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2021 - 2022 Pottsville Crimson Tide

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Tide Gets Beat at the Buzzer

 

Williamsport 53, Pottsville 50

WILLIAMSPORT - J.J. Beagle hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Williamsport to a non-league win over the Crimson Tide.

Jazce Carabello-Snowell paced a trio of double-digit scorers for Pottsville with 19 points. Darren Yost added 13 and Mike Sukeena had 12.

POTTSVILLE (50) - Carabello-Snowell 7 3-3 19, Matlock 0 0-0 0, Yost 3 6-6 13, DiCello 1 2-2 4, Allen 0 0-0 0, Fenstermacher 1 0-0 2, Sukeena 5 0-0 12, Chivinski 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 11-11 50.

WILLIAMSPORT (53) - Brown 8 3-4 20, Kline 0 0-0 0, Whaley 3 0-0 7, Lake 0 0-0 0, Connelly-Ali 1 2-2 4, Frierson 2 1-1 6, Beagle 6 0-0 13, Fausnaught 0 0-0 0, MacDonald 1 0-0 3, White 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 6-7 53.

Potts (7-4);13;11;12;14;-;50

Will (7-2);14;11;12;16;-;53

3-point FGs: Carabello-Snowell 2, Yost, Su

Tide Tops Jim Thorpe

 

 

Jazce Carabello-Snowell had a big night offensively as Pottsville remained unbeaten in Schuylkill League Division 1 play, defeating Jim Thorpe 55-44 on Thursday night at Martz Hall. Carabello-Snowell scored a game-high 22 points, while Darren Yost added 14 forthe Crimson Tide. 

For Jim Thorpe, Derryl Fisher was the only player to finish in double figures with 16

Jim Thorpe (44) Herron 1 7-10 9, Richards 1 0-0 3, Warner 0 0-0 0, McHugh 4 0-0 9, Fisher 6 3-5 16, Disanto 0 1-2 1, Heydt 3 0-0 6 Totals 15 11-17 44

Pottsville (55) Carabello-Snowell 7 7-9 22, Matlock 1 0-1 2, Yost 2 9-14 14, Dicello 2 1-2 5, Allen 0 0-0 0, Bainbridge 0 0-0 0, Fenstermacher 1 1-2 3, Sukeena 3 0-0 7, Chivinski 1 0-0 2  Totals 17 18-28 55

 

Jim Thorpe (6-5, 3-3)   8   14   5   17 -- 44

Pottsville (7-3, 6-0)       14   10   11   11 -- 55

 

3-P0int FG's: Richards, McHugh, Fisher, Carabello-Snowell, Yost, Sukeena

 

JV Score: Pottsville 50-26 


Crimson Tide Rolls over Lehighton 

 

 

Pottsville 67

Lehighton 25

LEHIGHTON - Darren Yost scored all 13 of his points in a 27-7, second-quarter outburst that propelled Pottsville past Lehighton in a Division I game.

Jazce Carabello-Snowell scored a game-high 19 points for the Crimson Tide, who led 43-12 at halftime. Jack Lorenz and Joe Roth each had seven for the Indians. 

POTTSVILLE (67) - Carabello-Snowell 7 3-4 19, Matlock 3 0-0 6, Yost 5 1-1 13, DiCello 3 1-2 7, Allen 1 0-0 3, Bainbridge 1 0-2 2, Fenstermacher 3 0-0 7, Sukeena 3 0-0 8, Chivinski 0 0-0 0, Schappell 1 0-0 2, Montone 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 5-9 67.

LEHIGHTON (25) - Hawk 1 0-0 3, Porambo 0 0-0 0, Lorenz 3 0-0 7, Blauch 0 0-0 0, Costenbader 1 2-4 4, Lutz 1 0-0 2, Bastone 0 0-0 0, Roth 3 1-3 7, Schatz 0 0-0 0, Serfass 0 0-0 0, Hoke 1 0-0 2. Totals 10 3-7 25.

