NEPA Sports Nation

Cougars, Vikings back in top spots

Hazleton Area and Riverside used championship finishes to move back to where they started the season – on top of the Riverfront Sports Super Six Baseball Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

The Cougars are the No. 1 Big School and the Vikings the No. 1 Small School in the latest rankings, released Wednesday morning. There will be just one more set of rankings this season – after all District 2 teams have completed their state tournaments.

Hazleton Area added the District 2-4 Class 6A Subregional championship to its Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 title by winning twice. That allowed the Cougars, who lost their hold on the top spot midway through the season, to move up from second.

Riverside stumbled at times during the regular season, but won three times in the last week, beating two teams that were higher ranked at the time, to win the District 2 Class 3A title. The Vikings jumped all the way up from sixth to reclaim the spot they had not held since the season’s initial rankings.

Two more championship teams, Dallas and Elk Lake also moved up this week.

North Pocono, the Lackawanna League Division 1 champion, dropped from first to second in the Big Schools.

The Trojans are being recognized by District 2 as Class 5A champion because both North Pocono and Pittston Area lost to Selinsgrove in the District 2-4 Class 5A Subregional, but North Pocono entered the playoffs with the higher power rating in the formula the district uses to determine seeds.

Both North Pocono and Pittston Area, which holds on to third in the Super Six, lost to Selinsgrove in extra-inning games.

Dallas defeated Honesdale in the District 2 Class 4A title game to trade places with the Hornets, moving from fifth to fourth.

Abington Heights, which was already done for the season, remains sixth.

Holy Redeemer dropped from first to second among Small Schools after a 7-6 District 2 Class 3A semifinal loss to Riverside. The Royals were WVC Division 2 champ.

Elk Lake also won three times during the week on the way to its District 2 Class 2A title, which allowed the Warriors to move from fifth to third.

Old Forge and Lake-Lehman dropped one spot each to fourth and fifth.

Mid Valley dropped all the way from second to sixth after losing to Lake-Lehman in the Class 3A semifinals.

The full baseball rankings, with last week’s ranking and current records:


Big Schools

RankTeamLast RankRecord
1Hazleton Area2 18-4
2North Pocono1 18-3
3Pittston Area3 18-4
4Dallas5 15-7
5Honesdale4 18-5
6Abington Heights6 12-6

Small Schools

RankTeamLast RankRecord
1Riverside6 14-9
2Holy Redeemer1 16-6
3Elk Lake5 19-4
4Old Forge3 14-8
5Lake-Lehman4 14-9
6Mid Valley2 14-7

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