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AROUND TOWN: Revello Grabs Playoff Memory

October 7, 2018

Pretty cool moment for a lifelong Red Sox fan Friday night at Fenway Park. Chris Sale threw it, Aaron Judge fouled it off and Pat Revello made the grab, then handed it to his son, Joey, who knew just what to do with it — proudly showing it off to the 39,000 fans at Game One of the American League Division Series. Old Forge’s softball coach may bleed Boston red, but he also has a spot for several current and future Yankees who were his tenants when they played here with the RailRiders. Just a hunch that ball won’t be used for a game of catch anytime soon. Not again Hoping for a change of luck for former Dunmore basketball standout Maddie Martin, who will miss a second straight season for the New Jersey Institute of Technology women’s hoops team. In practice late last week, the sophomore point guard collided with a teammate and, for the second year in a row, suffered a torn ACL. 90 and counting As long as I’ve known Guy Valvano, I’ve been aware of one thing: The man is a walking encyclopedia of sports knowledge. What I didn’t know was that the basement of his home was a sports library that would rival anything Lackawanna County offers. So, when attending Valvano’s 90th birthday party Wednesday morning at a Dunmore restaurant, it was me who ended up with the gifts. Not only did Valvano have a bag of golf books ready for me to add to my collection, but offered a wealth of stories and tidbits through the years as a copyboy at the old Tribune, correspondent, sports editor and author. Sharp as a whip, Valvano recalled stories of when Scranton Central was first allowed to play in the Eastern Conference football playoffs, and won the title in 1942; of seeing both Hall of Famer Warren Spahn and Yankees pitcher Allie Reynolds throw against the Scranton Red Sox in the Eastern League; and fondly recalling a moment when Joe Paterno spoke at Scranton Prep’s end-of-year sports banquet, among many others. It was truly an honor to be invited to celebrate with a local icon, and a man who continues to be a role model for so many, and a blessing to his family and friends. Knee-dy guy Happy to report that Wallenpaupack girls basketball coach Roy Gibbs is recovering from knee replacement surgery. But if you thought that was going to keep him away from open gym just a week after surgery, you’d be wrong. Sore, but wrong. Hall of Fame dinner Tickets will be on sale until Oct. 20 for the Pennsylvania State Hall of Fame Dinner, hosted by the Northeast Chapter, at the Woodlands in Wilkes-Barre. Local inductees for the Nov. 3 dinner at 6:30 p.m. include Dunmore head football coach Jack Henzes, Abington Heights alum and Olympic rower Abby Peck, and Scranton Prep grad and Olympic swim coach Kathleen Klein Prindle. Tickets are $50 per person while children 10-and-under are $12. Call Bob Walsh, 570-346-2228, for tickets. Contact the writer: mmyers@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100, ext. 5437; @mmyersTT on Twitter

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