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NEPA Elite 17U girls rosters announced

The majority of the top high school girls players from District 2 of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association can be found working together in one place when AAU basketball is able to get underway.

NEPA Elite, the newest basketball club in northeastern Pennsylvania, has set the two 17U girls rosters it will take into competition when it makes its debut.

The teams are based out of Riverfront Sports in Scranton.

One team will be coached by NEPA Elite founder Kevin Clark. The other will be led by Lauren Carra and Kaitlyn Lewis. All three coaches are former National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I players.

“We are very fortunate that the best talent in the area has decided to play for NEPA Elite,” Clark said. “We take pride in the level of competition that we have and that the players and families put their trust in us to help them get to the next level, both skill-wise and with guidance in the recruiting process.

“As we adjust to the current situation around the world, we will use this as an outlet to get our players back in the gym and feel some sense of normalcy through practice and games.”

The NEPA Elite Clark team features five all-state players and six of the eight underclassmen who received all-District 2 and/or divisional Player of the Year recognition from during the 2019-20 season.

Rising senior Rachael Rose, the reigning District 2 Player of the Year from Scranton Prep; junior Moriah Murray, a first-team Class 3A all-state player from Dunmore; and senior Cecelia Collins, an all-stater from Scranton Prep, who recently gave her verbal commitment to a full Division I scholarship from Bucknell, lead what should be a potent backcourt.

Rose was the Lackawanna League Division 1 Player of the Year and a second-team Class 4A all-state choice.

Murray was the Lackawanna League Division 2 Player of the Year.

Collins, a third-team Class 3A all-state selection, joined Murray and Dunmore teammate Ciera Toomey as first-team, all-District 2 choices.

Toomey, the only sophomore on the roster, earned third-team high school all-state honors in Class 3A as a freshman. The team’s tallest player at 6-foot-2, she can play guard or forward.

Old Forge senior Olivia Ciullo is another guard/forward who gained third-team, all-state recognition. She was honored in Class 2A along with being a second-team, all-District 2 selection.

Kaeli Romanowski, a junior guard from Western Wayne, was the Lackawanna League Division 2 Player of the Year.

The others on the roster are also established players on the high school and AAU levels.

Clair Marion from Abington Heights and Claire Dougherty from Lake-Lehman joined the others as first-team, division all-stars in the high school season.

Scranton Prep’s Maria Belardi, Valley View’s Skylar Bianchi and Nanticoke’s Lauren Casey were second-team division all-star selections.

The NEPA Elite Carra/Lewis team features seven players who contributed to divisional championship squads and four others who were part of 20-win teams.

Mia Blume, Anna Talutto, Alexis Chapman and Elisa Delfino were each among the top six players on the Lackawanna Division 3 and District 2 Class 3A championship Dunmore team. Blume was a second-team division 3 all-star.

Carena Colo, a first-team division all-star choice, and Jenna Beach were two of the leaders of North Pocono’s Lackawanna League Division 2 championship.

Avery McNulty was part of Scranton Prep’s unbeaten team, which won Lackawanna League Division 1 and District 2 Class 4A.

Kayla Rose and Emily Taylor from Riverside as well as Rachel McDonald and Anna Scoblick from Abington Heights were all starters on 20-win teams. Rose and McDonald were second-team all-stars in their divisions.

Trinity Johnson from Wyoming Valley West is another second-team division all-star on the team.



No. First Name Last Name Class Height Pos. High School
  1 Moriah Murray 2022 5-9 G Dunmore
  3 Kaeli Romanowski 2022 5-4 G Western Wayne
  4 Cecelia Collins 2021 5-11 G Scranton Prep
11 Claire Dougherty 2022 6-0 F Lake-Lehman
12 Clair Marion 2021 5-10 G/F Abington Heights
14 Rachael Rose 2021 5-7 G Scranton Prep
20 Maria Belardi 2022 5-9 G Scranton Prep
21 Ciera Toomey 2023 6-2 G/F Dunmore
22 Olivia Ciullo 2021 5-8 G/F Old Forge
25 Skylar Bianchi 2021 5-11 F Valley View
42 Lauren Casey 2021 6-0 F Nanticoke



No. First Name Last Name Class Height Pos. High School
  0 Avery McNulty 2022 5-10 F Scranton Prep
  2 Anna Talutto 2021 5-5 G Dunmore
  5 Emily Taylor 2021 5-8 G/F Riverside
10 Alexis Chapman 2021 5-6 G Dunmore
13 Elisa Delfino 2021 5-7 G Dunmore
15 Mia Blume 2022 5-6 G Dunmore
23 Carena Colo 2021 5-9 G/F North Pocono
24 Trinity Johnson 2022 6-1 F Wyoming Valley West
30 Rachel McDonald 2021 5-5 G Abington Heights
31 Kayla Rose 2021 5-9 G/F Riverside
33 Anna Scoblick 2022 5-8 G/F Abington Heights
42 Jenna Beach 2021 5-4 G North Pocono


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