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Bucks take over No. 1 with title

Dunmore used a 4-2 victory over Holy Cross in Thursday night’s Lackawanna League Division 2 playoff game to take over the No. 1 Small School boys spot in the Riverfront United Super Six Soccer Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

With the regular season winding down – District 2 set its postseason pairings Thursday morning – the schedule was generally light, leading to minimal movement in the rankings, which were released following the playoff game. Six ranked teams did not play in the past week.

Delaware Valley, Hazleton Area and Old Forge moved up in boys rankings this week while the girls rankings all remained the same.

Abington Heights is No. 1 in Big School boys and girls while Holy Redeemer is still the No. 1 Small School girls team.

North Pocono follows Abington Heights, the Lackawanna League Division 1 champion and District 2-4 Class 4A Subregional top seed, in Big School boys.

Delaware Valley and Hazleton Area each jumped up two spots to third and fourth. Hazleton Area forced a first-place tie and playoff for the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 title with Dallas, which dropped from third to fifth.

Dallas is the top seed in the District 2 Class 3A playoffs. The Mountaineers will play Hazleton Area Friday afternoon at Berwick.

Wyoming Area also slipped two spots to sixth.

Dunmore goalkeeper Andy Haser punts during Thursday night’s playoff win over Holy Cross. (Tim Drewes Photo)

Dunmore traded places with Holy Cross, moving up from second to first, after handing the Crusaders their first loss.

Earlier in the week, the teams played to a 3-3 tie.

The playoff had no impact on seeding. Dunmore is top seed in District 2 Class 2A and Holy Cross is in Class A.

WVC Division 2 champion Wyoming Seminary and Lake-Lehman held third and fourth.

Old Forge took fifth, swapping positions with Holy Redeemer.

The Blue Devils moved up by winning their last three games and finishing unbeaten in Lackawanna Division 3.

Abington Heights is followed by Crestwood, Valley View, Wyoming Valley West, Dallas and Delaware Valley in Big School girls.

Lackawanna Division 1 champion Abington Heights is the top seed in District 2 Class 3A.

Crestwood won WVC Division 1.

Delaware Valley is the top seed in the District 2-4 Class 4A Subregional.

Holy Redeemer lost to Delaware Valley in non-league play, but held first in Small School girls, followed by Wyoming Area, Lakeland, Lake-Lehman, Montrose and Mid Valley.

WVC Division 2 champion Holy Redeemer is the top seed in District 2 Class 2A.

Lakeland won the Lackawanna Division 2 title while Mid Valley won Division 3. Montrose is the top seed in District 2 Class A.

The full rankings, with records and previous rankings:


Big School Boys

RankSchoolRecordLast Rank
  1.Abington Heights16-1-0  1
  2.North Pocono13-5-0  2
  3.Delaware Valley11-6-1  5
  4.Hazleton Area  9-5-0  6
  5.Dallas  9-4-2  3
  6.Wyoming Area12-5-1  4

Small School Boys

RankSchoolRecordLast Rank
  1.Dunmore16-1-2  2
  2.Holy Cross12-1-2  1
  3.Wyoming Seminary12-3-1  3
  4.Lake-Lehman12-4-2  4
  5.Old Forge12-3-0  6
  6.Holy Redeemer12-5-1  5

Big School Girls

RankSchoolRecordLast Rank
  1.Abington Heights16-1-1  1
  2.Crestwood13-5-0  2
  3.Valley View12-3-1  3
  4.Wyoming Valley West11-7-0  4
  5.Dallas13-5-0  5
  6.Delaware Valley11-5-0  6

Small School Girls

RankSchoolRecordLast Rank
  1.Holy Redeemer14-3-1  1
  2.Wyoming Area13-4-1  2
  3.Lakeland14-3-0  3
  4.Lake-Lehman13-5-0  4
  5.Montrose12-2-0  5
  6.Mid Valley12-4-0  6

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