojans touchdown with Ryan Dommes adding the extra point.

“We didn’t meet the intensity Valley View brought to the game,” explained North Pocono Head Coach Greg Dolhan. “They are a very tough and physical team.”

Senior Sendoff

Before kickoff, the Trojans took a moment to recognize the 19 senior members of the squad for their contributions to the program.

Joseph Burke is a member of both the football and track and field teams. He works as a lifeguard at Kalahari Waterpark and enjoys spending time with family and friends. Joe plans to attend Saint Joseph’s, Temple, or Drexel Universities following graduation.

Giovanni Caparo is active with SADD and the Red Cross club. He is interested in fishing and weightlifting and enjoys working with his dad at their family HVAC business.

Giovanni plans to attend Penn State University where he will pursue a degree in business.

Tyler Corkins is a member of the football team and the orchestra where he plays first chair bass, He is a coach for the NP Junior Trojans where he coaches his brother’s team. Tyler’s future plans are currently undecided.

Nick DeScipio is a member of the football and rifle teams as well as the Mini-Thon club. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, mountain biking, and wood working. Nick plans to attend Millersville University next fall.

Brenton Dial, in addition to football, is involved with various clubs including the Tobacco Resistance Unit and Tomorrow’s Leaders Today.

He enjoys several hobbies, namely cars, and plans to attend Bloomsburg University. There, Brenton plans to major in digital forensics.

Ryan Dommes plays football, basketball, and golf. He is a member of SADD and the Mathletes Club. Ryan hopes to attend Villanova University.

Jeff Hatala is a member of the football, rifle, and track teams. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and carpentry. He works at Bill’s ShopRite in the produce department.

Jeff plans to attend Millersville or Bloomsburg Universities to major in Technology Education.

Chase Hinton plays lacrosse and basketball in addition to football. Music, team bonding, and spending time with family and friends are his favorite hobbies.

Chase’s college plans are undecided, but he plans to major in forensic psychology.

Christopher Kakareka is a member if the rifle, track, and football teams. His hobbies include target shooting, fishing, and hunting. Christopher plans to attend the Pennsylvania College of Technology after graduation.

Ricky Kryeski plays football is on the track and field team and is a member of the ski club. Powerlifting, skiing, camping, and motorcycle racing are his favorite hobbies. He also enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Still undecided on a college, Ricky is considering Kutztown, Lock Haven, or SUNY Cortland.

Hunter Loch plays football and throws shot put. He coaches junior football and also helps in the announcing booth at junior football games. He is an avid hunter and fisherman and loves to spend time with family and friends.

Hunter is undecided on a college but wishes to major in sports management, earn a teaching degree in business, and continue playing football.

Dale Moore plays lacrosse and football. Hunting, fishing, and team bonding are among his favorite hobbies. Dale plans on joining the military after graduation.

Brennan Moran has played football and is a member of SADD. Weightlifting, hunting, and basketball rank among his other interests.

Brennan plans to major in electrical engineering at a 4-year university after graduation.

Tyler Motichka is a member of SADD, the Mathletes Club, and the National Honor Society. He plays football and is a co-captain of the lacrosse team. He is a junior member of the Elmhurst-Roaring Brook Volunteer Fire Company and enjoys hunting, fishing, and hanging out with friends.

Tyler hopes to attend Penn State University to major Civil Engineering.

Thomas Rable is a member of the National Honor Society and the Future Business Leaders of America. He enjoys playing basketball, team bonding, and volunteering at St Catherine’s Church.

Thomas plans to attend Ohio State University or Saint Joseph’s University.

Ireland Reilly, in addition to football is also a member of the soccer team and track and field team. Ireland’s future plans after graduation are currently undecided.

Connor Salamon has played football and is a member of the lacrosse team. He enjoys hunting and fishing. After graduation, Connor plans to enter the Coast Guard.

Dan Walsh is a member of the football and baseball teams. He is a member of the National Honor Society and enjoys playing video games, team bonding, and watching Netflix. Dan’s future plans are undecided.

“This is a great class,” said Dolhon. “Some just came out this year others have been around for a few years and helped us win the district championship when they were sophomores.

“They have the most wins of any class from our program. They are good in the classroom, they represent North Pocono well, and we’re very proud of them.”

Dolhon singled out Blaine as a major factor behind the Trojans string of successful seasons. On Friday, Blaine broke the 5000 career yards passing mark.

Dolhon also pointed out that the team has averaged 30 points per game over the last three years and is going to the playoffs for the third consecutive season.

Up Ahead

North Pocono will face West Scranton Friday at Memorial Stadium.

During Week One, the Invaders shut out the Trojans by a 27-0 margin, however, Dolhon believes that NP is a different team now.

“The kids have grown a lot though the season,” he said. “I thought maybe we’d be 7-3, not 6-4, but the kids have given a lot and performed well.

“West is very athletic and very big, but we made changes starting in Week Two and we’re a better team and have beaten some quality opponents. West Scranton’s grown too and they’re not the same team either, so we’re expecting a good game.”

Kick-off is slated for 7 p.m. in the Electric City.