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Pottsville falls to Marple Newtown

POTTSVILLE - For the first eight minutes, Pottsville was able to set the tone in Tuesday night's PIAA Class 5A first-round game.

Unfortunately for the Crimson Tide, visiting Marple Newtown took over for the final 24.

The Tigers, who began the game in an eight-point hole, grabbed the lead in the second quarter and never let it go to win 53-43 at Martz Hall.

"The pace of the game was in their favor," Pottsville coach Jake Wartella said. "They had a lot more fouls called on us and kind of controlled the pace of the game at times. We got outplayed tonight, but that doesn't set the way the pace of the game goes. We had to adjust a bit, they hit shots, our shots didn't fall."

Marple Newtown (17-10), the fifth-place team from District 1, didn't get its first basket until the 4:22 mark of the first quarter. With pinpoint 3-point shooting by Jazce Carabello-Snowell and Chase Fenstermacher, along with five turnovers forced by the Tide defense, things were looking up as they started with an 8-0 lead and were up 11-2 as the Tigers took a timeout at 3:22.

For the rest of the first half, Marple Newtown outscored Pottsville 20-8 to take a 22-19 lead at halftime. Owen Mathes came off the bench to lead the Tigers' charge and he ended up as the team's leading scorer with 13 points.

"We did start the game the way we wanted to," Wartella said. "We were making shots, we were playing with energy. But their team gets better as the game goes on. They did a great job making adjustments to our pressure, they hit shots, they out-hustled us and they made the plays they have to make to win those games."

Still, the Tide (19-8) remained in pursuit in the second half as Marple Newtown couldn't keep the lead in double figures. Buckets from Carabello-Snowell and Fenstermacher had Pottsville down 39-31 at the end of the third quarter.

However, a sequence with 6:37 to go set the tone for the final stretch. Mathes was fouled hard while trying to make a shot and a Tide player was called for a technical foul. The Tigers made 3-of-4 free throws to go up 42-31.

That began a steady trip to the foul line for Marple Newtown, which made 11-of-19 in the quarter. Eric McKee was a perfect 6-for-6 from the stripe and finished with 12 points.

Carabello-Snowell led Pottsville with 19 points and Fenstermacher had 10.

The loss ended the road for a senior class of Carabello-Snowell, Darren Yost, Raeff DiCello, Fenstermacher and Mike Sukeena, who capped their high school careers with Schuylkill League and District 11 Class 5A championships.

"I couldn't be prouder of those five seniors," Wartella said. "Those five will always hold a special place in my heart and a special place in this program. They're champions forever. They won a league and a district title when a lot of people counted them out. This program will be a lot better off with what they've done for it."

Marple Newtown will take on Mastery North from District 12 in Friday's second round.

Game Summary

PIAA Class 5A First Round

At Pottsville

MARPLE NEWTOWN (53) - DiBona 0 5-8 5, Bocharski 1 0-0 2, McKee 2 7-8 12, Small 0 0-0 0, Cantwell 0 0-0 0, Mathes 4 5-7 13, Esposito 2 6-8 12, Gardler 3 0-1 9. Totals 12 23-33 53.

POTTSVILLE (43) - Carabello-Snowell 8 0-0 19, Yost 1 2-2 4, DiCello 2 1-1 5, Fenstermacher 4 0-0 10, Sukeena 1 0-0 2, Matlock 0 1-2 1, Chivinski 0 0-0 0, Bainbridge 0 0-0 0, Allen 1 0-0 2, Shappell 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 4-5 43.

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Crimson Tide Wins District XI Championship


ORWIGSBURG - Pottsville senior Jazce Carabell-Snowell heals quickly.

After the 6-foot-3 forward broke an arm on Feb. 5, the rest of his 2021-22 basketball season appeared in jeopardy.

Instead, he was on the Blue Mountain High School court Friday night in uniform as he and the Crimson Tide defeated East Stroudsburg South 39-38 to capture the District 11 Class 5A championship.

"It feels great. It means a lot," Carabello-Snowell said among the crowd of well-wishers after the Crimson Tide held off the Cavaliers. "My teammates helped us. They got us here with me being out and I just thank them for it."

Carabello-Snowell finished the night with 10 points and a team-best nine rebounds as Pottsville (19-7) won a district title for the first time since 2019.

"I'm just so happy for these kids. All of the hard work they put in, they truly deserve this. Hard work pays off," Pottsville's second-year head coach, Jake Wartella, said.

That included Carabello-Snowell, who received the go-ahead to play Thursday and appeared in sync with his teammates despite the nearly month-long layoff.

"It was a little tiring at first, but then I got the hang of it," he said.

Wartella said, "He's been practicing a little bit, but yesterday was his first full contact practice, and he helps with his size and athleticism. He's been a key part of this team all year."

The Crimson Tide needed all of the effort they could muster as they avenged a 57-50 loss to East Stroudsburg South in last year's district semifinals.

With 3:53 left, South's Jahsan Simms, who tallied 11 points, drained his third 3-pointer of the night to tie the game at 36-36.

Pottsville's Darren Yost, who paced the Tide with 13 points, then missed two free throws with 3:45 left. That began an alarming trend as the Tide missed six of their last seven foul shots down the stretch.

Yet Wartella was not concerned.

"We shot great foul shots all year," he said. "It was just one of those games. Maybe nerves. Maybe the big lights. Who knows? But as always, our kids just find ways to win games down the stretch."

DiCello found a way to put the Tide on top. DiCello grabbed the rebound of Yost's driving miss and converted the putback with 3:10 left for a 38-36 lead.

Pottsville's Raeff DiCello, who had 10 points, sank one of two foul shots with 1:08 remaining to raise the advantage to 39-36. After Carabello-Snowell missed two foul shots with 42.6 seconds left, South's Nathaniel McIntyre took a pass from Simms and scored to pull the Cavaliers within one, 39-38, with 28 seconds left.

The Cavaliers then sent two players at the dribbling Yost on the next possession and got a held ball with 17.3 seconds left to give South the ball. But Simms stepped out of bounds along the baseline while attempting to grab Michael Patterson's pass with 10.1 seconds left.

Pottsville then broke South's press, which had brought the Cavaliers back into contention in the second half. Finally, the Tide's Mike Sukeena passed to DiCello, who tossed the ball high into the air to drain away the final seconds.

At one point, Pottsville held a 12-point edge, 31-19, in the third period, but the Cavaliers clawed back to produce the close finish. One of the keys to that was McIntyre, who had 11 points and a game-best 10 rebounds.

"The kids played hard at the end of the game, but you've got to start the game off against a good team like that," East Stroudsburg South head coach Shawn Munford said.

The Tide won Friday night with defense. Pottsville held East Stroudsburg South, the defending district runner-up, to 16-for-43 (37.2%) shooting from the field and the Cavaliers were never able to get the lead.

"We really didn't expect them to press on us, but you know, we were scoring in the half-court game," Yost said. "So they had to go to a full-court press."

Despite that and the free-throw woes down the stretch, Pottsville got the District 11 gold medals and can look ahead to a game against District 1's Marple Newtown in the PIAA Tournament.

Yost appreciated the moment.

"Yeah, I think the last one (gold medal) I got was freshman year, and I really wasn't part of the team then. I was a scout team guy," he said.

He added, "I'm really looking forward to states. I haven't played a state game yet, so to be able to go out there and compete in states, trying to make a run, it's going to be a fun time."

Game Summary

District 11 Class 5A Championship

At Blue Mountain HS

EAST STROUDSBURG SOUTH (38) - Patterson 1 0-0 2, Simms 4 0-0 11, Santos 2 0-0 4, Mileto 2 0-0 5, Garrison 1 0-0 2, Carnegie 0 0-0 0, Moore 1 0-0 3, McIntyre 5 1-3 11. Totals 16 1-3 38.

POTTSVILLE (39) - Carabello-Snowell 4 1-4 10, Matlock 0 1-4 1, Yost 4 4-6 13, DiCello 3 3-4 10, Bainbridge 0 0-0 0, Fenstermacher 2 0-0 5, Sukeena 0 0-0 0, Chivinski 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 9-18 39.

ESS (17-8);7;8;13;10;-;38

Potts (19-7);10;11;12;6;-;39

3-point FGs: Simms 3, Mileto, Moore, Carabello-Snowell, Yost, DiCello, Fenstermacher

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Crimson Tide Plays East Stroudsburg South for District XI Championship on Friday at Blue Mountain

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Crimson Tide edges Blue Mountain 


MINERSVILLE - At first, it seemed to be Blue Mountain's night. Then Pottsville was the team that seemed unstoppable.

In the end, Pottsville's guards proved to be the force that gave the Crimson Tide a 60-54 victory in overtime Tuesday night and a berth in Friday's District 11 Class 5A championship game.

Seniors Darren Yost, fighting off foul trouble, and Raeff DiCello combined for 34 points as the Tide outlasted Blue Mountain in a nearly full Thomas Fitzpatrick Gymnasium.

"Yeah, we have senior guards and we have been riding them all year," Pottsville head coach Jake Wartella said. "They made great plays. They make some plays that drive us nuts sometimes, but at the end of the day, they find ways to make plays for us to win games."

Despite three fouls in the opening half, Yost only committed one more foul and scored 16 points in the second half and overtime to boost Pottsville (18-7) into Friday's championship game. The Tide will face East Stroudsburg South, which defeated Southern Lehigh 52-48 in Tuesday's other semifinal at Northampton.

DiCello added 11 second-half points to finish with 15 for Pottsville, which beat the Eagles (14-10) for the third time this season after victories of 71-55 on Dec. 21 and 49-37 on Jan. 25.

But it certainly wasn't easy for the Tide on Tuesday.

"It's like a football game. Whoever had the ball is going to find a way to win. Luckily, we got the lead and we got to hit some foul shots at the end, but it was anybody's game," Wartella said.

Two free throws by Crimson Tide senior Mike Sukeena with 29.9 seconds remaining in regulation tied the game at 49-49. The Eagles had two shot attempts before the buzzer ending regulation, but missed both.

