Six local athletes — Eric Lawson, Bob Graboske, John Quinn, Joe Farinella, Phil Marko, and Tom Sheplock — finish their season as members of the Wilkes University men’s basketball team. … With help from wrestlers Eric Bartoletti, Chad Nichols, Kris Everett, and Bob Osmanski, who all recorded pins and received another 24 points on forfeitures, WVC East champion Coughlin finished its league schedule with a 57-9 decision over Wyoming Area. … Jerry Kapp’s team-high 14 points spurred King’s to dominate Elizabethtown, 90-77, in a MAC North semifinal playoff game. … Former Meyers standout and then-Notre Dame football player Raghib “Rocket” Ismail is featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins cry foul after defenseman Josef Melichar was handed a six-game suspension for his part in a postgame brawl at Norfolk. Then despite being without defensemen Trent Cull and Brendan Buckley, the team shuts out the Philadelphia Phantoms in a crucial Mid-Atlantic Division game. … Wilkes’ Brad Sechler drains a last-minute 3 to lift the Colonels to a 79-75 victory over King’s and the MAC final. … Carissa Ryan records a career-high 22 points to send the King’s women’s basketball team to the Freedom Conference championship with a 91-75 win over Delaware Valley. … Pittston Area’s Len Ameika scored a game-high 32 points en route to an upset of No. 1 Crestwood in a D2 Class 3A playoff game.
Although Misericordia’s Ethan Eichhorst led the Cougars with 19 points, the team fell 78-69 to Delaware Valley in the first round of the Freedom Conference men’s basketball tournament. … With 19 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, Misericordia’s Christine Marks led the Misericordia women’s basketball team to its first Freedom tournament championship game. … Lake-Lehman’s Selena Adamshick records 27 points to boost the Black Knights over Riverside, 61-41, in girls basketball. … Coughlin’s Josh Popple turns Crestwood’s Mike Mirra at the buzzer to score two points and win a District 2 wrestling gold medal in the 189-pound final.