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Abington Heights, Riverside listed on top of first girls tennis rankings

Abington Heights and Riverside hold down the top spots in the preseason Riverfront Sports Girls Tennis Super Six Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

The four team district finalists from 2020 occupy the top two spots in the Big Small and Small School rankings heading into Monday’s start of the season.

In each case, a long-time power and an emerging threat are in the first and second spots.

The order of those teams, however, is reversed.

Defending District 2 Class 3A champion Abington Heights leads the Big Schools, but Scranton Prep, the defending Lackawanna League and District 2 Class 2A champion and a 2020 state semifinalist, is ranked second among Small Schools.

Bella Peters, the three-time defending district singles champion, is among the returnees at Abington Heights.

Riverside, which played its way into the district Class 2A championship match as a fifth seed, is first among Small Schools with the return of defending district singles champion Karissa Ghigiarelli and doubles champions Madeline DeFaber-Schumacher/Bella Aniksa.

West Scranton, which reached the district Class 3A final as a third seed, is ranked second among Big Schools.

The entire top six of Big Schools is made up of Lackawanna League teams.

North Pocono is third, followed by Delaware Valley, Wallenpaupack and Scranton.

Defending Wyoming Valley Conference champion Wyoming Seminary is ranked third in Class 2A.

Dallas is fourth, followed by Valley View and Holy Cross in the fifth and sixth spots.

The ranked teams with their 2020 records, including postseason matches:


Big Schools

RankSchool2020 Record
  1.Abington Heights15-2
  2.West Scranton11-6
  3.North Pocono12-4
  4.Delaware Valley  8-8
  5.Wallenpaupack  6-9
  6.Scranton  6-9

Small Schools

RankSchool2020 Record
  2.Scranton Prep18-1
  3.Wyoming Seminary12-1
  4.Dallas  8-4
  5.Valley View  8-8
  6.Holy Cross11-4

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