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VI by Carl Zielinski

Posted 2/10

Sixty Five reasons .........

Looking deeper into the history of this years senior class , one would ultimately find a deliberate use of the word "Brethren "
Put a family behind a wall threatening to take away the love they have and watch them claw their way over biting and screaming all the way . 
Now watch as this band of brothers did exactly that in preserving a much needed victory in a thrilling overtime win over Berwick on Senior night .
After the formalities honoring the 9 seniors , seven cagers - 2 beautiful ladies . 
Julia Kopetchney and Ally Grindall , senior cheerleaders stepped out over center court with their male counterparts taking their place in warrior history .

It didn't take long to figure out who had the hot hand in tonight's matchup , Sam Greenfield and Aaron Zezza teamed up early and often . The pair combined for 49 of the 65 put on the Dawgs . 
The first half is where they did most of the damage , add in the remaining four seniors and you have your sixty five reasons for victory . 
One or two three pointers made the difference in the outcome , both of them at opposite ends but effective . Dylan Melberger drained his biggest three early on which drained the momentum out of the dawgs in their bid to comeback , then Alex Gonzales hit a huge three in overtime from the left corner . His shot opened the flurry for the warriors . Pressurized defensive zones flattened the sails of a Berwick comeback . Kyre Zielinski and Matt Wright laid down the finishing touches to a thrilling victory . Playing with four fouls apiece , they navigated their way through the dawgs swiftly and accurately . Kyre re-entered the game with four minutes left and scored a point for every minute on the floor . Matt played out much of the fourth and OT under the boards taking his rebounding and put back skills to a new level . (With the absence of his name in his coaches post game interview ) Zielinski did what he does best , more importantly though his distribution of the ball made the difference in overtime .

Tonight the warriors were honored for their many years of dedication and persistence . As an encore to their celebration they treated "US " the fans to an awesome display of courage . Against all odds they persevered giving of themselves in a show togetherness . 
It was thrilling and it had pizzazz .

I'd like to recognize PJ Angeli, we all know he wanted to be in this and every game to date this season . His masculine presence in keeping his brothers aware from a court side post meant the difference . He wasn't on the floor but he was perfectly placed inside the game .

Congratulations Warriors .....

Pack up , we're on the road again .

See you on the hill .

Jan 31

Flippin' crazy kids .... 

Take into consideration that it's rivalry week , watch the usual empty seats fill on demand . Look at the colors coming through the door , Listen to the roar bellowing across the floor . Now you have an understanding why the deafening tones - it's PA vs WA in the house . 

Every year no matter what sport , this traditional show of whose who comes to life . 
Tonight though was the greatest show to date . 

If you were at the secondary center to see the action , your eyes must still be smiling , those cheerleading units flipped , flopped and cheered their way to glory , the student sections vibrated the walls , I watched as the boards of the bleachers bowed under the enormous pressure the chanters put on them , I'm sure Main Street Pittston heard the blasts . 
Mike D'Angelo was on hand to call the game , he also involved himself in a brief dance off . Totally awesome show students . 

As for the game itself , chaos followed by carnage erupted with bad calls over a few good . 
On the court WA reeled in their last two outings casting out bait worthy enough to catch the prize . 
Sam Greenfield and Andres Resnick took home the MVP honors . Both teams put on a show with the home team receiving gold . 

Friday night at the Revolution begins another rivalry saga . 
Blue and Gold skate ...

VI by Carl Zeilinski
posted January 19

The man in the mask .... 

Standing at the entrance to our alma mater , my wife and I took in the time lapse since our days of running through those doors . 
Several years have past yet it still has the same feel . What we didn't expect to see was the return of Justin Alder from his injury during the last WA home stand . 
He entered the JV game mask and all primed to return to his old self leading the O while shredding the net . Truth be told , the guys were relieved to have him at the helm . 
WA found the road tough - crowded inside the Spartan gym . WVW used a sparky press to slow the warriors pace and shocked them quick feet . Several warrior attempts to survive the 2nd half explosion fell just short . Nicky Rubino or Daniel Weidl never found their rhythm on the arc , Dominic DeLuca only played 1.5 quarters before being pulled to rest for the showdown . 
All the guys pushed themselves , Cole Coolbaugh started to get hot moving to the basket , he had his moments . The height of the Spartans to go along with the many shooters hampered the warriors comeback . Guys like Riley Rusyn - Jake Greenfield did their best in a supporting role . Alex Gonzales being the lead warrior on the floor worked with every tandem sent his way . He had good looks to match his tough rebounding adventures . In all , the warriors have been very resourceful in their attempts . 
Congrats guys

(Jan 6, 2018)
PREPPING for a grade ....... 

