January 22 — What started as a way to help families in need has evolved into a massive fundraiser.
Coach vs. Cancer/Suit & Sneaker Week kicks off its 16th campaign in District 2 on Monday as communities unite to support the American Cancer Society. Scranton Prep men’s basketball coach Andrew Kettel started the initiative when he was coach of the Lackawanna Trail, and former player Casey Casrall’s father, Joe Casrall, was battling cancer and He finally passed away in 2008 at the age of 50.
Since then, more than
$3 million raised.
This week, we’re giving schools and teams the opportunity to host personalized activities such as hat giveaways, raffles and t-shirt sales at home gym games.
Last year, Valley View, Scranton, Dunmore, and Scranton Prep were among the top 10 colleges and universities in fundraising at Coaches vs. Cancer/Suits & Shoes Week.
This year, Kettell hosted a pre-season Coaches vs. Cancer Media Day at Scranton’s Riverfront Sports Complex for both the Lackawanna League and the Wyoming Valley Conference. There, guest speaker his Sunny Sunseri captivated the audience with an inspirational speech about his personal battle with cancer and the benefits he and other fighters have received through their efforts in the Coaches vs. Cancer program. bottom.
In addition to our annual Activity Week, the Coach vs. Cancer Hoopla Celebration, which has been canceled for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will return. The event is scheduled to take place Saturday at The Banks Waterfront from 7pm to 10pm. A $25 donation is required at the entrance and he must be 21 or older to participate. There is a basket raffle and a 50/50 draw. Entertainment is provided by his DJ his EJ.
Scranton Prep will host Abington Heights at the Xavier Center on Friday for the all-important Lackawanna Division I men’s basketball game. The school will again hold traditional events between junior national team and national team games. This year’s guest speaker is Kelly Granstra, who is battling cancer and shares her story.
Midvalley defeated Lakeland in the Lackawanna Division III men’s basketball game on Friday.
Sparta improved to 11 wins and 3 losses this season and recorded the most distance covered in 14 matches. Mid Valley started the season away from home with him appearing in 11 games. In those games, the team went his 8-3, with losses being Bethlehem Freedom (11-4), Carbondale Area (9-5), and Holy Cross (2006) as part of the Peter Touronis/NBT Tournament. 10 wins and 3 losses).
Junior center Ricky Binanski is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 19.9 points this season and 691 career points. Holiday Tournament Senior Danny Nemitz, who surpassed 1,000 career points during his season, is averaging 17.4 points per game.
Going forward, Sparta will host Old Forge in an important Lackawanna Division III match on Tuesday and Dunmore on Friday. Carbondale on January 31 after another game in his area at home to Mid-His Valley where he played four games in a row and finished his season as a regular at the roads in Lakeland.
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