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Sept. 7, 2022 — One last go

This evening, the latest rivalry match between Mountain Top Crestwood (Pa.) and Kingston Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) will be held at Karen Klassner Field.

It will be the last regular-season meeting between before Klassner’s retirement as head coach.

Indeed, for many a season since the start of Crestwood’s program in the 1970s, the rivalry match between the schools boiled down to a matchup between Klassner and fellow team builder Elvetta Gemski. For a good portion of the last 30 years, the two programs started developing extraordinary players with national-team chops. Start with Crestwood grad Diane Madl, who played for the United States in the 1996 Olympics.

After that came the Blue Knights’ Lauren Powley, the center-mid for the U.S. team for a period of time, then go to the attacking talents of Sem’s Kelsey Kolojejchick and Kat Sharkey, who were with the U.S. side during the period when the States were up to the fourth-ranked team in the world. More recently, Anna Dessoye of Crestwood has amassed 59 caps with the U.S. side.

These two programs are located just 12 miles from each other, but it is difficult to give this rivalry game a snappy label. We’ve tried giving it the name “The Back Mountain Derby,” only to realize that the more appropriate label for that game would be Wyoming Seminary vs. Lake-Lehman or Dallas, since these three schools are located within that 120-square mile area of Luzerne County known as The Back Mountain.

We could call it the I-81 Derby or the Rt. 309 Derby, but you have to deviate from those two roads in order to get to Klassner Field in Kingston.

I’ve always thought this rivalry game deserves a crisp moniker, but it’s something which I think may only come from everyday conversation or by complete serendipity. But for now, this Wyoming Valley derby match (one of many, mind you) is going to take place tonight, and it deserves your attention.