Potts (6-3, 5-0);16;27;13;11;-;67

Leh (2-10, 0-5);5;7;6;7;-;25

3-point FGs: Carabello-Snowell 2, Yost 2, Allen, Fenstermacher, Sukeena 2, Hawk, Lorenz

JV score: Pottsville 59-25

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Crimson Tide clips the Cardinals Wings

 

 

POTTSVILLE - The marquee outside Martz Hall read "Boys' basketball vs. Pine Grove."

It easily could have read "The Jazce Carabello-Snowell Show."

The Pottsville senior center was the feature attraction Thursday night, scoring a career-high 31 points and pulling down eight rebounds as the Crimson Tide downed the Cardinals 69-36 in a Schuylkill League Division I contest.

The 6-foot-3 standout netted 13 of his points in a 25-6, third-quarter run that helped Pottsville (5-3, 4-0 D-I) stay unbeaten in league play.

"Jazce was great tonight," Pottsville coach Jake Wartella said. "We always say he's probably the best athlete on the court and tonight he played like it.

"The kids thrived off it, and he provided energy all night."

Carabello-Snowell announced his presence early, scoring eight points in the first quarter as the Crimson Tide forged a 14-13 lead. He was aggressive and physical in the paint, snatching seven of his rebounds in the first half, most of which were on the offensive end.

He tallied 14 of his points in the first half, helping Pottsville to a 28-20 lead.

"I felt like I was unstoppable tonight," Carabello-Snowell said. "I kept my hustle up all four quarters. I kept pushing. I felt I could do anything."

Despite Carabello-Snowell's play, however, the Crimson Tide couldn't create separation from the pesky Cardinals (5-5, 2-2).

Pine Grove used five points by Garrett Brandt, who finished with 18, and triples by Killian Skocik and Grant Culbert to grab a 13-8 lead with 2:22 left in the first period.

Pottsville answered with a 14-0 run as the Crimson Tide defense started to flex its muscles, holding the Cardinals without a field goal for nearly six minutes. The Tide lead 27-15 before a 3-pointer by Brandt and a layup by Geesey helped Pine Grove cut the deficit to eight at intermission.

"We weren't a happy group at halftime. We thought we could have played better, especially on defense," Wartella said. "There wasn't too many Xs and Os going on up here. It's usually a mindset with our guys. They came out, played their butts off in the third quarter and I couldn't be more proud of them."

The halftime talk proved successful when Pottsville opened the second half on a 16-0 run. Carabello-Snowell had 10 of those points and Raeff DiCello added the other six as Pottsville took complete control.

Carabello-Snowell scored 13 points in the third quarter and added four more in the fourth as Pottsville outscored Pine Grove 41-16 in the second half.

"We were just playing all together. It was just flowing for us," Carabello-Snowell said. "When I got my looks, they were going in. We played really well as a team tonight."

Carabello-Snowell had six of his points in the key run off steals as the Tide held Pine Grove to just two shots in the frame and forced nine turnovers. Over the middle quarters, Pine Grove shot just 4-for-7 from the field and committed 16 turnovers. The Cardinals finished the game with 28 giveaways.

"We had a bad third quarter (in a loss Monday at Jim Thorpe) and our third quarter was awful tonight," Pine Grove coach Frank D'Agostino said. "We have to come out with a little more energy, little more effort. We were only down eight at the half. We have to want it more.

"We're learning, we're growing. No excuses, we have to be better."

Pottsville had an 11-day break before Monday's win against Panther Valley and is averaging 66.25 points in its four league games. The way Carabello-Snowell and the Crimson Tide defense played Thursday, they're going to be tough to beat in the Division I race.

"We had over a week off after a shutdown and had a game canceled and I feel we figured some things out about our team," Wartella said. "We're starting to click a little bit. Some young guys are stepping up, our seniors are being leaders and we're playing as a team. It's fun to watch."

 

 

Game Summary

PINE GROVE (36) - Brandt 6 3-5 18, Unger 0 1-2 1, Skocik 1 0-0 3, Culbert 1 0-0 3, Geesey 3 0-0 7, Tobin 0 0-0 0, Sarge 1 0-0 2, O. Hannevig 1 0-0 2, Cooper 0 0-0 0, E. Hannevig 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 4-7 36.

