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Common thread connected district’s top state threats

The last six District 2 teams standing in the 2019 Pennsylvania
Interscholastic Athletic Association state basketball tournament shared a
common bond.
All six had JB Hoops players in their starting lineup and all but one of
them relied on multiple players who spent the 2018 spring and summer in the
Scranton-based AAU program.
The Dunmore girls, who were unbeaten all the way to the state Class 3A final
in Hershey, had a major JB Hoops influence.
The starting lineup included four JB Hoops players – Victoria Toomey, Gianna
Delfino, Lisa Tallo and Moriah Murray. Anna Talluto and Elisa Delfino, two
of the top subs, also played for JB Hoops.
Abington Heights, once again the last boys team playing, also had strong
The Comets, the 2018 state champions who reached the Class 5A semifinals in
their title defense, had George Tinsley and Corey Perkins in the starting
lineup along with Trey Koehler, a JB Hoops player prior to sitting out the
2018 AAU season while rehabilitating an injury.
Reserves Phil Johnson and Harry Johnson also played at JB Hoops.
The Scranton Prep and Holy Cross boys and Susquehanna and Old Forge girls
all played in the state quarterfinals.
Scranton Prep had the largest combination of JB Hoops players.
Leo O’Boyle, Brian Boland, Mario Rotell and Rhys Merritt started for the
Cavaliers, a Class 4A team.
Michael Skoff, Nick Genco, Jake Strong, Gavin Bednarz and Robert Rossi were
all part of a deep team.
Tom Montefour and Kieran Burrier were starters for Holy Cross, a Class 2A
The Susquehanna girls, who made the Class A quarterfinals for the first time
in school history, had Bethany Maby, Taylor Huyck and Mackenzie Steele in
the starting lineup.
Olivia Ciullo was part of the lineup for Old Forge, a Class 2A
Wyoming Seminary reached the second round of the Class 3A boys tournament
with Dimitri Gnall and Jeremy Callahan in the starting lineup and Ethan
Meuser and Andrew Maddock also on the team.
Nanticoke did the same in Class 4A boys with the help of starters Nate
Kreitzer and Colby Butczynski.
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