Blue Mountain junior Brogan Campbell, who paced the Eagles with all 16 of his points after halftime, drove to the hoop to put his team up 51-49 to start overtime.

DiCello then drilled a 3-pointer to put the Tide ahead, 52-51, with 2:07 left in the four-minute extra period. Campbell answered with a free throw to tie the game at 52-52.

Pottsville junior Rylen Matlock, whose six rebounds included several key grabs down the stretch, then sank two foul shots with 1:30 left to give the Tide a 54-52 edge that they would never give up. Yost sank a foul shot with 30.9 seconds left. With 26 seconds left, DiCello converted two free throws and Yost added two more with 17.9 seconds remaining for a 59-52 lead.

After the Eagles' Kade Henninger missed a 3-pointer and Matlock grabbed the rebound, Matlock was fouled by the Eagles' Carson Kerstetter with 9.8 seconds left. Matlock made one free throw before a Henninger bucket produced the final score.

For the game, Pottsville sank 14-of-18 foul shots to overcome a 21-20 deficit in field goals to their Schuylkill League Division I rivals.

Blue Mountain led 19-7 during the first period, but Pottsville answered in the second and third period with 18 consecutive points, turning a 25-15 deficit into a 33-25 lead. Sukeena led the charge as he had 11 first-half points en route to 15 for the game.

The Eagles responded. Pottsville led by just two points, 38-36, after three periods and the fourth period featured four ties, including the one that forced overtime.

"We knew what they were going to do. They knew what we were going to do and it's just a matter of coming out and matching their intensity," Blue Mountain head coach Dustin Werdt said.

Sophomore Isaac Thomas provided much of the spark for Blue Mountain as he had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Henninger added 13 points and was one of the three seniors saluted by Werdt after the game that ended Blue Mountain's season.

"Our three seniors we had this year - Kade and Branson Devitt and Gavin Guers - gave us everything every night, every day at practice, and it certainly would have been nice to play Friday with those guys," Werdt said.

Instead, the team that will play for a district title Friday is Pottsville.

"We've got to clean up some things. I don't think we played our best defensively or offensively tonight," Wartella said. "Credit to Blue Mountain for that because they took us out of some things we like to do."



Game Summary

District 11 Class 5A Semifinal

At Minersville

BLUE MOUNTAIN (54) - Campbell 5 5-6 16, Henninger 5 0-0 13, Kerstetter 3 1-2 7, Miller 1 1-3 3, Devitt 0 0-0 0, Caulfield 0 0-0 0, Thomas 7 1-3 15, Guers 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 8-14 54.

POTTSVILLE (60) - Matlock 2 3-4 7, Yost 6 5-8 19, DiCello 5 4-4 15, Allen 0 0-0 0, Bainbridge 0 0-0 0, Fenstermacher 2 0-0 4, Sukeena 5 2-2 15, Chivinski 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 14-18 60.

BM (14-10);19;6;11;13;5-;54

Potts (18-7);11;14;13;11;11-;60

3-point FGs: Campbell, Henninger 3, Yost 2, DiCello, Sukeena 3

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Crimson Tide Plays Blue Mountain at Minersville in District XI Play on Tuesday


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Athlete of the Week: Mike Sukeena, Pottsville boys' basketball

  • Feb 21, 2022 Updated 12 hrs ago

The 6-foot-4 Pottsville senior recorded a double-double in both games of the Schuylkill League boys' basketball playoffs, combining to score 33 points and collect 23 rebounds and help the Tide win the league title.

Athlete of the Week: Mike Sukeena

Grade: Senior

Age: 17

Residence: Pottsville

Family: Father, Mike Sukeena; mother, Dana Sukeena; Brother, Nick Sukeena; Sister, Virginia Johnson

Sport: Boys' Basketball

Position: Forward

Other sports you play: Baseball

Favorite professional athlete: Kevin Durant

Favorite professional sports team: New York Giants

Favorite college sports teams: Michigan

Favorite school subject: Math

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite movie: Inception

Favorite TV show: The Office

Favorite musical artist: J Cole

Favorite color: Blue

Hobbies: Playing sports, hanging out with friends

Plans after high school: Attend college and major in computer science

How does it feel to win the Schuylkill League championship as a senior, especially after losing in last year's final?

It feels great to win a Schuylkill League championship. Our loss in the championship last year really sucked especially since we felt like we had a good chance to win it. We've been working really hard all season to get to this point.

You went scoreless in the first half. Near the end of the first half, your coach took you out and said you were going to have a big second half. How does that feel to have your coach have that much confidence in you?

It's really nice to have a coach that trusts me as much as Coach Wartella does. No matter how bad I'd be playing in a game, he would always back me 100% and tell me not to stop shooting and playing my game.

Back-to-back double-doubles in the Schuylkill League playoffs. How satisfying does that feel?

It's very satisfying. I definitely did not expect myself to pull down as many rebounds as I did, but with me being one of the only big men we have now, I had to step up.

You went against a pair of centers taller than you vs. Jim Thorpe, yet still pulled down 12 rebounds. What was the key?

I tried to time my jumps and use my length to my advantage. Boxing out and having better position than your opponent is also very important when you're going against taller players.

Q: Did you feel you had to step up after Jazce Carabello-Snowell was injured and lost for the season? In what ways?

A: Yea, Jazce was one of our best players and it really hurt us to lose him. I had to try and fill his position in playing center which I have never really played before. It was definitely something I had to get used to, but after a few games I felt a lot more comfortable in the position.

Q: How much pride does your team take in playing defense?

A: We take a lot of pride in our defense. At some points this year we kind of got away from the way we play defense. Throughout the league playoffs we got back to playing real hard defense and that really helped us win.

Q: How did it feel to hit five 3-pointers in semifinal win over Tri-Valley? How key was that to your team's victory?

A: Hitting those 3-pointers felt great for me, especially since I haven't shot the ball as well as I would've liked to this year. Our team as a whole shot the ball at a very high percentage. The 3-point shot was very big for our team in that game.

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Crimson Tide Rolls To Schuylkill League Championship 

POTTSVILLE - Pottsville's 20th Schuylkill League boys' basketball title was a defensive work of art.

The Crimson Tide guards harassed Jim Thorpe's top scorers from start to finish en route to a 52-38 victory over the Olympians in Friday's championship game at Martz Hall.

Darren Yost produced three first-quarter steals and finished with 18 points, Mike Sukeena recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds and Rylen Matlock hit three big 3-pointers to tally 11 points as Pottsville (17-6) dominated the game from the opening tip.

"This was a true team effort," Pottsville coach Jake Wartella. "The kids executed the game plan on both ends. I'm so proud of them."

Yost set the tone for things to come by poking the ball away from Jim Thorpe point guard Derryl Fisher for a steal on the game's opening possession.

Pottsville forced 10 turnovers in the first quarter, including seven during a 9-0 Pottsville run that put the Crimson Tide ahead to stay.

Jim Thorpe (16-8) shot 2-for-7 in the opening quarter and just 2-for-15 in the second.

The Olympians finished the game 12-for-49 (24%) from the field and committed 16 turnovers.

The Tide held Fisher and Kaiden Herron, who combined for 41 points in Jim Thorpe's 62-46 victory over Pottsville on Feb. 8, to just five points in the first half on 2-for-14 shooting.

"We knew (Fisher) and (Herron) killed us last game. They had like over 20 points," Yost said. "Our game plan coming in was to stop those two. I knew I had to play good defense on (Fisher), he's quick and athletic. So I tried to clamp down defensively and get it done for my team."

Pottsville stretched its lead to 15-4 with a 6-0 run to open the second quarter and led by double digits the rest of the game.

A key for the Crimson Tide was an aggressive offensive attack. After bombing in 12 3-pointers in a semifinal rout of Tri-Valley on Wednesday, Pottsville continuously attacked the rim, with Yost and Raeff DiCello penetrating for layups or dish-outs to open 3-point shooters.

Yost scored 13 of his points in the first half as Pottsville led 25-12 at intermission.

"They closed down on us hard. So I just pump-faked and went around them and got to the basket easy," Yost said. "Easy buckets, we like getting those.

"We played good defense, and that got us a lot of offensive points, too."

Playing without leading scorer and rebounder Jazce Carabello-Snowell, who is lost for the season with a broken arm, Pottsville was at size disadvantage facing Jim Thorpe's 6-7 Bryson Heydt and 6-5 Noah Rosahac inside.

That didn't faze Sukeena, who pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. The 6-4 senior dominated the second half, scoring all 12 of his points, shooting 6-for-6 from the foul line.

Sukeena, who hit five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 21 points in the semifinals, scored all of his points Friday in the paint. Six came on a pair of traditional 3-point plays on driving layups, one of which came as time expired in the third quarter and put Pottsville up 39-24.

"I just tried to work on outjumping them," Sukeena said of battling Jim Thorpe's height inside. "They're big, but they can't jump as high, especially when you're pushing on them.

"As a team, we just played great. Our defense was amazing. The whole game we just harassed them and made it hard for (Fisher) and (Herron)."

Herron finished with a team-high 10 points for Jim Thorpe, with six coming in the fourth quarter after the outcome was decided. Fisher added eight. Combined, the pair was 5-for-30 from the field.

"(Herron) has been playing great for them and we put our best defender, Raeff DiCello, on him with a little extra help behind him," Wartella said. "We tried to take away the first pass and frustrate them, and it seemed like they struggled a bit."

The victory, coupled with Wilson Area's 56-50 win over Southern Lehigh in the Colonial League final, gives Pottsville the top seed in the District 11 Class 5A playoffs.

For now, the Tide will celebrate another Schuylkill League title.

"This feels great. I'm just so happy for this senior class and this team in general," Wartella said. "This was one of our goals, especially after last year. There's been so many highs and lows this year, but it paid off in the end. I'm so proud of them."