POTTSVILLE (69) - Carabello-Snowell 12 6-10 31, Yost 1 0-0 2, DiCello 3 4-6 10, Fenstermacher 0 2-2 2, Sukeena 1 0-0 2, Matlock 4 0-0 9, Chivinski 2 0-0 6, Montone 1 0-0 2, Allen 0 1-3 1, Bainbridge 1 1-2 4. Totals 25 14-23 69.

PG (5-5, 2-2);13;7;6;10;-;36

Potts (5-3, 4-0);14;14;25;16;-;69

3-point FGs: Brandt 3, Skocik, Culbert, Geesey, Carabello-Snowell, Matlock, Chivinski 2, Bainbridge

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Crimson Tide Pounds The Panthers

 

 

Pottsville 71

Panther Valley 37

LANSFORD - Darren Yost scored 12 points and Nick Chivinski scored 11 points as Pottsville downed Panther Valley in a Schuylkill League Division I game.

Jazce Carabello-Snowell and Raeff DiCello each added 10 points for Crimson Tide.

Stephen Hood paced Panther Valley with 11 points.

POTTSVILLE (71) - Carabello-Snowell 4 2-2 10, Matlock 4 0-0 9, Yost 5 1-2 12, DiCello 4 1-2 10, Allen 0 0-0 0, Bainbridge 0 0-0 0, Fenstermacher 2 1-2 6, Sukeena 2 0-0 5, Chivinski 4 0-0 11, Montone 3 0-0 8. Totals 28 5-8 71.

PANTHER VALLEY (37) - Kokinda 1 0-0 3, Weaver 1 0-0 3, Orsulak 0 0-0 0, B. Hood 0 0-0 0, Jones 0 0-0 0, Kindt 3 0-0 6, Pascoe 4 1-3 9, S. Hood 5 0-0 11, Hazzard 0 0-0 0, McAndrew 0 0-0 0, Turner 1 0-0 2, Gardinez 0 0-0 0, Buyce 1 0-0 3, Maynard 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 1-3 37.

Potts (4-3);22;13;22;14;-;71

PV (3-4);11;4;8;14;-;37

3-point FGs: Matlock 2, Yost, DiCello, Fenstermacher, Sukeena, Chivinski 2, Montone 2, Kokinda, Weaver,  S. Hood, Buyce

JV score: Pottsville 41-25

  • Hazleton Downs The Tide
  • Dec 23, 2021 Updated 13 hrs ago
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POTTSVILLE - A rough third quarter was too much for Pottsville to overcome.

Hazleton Area used six points by Luke Gennaro in a decisive third quarter as the Cougars captured a 47-41 victory over the Crimson Tide in a non-league boys' basketball game Thursday night at Martz Hall.

Raeff DiCello scored all 13 of his points in the first half for Pottsville (3-3) as the Tide and Cougars battled to a 23-23 tie.

Hazleton Area forged ahead 33-28 after three frames then iced it at the foul line, shooting 7-for-12 in the fourth quarter.

Mike Sukeena also tallied 13 points for Pottsville, while Darren Yost netted 10. Josiah Guerra paced Hazleton Area with 12 points, while Sammy Guzman and Gennaro each added 11.

HAZLETON AREA (47) - Catrone 0 0-0 0, Cusatis 1 0-0 2, Gennaro 5 1-2 11, Shamany 0 0-2 0, Guerra 4 3-5 12, Lopez 1 0-0 2, Morrieson 4 1-3 9, Hebel 0 0-0 0, Guzman 4 2-2 11. Totals 19 7-14 47.

POTTSVILLE (41) - Carabello-Snowell 1 0-1 3, Yost 4 1-4 10, DiCello 6 0-0 13, Allen 0 0-0 0, Fenstermacher 1 0-0 2, Sukeena 5 1-2 13, Chivinski 0 0-0 0, Matlock 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 2-7 41.

