HS SPORTS: Athletic Combine Coming To Area

December 16, 2018

Area athletes wishing to test their skills and be evaluated will have an opportunity to do so at a national scouting combine. The Creating Outstanding Athletic Leaders (COAL) Foundation and Backcourt Hoops are bringing the Beyond Sports Network Foundation to Scranton on Jan. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverfront Sports. There is no cost to attend and take part in the clinic and it is open to athletes in grades 7 through 12. Space is limited to the first 300 registrants. All attendees are asked to register in advance. To register, visit www.beyondsportsnetwork.com. “We’re excited to bring the Beyond Sports Network Foundation to Northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Randy Shemanski, who is media relations director for the COAL Foundation. “This will be a unique and valuable experience for local athletes as they work to take their skills to the next level. “Our hope is for the combine to provide the athletes with valuable information and feedback that will help them achieve their athletic goals.” Accordng to its website, the Beyond Sports Network Foundation “was created to provide the best combine experience for amateur athletes at no cost, and by leveling the playing field, athletes from all walks of life can have an equal opportunity to showcase their abilities and become potential candidates for recruitment at the collegiate and professional levels.” Combine tests for athletes include: 40-yard dash; 60-yard dash; three-cone drill; lane agility; vertical jump; broad jump; pro agility drill. Jersey retirement On Saturday night, Holy Cross High School will honor Rico Galassi, a state champion in cross country and track. In between the junior varsity and varsity boys basketball game between Holy Redeemer and Holy Cross at approximately 7 p.m., Galassi will have his jersey retired by the school. During his high school career, Galassi earned The Times-Tribune Male Athlete of the Year honor for the 2012-13 school year. He won the PIAA Class 1A gold in cross country and added a PIAA Class 2A gold medal in the 3,200-meter run. Donato to speak Hall of Fame high school football coach Nick Donato will be the keynote speaker for the Fiore Cesare Award luncheon scheduled for Dec. 27 at The Radisson at Lackawanna Station hotel at 2 p.m. Donato, who guided and built both North Pocono and Scranton Prep into championship programs, retired from coaching following the 2015 season and did so with a career record of 174-94-2. Finalists for the award and scholarship sponsored by the Roy Davis Scranton Chapter of Officials and Peoples Security Bank in honor of the late Fiore Cesare, who was the first commissioner of officials for the Scranton chapter, include: Lackawanna Trail’s Jordan Edwards and Nate Rolka, Scranton Prep’s Leo O’Boyle and Daniel Belardi, Abington Heights’ Noah Braid and George Tinsley, North Pocono’s Donny Blaine, Dunmore’s Billy Donvito and Kyle Harrity, Holy Cross’ Nick Klein, Valley View’s Mason Kordish, Delaware Valley’s James Lynch, Wallenpaupack’s Josh Moore and Chance Smith, Lakeland’s Jonathon Naniewicz and Antonio Spataro, Old Forge’s Tommy Souriyavong and Brett Wargo, Carbondale Area’s Nick Vadella, Scranton’s James Vieira, and West Scranton’s Jake Ciullo and Bailey Loureiro. Contact the writer: jbfawcett@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9125

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