Warrior runners look to contend

The Elk Lake boys’ cross country team puts in some miles in Dimock on Thursday afternoon. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN WOODRUFF

BY KEVIN WOODRUFF

ElkLake’s cross country teams are returning to the fray after the 2011 season which saw the girls’ team finish undefeated in District II at 22-0 and finish second in the PIAA Class AA state championship.

On the boys’ side, Warrior Luke Jones won the District II Class AA championship as the team finished up with a 16-6 record.

Returning runners for the Warrior girls’ team include Jenny VanEtten, Elizabeth Trowbrudge, Lainey Bedell, Kirsten Hollister, Kellie Grosvenor, Cassy Salsman, Emily Williams and Alayna Doolittle.

On the boys’ side, the Warriors return Jones, Eddie Cumens, Zack Moon, Matt Horvath, Seth Carney, Jason Vermeulen and Brandon Roman.

Coach Will Squier said he believes the girls have a good shot at being a top contender.

The Elk Lake Lady Warriors will look to build upon their 22-0 Lackawanna League finish this fall. Here, a group of Warriors get in a workout in Dimock on Thursday. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN WOODRUFF

“I think the girls are definitely competing for the district title,” Squier said. “And will compete well at the state level.”

For the boys’ team, Squier said that although the team is young, they should compete.

“I think the boys team will surprise a lot of people,” Squier said.

The boys’ team will compete within the league with tough acts such asBlue Ridgeand Holy Cross, while the girls will battle to remain atop the league standings.

Squier said that returning district champion Jones will be the runner to beat for the boys’ team while the seniorElkLakegirls will provide strong leadership among the pack.

TheElkLakeboys’ cross country team is comprised of Jones, Cumens, Moon, Horvath, Carney, Vemeulen, Roman, Hunter Bedell and Dalton Sherman.

TheElkLakegirls’ cross country team is comprised of VanEtten, Trowbridge, Bedell, Hollister, Grosvenor, Salsman, Williams, Doolittle, Kenzie Jones and Courtney Chew.

ElkLakekicks off its season atDelawareValleyon Wednesday, Sept. 5, at4:45 p.m.

Full schedule:

Sept. 5, atDelawareValleyvs.DelawareValley, Wallenpaupack,4:45 p.m.

Sept. 11, atNorth Poconovs.AbingtonHeights, Valley View,4:45 p.m.

Sept. 18, at Montrose vs. Honesdale,Western Wayne,ForestCity,Carbondale,4:45 p.m.

Sept. 25, atScrantonvs.West Scranton, Mid Valley,4:45 p.m.

Oct. 2, atBlue Ridgevs.ScrantonPrep, Holy Cross,4:45 p.m.

Oct. 9, home vs.Dunmore,Riverside,4:45 p.m.

Oct. 16, atLakelandvs. Lackawanna Trail, Susquehanna,Mt.View.

Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge’s cross country team is returning after the boys finished off the 2011 season at 19-3 under first-year coach Sam Folk, while the girls’ team had an 0-22 record.

Full schedule:

Sept. 5, atDelawareValleyvs.DelawareValley, Wallenpaupack,4:45 p.m.

Sept. 11, atNorth Poconovs.AbingtonHeights, Valley View,4:45 p.m.

Sept. 18, at Montrose vs. Honesdale,Western Wayne,ForestCity,Carbondale,4:45 p.m.

Sept. 25, atScrantonvs.West Scranton, Mid Valley,4:45 p.m.

Oct. 2, home vs. Scranton Prep, Holy Cross,4:45 p.m.

Oct. 9, atElkLakevs.Dunmore,Riverside,4:45 p.m.

Oct. 16, atLakelandvs. Lackawanna Trail, Susquehanna,Mt.View.

Forest City

ForestCity’s cross country teams are back for a new season after both the boys’ and girls’ teams had a 0-22 records in 2011.

Full schedule:

Sept. 5, atAbingtonHeightsvs.North Pocono, Valley View,4:45 p.m.

Sept. 11, atWestern Waynevs.DelawareValley, Wallenpaupack,4:45 p.m.

Sept. 18, at Montrose vs.ElkLake,Blue Ridge,4:45 p.m.

Sept. 25, at Honesdale vs.Lakeland, Lackawanna Trail,4:45 p.m.

Oct. 2, atCarbondalevs. Mid Valley,West Scranton,4:45 p.m.

Oct. 9, at Honesdale vs. Holy Cross,ScrantonPrep,4:45 p.m.

Oct. 16, home againstDunmore,Riverside,4:45 p.m.

Montrose

Montrose’s cross country teams are returning for a new season after the girls had a 15-7 record in 2011. The boys finished with an 8-14 record and look to improve upon their record.

Full schedule:

Sept. 5, atDelawareValleyvs.DelawareValley, Wallenpaupack,4:45 p.m.

Sept. 11, atNorth Poconovs.AbingtonHeights, Valley View,4:45 p.m.

Sept. 18, home vs.Western Wayne, Honesdale,ForestCity,Carbondale,4:45 p.m.

Sept. 25, atScrantonvs.West Scranton, Mid Valley,4:45 p.m.

Oct. 2, atBlue Ridgevs.ScrantonPrep, Holy Cross,4:45 p.m.

Oct. 9, atElkLakevs.Dunmore,Riverside,4:45 p.m.

Oct. 16, atLakelandvs. Lackawanna Trail, Susquehanna,Mt.View.

Mountain View

Mountain View’s girls’ had a 2-20 record in 2011 while the boys’ team finished 0-22. Both teams will look to improve upon last season.

Full schedule:

Sept. 5, at Lackawanna Trail vs.Dunmore,Riverside,4:45 p.m.

Sept. 11, atScrantonPrep vs. Holy Cross,ScrantonPrep,4:45 p.m.

Sept. 18, home vs.Scranton,West Scranton, Mid Valley,4:45 p.m.

Sept. 25, at Honesdale vs.Western Wayne,ForestCity,Carbondale,4:45 p.m.

Oct. 2, at Susquehanna vs.North Pocono, Valley View,AbingtonHeights,4:45 p.m.

Oct. 9, atLakelandvs.DelawareValley, Wallenpaupack,4:45 p.m.

Oct. 16, atLakelandvs.ElkLake,Blue Ridge, Montrose,4:45 p.m.

Susquehanna

Susquehanna’s boys’ team is returning after a 4-18 finish in 2011, while the girls’ team will look to build upon an 8-14 finish last year.

Full schedule:

Sept. 5, at Lackawanna Trail vs.Dunmore,Riverside,4:45 p.m.

Sept. 11, atNorth Poconovs.AbingtonHeights, Valley View,4:45 p.m.

Sept. 18, atMt.Viewvs.Scranton,West Scranton, Mid Valley,4:45 p.m.

Sept. 25, at Honesdale vs.Western Wayne,ForestCity,Carbondale,4:45 p.m.

Oct. 2, home vs.North Pocono, Valley View,AbingtonHeights,4:45 p.m.

Oct. 9, atLakelandvs.DelawareValley, Wallenpaupack,4:45 p.m.

Oct. 16, atLakelandvs.ElkLake,Blue Ridge, Montrose,4:45 p.m.