Excessive College Soccer Pocket book: Two all-star sport appearances for Melnikoff
Lost one All-Star game and one for Lackawanna Trail All-State Defender / Linebacker Ray Melnikoff.
Melinkoff was part of the Eastern squad that defeated the West from May 17-10 at Landis Field in Harrisburg in the first Small School PSFCA All-Star Game. During the game he played linebacker.
Prior to that year, in addition to the annual Big 33 Football Classic, the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association held a single east-west game in which the state’s top graduates compete against another state, currently Maryland.
Melinkoff and two-way linemen Ty Vokes and Kyle Austin have been selected to represent the Lions on the city’s list for the 87th annual Scranton Lions Club Dream Game, returning after a year of absence. Vokes could also play linebacker.
The Dream Game with graduates of the Lackawanna Football Conference is scheduled for July 21 at the John Henzes / Veterans Memorial Stadium, Valley View’s home field in Peckville.
Melinkoff, Vokes and Austin are coached by Terry Gallagher from Scranton Prep on the City team.
The City also includes players from Dunmore, North Pocono, Scranton, Scranton Prep, Susquehanna, Wallenpaupack, and West Scranton.
Abington Heights, although suspending the 2020 season as a precaution, has two players in play, wide receiver / defensive back Corey Wickenheiser and two-way lineman Will Stevens.
The Comets join players from Carbondale, Delaware Valley, Honesdale, Lakeland, Mid Valley, Old Forge, Riverside, Valley and Western Wayne on the county team coached by Lakeland’s Dave Piwowarczyk.
The proceeds of the game support the Lackawanna Blind Association annually. This year’s game is presented by Northeast Rehab and Riverfront Sports.
Squad and other game details were announced in mid-May.
The timetables have been set for the 2021 high school season.
A rivalry will be renewed when Abington Heights opens at home against Tunkhannock on August 28th.
The rest of the schedule is: September 4th, HONESDALE; September 10 at Valley View; September 17 in Wyoming Valley West; September 25, DELAWARE VALLEY; October 2, NORTH POCONO; October 8th in Crestwood; October 16, WALLENPAUPACK; October 22nd in West Scranton; October 29 in Scranton.
The Lackawanna Trail schedule is: Aug 27 in Carbondale; September 3, SEENLAND; September 10, RIVERSIDE; September 18 in Susquehanna; September 24th, HOLY Redeemer; Oct. 1 in Montrose; October 9th on the Holy Cross; Oct 15 DUNMORE: Oct 22 in Mid Valley; October 29th, OLD FORGE.