Game Summary

Schuylkill League Boys' Championship

At Martz Hall

JIM THORPE (38) - Herron 3 4-5 10, Richards 3 0-0 8, C. McHugh 0 3-4 3, Fisher 2 3-6 8, Heydt 0 0-2 0, Rosahac 2 0-0 4,Warner 1 0-0 2, DiSanto 0 0-0 0, Craigie 0 0-0 0, Selby 0 0-0 0, Berger 1 0-0 3, B. McHugh 0 0-0. Totals 12 10-17 38.

POTTSVILLE (52) - Matlock 4 0-0 11, Yost 6 5-10 18, DiCello 3 1-2 7, Fenstermacher 0 4-7 4, Sukeena 3 6-6 12, Chivinski 0 0-0 0, Allen 0 0-0 0, Montone 0 0-0 0, Shappell 0 0-0 0, Bainbridge 0 0-0 0,Becker 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 16-25 52.

JT (16-8);4;8;12;14;-;38

Potts (17-6);9;16;14;13;-;52

3-point FGs: Richards 2, Fisher, Berger, Matlock 3, Yost 

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POTTSVILLE - Rylen Matlock wasn't supposed to be out there.

The 6-foot Pottsville junior spent most of the season as one of the first players off the bench for the Crimson Tide, spelling starting guards Darren Yost, Raeff DiCello and Chase Fenstermacher when they needed a break or got in foul trouble.

An injury to senior Jazce Carabello-Snowell two weeks ago, however, thrust Matlock into the starting lineup.

Friday night, in the Tide's biggest game of the season, the Port Carbon resident had a night to remember.

Matlock hit three 3-pointers and scored a career-high 11 points in Pottsville's 52-38 victory over Jim Thorpe in the Schuylkill League championship game at Martz Hall.

It was the first time this season Matlock scored in double figures, giving Pottsville an unexpected scoring boost when the Tide's offense needed one.

"Honestly, I just knew I had to step up," Matlock said. "It's the Schuylkill League playoffs, and I knew I had to step up.

"My game is 3-point shooting. I sit corner, I play my butt off on defense, that's all I got to do."

Matlock's points all came at critical times.

With Yost and DiCello driving into the paint and drawing the defense to them, it left Matlock alone in the corner or on the wing with an open shot.

His first 3-pointer came off a feed from Yost and gave Pottsville a 7-2 lead with 4:42 left in the first quarter. He then added a baseline layup off an assist from DiCello as part of a 6-0 run to open the second quarter that boosted the Tide's lead to 15-4.

Matlock's second 3-pointer capped a lengthy Pottsville possession after Jim Thorpe had clawed back to 18-10 midway through the second. DiCello drove the lane, kicked the ball out to Matlock and he drained the shot from the corner.

His final triple came in the third quarter from the top of the key.

Matlock only took five shots the entire game. ... Four of them found the bottom of the net.

"Rylen plays fearless out there. He gives us energy," Pottsville coach Jake Wartella said. "Those threes were huge in the first half, because our shots weren't falling.

"Rylen gave us energy on both ends. He's filled in great after Jazce's injury. We just love when he's in the game."

Matlock's effort epitomized Pottsville's total team effort in winning the program's 20th Schuylkill League title and avenging a 62-46 loss to the Olympians just 10 days prior.

DiCello played lock-down defense on Jim Thorpe leading scorer Kaiden Herron, who had scored 22 points in the win over the Tide, tallied 26 points in the regular-season finale against North Schuylkill and 29 over Shenandoah Valley in Wednesday's semifinal.

DiCello, with some help when Herron drove the lane, held Herron to 10 points on 3-for-15 shooting. Yost stifled Jim Thorpe point guard Derryl Fisher, holding him to eight points on 2-for-15 shooting.

Mike Sukeena, fresh off his 21-point outburst in the semifinals, notched a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds; Fenstermacher was big on the defensive end and junior Tejay Allen came off the bench and pulled down four first-half rebounds.

Yost was the game's star, scoring 18 points, making three big steals early and directing the Pottsville offense.

Without Matlock, the unsung hero, Pottsville's win would have been a lot tougher.

The Crimson Tide will need that kind of effort moving forward in the District 11 playoffs without Carabello-Snowell's 16.4 points and double-digit rebounds per game.

"We had other guys step up tonight. Rylen Matlock came in, played a great game, shot the heck out of the ball," Yost said. "It's good to have a bunch of guys that can score when we don't have Jazce.

"It was our goal after losing last year to Nativity. We really wanted it this year. To have all the guys come together as one and accomplish our goal, it feels really good."

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Crimson Tide Clips Tri-Valley in Schuylkill League Semi-finals


POTTSVILLE - Jake Wartella didn't expect it.

Neither did Mike Masser.

The Pottsville players obviously did.

Staking their claim to the land behind the 3-point arc, the Crimson Tide rode an outstanding shooting night into the Schuylkill League finals, defeating Division II champion Tri-Valley 63-42 in the nightcap semifinal Wednesday night at Martz Hall.

Up next, Division I champion Pottsville (16-6) will meet Division I wild card Jim Thorpe at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Martz Hall with the league title on the line. Jim Thorpe knocked off Division III champion Shenandoah Valley 54-40 in the night's first semifinal.

"It means everything," said Wartella, the Tide head coach, of his team's championship berth. "This senior class, and this whole team, has put in so much hard work.

"We earned it to be here, and we're excited to be here."

The long ball played a huge part in the Pottsville victory.

Knocking down five triples in the first quarter - two by Nick Chivinski and one each from Mike Sukeena, Raeff DiCello and Rylen Matlock - the Tide worked out to a 19-12 lead. By the half, that number was up to seven triples and the lead jumped to 12 at 34-22. For the game, Pottsville connected an even dozen times from behind the arc, with Sukeena, a 6-foot-4 junior, leading the way with five.

The sharpshooting proved too much for Tri-Valley to overcome.

The outside work of the Tide's shooters was not something the Dawgs expected.

"I did not. ... No, we did not," said Masser, the Tri-Valley head coach, of Pottsville's shooting performance. "We knew they were probably trying to get back and get reorganized with their offense because of losing (Jacze Carabello-) Snowell.

"We weren't quite ready for them to shoot that way. The first half they were, I think, 8-for-11 from three. Give them credit, they had a great night shooting."

Sukeena, who finished as the game's leading scorer with 21 points and was one of four Tide players to reach double figures, also turned in a dominant night on the glass, pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds. That went along with the nine boards gathered by Matlock, who also contributed to the long-range shooting with a pair of triples. Others for Pottsville to finish in doubles were DiCello with 13 points, Chivinski with 11 and Chase Fenstermacher with 10.

"We know we have great shooters on our team," Wartella said. "Unfortunately, our shots have not fallen all year.

"We're thinking now, our kids are getting hot. We always tell our kids to shoot. Luckily, they fell tonight, so that helped us a lot. We didn't shoot that great all year, so I hope we can stay hot."

Tri-Valley got points only from four players, with senior guard Brody Smith leading the way with 20, most coming on either layups or short jumpers after penetrating into the paint.

"You know, DiCello was guarding him, and him and Yost are tough defenders and he had a great game," said Masser of Smith. "But Kade Deeter is one of our big scorers and he didn't have a very good night and neither did (Layne) Yoder.

"We're used to Kade averaging in the teens, and some games he had 20-some for us."

Deeter, who got into foul trouble and eventually fouled out, finished with eight. Yoder scored five.

 Game Summary

Schuylkill League Boys' Semifinal

At Martz Hall

TRI-VALLEY (42) - Smith 9 1-1 20, Yoder 3 2-2 9, Deeter 3 2-5 8, Umbenhauer 1 2-2 5, Troutman 0 0-0 0, Wehry 0 0-0 0, Kroh 0 0-0 0, Miller 0 0-0 0, Schwartz 0 0-0 0, Manning 0 0-1 0, Rodichok 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 7-11 42.

POTTSVILLE (63) - Matlock 2 0-0 6, Yost 0 0-0 0, DiCello 5 2-4 13, Fenstermacher 3 3-3 10, Sukeena 7 2-2 21, Allen 0 0-0 0, Chivinski 4 0-0 11, Bainbridge 0 0-0 0, Oswald 0 0-0 0, Montone 0 0-0 0, Shappell 1 0-0 2, Becker 0 0-0 0, Pogash 0 0-0 0, Markus 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 7-9 63.

TV (18-5);12;10;11;9;-;42

Potts (16-6);19;15;20;9;-;63

3-point FGs: Smith, Yoder, Umbenhauer, Sukeena 5, Chivinski 3, Matlock 2, DiCello, Fenstermacher

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Crimson Tide plays Tri-Valley on Wednesday Night in the Schuylkill League Semi-Finals at 7:30

Crimson Tide Falls to PMW


POTTSVILLE - VCU recruit Christian Fermin scored nine of his 17 points in a crucial second-quarter run to lead Pocono Mountain West to a 59-36 victory over Pottsville in a non-league boys' basketball game Wednesday at Martz Hall.

Fermin, a 6-foot-10 forward, paced a 19-2 run by the Wolverines after the Crimson Tide led 13-12 after one quarter. Justin Love drained five 3-pointers and also had 17 points for Pocono Mountain West, the second seed in the District 11 Class 6A field.

Chase Fenstermacher scored a team-high 10 points for Pottsville, which is the top seed in the Class 5A field and is off until Tuesday's semifinals.

The game was scheduled since both Pocono Mountain West and Pottsville had a regular-season game canceled due to weather and/or COVID concerns.

POCONO MOUNTAIN WEST (59) - Pagan 5 1-2 11, Love 6 0-0 17, Smith 3 0-0 7, Zubairu 0 0-0 0, Sakwa 0 0-0 0, Silva 0 0-0 0, Stewart 0 0-0 0, Fermin 7 2-5 17, Savage 1 3-3 5, Brito 1 0-0 2, Espinoza 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 6-10 59.