Making the grade is one thing , but prepping for a test with the warriors requires much study . 
Prepping to win on them is even greater . 

With all their sources in hand and what seemed to be a whose who in the crowd , the story begins . 

Team Seminary needed to be very diligent in their study habits this week , their preparation aimed at winning out against WA paid off . 
The Knights seemed to have the passing grade in the books right from the start . 
Going up six on the warriors in the opening minutes sent a clear message of their intentions . From that moment on , the warriors were cramming just trying to stay close . Warrior shooters had open looks at a covered opening , not following their shot let good second looks go by the waste side . 
Warrior defenders were making progress slowing seminary to one look but when there's a crack - there's an opening . Wyoming area had the lead in sight before Seminary closed the blinds never looking back . 

Writing about losing is never easy for a fan and certainly isn't that hard to identify the reasonings behind it either . 
WA will bounce back I'm certain of that . Losing isn't all that bad especially when the eventual victor 's preparations made the grad
e .


(December 22, 2016)

Home on the Rangers ..... 
It was another adventure through the Northwest passage, Rangers were waiting to calm down the pack of warriors who just finished ripping through the northern mountain range demolishing everything in their way. 
Newspapers were calling them out as one of the best rebuilds. It was time to back that up. 
Ever since their early days together , you just knew , that when this bunch reached the senior class they would be special - add in a good junior class and sophomores plus, it had the makeup for a new rebuild . 
Northwest looked good early on but found out the relentless pressure on both sides of the ball is hard to overcome. 
A strong defensive stance in the first quarter pretty much knocked the Rangers out of the saddle. By the time the fourth began, the Rangers leader conceded sending in the underclass men. 
It was once again a total team effort.

(December 14, 2017)

Another expedition north on a Lackawanna trail leading directly into a rabid jungle. 
Safari animals ran amuck about the trail , their section full of Lions tigers bears and even a clever fox waited in ambush for a warrior to appear. Taming the jungle creatures was not as easy as it may have looked , the live two legged caged versions were fierce . The lions on the floor - not as much. WA rolled into the safari aimed at taming the wildebeests right from the get go . 
A combined team effort from both sanctions whipped their way through the hairy jungle setting traps and picking their foe one by one.  A total team effort to be honest. Quick passes in and around the paint, pressure on both ends and fast hands convinced the trail Lions to concede. 
At 2-0 for both JV/V , things look good heading into Saturday's matchup. Competition gets tougher with each game. 
Congrats guys .... Seniors: great poise and leadership tonight ......


(December 13, 2017)

Go tell it on the mountain ...
Opening day for WA basketball and the guys find themselves trekking north to tangle with the upstart Eagles from mountain view . 
Those pesky flakes string about looking to stick around giving the entourage a white knuckle grip with pasting eyes flirting with a blink . 
Once above the ledge , the warriors started the show blasting the Eagles out of the nest 64-13 . That JV unit looked good . 
Once the big guys swooped down on the nest , the Eagles perch became restless in their call to the warriors eight . They chose to chat with Sam which prompted him to empty the nest - netting a game 1 high scoring affair on them . Defensive pressures dulled out the talons leaving countless trips to the home netting for breakaway flights . Aaron Zezza had a good game on the outside . Matt Wright weakened the legs of his opponents with relenting rebounding attempts.  Dylan Melberger , Kyre Zielinski , Alex Gonzales figured in the team win nicely with the help of some of their friends.
Scoring 60+ on a team like MV is ok , but the heavy competition is coming and the underclass men will become a bigger story as the jump into the action . Dom DeLuca - Daniel Weidl - Justin Alder took in some very valuable minutes in the win .
WA vs Tunkhanncok
WA vs Forest City
WA vs Susquehanna