Bessoir Joins Father In MAC Hall Of Fame

May 8, 2019

Former University of Scranton basketball standout Bill Bessoir is part of the Class of 2019 for the Middle Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame, which was announced Tuesday.

His father, former Royals coach Bob Bessoir, was part of the inaugural class in 2012, making them the first father-son duo to be named to the Hall.

After transferring to Scranton from the University of South Carolina, Bill Bessoir scored 1,630 career points in three seasons with the Royals. He helped lead them to the 1983 NCAA Division III championship and was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.

He also helped the Royals win three straight MAC titles from 1983-85, was a three-time MAC all-star and the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1985. He was a three-time National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-American, garnering a second-team berth in 1983 before earning first-team honors in 1984 and 1985.

Upon graduating in 1985, Bessoir went on to play and coach professionally in Germany for more than 20 years.


Kevin Johnson had a two-run double as part of a four-run first inning as the University of Scranton beat Keystone College, 8-3, on Tuesday.

Johnson had four hits for the Royals (17-20).

Joe Fichera had a double and a triple for Keystone (23-14).

Clarks Summit 13 7

Central Penn 3 8

At La Plume, Dyllan Weaver doubled and drove in three runs to lead Clarks Summit University to a win in the first game of a doubleheader.

Noah Bailey had three hits, three runs and an RBI for Clarks Summit (8-27).

Central Penn scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to earn a win the nightcap. Jacob Leisinger doubled, scored a run and drove in three for Clarks Summit.

Track and field

University of Scranton sophomore and Lackawanna Trail graduate Matt Kinback earned Landmark Conference men’s first-team, all-star honors in the 800 meters. He won the event at the conference championship this weekend in a personal-best 1:53.10.

Senior teammate Andrew Charway was a second-team all-star in the 100 meters after finishing second at the conference championships in a season-best 11.18 seconds.

Junior Caroline Banas was named a Landmark Conference women’s second-team all-star in the high jump. She placed second at the league championships at 5 feet, 1¾ inches.

Moravian College junior and Abington Heights graduate Carly Danoski was a first-team selection in the 800 meters, 1,500 meters and 4x400-meter relay.

■ Several local athletes helped the Marywood University men’s track and field team capture the title at the Atlantic East Conference Championships over the weekend with 282 points.

North Pocono graduate David Haines won four events: 1,500 meters in 4:11.78; 5,000 meters in 16:17.58; 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:34.1; and 800 meters in 2:03.78.

Valley View graduate and junior Jake Kraycer won the discus in 109 feet, 8 inches; hammer throw in 133 feet, 9 inches; and javelin in 168 feet, 7 inches.

Western Wayne graduate Ryan Atcavage won the pole vault, clearing the bar in a record-setting 15 feet, 1 inch.

Holy Cross graduate and junior Nate Skrutski won the 10,000 meters in 39:59.

Tunkhannock graduate and sophomore Christian Scotti won the decathlon with 4,878 points.

In all, the Pacers won 11 events and broke six school records.

Women’s lacrosse

Marywood University coach Kerrie Brown was chosen Atlantic East Conference Coach of the Year, while five players received league all-star nods.

Juniors Gwyneth Gleason, Molly Yelencsics and sophomore Melanie Wittick earned first-team berths. Sophomore Sami Stein and junior Zoe Simeone were second-team picks.

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