POTTSVILLE (36) - Matlock 0 0-0 0, Yost 2 0-2 5, DiCello 2 0-0 5, Allen 0 1-2 1, Bainbridge 1 0-0 2, Fenstermacher 5 0-1 10, Sukeena 2 0-0 6, Chivinski 2 0-0 4, Montone 1 0-0 3, Shappell 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 1-5 36.

PMW (19-5);12;19;14;14;-;59

Potts (17-7);13;2;11;10;-;36

3-point FGs: Love 5, Smith, Fermin, Yost, DiCello, Sukeena 2, Montone

JV score: No game


Crimson Tide Beats The Blue Raiders 

Pottsville 69, Tamaqua 46

POTTSVILLE - Darren Yost scored a game-high 20 points and Raeff DiCello chipped in 16 as the Crimson Tide rolled past the Blue Raiders in a Division I game.

Mike Sukeena added 12 points and Chase Fenstermacher netted 10 for Pottsville, which broke away from a 25-24 halftime lead with a 20-8 run in the third quarter.

Connor Dillon scored 16 points and Nathan Gregoire tallied 10 for Tamaqua.

TAMAQUA (46) - Ansbach 3 0-0 7, Lewis 2 0-0 4, McLaughlin 1 0-0 3, Styka 0 0-0 0, Vecolitis 0 0-0 0, Milot 1 0-0 3, Kane 0 0-1 0, Fannock 0 0-0 0, Dillon 6 2-2 16, Ligenza 1 0-0 2, Andrews 0 1-3 1, Gregoire 2 4-4 10, Mateyak 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 7-10 46.

POTTSVILLE (69) - Matlock 3 0-0 6, Yost 7 6-8 20, DiCello 6 3-6 16, Allen 1 0-0 2, Bainbridge 0 0-0 0, Fenstermacher 4 2-2 10, Sukeena 5 0-0 12, Chivinski 0 0-0 0, Montone 0 0-0 0, Shappell 1 0-0 3. Totals 27 11-16 69.

Tam (7-15, 4-10);13;11;8;14;-;46

Potts (15-6, 13-1);11;14;20;24;-;69

3-point FGs: Ansbach, McLaughlin, Milot, Dillon 2, Gregoire 2, DiCello, Sukeena 2, Shappell

JV score: Pottsville 35-28

Crimson Tide Beaten By Jim Thorpe


Jim Thorpe 62, Pottsville 46

JIM THORPE - Kaiden Herron led all scorers with 22 points as Jim Thorpe Downed Pottsville in a Division I game.

Raeff DiCello paced Pottsville with 19 points and Mike Sukeena added 11.

POTTSVILLE (46) - Matlock 2 3-3 7, Yost 1 2-3 4, DiCello 6 7-12 19, Allen 0 1-2 1, Bainbridge 0 1-2 1, Fenstermacher 0 0-0 0, Sukeena 3 3-4 11, Chivinski 1 0-0 3, Montone 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 17-26 46.

JIM THORPE (62) - Herron 8 6-8 22, Richards 1 0-0 2, Warner 2 0-0 5, C. McHugh 1 2-2 4, Fisher 8 0-0 19, Disanto 1 1-1 3, Rosahac 2 1-4 5, Heydt 0 2-4 2. Totals 23 12-19 62.

Potts (14-6, 12-1);12;10;9;15;-;46

JT (14-7, 9-4);17;14;18;13;-;62

3-point FGs: Sukeena 2, Chivinski, Warner, Fisher 3 



BOYS' BASKETBALL: Injuries hit league playoff contenders

As a sportswriter, you hate to see it. Absolutely hate it.

A talented student-athlete, having a stellar season, suffers a major injury that brings his campaign to a crashing halt.

Over the past couple of weeks, it's happened to a pair of senior boys' basketball players whose teams have lofty playoff aspirations.

Two weeks ago, Shenandoah Valley center Luke Matta suffered an ACL injury to his left knee during the Blue Devils' win over Minersville that will require surgery, most likely ending his season.

Saturday at Martz Hall, Pottsville center Jazce Carabello-Snowell suffered a broken arm in the second half of the Crimson Tide's Schuylkill League Division I boys' basketball win over Lehighton and will miss the rest of the season.

Having interviewed both players in various sports over the past few years, my heart goes out to them. Here's wishing they both have a speedy recovery.

On the court, the ramifications of the two injuries are huge.

Carabello-Snowell is the Tide's leading scorer at 16.4 points per game and is a dominating presence in the paint. He's reached double figures in scoring in 17 of the Tide's 19 games, scoring 31 points in a Jan. 6 win over Pine Grove and hitting 20 or more points four other times.

The 6-foot-3 senior is also relentless on the boards, averaging roughly 11 per game. He was a Republican Herald All-Area first-team selection last season and is a sure-fire bet to be one this season.

His injury leaves the Crimson Tide without a true post player.

Senior Mike Sukeena is listed at 6-4, but plays mostly on the wing and is the team's best 3-point shooter. In the Tide's regular rotation, only 6-2 junior Tejay Allen stands taller than 6-foot. Backup center Joey Palko, a 6-4 junior, hasn't played all season due to an injury suffered during football.

The lack of a true post player creates defensive mismatches against teams with a lot of height and hampers Pottsville's rebounding efforts.

It also leaves a giant void in the Pottsville offense. Senior guards Darren Yost and Raeff DiCello, who play superb defense and are mostly facilitators in the Tide offense, will now need to score more, especially in tight games.

The Crimson Tide, ranked No. 1 in this week's Power Poll, were strong Schuylkill League and District 11 Class 5A title contenders with Carabello-Snowell in the lineup. Without him, the odds get tougher.

For Shenandoah Valley, which is battling Nativity for the Division III title and Tri-Valley for the top seed in the District 11 Class AA field, Matta's injury takes away the Blue Devils' top rebounder and inside presence.

Shenandoah Valley's offense isn't built around the 6-3 Matta, but it does go through him. The Blue Devils like to shoot the 3-pointer, having hit 118 so far this season, and work the inside-out strategy often. Matta is also a weapon from the outside, capable of drawing out bigger defenders and hitting 3-pointers himself.

On the season, Matta reached double figures in eight of Shenandoah Valley's 19 games, scoring 26 in a Dec. 20 win over Weatherly, 24 in a Dec. 18 win over Jenkintown and 21 in a Jan. 13 victory over Tri-Valley. A standout baseball pitcher, he's headed to NCAA Division I Villanova to play baseball.

The Blue Devils have fared OK without Matta so far, going 4-0 with wins over Williams Valley, Marian, Weatherly and Nativity. Brian Rivera, a 6-4 junior, has taken Matta's spot and excelled, scoring 54 points in four games (13.5 average).

How the Tide and Devils fare in the postseason without their two big men remains to be seen. It's sad their basketball careers had to end like this.

Playoff races

As the Schuylkill League schedule enters its final week, there are two league playoff berths clinched, and two still up for grabs.

Pottsville has wrapped up the Division I title, taking a perfect 12-0 league mark into tonight's game against Jim Thorpe. It's the 13th straight Division I crown for the Crimson Tide.

Tri-Valley clinched the Division II title over the weekend, earning its first Schuylkill League playoff berth in 24 years, when the Dawgs won the Division III crown in what was then a four-division format.

Up for grabs are both the Division I wild card and the Division III title.

Heading into tonight's play, Jim Thorpe (13-7, 8-4), North Schuylkill (10-8, 7-4) and Blue Mountain (11-9, 7-5) are still in the hunt for the Division I wild card.

A key game in that race is tonight, when Jim Thorpe hosts Pottsville. If the Olympians can pull off the upset, it sets up a winner-take-all game Friday at North Schuylkill, providing the Spartans get past Lehighton tonight and Pine Grove on Wednesday.

A Jim Thorpe loss tonight could create a three-way tie if the Olympians beat North Schuylkill on Friday and Blue Mountain wins its two remaining league games against Tamaqua and Lehighton. A Jim Thorpe loss tonight also puts North Schuylkill in the driver's seat as the Spartans could win the wild-card berth by winning out.

North Schuylkill, which was swept by Blue Mountain, beat Jim Thorpe 59-41 on Jan. 18. Jim Thorpe swept Blue Mountain.

In Division III, Shenandoah Valley's 58-46 win Thursday over defending division and league champion Nativity left both teams with one league loss entering this week.

Nativity hosts Division II champion Tri-Valley tonight, then hosts Marian on Friday.

Shenandoah Valley has three league games left, visiting Mahanoy Area tonight, hosting Lourdes on Wednesday, then entertaining Schuylkill Haven on Friday.

Since the Devils and Hilltoppers split, a tiebreaker game would be needed if they end the regular season tied.

Another key factor in the Division III race is league playoff seeding. The small-school division champion with the best league record faces the Division I wild card in the league semifinals, while the other would play Division I champ Pottsville.

Should Tri-Valley win out (which would mean a win over Nativity) and Shenandoah Valley stumble once, that would give the Dawgs the best small-school record. Head-to-head league crossovers are used as the tiebreaker, meaning Shenandoah Valley's 74-39 win over the Dawgs on Jan. 13 is a feather in the Devils' cap.

Trivia Time

Which team leads the Schuylkill League in 3-pointers? Which team has the best free-throwing shooting percentage?

District 11 update

Entering tonight's games, there are nine Schuylkill League teams that have clinched District 11 playoff berths and three still on the bubble.

Qualified so far: Nativity (A), Shenandoah Valley (AA), Tri-Valley (AA), Marian (AA), Panther Valley (3A), Jim Thorpe (4A), North Schuylkill (4A), Pottsville (5A) and Blue Mountain (5A).

Still on the bubble are Mahanoy Area (AA), Schuylkill Haven (AA) and Pine Grove (4A).

Mahanoy Area (6-11, 5-5) can qualify based on its league record if the Golden Bears win two of their last three games (Shenandoah Valley, Weatherly, Marian). Haven (7-13, 5-6) can also qualify on its league record if the Hurricanes beat both Lourdes and Shenandoah Valley.

