King’s quarterback Zach Whitehead (center) receives his game MVP award from Monarch coach Jeff Knarr (left) and King’s president Father John Ryan, C.S.C (right).
Image by Bob Ziedie

Football (Mayor’s Cup)
The Monarchs answered many of the doubters who thought last year’s blowout victory at Schmidt Stadium was a fluke by retaining the Mayor’s Cup on Saturday, November 11.

The team won the annual matchup with Wilkes for the fourth time in five years on a brisk Saturday afternoon, with a final of 40-26 in a wild contest.

The Monarchs jumped out to a 26-6 lead thanks to a balanced offensive attack that registered 496 total yards of offense.

It started with the rushing prowess of junior running back Jordan Downes, who ran for 94 yards and a score on 13 touches.

Wilkes scored 20 unanswered points off turnovers in the third quarter to even the score at 26, but King’s jumped back in front, thanks to its seniors.

Halfback Trey Campbell caught 10 for 92 yards and the go-ahead score late in the third quarter.

Tyler Marroni caught eight balls for 92 yards and two scores, the second for 19 yards to seal the deal.

The game MVP was quarterback Zach Whitehead. He went 26-for-35 with 327 yards, and four touchdowns, although he did throw three picks Saturday afternoon. He finished his collegiate career with 6,003 passing yards, 41 touchdowns, and 503 completions (all career records at King’s). He also has 840 career rush yards and 27 ground scores.

Marroni also set records of his own, setting records with 1,089 receiving yards and 73 receptions on the season, while finishing second all-time with 2,272 yards.

King’s finishes the season 5-5 for the second straight year and have their sights on coming back strong in 2018.

The swimming teams overwhelmingly defended their home pool this weekend, sweeping Lebanon Valley and Stevenson on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Against Lebanon Valley, the women posted a 123-73 mark while the men won 109-62.

Less than 24 hours later, the men improved to 5-0 on the season with a 105-25 mark, while the women scored a 122-71 victory to improve to 4-0.

The teams then compete at the Diamond City Invitation this weekend at the Wyoming Valley CYC on South Washington Street in Wilkes-Barre.

Men’s Ice Hockey
The men’s ice hockey team remains winless, losing twice this week.

Against Stevenson on November 10, the Monarchs were in the game until they conceded twice in the last three minutes.

Junior goaltender Jake Tugnutt stopped 37 shots in the 4-1 defeat.

Junior defenseman Nick Palumbo scored the lone Monarch goal.

Then, they took on Neumann the next day, but lost 4-2. Palumbo and Cam Anklewich each scored a goal in the contest that was 2-2 after two periods before Neumann pulled away in the third.

Up next on the schedule is a home matchup on November 17 at 7 p.m. against Bryn Athyn and an away matchup on November 18 at 7 p.m. at Manhattanville.

They then travel to the WSYB/Catamount Radio Invitational in Vermont over Thanksgiving weekend.

Women’s Ice Hockey
The short-staffed women’s squad endured a tough weekend, falling to third-ranked Elmira twice in blowout.

Kiva Sierra Stoltz stopped a whopping 73 shots against an elite Elmira team in Saturday’s loss that had six different skaters score.

Then, the Soaring Eagles scored in an 11-0 route on Sunday.

The Lady Monarchs have a home-and-home this weekend with Lebanon Valley.

On Saturday, they travel to Hershey to face the Dutchmen at 2 p.m., then the series shifts to Pittston’s Revolutionary Ice Centre at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The wrestling team struggled at the PA/NYC Duals on November 11 at Wilkes University.

They lost to New York University 43-6, Hunter College 34-24, and Cortland State 44-7.

Senior Ralph Bernardo (285 lb.) beat all three of his challengers, with one pin.

Jake Taylor took two out of his three matches in the 141 class, while Dakota Quick and Devin Steeler each earned a win against Hunter in the 125 lb. and 197 lb. classes.

The team travels to Worcester, Massachusetts on Saturday for the WPI Duals, where they have matches against Worcester Polytech, Roger Williams, Norwich, and Castleton.

Cross Country
The cross country squads ended the season at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in Newville, Pennsylvania on November 11.

The men’s team finished 39th of 51 squads. Nilang Suthar paced the Monarchs, finishing 208th of 365 finishers in 28:39.1.

The Lady Monarchs finished 22nd of 49 teams, and had two in the top 100.

Marissa Durako finished her career finishing 66th of 351 runners in 23:58.6. Cera Gaston was 86th with a personal-best time of 24:13.0.

Basketball Preview
The basketball season opens this week for both the men’s and women’s teams.

Both teams are looking to rebound after losing seasons last year.

The Lady Monarchs opened with a game on Wednesday at Neumann, but they make their home opener Friday evening at 6 p.m. against the University of Scranton.

The women’s team then takes part in the Cross County Challenge this weekend in which Wilkes plays host at the Marts Center. The team will play the University of Scranton on Friday night at 6 p.m., and then Marywood University at 2 p.m. before they come home Tuesday night against Keystone at 6 p.m.

The team finished 5-19 last year and are picked fifth in MAC Freedom Conference play this year.

The team returns three starters from last year with Olivia Hoffman, Rebecca Prociak and Alexis Steeber, and they have viable transfer options and an experienced bench.

The men’s team opens their 2017-18 campaign at the Susquehanna Tip Off Tournament this weekend in Selinsgrove.

They play Susquehanna on Friday evening at 8 p.m. and then play either Albright or Rowan on Saturday afternoon.

Their home opener takes place on Monday at 7 p.m. against Clarks Summit.

The Monarchs return three starters with Chris Fazzini, Connor Callejas, and Ryan Wasley.

However, they look for a power forward to replace Dan Rutecki, and a guard to take over for recent graduate John Fazzini.

The team was picked last of eight teams in the conference in the preseason poll.