By Tom Robinson, NEPABasketball.com
WILKES-BARRE – Wyoming Seminary ended the season just one win short.
The Blue Knights finished in second place, one game behind Northwest for the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3 title.
Then, as the third seed in the District 2 Class 2A playoffs, Wyoming Seminary won its quarterfinal game, only to lose to eventual champion Old Forge in a district semifinal with both a trip to the Mohegan Sun Arena series of championship games and a state tournament berth at stake.
The good news for the Blue Knights is they return four of five starters from that squad.
The bad news is a climb from Class 2A to the ultra-competitive Class 3A has made the pursuit of district title games and state tournament berths much more difficult. Wyoming Seminary was moved up as part of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association’s collection of enrollment data every two years.
Junior guards Alex Wesneski and Ally Vezendy lead the way. Wesneski scored in double figures last season and Vezendy was just below that level.
Seniors Mia Raineri, a forward, and Maaike Reitsma, a guard, also return.
Forward Kate Getz gained some experience as a freshman last season.
“We’re a pretty veteran team, with having juniors and seniors – and some of the sophomores,” coach Abbey Rodway said during WVC Media Day at Norm’s Pizza earlier this month. “We’re looking to be competitive in the league.”
Wyoming Seminary gets a shot at Northwest on Opening Night of league play, Dec. 19. It does into the start of the WVC schedule with a 1-2 overall record.