Both the Bears and Hurricanes could make districts even if they don't officially qualify since the minimum number of qualifiers in Class AA is four. Shenandoah Valley, Tri-Valley and Marian are already in, leaving Mahanoy Area (.390146 rating), Moravian Academy (5-14, .358420) and Haven (.329606) to battle for the fourth spot.

Pine Grove (8-11, 3-8) needs to win its final three games to qualify. The Cardinals host Panther Valley tonight, then visit North Schuylkill on Wednesday and Blue Mountain on Friday.

Games to Watch

Tonight - Pottsville at Jim Thorpe, Tri-Valley at Nativity, Shenandoah Valley at Mahanoy Area

Wednesday - Pine Grove at North Schuylkill, Lourdes at Shenandoah Valley

Friday - Jim Thorpe at North Schuylkill, Marian at Nativity, Schuylkill Haven at Shenandoah Valley

Trivia Answer

Entering Monday's contests, Panther Valley leads the Schuylkill League in 3-pointers with 125, followed by Shenandoah Valley (118), Tri-Valley (113), Pottsville (110), Tamaqua (104) and North Schuylkill (102).

Nativity is the league's best free-throwing shooting team at 68.2 percent (180-for-264), followed by Blue Mountain at 67.3 percent (200-for-297), Pottsville at 65.8 (154-for-234), Mahanoy Area at 61.7 (116-for-188) and North Schuylkill at 61.3 (87-for-142).

Who's the worst? Lourdes (51.2), Minersville (51.7), Pine Grove (52.2) and Jim Thorpe (53.2) lead the league in the brick category.



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Crimson Tide Rolls over Lehighton


POTTSVILLE - Mike Sukeena scored all 18 of his points in the first half as Pottsville rolled to a 65-19 Schuylkill League Division I win over Lehighton on Saturday at Martz Hall.

Jazce Carabello-Snowell added 16 points for Pottsville, which led 36-17 at halftime and kept Lehighton scoreless in the fourth quarter. During the game Jazce Carabello-Snowell was injured on a layup and is out for the rest of the season. Snowell was Crimson Tide's leading scorer and rebound leader, 

LEHIGHTON (19) - Hawk 0 0-0 0, Lorenz 3 0-0 6, Blauch 1 0-0 2, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Lutz 1 0-0 2, Rehrig 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 0-0 0, Costenbader 0 0-0 0, Roth 2 0-0 4, Schatz 0 0-0 0, Serfoss 2 0-0 5, Hoke 0 0-2 0. Totals 9 0-2 19.

POTTSVILLE (65) - Carabello-Snowell 7 1-1 16, Matlock 3 0-0 6, Yost 1 2-2 4, DiCello 1 1-2 3, Allen 0 0-0 0, Bainbridge 2 0-0 4, Fenstermacher 1 0-0 2, Sukeena 7 0-0 18, Chivinski 2 2-2 6, Montone 2 0-0 6, Shappell 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 6-7 65.

Leh (4-16, 1-11);8;9;2;0;-;19

Potts (14-5, 12-0);14;22;15;14;-;65

3-point FGs: Serfoss, Carabello-Snowell, Sukeena 4, Montone 2

JV score: Pottsville 56-21


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Crimson Tide Clips the Cardinals 

Pottsville 54, Pine Grove 31

PINE GROVE- Jazce Carabello-Snowell scored a game-high 19 points as the Crimson Tide clinched their 13th straight Division I title with a victory over the Cardinals.

Darren Yost added 13 points for Pottsville, which used a 36-15 run through the middle quarters to take control.

Dalton Geesey paced Pine Grove with nine points.

POTTSVILLE (54) - Carabello-Snowell 9 0-0 19, Matlock 1 1-2 4, Yost 4 4-4 13, DiCello 3 2-3 8, Allen 0 0-0 0, Bainbridge 1 0-0 3, Fenstermacher 1 0-0 2, Sukeena 2 0-0 5, Chivinski 0 0-0 0, Montone 0 0-0 0, Shappell 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 7-9 54.

PINE GROVE (31) - Brandt 2 1-2 6, Unger 3 0-0 8, O. Hannevig 0 2-3 2, Skocik 0 0-0 0, Culbert 0 0-0 0, Sarge 0 2-2 2, Geesey 4 0-0 9, Tobin 0 0-0 0, Kolb 0 0-0 0, E. Hannevig 0 0-2 0, Ibarra 2 0-0 4. Totals 11 5-9 31.

Potts (13-5, 11-0);8;15;21;10;-;54

PG (7-11, 3-8);9;5;10;7;-;31

3-point FGs: Carabello-Snowell, Matlock, Yost, Bainbridge, Sukeena, Brandt, Unger 2, Geesey

JV score: Pottsville 41-22

Crimson Tide Defeats ELCO

Pottsville 52, ELCO 45

POTTSVILLE - Darren Yost tallied six of his 15 points in the fourth quarter as the Crimson Tide pulled away late to beat ELCO in a non-league game at Martz Hall.

Jazce Carabello-Snowell led Pottsville with 17 points, scoring 12 in the first half as the Tide built a 27-23 lead. Raeff DiCello added 12 points as Pottsville shot 6-for-7 in the fourth quarter from the foul line to ice the win. 

ELCO (45) - Marquette 1 0-0 2, Boyer 0 0-0 0, George 4 0-0 10, Thomas 1 0-0 2, Williams 5 0-0 11, Shuey 4 1-2 12, Attivo 4 0-0 8. Totals 19 1-2 45.

POTTSVILLE (52) - Carabello-Snowell 7 3-5 17, Matlock 0 0-0 0, Yost 5 3-4 15, DiCello 4 3-3 12, Fenstermacher 1 0-1 2, Sukeena 2 0-0 6, Chivinski 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 9-14 52.

ELCO (11-6);17;6;10;12;-;45

Potts (11-5);12;15;7;18;-;52

3-point FGs: George 2, Williams, Shuey 3, Yost 2, DiCello, Sukeena 2

Crimson Tide Clips The Panthers


Pottsville 60, Panther Valley 34

POTTSVILLE - Jazce Carabello-Snowell scored a game-high 15 points as the Crimson Tide stayed unbeaten in Division I play with a rout of the Panthers at Martz Hall.

Carabello-Snowell had 11 points in the first half as Pottsville built a 30-10 halftime cushion. Mike Sukeena added 11 for Pottsville, while Mike Pascoe paced PV with 11 points. 

PANTHER VALLEY (34) - Kokinda 2 0-0 5, Weaver 2 0-0 4, Orsulak 0 0-0 0, B. Hood 1 0-0 3, Jones 0 0-0 0, Pascoe 4 3-3 11, Hadley 3 0-1 6, Buyce 1 0-0 3, McAndrew 0 0-0 0, Turner 1 0-0 2, Goida 0 0-0 0, Gardiner 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 3-4 34.

POTTSVILLE (60) - Carabello-Snowell 7 1-3 15, Matlock 1 2-2 ,4 Yost 1 0-0 3, DiCello 3 1-1 8, Allen 2 3-4 7, Bainbridge 1 2-3 4, Fenstermacher 3 0-0 6, Sukeena 4 1-1 11, Chivinski 0 0-0 0, Montone 1 0-0 2, Shappell 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 10-14 60.

PV (10-7, 4-6);5;5;12;12;-;34

Potts (11-5, 10-0);14;16;15;15;-;60

3-point FGs: Kokinda, B. Hood, Buyce

JV score: Pottsville 56-16

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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Team effort lifts Pottsville past Blue Mountain

ORWIGSBURG - When it comes to Pottsville basketball, it's all about the team.

That team-first mentally is a big reason why the Crimson Tide are on the doorstep of a 13th straight Schuylkill League Division I crown.

Getting key contributions from all five starters, Pottsville remained unbeaten in league play with a 49-37 victory Tuesday night over Blue Mountain.

The win keeps the Crimson Tide (10-5, 9-0 D-I) three games ahead of North Schuylkill (9-7, 6-3) in the division standings with five league games remaining.

"Our message the last couple of games has been if we don't play team basketball on both ends we're not going to succeed," Pottsville coach Jake Wartella said. "We had some tough losses recently where we were playing selfish basketball. We're preaching team effort.

"We don't care who scores. We don't care who gets the glory. We're all in it. Whoever is on the court, five guys playing hard, playing as a team."

Pottsville's team-first approach was on display throughout Tuesday's contest, as each of the five starters stepped up at different points of the game.

Early on, it was the play of guards Raeff DiCello and Chase Fenstermacher.

After a rough-shooting first quarter by both teams, Pottsville closed the second quarter on a 15-2 run to forge a 25-11 halftime lead. DiCello and Fenstermacher each had five points in the spurt, with Fenstermacher scoring on a pair of drives to the basket and DiCello hitting a 3-pointer from the top of the key and scoring on a drive to the basket moments later.

The duo also shined on the defensive end, shutting down Blue Mountain's top scorers, Kade Henninger and Carson Kerstetter. Both averaging double figures, Henninger and Kerstetter were held to a combined 0-for-11 from the field in the first half, with Henninger converting three free throws and Kerstetter going scoreless.

In the first half, Blue Mountain shot 4-for-20 from the field and committed 10 turnovers.

"Raeff and Chase really dug down on defense. Give them a lot of credit," said Pottsville guard Darren Yost, who led the Crimson Tide in scoring with 12 points. "Henninger and Kerstetter killed us last game with 18 and 17 so we knew we needed to try to let other guys score. They did a great job defensively."

Blue Mountain (9-6, 5-4) shot the ball much better in the second half and made a run late in the third quarter, slicing the deficit to 36-31 with 6:42 remaining on back-to-back 3-pointers by Brogan Campbell and Henninger, who finished with 12 points.

Wartella called timeout at that point to calm his troops. Off the inbounds, Yost found Mike Sukeena alone on the wing and he buried a 3-pointer to spark a quick 7-0 run.

