LEHMAN TWP. – Connor McGovern was the most-decorated player from District 2 when the Pennsylvania Football News announced its all-state teams on New Year’s Day.
The Lake-Lehman senior center/defensive tackle was selected by PFN as the Class 2A Lineman of the Year in Pennsylvania. McGovern, who has committed to Penn State and is reporting to school for the spring semester after graduating high school early, was also named to PFN’s #TEAMPA as an offensive lineman on the squad for the best players in the state at each position regardless of school size.
With McGovern leading the way, Lake-Lehman won the Wyoming Valley Conference Class 2A Division title and reached the District 2 championship game.
Lake-Lehman linebacker Luke Hummel received Class 2A honorable mention.
Cole Dixon won the 182-pound title for Dallas at the 23-team Conestoga Valley Holiday Classic Dec. 29-30.
Dixon got through the first two rounds with two pins in a total of 3:21, then added a major decision before beating Scott Schaeffer from Exeter Township, 3-2, in the final.
Xavier Barber finished fourth at 160 pounds for the Mountaineers, who finished 15th in the team standings.
Steven Newell was fifth at 152 and Anthony DeLuca was eighth at 126.
Lake-Lehman was 20th at the same event.
R.J. Driscoll was fifth at 126 pounds to lead the Black Knights. Bob Lipski (138) and Mike Slivinski (220) were sixth and Bobby Long (106) was eighth.
Tunkhannock continued its successful season the same two days, winning its third tournament title of the season by taking its own Tunkhannock Kiwanis Tournament championship for the first time in 31 years.
Dalton Ray (170), Tommy Traver (126) and Jake Richards (138) won titles for Tunkhannock.
Bill Manley (152), Mike Manley (160), Dave Gavek (103) and Dakota Quick (132) also reached the finals and finished second.
The Tigers also placed Sam Rice fifth at 195, John Beeman fourth at 113, Ricky Stevens sixth at 220 and Josh Flaherty seventh at 182.
Both Lake-Lehman teams recovered from first-round losses to post consolation game routs at holiday tournaments.
Jake Corey and Julia Eneboe earned all-tournament berths for their efforts while their teams were finishing in third place.
The Lake-Lehman boys defeated Hanover Area, 76-36, at the 50th annual CYC McGrane Tournament at the Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center in Wilkes-Barre.
Corey scored 22 of his 24 points in the first half when the Black Knights ran out to a 43-12 lead.
Cole Spencer added 15 points in the win. Ben Brooks, who has rejoined the program since the start of the season, scored 10.
Eneboe and Miranda Parry each scored 11 points in a 54-21 romp over East Stroudsburg South at the Pittston Holiday Tournament.
The Lake-Lehman girls, who started out 0-7, followed up the tournament game with their second straight win, beating GAR, 54-48, in Monday’s Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 opener.
Molly Storz hit a 3-pointer in each of the first three quarters on the way to 16 points while helping Lake-Lehman take a 46-27 lead into the fourth quarter. Mackenzie Love added 14 points.
The Lake-Lehman and Dallas girls were the only two of six Back Mountain basketball teams to win their WVC openers.
The Tunkhannock boys came the closest among the rest.
Tony Maloney had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Tigers in Tuesday’s 52-48 loss to Pittston Area.
Maloney scored six straight points on his own to force a 44-44 tie with 2:18 left after Tunkhannock had trailed by as many as eight in the second half.
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