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Champs Tunkhannock, Mid Valley take over number-one positions

Tunkhannock and Mid Valley used their postseason success to take over the top spots in the latest Riverfront Sports Super Six Softball Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

The rankings were released Wednesday morning, one day before the district’s three remaining softball teams continue on in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state tournament. West Scranton, the other team still pursuing a state title, made the week’s biggest climb.

Tunkhannock and Mid Valley won District 2 championships and followed up with first-round state wins Monday.

The Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 and District 2 Class 4A champion Lady Tigers lead the Big School rankings, which are for teams in Class 6A, 5A and 4A.

The Lackawanna League Division 3 and District 2 Class 3A champion Spartanettes lead the Small School rankings, which include Class 3A, 2A and A teams.

Both former No. 1s dropped to second after losing in the championship game.

West Scranton knocked Abington Heights out of the top Big School spot with a 1-0 victory in the District 2-4 Class 5A Subregional championship.

The Comets, who won the Lackawanna League Division 1 title with the help of two earlier wins over the Lady Invaders, slip from first to second.

West Scranton beat Elizabethtown, 6-2, in its state tournament debut Monday and moved up from fifth to third.

Mid Valley defeated Holy Redeemer, 4-2, in the District 2 Class 3A championship game to swap places with the Lady Royals at the top of the Small School rankings.

Pittston Area and Hazleton Area each slipped one spot among Big Schools, going from fourth to fifth. Pittston Area’s season had already ended with a loss to West Scranton in the Class 5A Subregional semifinals. Hazleton Area won the District 2-4 Class 6A Subregional title, then lost to Haverford in the state tournament.

Honesdale makes the week’s other positive move.

The Lady Hornets return to the rankings as the No. 6 Big School. They had already finished with a District 2 Class 4A semifinal loss, but they move back into the rankings in place of Berwick.

Berwick, which knocked Honesdale out in the semifinals, then lost in the district final to Tunkhannock and in an extra-inning state tournament opener.

Honesdale won the Lackawanna Division 2 title and beat fourth-ranked Pittston Area in non-league play.

After Mid Valley and Holy Redeemer, the rest of the Small School rankings remained the same.

Elk Lake is third, followed by Holy Cross, Old Forge and Dunmore.

Elk Lake had already won the District 2 Class 2A title at the time of the last rankings. The Lady Warriors were knocked out of the state tournament.

Old Forge won the District 2 Class A championship, but lost in the first round of the state tournament.

The full softball rankings, with previous ranking and record through Wednesday, for each team:


Big Schools

2Abington Heights116-2
3West Scranton513-3
4Pittston Area314-4
5Hazleton Area415-8

Small Schools

1Mid Valley220-2
2Holy Redeemer119-2
3Elk Lake317-2
4Holy Cross413-6
5Old Forge516-7

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