Yost scored on a drive to the basket and Jazce Carabello-Snowell connected on a short jumper after an offensive rebound by Sukeena kept a possession alive.

In a span of two minutes, Pottsville's lead was back up to double digits at 43-31.

"We called a play but they improvised," Wartella said of Sukeena's 3-pointer. "They took away our first option and our kids were good enough to find the second option.

"Mike is our best shooter. He hit a huge shot at a huge time in the game. Credit to our kids."

Carabello-Snowell and Sukeena each finished with 10 points and nine rebounds for Pottsville, while sophomore center Isaac Thomas had a strong game for Blue Mountain with 10 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.

The Eagles got to within seven points on a follow by Kerstetter with 2:55 left, but didn't score again. Yost and Carabello-Snowell combined for the game's final five points to ice it.

"We've been preaching team effort the last couple of games," Yost said. "We lost a few tough ones, but we want to dig in and stay together.

"We play team-first (basketball) on offense and defense. It's great to have a bunch of guys who can score and play defense at will."

Game Summary

POTTSVILLE (49) - Carabello-Snowell 5 0-0 10, Yost 5 2-5  12, DiCello 3 0-0 7, Fenstermacher 2 2-3 6, Sukeena 3 3-3 10, Chivinski 1 0-0 2, Allen 0 0-0 0, Matlock 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 7-11 49.

BLUE MOUNTAIN (37) - Campbell 3 0-0 7, Henninger 3 4-5 12, Kerstetter 2 0-0 4, Devitt 0 0-1 0, Thomas 3 4-4 10, Caulfield 0 0-0 0, Guers 2 0-0 4, Miller 0 0-0 0, Walasavage 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 8-10 37.

Potts (10-5, 9-0);8;17;9;15;-;49

Blue (9-6, 5-4);7;4;14;12;-;37

3-point FGs: DiCello, Sukeena, Campbell, Henninger 2

JV score: Pottsville 49-40 


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Crimson Tide Falls To Scranton Prep 



POTTSVILLE - Scranton Prep overcame an early deficit to defeat Pottsville 54-46 in a non-league boys' basketball game Saturday afternoon at Martz Hall.

Mike Sukeena scored eight of his team-high 11 points in the first quarter as the Crimson Tide opened an early 13-8 lead. Scranton Prep rebounded to take a 22-21 halftime lead, then pulled away in the second half for the win.

SCRANTON PREP (54) - Pettinto 3 3-5 10, Ferguson 4 0-0 11, Sorensen 3 0-3 6, Paoli 1 0-0 3, Cobb 3 3-4 9, Casey 0 0-0 0, Valvano 0 0-0 0, Rossi 6 2-2 15, Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 8-14 54.

POTTSVILLE (46) - Carabello-Snowell 4 0-0 8, Yost 3 0-0 8, DiCello 2 0-0 5, Allen 0 0-0 0, Fenstermacher 3 0-0 6, Sukeena 4 0-0 11, Chivinski 0 2-2 2, Matlock 1 3-3 6. Totals 17 5-5 46.

Prep (5-5);8;14;16;16;-;54

Potts (9-5);13;8;11;14;-;46

3-point FGs: Yost 2, DiCello, Sukeena 3, Matlock

JV score: Scranton Prep 46-39

Crimson Tide Defeats the Spartans



POTTSVILLE - Jazce Carabello-Snowell and Raeff DiCello had big nights as Pottsville scored an important Schuylkill League Division I boys' basketball victory over North Schuylkill on Friday night at Martz Hall.

With Pottsville trailing by seven points, 27-20, at the half, it was DiCello who scored 15 in the third quarter as the Tide rallied for 28 points and a 48-33 lead it carried into the final eight minutes.

In the fourth quarter, Carabello-Snowell scored 10 as Pottsville held off a Spartans' rally. Carabello-Snowell finished with 22 points, while DiCello tallied 21.

Jack Keiter knocked down six triples and scored a game-high 29 points for North Schuylkill. Adam Scott added a dozen. 

NORTH SCHUYLKILL (57) - Wallace 0 0-0 0, Keiter 11 1-1 29, Zulkowski 2 1-3 6, Miller 1 0-0 2, Dean 0 1-2 1, Scott 5 2-5 12, Fisher 3 1-2 7. Totals 22 6-13 57.

POTTSVILLE (63) - Carabello-Snowell 8 6-8 22, Yost 1 1-2 4, DiCello 8 3-4 21, Allen 1 0-0 2, Fenstermacher 1 0-0 3, Sukeena 2 3-7 8, Chivinski 1 0-0 3, Matlock 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 13-21 63.

NS (7-7, 5-3);12;15;6;24;-;57

Potts (9-4, 8-0);9;11;28;15;-;63

3-point FGs: Keiter 6, Zulkowski, DiCello 2, Yost, Fenstermacher, Sukeena, Chivinski

JV score: Pottsville 42-7

Crimson Tide Rolls over Blue Raiders 


Pottsville 70, Tamaqua 58

TAMAQUA - Jazce Carabello-Snowell paced a quartet of double-digit scorers with a game-high 21 points as the Crimson Tide downed the Blue Raiders in a Division I game.

Mike Sukeena drained four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points for Pottsville, while Raeff DiCello added 15 and Darren Yost tallied 11.

Connor Dillon paced Tamaqua with 18 points, while Steven Hoffman had 12 and Nate Gregoire canned 11.

POTTSVILLE (70) - Carabello-Snowell 8 4-5 21, Matlock 1 0-0 3, Yost 4 2-4 11, DiCello 7-11 15, Allen 0 0-0 0, Bainbridge 0 0-0 0, Fenstermacher 1 2-2 4, Sukeena 6 0-0 16, Chivinski 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 9-14 70.

TAMAQUA (58) - Ansbach 3 0-0 7, Lewis 0 0-0 0, Hoffman 4 2-3 12, McLaughlin 1 0-0 2, Milot 0 2-2 2, Kane 1 2-2 4, Dillon 7 1-3 18, Ligenza 0 0-0 0, Andrews 0 0-0 0, Gregoire 5 0-0 11, P. Coleman 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 7-10 58.

Potts (8-4, 7-0);16;19;19;16;-;70

Tam (5-8, 3-4);10;11;12;25;-;58

3-point FGs: Carabello-Snowell, Matlock, Yost, Sukeena 4, Dillon 3, Hoffman 2, Ansbach, Gregoire

JV score: Pottsville 39-33 

Tide Gets Beat at the Buzzer


Williamsport 53, Pottsville 50

WILLIAMSPORT - J.J. Beagle hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Williamsport to a non-league win over the Crimson Tide.

Jazce Carabello-Snowell paced a trio of double-digit scorers for Pottsville with 19 points. Darren Yost added 13 and Mike Sukeena had 12.

POTTSVILLE (50) - Carabello-Snowell 7 3-3 19, Matlock 0 0-0 0, Yost 3 6-6 13, DiCello 1 2-2 4, Allen 0 0-0 0, Fenstermacher 1 0-0 2, Sukeena 5 0-0 12, Chivinski 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 11-11 50.

WILLIAMSPORT (53) - Brown 8 3-4 20, Kline 0 0-0 0, Whaley 3 0-0 7, Lake 0 0-0 0, Connelly-Ali 1 2-2 4, Frierson 2 1-1 6, Beagle 6 0-0 13, Fausnaught 0 0-0 0, MacDonald 1 0-0 3, White 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 6-7 53.

Potts (7-4);13;11;12;14;-;50

Will (7-2);14;11;12;16;-;53

3-point FGs: Carabello-Snowell 2, Yost, Su

Tide Tops Jim Thorpe



Jazce Carabello-Snowell had a big night offensively as Pottsville remained unbeaten in Schuylkill League Division 1 play, defeating Jim Thorpe 55-44 on Thursday night at Martz Hall. Carabello-Snowell scored a game-high 22 points, while Darren Yost added 14 forthe Crimson Tide. 

For Jim Thorpe, Derryl Fisher was the only player to finish in double figures with 16

Jim Thorpe (44) Herron 1 7-10 9, Richards 1 0-0 3, Warner 0 0-0 0, McHugh 4 0-0 9, Fisher 6 3-5 16, Disanto 0 1-2 1, Heydt 3 0-0 6 Totals 15 11-17 44

Pottsville (55) Carabello-Snowell 7 7-9 22, Matlock 1 0-1 2, Yost 2 9-14 14, Dicello 2 1-2 5, Allen 0 0-0 0, Bainbridge 0 0-0 0, Fenstermacher 1 1-2 3, Sukeena 3 0-0 7, Chivinski 1 0-0 2  Totals 17 18-28 55


Jim Thorpe (6-5, 3-3)   8   14   5   17 -- 44

Pottsville (7-3, 6-0)       14   10   11   11 -- 55


3-P0int FG's: Richards, McHugh, Fisher, Carabello-Snowell, Yost, Sukeena


JV Score: Pottsville 50-26 

Crimson Tide Rolls over Lehighton 



Pottsville 67

Lehighton 25

LEHIGHTON - Darren Yost scored all 13 of his points in a 27-7, second-quarter outburst that propelled Pottsville past Lehighton in a Division I game.

Jazce Carabello-Snowell scored a game-high 19 points for the Crimson Tide, who led 43-12 at halftime. Jack Lorenz and Joe Roth each had seven for the Indians. 

POTTSVILLE (67) - Carabello-Snowell 7 3-4 19, Matlock 3 0-0 6, Yost 5 1-1 13, DiCello 3 1-2 7, Allen 1 0-0 3, Bainbridge 1 0-2 2, Fenstermacher 3 0-0 7, Sukeena 3 0-0 8, Chivinski 0 0-0 0, Schappell 1 0-0 2, Montone 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 5-9 67.

LEHIGHTON (25) - Hawk 1 0-0 3, Porambo 0 0-0 0, Lorenz 3 0-0 7, Blauch 0 0-0 0, Costenbader 1 2-4 4, Lutz 1 0-0 2, Bastone 0 0-0 0, Roth 3 1-3 7, Schatz 0 0-0 0, Serfass 0 0-0 0, Hoke 1 0-0 2. Totals 10 3-7 25.

