Coaches vs. Most cancers/Fits & Sneakers week actions begin Monday

Jan. 22—It began as a means to assist households in want and grew into an enormous fundraising effort.

Coaches vs. Most cancers/Fits & Sneakers Week suggestions off its sixteenth marketing campaign Monday throughout District 2 as communities band collectively to assist the American Most cancers Society. Scranton Prep boys basketball coach Andrew Kettel began the initiative when he was coach at Lackawanna Path and former participant Casey Cathrall’s father, Joe Cathrall, was battling most cancers and finally died in 2008 at 50 years previous.

Since then, greater than

$3 million has been raised.

This week provides faculties and groups a possibility to carry particular person actions, together with a passing of the hat or raffles, and T-shirt gross sales at video games of their house gymnasiums.

Final 12 months, Valley View, Scranton, Dunmore and Scranton Prep had been ranked among the many high 10 faculties, which incorporates schools, for elevating cash throughout Coaches vs. Most cancers/Fits & Sneakers Week.

This 12 months, Kettel organized a preseason Coaches vs. Most cancers Media Day for each the Lackawanna League and Wyoming Valley Convention on the Riverfront Sports activities Advanced in Scranton. There, visitor speaker Sunny Sunseri captivated the viewers with a shifting speech about his non-public most cancers battle and the advantages he and different fighters obtain by the efforts of the Coaches vs. Most cancers program.

Along with the annual week of actions, the Coaches vs. Most cancers Hoopla Celebration returns after being canceled the final two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The occasion is scheduled to conclude the week Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Banks Waterfront. A $25 donation is requested on the door, and also you should be a minimum of 21 years previous to attend. There might be basket raffles and a 50/50 drawing. Leisure is offered by EJ the DJ.

Scranton Prep hosts Abington Heights on Friday on the Xavier Middle in an necessary Lackawanna Division I boys basketball recreation, and the college will once more maintain its conventional occasion between the junior varsity and varsity video games. This 12 months’s visitor speaker might be Kelly Grunstra, who’s battling most cancers and can share her story.

Street warriors

Mid Valley earned a win over Lakeland on Friday in a Lackawanna Division III boys basketball recreation.

The Spartans improved to 11-3 this season and have logged probably the most mileage by the 14 video games. Mid Valley has performed 11 video games away from house to start out the season. In these video games, the staff is 8-3, with the losses coming to Bethlehem Freedom (11-4), Carbondale Space (9-5) as a part of the Peter Turonis/NBT Match and Holy Cross (10-3).

Junior middle Ricky Vinansky is the staff’s main scorer, averaging 19.9 factors a recreation this season, and has 691 in his profession. Senior Danny Nemitz, who eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his profession through the vacation match season, averages 17.4 factors per recreation.

Transferring ahead, the Spartans host Outdated Forge in a key Lackawanna Division III recreation Tuesday and Dunmore on Friday. After one other street recreation at Carbondale Space on Jan. 31, Mid Valley will play 4 straight video games at house and end the common season on the street at Lakeland.

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