By: Luciano Shea/Junior Writer
Sports run through the blood of Blue Ridge all times of the year. Winter sports “at the Ridge” are in full swing. As part of our job at the Raider Reader, we have created a way to bring all things sports to the community. Check out our weekly sports recap each Monday for the latest in sports AT THE RIDGE!!!
In wrestling, injuries have been the story of the season. Over half of the entire team has found themselves missing matches due to injury. The team has struggled to find footing with the injuries, resulting in their 6-12 record. The poor weather last week forced postponements and rescheduling of the boys matches. The team ended up only wrestling on Friday against Montrose and Scranton Prep with Montrose being the location. The Raiders were set to wrestle Scranton Prep first. Nathan Oropallo started the night with a pin of Scranton Prep’s Quinn Lynett.
Kaleb Shimer followed that up with a pin of his own for the Raiders. After a pair of pins and three forfeits for the Cavaliers side, Blue Ridge finished the night with three forfeits and a pin. The Raiders walked into the last bout down 30-36, needing a pin to tie the score. This writer (Luciano Shea) answered that need with a pin of Jake Barrett at the 4:15 mark. The teams were all knotted up at that point. The match was decided by criteria points. After having no advantage through Criteria A-F, Scranton Prep ultimately won on Criteria G (the least number of forfeits.) The heartbreaking loss rolled into the Montrose match where Blue Ridge lost 33-42 in a hotly contested dual. Nathan Oropallo, Jackson Maby, Memphis Collins, and Kaleb Shimer all grabbed pins for the Raiders. Kameron Sheffer won on disqualification and Brice Woodruff picked up a decision over Larissa Taylor. Jesse Rogers, Derrick DeMann and James Bixby led the way for the Meteors with falls. The wrestling team will continue their push towards districts on the road against Pittston Area Monday and North Pocono Thursday.
The Varsity Boys’ Basketball team has been on a tear all year. They are currently 13-3 with last week bringing three more to the win column. On Tuesday, the boys played Montrose at home, handling them easily 58-23. The Raiders shot 40% from the field and 30% from beyond the arc. Connor Cranage led the way with 19 points while Ryan Scott and Dylan Bradley each contributed nine themselves. The varsity team had two days off before back-to-back games at Lackawanna Trail Friday and home against Sayre on Saturday. At Trail, the boys had their largest margin of victory, winning by 49 points with a final line of 82-33. The most likely cause for this margin was the difference in rebounding throughout the night. Blue Ridge accrued 47 rebounds while Lackawanna Trail could only manage 22. In scoring, Connor Cranage led the team once again with 23 points. Carson Gallagher added 17 of his own.
Saturday was a rinse and repeat for the team, blowing out Sayre 75-41. Sayre could not seem to find the basket, shooting less than 30% for the game. On the other side, Blue Ridge caught fire with three players scoring double digit points and seven players contributing to the final score. Connor Cranage had his best game of the year with a stat line of thirty-seven points, eight rebounds, and four assists. The boys are currently number two in the Lackawanna League division four standings. Follow along as the boys defend home court Tuesday against Mountain View and Friday against Elk Lake, two league opponents.
Despite their best efforts, the Girls’ Varsity Basketball team has failed to come away with wins at a record of 5-11 sitting at number five in the Lackawanna League division four standings. For the ladies, their schedule was packed as well with three games throughout the week. Starting on the road Tuesday, The Lady Raiders fell to Wyoming Seminary 30-61. For the Blue Knights, Cassidy Skoranski and Julia Gabriel each dropped 15 points. The Lady Raiders were led by Kaelynn Brant and Abigail Laude who scored nine and eight respectively. The girls’ unfortunate skid continued against Lackawanna Trail Thursday night, losing 39-68. A key factor in the loss was the Raiders inability to finish at the rim, only shooting 15%. Mackenzie Schirg dominated the game for the Lions with 33 points going 10 of 14 from two and 2 of 7 from three.
Emma Button had 13 points in the losing effort. The ladies finished their tough week off on Saturday, losing to Montrose 20-56. The Raiders struggled to distribute the ball with 16 turnovers and only seven assists. For the opposition, Hayley Pompey reached 20 points. Several Blue Ridge players scored four. The Lady Raiders schedule slows down significantly next week only playing twice. They hope to get back on track with wins against Mountain View and Elk Lake.
That will do it for the week in sports. Stay tuned for next week’s edition of RECAP AT THE RIDGE!!!
For a recap of the fall sports here at the ridge, check out “Fall Sports Recap” by Noah Martin.