Hazle;13;10;10;14;-;47

Po (3-3);6;17;5;13;-;41

3-point FGs: Guerra, Guzman, Carabello-Snowell, Yost, DiCello, Sukeena 2

JV score: No repor

 Yost's clutch shots lift Pottsville by Blue Mountain

POTTSVILLE - There was no form to it. No elevation, no deep knee bend, no long arc of the arms ... just a quick flick of the wrists.

Darren Yost didn't care. His 3-pointer from the top of the key found nothing but net. It was the spark Pottsville needed en route to a 71-55 victory over Blue Mountain in a Schuylkill League Division I clash Tuesday night at Martz Hall.

Yost, a senior guard, took over the game from that point, scoring 14 of his game-high 25 points over the final 10 minutes as the Crimson Tide outscored Blue Mountain 30-13 during that stretch to capture the key Division I victory.

"I know I needed to step today," Yost said. "Blue Mountain is a big rival. They always come out and play us tough.

"I felt good coming into the game, my shot felt good in warm-ups. I knew I had to take my shots today instead of passing and defending like I usually do."

Yost's flick-of-the-wrist 3-pointer came with Pottsville (3-2, 2-0 D-I) trailing 42-41 with just under 2 minutes left in the third quarter.

It came after the 5-foot-8 Yost pulled down a pair of offensive rebounds to keep the possession alive. He added another triple to close the third quarter that put Pottsville up 47-42 and sparked a 13-4 run that gave the Tide an eight-point lead.

Blue Mountain (2-1, 1-1) used buckets by Carson Kerstetter and Kade Henninger to slice the deficit to four at 54-50 with 4:05 left in the game, but Yost hit 8-of-9 free throws down the stretch as Pottsville pulled away.

"I knew we needed a spark there. We were struggling trying to get something going offensively," Yost said of his key 3-pointer. "They kept pushing us out a little bit. I saw the opportunity, I had a little space, so I just took a shot."

The game was nip-and-tuck for the first three quarters, as the teams were tied at 10-10 after one frame and 29-29 at halftime.

Tightly called by the officials, the first half featured 24 fouls, 15 of which were on Pottsville. Neither team had a lead bigger than four points the entire half, with a Yost 3-pointer with 2 seconds left in the half tying the contest.

Jazce Carabello-Snowell scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half for Pottsville, while Kerstetter had nine of his team-high 18.

"At halftime I told the kids, ‘Every time you play (Blue Mountain), it's going to be a battle. We know that," Pottsville coach Jake Wartella said. "It was back and forth, it was a chippy game. I just told them to keep fighting. We had to do the little things in the second half if we were going to come out with the win."

The key for Pottsville in the second half was its effort on the offensive glass. The Tide gave themselves several second-chance opportunities with offensive rebounds and converted most of them.

Carabello-Snowell added 14 rebounds to his 18 points. Henninger added 17 points for Blue Mountain.

"At halftime, that's what we were preaching, to do a better job of boxing out," Blue Mountain coach Dustin Werdt said. "You have to credit Pottsville for hitting the glass as hard as they did and it certainly paid off for them.

"It seemed every time they got one, they either got a bucket or an open three."

The loss was the first of the season for Blue Mountain, while the victory was the third straight for Pottsville after a pair of losses to open the season.

It was also an early-season battle for Division I supremacy. The teams meet again Jan. 25 in Orwigsburg.

"Basketball season is like a roller coaster. There's a lot of ups, there's a lot of downs," Wartella said. "We took our lumps early, we learned from it and I think we keep getting better from game to game. Everything didn't go perfect tonight, but our kids made plays down the stretch."




 

Game Summary

BLUE MOUNTAIN (55) - Campbell 2 4-6 9, Henninger 6 3-4 17, Kerstetter 7 4-7 18, Devitt 0 0-2 0, Thomas 3 0-0 7, Caulfield 1 2-2 4, Guers 0 0-0 0, Walasavage 0 0-0 0, Miller 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 13-21 55.

