Kettel, Guido to coach in all-star classic

Scranton Prep coach Andrew Kettel, interviewed by John Bucci. (Photo courtesy or Rose Merritt, Row Z Designs).
Scranton Prep coach Andrew Kettel, interviewed by John Bucci. (Photo courtesy or Rose Merritt, Row Z Designs).

Two coaches who passed career milestones this season on their way to the state tournament will lead the two boys teams for the second annual Battle of the Valley All-Star Basketball Classic March 31 at 5 p.m. at the Lackawanna College Student Union.

Andrew Kettel will coach the Lackawanna League and Paul Guido will lead the Wyoming Valley Conference squad for the senior all-star game, which is presented by Joyce Insurance.

Kettel posted his 200th career win this season on the way to a repeat of the District 2 Class 4A championship and a berth in the state quarterfinals.

Guido won his 100th career game and led Holy Redeemer to the second round of the state Class 4A tournament after a berth in the district championship game.

Kettel is 215-94 in 12 seasons as a head coach, including 77-70 in six at Lackawanna Trail before going 138-24 over the past six while leading the Cavaliers.

In addition to his work with the team on the court, Kettel has received other honors for his actions connecting with coaching.

In 2018, he became the first high school coach to receive the Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award for his role in the development of Coaches vs. Cancer of Northeast PA. He was one of 50 coaches selected for the Positive Coaching Alliance Double Gold National Award in 2017.

Kettel’s Scranton Prep teams have won three Lackawanna League Division 1 championships, four straight district titles and six straight Lynett Memorial Tournament titles. He also won a division title with Lackawanna Trail where his Lions won the PIAA Team Sportsmanship Award in 2010.

Guido just completed his sixth season as head coach of the Royals. He had been an assistant coach at the school and Bishop O’Reilly, one of its predecessors, for more than a decade prior to that.

The Royals won both the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3 and District 2 Class 3A titles in the 2016-17 season and finished as runner-up in both each of the past two seasons.

Proceeds from the Battle of the Valley Classic benefit Allied Services Hospice and Palliative Care as well as Miles for Michael.

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