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Chiefs, Cougars make moves

Lakeland moved up among the Small Schools and Valley View joined the Big Schools this week in the Riverfront Sports Super Six Baseball Power Rankings of District 2 teams, which were released Monday morning.

The top five Big Schools and top three Small Schools remain the same.

The rankings continue to be led by unbeatens Hazleton Area and Riverside.

Hazleton Area posted three more shutouts. The Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 champion Cougars (19-0) have not been scored on in six games, winning each of them by at least 8-0 to remain on top of the Big Schools category, which is for Class 6A, 5A and 4A teams.

Riverside won one of its two games by shutout while locking up the Lackawanna League Division 3 championship. The Vikings are 13-0 and lead the Small School rankings.

North Pocono, Wallenpaupack, Dallas and Wyoming Valley West remain second through fifth, in that order. Dallas went 2-0 during the week while the others each lost once while playing between three and five games.

Valley View won twice during the week and replaced Abington Heights as the No. 6 team. The Cougars (11-5) have won four straight to also overtake the Comets for the Lackawanna League Division 1 lead going into a meeting between the two Monday.

Lake-Lehman and Holy Redeemer remain second and third despite Holy Redeemer winning their head-to-head meeting last week. The teams have split their season series and Lake-Lehman has clinched at least a tie for first place in WVC Division 2 where Holy Redeemer is second.

Lakeland moves up one position to fourth after going 2-1 in the week with the loss coming to Riverside.

Nanticoke lost its only game to an unranked team and fell one spot to fifth.

Western Wayne held sixth with a 2-1 week.

The full baseball rankings, with previous rankings and records:


Big Schools

1Hazleton Area119-0
2North Pocono212-3
5Wyoming Valley West510-5
6Valley ViewNR11-5

Small Schools

3Holy Redeemer312-3
6Western Wayne69-5

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