Petherick takes reins of LT track
BY KEVIN WOODRUFF
Wyoming County Press Examiner
Mike Petherick is hoping to build up the Lackawanna Trail track and field program.
Petherick, an English teacher at the district who resides in Sweet Valley, has taken the reins of the Lion program from Mark Petrewski, who coached the Lion girls to a 4-2 finish and the boys to a 3-3 finish in Division III of the Lackawanna Track Conference.
And this is not Petherick’s first go-round with the Lion track and field team as he previously served as head coach for three season and assistant coach for another three.
Although Petherick, who is also the Lion head wrestling coach, went to Wilkes University for wrestling, he was also a district silver medalist in javelin as a senior in 1994.
He said he decided to get back into the fray of coaching track because it was the right time.
“The opportunity presented itself at the right time,” Petherick said.
And Petherick’s main goal for this season is simple.
“I want to recruit as many athletes as possible, and win as many meets as possible,” Petherick said.
Helping him along this season are assistant coaches Keith Youtz, Jim Becchetti, Stephen Joseph and Petrewski.
While Petherick is still in the middle of coaching the Lion wrestling team, he is already looking ahead and hopes to improve the track and field teams in all facets of the sport.
Practices will get underway on Monday, Mar. 4, for the Lions who Petherick said area already putting in time on their own.
“Many of the kids are already working independently,” Petherick said.
Petherick will have some help this season in achieving success as the team returns state medalist thrower Justin Barber, along with district medalists Isaac Barbolish, Anthony Urban and Aliza Furneaux.
While only time will tell what the season will bring, Petherick knows one thing for sure.
“I don’t do anything half way,” Petherick said. “And neither will they.”