Potts (6-3, 5-0);16;27;13;11;-;67

Leh (2-10, 0-5);5;7;6;7;-;25

3-point FGs: Carabello-Snowell 2, Yost 2, Allen, Fenstermacher, Sukeena 2, Hawk, Lorenz

JV score: Pottsville 59-25

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Crimson Tide clips the Cardinals Wings



POTTSVILLE - The marquee outside Martz Hall read "Boys' basketball vs. Pine Grove."

It easily could have read "The Jazce Carabello-Snowell Show."

The Pottsville senior center was the feature attraction Thursday night, scoring a career-high 31 points and pulling down eight rebounds as the Crimson Tide downed the Cardinals 69-36 in a Schuylkill League Division I contest.

The 6-foot-3 standout netted 13 of his points in a 25-6, third-quarter run that helped Pottsville (5-3, 4-0 D-I) stay unbeaten in league play.

"Jazce was great tonight," Pottsville coach Jake Wartella said. "We always say he's probably the best athlete on the court and tonight he played like it.

"The kids thrived off it, and he provided energy all night."

Carabello-Snowell announced his presence early, scoring eight points in the first quarter as the Crimson Tide forged a 14-13 lead. He was aggressive and physical in the paint, snatching seven of his rebounds in the first half, most of which were on the offensive end.

He tallied 14 of his points in the first half, helping Pottsville to a 28-20 lead.

"I felt like I was unstoppable tonight," Carabello-Snowell said. "I kept my hustle up all four quarters. I kept pushing. I felt I could do anything."

Despite Carabello-Snowell's play, however, the Crimson Tide couldn't create separation from the pesky Cardinals (5-5, 2-2).

Pine Grove used five points by Garrett Brandt, who finished with 18, and triples by Killian Skocik and Grant Culbert to grab a 13-8 lead with 2:22 left in the first period.

Pottsville answered with a 14-0 run as the Crimson Tide defense started to flex its muscles, holding the Cardinals without a field goal for nearly six minutes. The Tide lead 27-15 before a 3-pointer by Brandt and a layup by Geesey helped Pine Grove cut the deficit to eight at intermission.

"We weren't a happy group at halftime. We thought we could have played better, especially on defense," Wartella said. "There wasn't too many Xs and Os going on up here. It's usually a mindset with our guys. They came out, played their butts off in the third quarter and I couldn't be more proud of them."

The halftime talk proved successful when Pottsville opened the second half on a 16-0 run. Carabello-Snowell had 10 of those points and Raeff DiCello added the other six as Pottsville took complete control.

Carabello-Snowell scored 13 points in the third quarter and added four more in the fourth as Pottsville outscored Pine Grove 41-16 in the second half.

"We were just playing all together. It was just flowing for us," Carabello-Snowell said. "When I got my looks, they were going in. We played really well as a team tonight."

Carabello-Snowell had six of his points in the key run off steals as the Tide held Pine Grove to just two shots in the frame and forced nine turnovers. Over the middle quarters, Pine Grove shot just 4-for-7 from the field and committed 16 turnovers. The Cardinals finished the game with 28 giveaways.

"We had a bad third quarter (in a loss Monday at Jim Thorpe) and our third quarter was awful tonight," Pine Grove coach Frank D'Agostino said. "We have to come out with a little more energy, little more effort. We were only down eight at the half. We have to want it more.

"We're learning, we're growing. No excuses, we have to be better."

Pottsville had an 11-day break before Monday's win against Panther Valley and is averaging 66.25 points in its four league games. The way Carabello-Snowell and the Crimson Tide defense played Thursday, they're going to be tough to beat in the Division I race.

"We had over a week off after a shutdown and had a game canceled and I feel we figured some things out about our team," Wartella said. "We're starting to click a little bit. Some young guys are stepping up, our seniors are being leaders and we're playing as a team. It's fun to watch."



Game Summary

PINE GROVE (36) - Brandt 6 3-5 18, Unger 0 1-2 1, Skocik 1 0-0 3, Culbert 1 0-0 3, Geesey 3 0-0 7, Tobin 0 0-0 0, Sarge 1 0-0 2, O. Hannevig 1 0-0 2, Cooper 0 0-0 0, E. Hannevig 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 4-7 36.

POTTSVILLE (69) - Carabello-Snowell 12 6-10 31, Yost 1 0-0 2, DiCello 3 4-6 10, Fenstermacher 0 2-2 2, Sukeena 1 0-0 2, Matlock 4 0-0 9, Chivinski 2 0-0 6, Montone 1 0-0 2, Allen 0 1-3 1, Bainbridge 1 1-2 4. Totals 25 14-23 69.

PG (5-5, 2-2);13;7;6;10;-;36

Potts (5-3, 4-0);14;14;25;16;-;69

3-point FGs: Brandt 3, Skocik, Culbert, Geesey, Carabello-Snowell, Matlock, Chivinski 2, Bainbridge

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Photo By Pottsville Republican

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Photo By Pottsville Republican

Crimson Tide Pounds The Panthers



Pottsville 71

Panther Valley 37

LANSFORD - Darren Yost scored 12 points and Nick Chivinski scored 11 points as Pottsville downed Panther Valley in a Schuylkill League Division I game.

Jazce Carabello-Snowell and Raeff DiCello each added 10 points for Crimson Tide.

Stephen Hood paced Panther Valley with 11 points.

POTTSVILLE (71) - Carabello-Snowell 4 2-2 10, Matlock 4 0-0 9, Yost 5 1-2 12, DiCello 4 1-2 10, Allen 0 0-0 0, Bainbridge 0 0-0 0, Fenstermacher 2 1-2 6, Sukeena 2 0-0 5, Chivinski 4 0-0 11, Montone 3 0-0 8. Totals 28 5-8 71.

PANTHER VALLEY (37) - Kokinda 1 0-0 3, Weaver 1 0-0 3, Orsulak 0 0-0 0, B. Hood 0 0-0 0, Jones 0 0-0 0, Kindt 3 0-0 6, Pascoe 4 1-3 9, S. Hood 5 0-0 11, Hazzard 0 0-0 0, McAndrew 0 0-0 0, Turner 1 0-0 2, Gardinez 0 0-0 0, Buyce 1 0-0 3, Maynard 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 1-3 37.

Potts (4-3);22;13;22;14;-;71

PV (3-4);11;4;8;14;-;37

3-point FGs: Matlock 2, Yost, DiCello, Fenstermacher, Sukeena, Chivinski 2, Montone 2, Kokinda, Weaver,  S. Hood, Buyce

JV score: Pottsville 41-25

  • Hazleton Downs The Tide
  • Dec 23, 2021 Updated 13 hrs ago

POTTSVILLE - A rough third quarter was too much for Pottsville to overcome.

Hazleton Area used six points by Luke Gennaro in a decisive third quarter as the Cougars captured a 47-41 victory over the Crimson Tide in a non-league boys' basketball game Thursday night at Martz Hall.

Raeff DiCello scored all 13 of his points in the first half for Pottsville (3-3) as the Tide and Cougars battled to a 23-23 tie.

Hazleton Area forged ahead 33-28 after three frames then iced it at the foul line, shooting 7-for-12 in the fourth quarter.

Mike Sukeena also tallied 13 points for Pottsville, while Darren Yost netted 10. Josiah Guerra paced Hazleton Area with 12 points, while Sammy Guzman and Gennaro each added 11.

HAZLETON AREA (47) - Catrone 0 0-0 0, Cusatis 1 0-0 2, Gennaro 5 1-2 11, Shamany 0 0-2 0, Guerra 4 3-5 12, Lopez 1 0-0 2, Morrieson 4 1-3 9, Hebel 0 0-0 0, Guzman 4 2-2 11. Totals 19 7-14 47.

POTTSVILLE (41) - Carabello-Snowell 1 0-1 3, Yost 4 1-4 10, DiCello 6 0-0 13, Allen 0 0-0 0, Fenstermacher 1 0-0 2, Sukeena 5 1-2 13, Chivinski 0 0-0 0, Matlock 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 2-7 41.


Po (3-3);6;17;5;13;-;41

3-point FGs: Guerra, Guzman, Carabello-Snowell, Yost, DiCello, Sukeena 2

JV score: No repor

 Yost's clutch shots lift Pottsville by Blue Mountain

POTTSVILLE - There was no form to it. No elevation, no deep knee bend, no long arc of the arms ... just a quick flick of the wrists.

Darren Yost didn't care. His 3-pointer from the top of the key found nothing but net. It was the spark Pottsville needed en route to a 71-55 victory over Blue Mountain in a Schuylkill League Division I clash Tuesday night at Martz Hall.

Yost, a senior guard, took over the game from that point, scoring 14 of his game-high 25 points over the final 10 minutes as the Crimson Tide outscored Blue Mountain 30-13 during that stretch to capture the key Division I victory.

"I know I needed to step today," Yost said. "Blue Mountain is a big rival. They always come out and play us tough.

"I felt good coming into the game, my shot felt good in warm-ups. I knew I had to take my shots today instead of passing and defending like I usually do."

Yost's flick-of-the-wrist 3-pointer came with Pottsville (3-2, 2-0 D-I) trailing 42-41 with just under 2 minutes left in the third quarter.

It came after the 5-foot-8 Yost pulled down a pair of offensive rebounds to keep the possession alive. He added another triple to close the third quarter that put Pottsville up 47-42 and sparked a 13-4 run that gave the Tide an eight-point lead.

Blue Mountain (2-1, 1-1) used buckets by Carson Kerstetter and Kade Henninger to slice the deficit to four at 54-50 with 4:05 left in the game, but Yost hit 8-of-9 free throws down the stretch as Pottsville pulled away.

"I knew we needed a spark there. We were struggling trying to get something going offensively," Yost said of his key 3-pointer. "They kept pushing us out a little bit. I saw the opportunity, I had a little space, so I just took a shot."