POTTSVILLE (71) - Carabello-Snowell 7 2-2 18, Yost 6 9-10 25, DiCello 2 1-1 5, Fenstermacher 4 0-0 9, Sukeena 4 2-2 10, Matlock 2 0-1 4, Chivinski 0 0-0 0, Fermaintt 0 0-0 0, Allen 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 14-16 71.

BM (2-1, 1-1);10;19;13;13;-;55

Po (3-2, 2-0);10;19;18;24;-;71

3-point FGs: Campbell, Henninger 2, Thomas, Carabello-Snowell 2, Yost 4, Fenstermacher

JV score: Pottsville 66-42

Crimson Tide Rolls

 

Pottsville 63

NW Lehigh 30

POTTSVILLE - Jazce Carabello-Snowell scored 19 points as Pottsville downed Northwestern Lehigh Lehigh in a non-league game at Martz Hall.

Mike Sukeena added 12 points for the Crimson Tide. 

Dylan Witkowski paced Northwestern Lehigh with 12 points.

NORTHWESTERN LEHIGH (30) - Fitch 0 0-0 0, Christopher 2 0-0 5, Zimmerman 0 0-0 0, Shuhay 0 0-0 0, Osborne 0 0-0 0, J. Mauro 1 0-1 2, Koslowski 1 0-2 2, Nelson 0 1-2 1, Lazarus 2 1-2 5, Hellman 1 1-2 3, Witkowski 3 4-4 12, Tyler 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 7-13 30.

POTTSVILLE (63) - Carabello-Snowell 7 3-6 19, Matlock 1 0-0 3, Yost 2 0-0 6, DiCello 4 0-0 8, Fenstermacher 3 0-1 7, Sukeena 4 1-2 12, Chivinski 1 0-0 2, Williams 1 0-0 3, Davis 1 0-0 2, Fermaint 0 0-2 0, Montone 0 1-2 1. Totals 24 5-13 63.

NWL;7;7;11;5;-;30

Potts (2-2);14;17;18;14;-;63

3-point FGs: Christopher, Witkowski 2, Carabello-Snowell 2, Matlock, Yost 2, Fenstermacher, Sukeena 3, Williams


Crimson Tide Rips Spartans

 

Pottsvile 54

North Schuylkill 37

FOUNTAIN SPRINGS - Raeff DiCello scored 21 points as Pottsville downed North Schuylkill in a Schuylkill League Division I game.

DiCello scored 17 points in the first half as the Crimson Tide jumped out to a 29-17 lead. Jazce Carabello-Snowell added 12 points for Pottsville.

Jack Keiter paced North Schuylkill with 9 points.  

POTTSVILLE (54) - Yost 3 2-2 9, DiCello 9 2-2 21, Fenstermaster 1 0-0 2, Sukeena 3 0-0 7, Chivinski 0 0-0 0, Carabello-Snowell 4 4-6 12, Matlock 1 0-0 3, Allen 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 8-10 54.

NORTH SCHUYLKILL (37) - Miller 1 0-0 2, Keiter 3 1-2 9, Scott 3 0-1 6, Fisher 1 0-0 2, Conti 3 2-2 10, Wallace 0 0-0 0, Beleck 0 0-0 0, Zulkowski 1 0-0 2, Dean 0 2-2 2, Brown 2 0-0 4. Totals 14 5-7 37.

Potts (1-2, 1-0);14;15;15;10;-;54

NS (0-1, 0-1);10;7;9;11;-;37

 3-point FGs: Yost, DiCello, Sukeena, Matlock, Keiter 2, Conti 2

Crimson Tide Loses To Berks Catholic 

 

 

POTTSVILLE - There was a playoff atmosphere Monday night at Martz Hall, and the game lived up to it.

Aidan Sands hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 14.9 seconds left to lift Berks Catholic to a 49-46 victory over Pottsville in a non-league boys' basketball game.

Sands finished with a game-high 17 points, while Josiah Jordan added 14 as the Saints overcame a 27-22 halftime deficit and used a 15-9, fourth-quarter run to win it.

