Winter sports start up Friday

Athletics teams from Susquehanna County will return to action with the first official winter sports practice taking place on Friday, Nov. 16.

Here is a roundup of all the local teams:

Boys’ Basketball

Blue Ridge’s boys’ basketball team is coached by Brian Woodruff and is entering Lackawanna League Division III coming off a 9-5 league record in 2011-12.

Elk Lake’s team is coached by John Warnero, and is taking to the court after finishing out a 6-8 season in Lackawanna League Division III.

Forest City is hitting the court and is looking to improve upon its 1-13 Division III record from last season.

Montrose’s boys’ team returns with new coach Sean Madden, who replaces longtime coach Todd Smith, after finishing 11-3 last season in Lackawanna League Division III.

Mountain View’s boys’ basketball team is coached by Dave Bell, and after finishing with a 3-11 record last year in Division III.

Susquehanna’s Sabers, coached by Lawrence Tompkins, finished up with a 1-13 Division III record, and look to improve in 2011-12.

Girls’ Basketball

Blue Ridge’s Lady Raiders are starting a new season under the direction of third-year coach Mike Budnik, and are hoping to boost the team’s 2-12 record from the 2011-12 campaign.

Elk Lake’s girls’ basketball team returns under coach Dave Shingler after it finished off last season at 5-9 in Lackawanna League Division III.

Forest City’s girls’ basketball team finished the Lackawanna league Division III campaign last year with a 11-3 record under coach Carl Urbas.

Montrose’s Meteors are coached by Al Smith and are returning to Lackawanna League Division III after taking the division championship and making a run in the state playoffs in 2011-12 with a 14-0 league record.

Mountain View will be coached by Jason Nese, and are looking to contend after finishing 4-10 in Lackawanna League Division III last season.

Susquehanna will look to improve the Sabers’ record of 1-13 in Division III last season.


The Blue Ridge wrestling team is headed back to the mats with coach Zack Edwards at the helm. They finished last season with a 1-5 team record. This year, the team will also feature wrestlers from Susquehanna Community.

Elk Lake’s team, coached by first-year coach Joe Ofalt finished 2-4 last year, fifth place overall in Lackawanna League Division II.

Montrose’s wrestling team, coached by Joe Moore will hit the mats after an 0-6 Lackawanna League Division II finish in the 2011-12 season.

Swimming and Diving

Elk Lake’s swimming and diving teams coached by Ed Murach (swimming) and Jim Phillips (diving) finished out the 2011-12 campaign with a 2-5 record on the girls’ side and a 1-6 record for the boys’ team.

Montrose athletes will also compete with the Elk Lake team, per an agreement between the two districts.