The game was nip-and-tuck for the first three quarters, as the teams were tied at 10-10 after one frame and 29-29 at halftime.

Tightly called by the officials, the first half featured 24 fouls, 15 of which were on Pottsville. Neither team had a lead bigger than four points the entire half, with a Yost 3-pointer with 2 seconds left in the half tying the contest.

Jazce Carabello-Snowell scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half for Pottsville, while Kerstetter had nine of his team-high 18.

"At halftime I told the kids, ‘Every time you play (Blue Mountain), it's going to be a battle. We know that," Pottsville coach Jake Wartella said. "It was back and forth, it was a chippy game. I just told them to keep fighting. We had to do the little things in the second half if we were going to come out with the win."

The key for Pottsville in the second half was its effort on the offensive glass. The Tide gave themselves several second-chance opportunities with offensive rebounds and converted most of them.

Carabello-Snowell added 14 rebounds to his 18 points. Henninger added 17 points for Blue Mountain.

"At halftime, that's what we were preaching, to do a better job of boxing out," Blue Mountain coach Dustin Werdt said. "You have to credit Pottsville for hitting the glass as hard as they did and it certainly paid off for them.

"It seemed every time they got one, they either got a bucket or an open three."

The loss was the first of the season for Blue Mountain, while the victory was the third straight for Pottsville after a pair of losses to open the season.

It was also an early-season battle for Division I supremacy. The teams meet again Jan. 25 in Orwigsburg.

"Basketball season is like a roller coaster. There's a lot of ups, there's a lot of downs," Wartella said. "We took our lumps early, we learned from it and I think we keep getting better from game to game. Everything didn't go perfect tonight, but our kids made plays down the stretch."


Game Summary

BLUE MOUNTAIN (55) - Campbell 2 4-6 9, Henninger 6 3-4 17, Kerstetter 7 4-7 18, Devitt 0 0-2 0, Thomas 3 0-0 7, Caulfield 1 2-2 4, Guers 0 0-0 0, Walasavage 0 0-0 0, Miller 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 13-21 55.

POTTSVILLE (71) - Carabello-Snowell 7 2-2 18, Yost 6 9-10 25, DiCello 2 1-1 5, Fenstermacher 4 0-0 9, Sukeena 4 2-2 10, Matlock 2 0-1 4, Chivinski 0 0-0 0, Fermaintt 0 0-0 0, Allen 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 14-16 71.

BM (2-1, 1-1);10;19;13;13;-;55

Po (3-2, 2-0);10;19;18;24;-;71

3-point FGs: Campbell, Henninger 2, Thomas, Carabello-Snowell 2, Yost 4, Fenstermacher

JV score: Pottsville 66-42

Crimson Tide Rolls


Pottsville 63

NW Lehigh 30

POTTSVILLE - Jazce Carabello-Snowell scored 19 points as Pottsville downed Northwestern Lehigh Lehigh in a non-league game at Martz Hall.

Mike Sukeena added 12 points for the Crimson Tide. 

Dylan Witkowski paced Northwestern Lehigh with 12 points.

NORTHWESTERN LEHIGH (30) - Fitch 0 0-0 0, Christopher 2 0-0 5, Zimmerman 0 0-0 0, Shuhay 0 0-0 0, Osborne 0 0-0 0, J. Mauro 1 0-1 2, Koslowski 1 0-2 2, Nelson 0 1-2 1, Lazarus 2 1-2 5, Hellman 1 1-2 3, Witkowski 3 4-4 12, Tyler 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 7-13 30.

POTTSVILLE (63) - Carabello-Snowell 7 3-6 19, Matlock 1 0-0 3, Yost 2 0-0 6, DiCello 4 0-0 8, Fenstermacher 3 0-1 7, Sukeena 4 1-2 12, Chivinski 1 0-0 2, Williams 1 0-0 3, Davis 1 0-0 2, Fermaint 0 0-2 0, Montone 0 1-2 1. Totals 24 5-13 63.


Potts (2-2);14;17;18;14;-;63

3-point FGs: Christopher, Witkowski 2, Carabello-Snowell 2, Matlock, Yost 2, Fenstermacher, Sukeena 3, Williams

Crimson Tide Rips Spartans


Pottsvile 54

North Schuylkill 37

FOUNTAIN SPRINGS - Raeff DiCello scored 21 points as Pottsville downed North Schuylkill in a Schuylkill League Division I game.

DiCello scored 17 points in the first half as the Crimson Tide jumped out to a 29-17 lead. Jazce Carabello-Snowell added 12 points for Pottsville.

Jack Keiter paced North Schuylkill with 9 points.  

POTTSVILLE (54) - Yost 3 2-2 9, DiCello 9 2-2 21, Fenstermaster 1 0-0 2, Sukeena 3 0-0 7, Chivinski 0 0-0 0, Carabello-Snowell 4 4-6 12, Matlock 1 0-0 3, Allen 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 8-10 54.

NORTH SCHUYLKILL (37) - Miller 1 0-0 2, Keiter 3 1-2 9, Scott 3 0-1 6, Fisher 1 0-0 2, Conti 3 2-2 10, Wallace 0 0-0 0, Beleck 0 0-0 0, Zulkowski 1 0-0 2, Dean 0 2-2 2, Brown 2 0-0 4. Totals 14 5-7 37.

Potts (1-2, 1-0);14;15;15;10;-;54

NS (0-1, 0-1);10;7;9;11;-;37

 3-point FGs: Yost, DiCello, Sukeena, Matlock, Keiter 2, Conti 2

Crimson Tide Loses To Berks Catholic 



POTTSVILLE - There was a playoff atmosphere Monday night at Martz Hall, and the game lived up to it.

Aidan Sands hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 14.9 seconds left to lift Berks Catholic to a 49-46 victory over Pottsville in a non-league boys' basketball game.

Sands finished with a game-high 17 points, while Josiah Jordan added 14 as the Saints overcame a 27-22 halftime deficit and used a 15-9, fourth-quarter run to win it.

Jazce Carabello-Snowell paced the Crimson Tide with 16 points, while Darren Yost added 11 and Raeff DiCello netted 10.

BERKS CATHOLIC (49) - Sands 6 1-2 17, Reinhart 0 0-0 0, Jordan 6 2-7 14, Koch 2 4-4 9, Geddio 0 0-0 0, Miller 1 0-0 3, Gaffney 0 0-0 0, Givens 1 2-2 4, Doyle 0 0-0 0, Lawlor 1 0-0 2, Diaz 0 0-0 0, Neiw 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 9-15 49.

 POTTSVILLE (46) - Carabello-Snowell 6 0-0 16, Matlock 0 0-0 0, Yost 4 2-3 11, DiCello 3 2-2 10, Fenstermacher 1 0-0 2, Sukeena 2 0-0 4, Chivinski 1 0-0 3, Fermaintt 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 4-5 46.

Berks (3-0);13;9;12;15;-;49

Potts (0-2);17;10;10;9;-;46

3-point FGs: Sands 4, Koch, Miller, Carabello-Snowell 4, Yost, DiCello 2, Chivinski

JV score: Pottsville 53-37


Crimson Tide Loses Opener To Wilson 

Wilson West Lawn 45 

Pottsville 23 

WEST LAWN - Jazce Carabello-Snowell reached double figures with a team-high 12 points but the Crimson Tide fell behind early and never recovered in a non-league loss to the Bulldogs. 

Wilson drained three 3-pointers in the first quarter en route to a 19-4 lead and then led 30-13 at intermission. Cam Jones and Foddy Sillah each had 10 points to pace Wilson's balanced attack. 

POTTSVILLE (23) - Carabello-Snowell 5 1-6 12, Matlock 0 0-1 0, Yost 2 0-0 5, DiCello 0 0-0 0, Allen 0 0-0 0, Bainbridge 1 2-2 4, Fenstermacher 0 0-0 0, Sukeena 1 0-0 2, Chivinski 0 0-0 0, Davis 0 0-0 0, Fermaintt 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 3-9 23. 

WILSON WEST LAWN (45) - Jones 4 1-1 10, Coldren 1 0-0 3, Harding 2 0-0 6, Melogrand 3 0-0 8, Odidle 4 0-0 8, Breslin 0 0-0 0, Wright 0 0-0 0, Cieniewicz 0 0-0 0, Sekulski 0 0-0 0, Gruber 0 0-0 0, Crocona 0 0-0 0, Rigdon 0 0-0 0, Sillah 5 0-2 10. Totals 19 1-3 45. 

Potts (0-1);4;9;3;7;-;23 

Wilson (1-0);19;11;12;3;-;45 

3-point FGs: Carabello-Snowell, Yost, Jones, Coldren, Harding 2, Melogrand 2 

JV score: Wilson 49-36 


Head coach: Jake Wartella (2nd season)

Last season: 16-4, 11-1 D-I. Division I champion, Schuylkill League runner-up, District 11 Class 5A semifinalist

Key players lost: Nico Heimbaugh, Nico Boris, Mekhi McCuller

Key players returning: Jazce Carabello-Snowell (sr., F, 14.7 ppg), Darren Yost (sr., G, 9.2 ppg), Raeff DiCello (sr., G, 8.9 ppg), Mike Sukeena (sr., F, 7.1 ppg), Chase Fenstermacher (sr., G), Travontai Davis (sr., F)

Key newcomers: Nick Chivinski (jr., F), Amaree Bainbridge (jr., F), Rylan Matlock (jr., F), Tejay Allen (jr., F), Letrel Montone (fr., G/F)

Outlook: The Crimson Tide have owned Division I for more than a decade, winning the past 12 crowns. Nothing changes this season. Wartella has a veteran squad with eight seniors and returns four starters, including All-Area first-teamers Yost and Carabello-Snowell and sharpshooters DiCello and Sukeena. Tide are not overly tall, so playing solid defense and being patient on offense are key. Another postseason run is a strong possibility. Division favorite.