Jazce Carabello-Snowell paced the Crimson Tide with 16 points, while Darren Yost added 11 and Raeff DiCello netted 10.

BERKS CATHOLIC (49) - Sands 6 1-2 17, Reinhart 0 0-0 0, Jordan 6 2-7 14, Koch 2 4-4 9, Geddio 0 0-0 0, Miller 1 0-0 3, Gaffney 0 0-0 0, Givens 1 2-2 4, Doyle 0 0-0 0, Lawlor 1 0-0 2, Diaz 0 0-0 0, Neiw 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 9-15 49.

 POTTSVILLE (46) - Carabello-Snowell 6 0-0 16, Matlock 0 0-0 0, Yost 4 2-3 11, DiCello 3 2-2 10, Fenstermacher 1 0-0 2, Sukeena 2 0-0 4, Chivinski 1 0-0 3, Fermaintt 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 4-5 46.

Berks (3-0);13;9;12;15;-;49

Potts (0-2);17;10;10;9;-;46

3-point FGs: Sands 4, Koch, Miller, Carabello-Snowell 4, Yost, DiCello 2, Chivinski

JV score: Pottsville 53-37


 

Crimson Tide Loses Opener To Wilson 

Wilson West Lawn 45 

Pottsville 23 

WEST LAWN - Jazce Carabello-Snowell reached double figures with a team-high 12 points but the Crimson Tide fell behind early and never recovered in a non-league loss to the Bulldogs. 

Wilson drained three 3-pointers in the first quarter en route to a 19-4 lead and then led 30-13 at intermission. Cam Jones and Foddy Sillah each had 10 points to pace Wilson's balanced attack. 

POTTSVILLE (23) - Carabello-Snowell 5 1-6 12, Matlock 0 0-1 0, Yost 2 0-0 5, DiCello 0 0-0 0, Allen 0 0-0 0, Bainbridge 1 2-2 4, Fenstermacher 0 0-0 0, Sukeena 1 0-0 2, Chivinski 0 0-0 0, Davis 0 0-0 0, Fermaintt 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 3-9 23. 

WILSON WEST LAWN (45) - Jones 4 1-1 10, Coldren 1 0-0 3, Harding 2 0-0 6, Melogrand 3 0-0 8, Odidle 4 0-0 8, Breslin 0 0-0 0, Wright 0 0-0 0, Cieniewicz 0 0-0 0, Sekulski 0 0-0 0, Gruber 0 0-0 0, Crocona 0 0-0 0, Rigdon 0 0-0 0, Sillah 5 0-2 10. Totals 19 1-3 45. 

Potts (0-1);4;9;3;7;-;23 

Wilson (1-0);19;11;12;3;-;45 

3-point FGs: Carabello-Snowell, Yost, Jones, Coldren, Harding 2, Melogrand 2 

JV score: Wilson 49-36 

Pottsville

Head coach: Jake Wartella (2nd season)

Last season: 16-4, 11-1 D-I. Division I champion, Schuylkill League runner-up, District 11 Class 5A semifinalist

Key players lost: Nico Heimbaugh, Nico Boris, Mekhi McCuller

Key players returning: Jazce Carabello-Snowell (sr., F, 14.7 ppg), Darren Yost (sr., G, 9.2 ppg), Raeff DiCello (sr., G, 8.9 ppg), Mike Sukeena (sr., F, 7.1 ppg), Chase Fenstermacher (sr., G), Travontai Davis (sr., F)

Key newcomers: Nick Chivinski (jr., F), Amaree Bainbridge (jr., F), Rylan Matlock (jr., F), Tejay Allen (jr., F), Letrel Montone (fr., G/F)

Outlook: The Crimson Tide have owned Division I for more than a decade, winning the past 12 crowns. Nothing changes this season. Wartella has a veteran squad with eight seniors and returns four starters, including All-Area first-teamers Yost and Carabello-Snowell and sharpshooters DiCello and Sukeena. Tide are not overly tall, so playing solid defense and being patient on offense are key. Another postseason run is a strong possibility. Division favorite.

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