High school gyms busy with the start of official practices

Basketball teams at many schools around District 2 are getting on the practice court for the first time today, November 17.

The official start of practice was Friday, but bad roads and school closings from Thursday’s snowstorm canceled the majority of those practices.

Abington Heights was among those who waited to get started today. The Comets began preparation for their state Class 5A boys basketball title defense with a noon practice.

The group that made it to the gym Friday included the defending Lackawanna League Division 4 boys and girls champions at Susquehanna. There, Kirk Fallon ran his first practice as head girls coach of a veteran team that will be trying to continue the most extended run of girls success in school history.

While teams all got started, a few did so without players still wrapping up the fall sports season.

Holy Redeemer was playing in the girls volleyball state final while Wyoming Seminary was playing in the state field hockey championship game, delaying the start of the practice for all-stars Julia Andrejko from Holy Redeemer and Alex Wesneski from Wyoming Seminary.

Football teams from eight district schools remained active, occupying the time of a group of players that is led by Lafayette recruit Leo O’Boyle at Scranton Prep.

Wallenpaupack, Lakeland and Dunmore each had their football seasons end Saturday afternoon, meaning their football/basketball players will be available soon. Delaware Valley, Valley View, Dallas, Scranton Prep and Lackawanna Trail were still playing at that point.