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Dallas boys barge into rankings

The half-dozen teams that made up last week’s Big School boys portion of the My City Mortgage Super Six Basketball Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

That could not, however, keep Dallas from rejoining the rankings.

The Mountaineers stormed back into the Super Six in the fourth position with three impressive wins.

Dallas averaged 27.7 first-quarter points and 46.7 first-half points while beating Class 6A Williamsport (64-57), defending division champion Crestwood (64-57) and rival Lake-Lehman (85-26).

Small School boys is the home of the most significant changes in the rankings, which were released early Sunday afternoon by our partner website,

All 12 girls teams held the same position as a week ago, along with the top three Big School boys teams.

Holy Redeemer held first in Small School boys, joining the Scranton boys, Dunmore girls and Western Wayne girls in protecting their No. 1 rankings.

The rest of the Small School boys positions changed.

Holy Redeemer recovered from its first loss against Delone Catholic a week earlier to win three Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 games by a total of 107 points.

Holy Cross won twice, extending its winning streak to four to move up two spots into second. The Crusaders won at the buzzer at Riverside, one of the teams it passed in the rankings.

Dunmore and Riverside each dropped a spot, falling to third and fourth.

The Bucks went 1-2 while the Vikings were 1-1 during the week.

Old Forge rejoined the rankings when it broke a three-game losing streak, following up a 42-34 loss to Holy Cross by routing Dunmore, 53-30.

Blue Ridge slipped from fifth to sixth after splitting its Lackawanna League Division 4 games.

Elk Lake went 2-1, losing to Riverside, 53-45, and falling out of the rankings after being in sixth last week.

Scranton, Hazleton Area and Wallenpaupack held on to their division leads as well as first, second and third in Big School boys.

In less than 24 hours, the Knights won a battle for the Lackawanna Division 1 lead, 58-55, over Abington Heights then beat potential state Class 3A contender Executive Education, 45-36, both on the road.

Hazleton Area solidified its hold on the WVC Division 1 lead, rallying in overtime to defeat Wilkes-Barre Area, 53-51, as part of its 3-0 week with two division wins.

Wallenpaupack won twice, protecting its Lackawanna Division 2 lead with a 66-50 crossover romp over Scranton Prep.

The Big School boys changes came in the bottom half of the rankings.

When Dallas moved to fourth, it pushed Pittston Area and North Pocono down one spot each into fifth and sixth.

Pittston Area’s three wins, included a pair of two-pointers, one of which was in overtime when the Patriots defeated visiting Tunkhannock, 58-56, Saturday.

North Pocono posted two wins by double-figures margins.

Mid Valley slipped out of the rankings from sixth despite winning twice to extend its winning streak to nine games.

The teams in the girls rankings went 21-6 during the week, 17-2 when not facing each other.

Dunmore held first in Big Schools with two Lackawanna Division 3 wins by a total of 74 points, then a 49-45 road victory of previously unbeaten Jim Thorpe. The Olympians had beaten all 12 opponents by at least 10 points.

The rankings were established prior to Sunday’s only game in which two ranked teams went head-to-head.

No. 2 Big School Scranton Prep won at home over No. 3 Abington Heights, 50-44. The teams shared the Lackawanna Division 1 lead at 3-0 going into the game.

Wilkes-Barre Area, Lake-Lehman and Hazleton Area remain fourth, fifth and sixth.

Wilkes-Barre Area’s only game was a 49-44 victory over Hazleton Area for the WVC Division 1 lead.

Lake-Lehman and Hazleton Area each won two of three games during the week. Lake-Lehman bounced back from its first WVC Division 2 loss by winning twice by a total of 64 points, handing Dallas its worst loss of the season, 56-33.

No. 1 Small School Western Wayne expanded its lead in Lackawanna Division 2 to two full games by winning three times by a total of 79 points.

Riverside, Holy Cross, Montrose, Elk Lake and Lackawanna Trail are still second through sixth, in order.

Riverside beat two ranked opponents, Holy Cross and Elk Lake, before falling on the road to Allentown Central Catholic, which won its 11th straight.

Holy Cross recovered from the loss to Riverside to beat Old Forge, 64-31.

Montrose won twice and now has a five-game winning streak with an average margin of 33.6 points.

Elk Lake defeated Lackawanna Trail in a 2-1 week.

Lackawanna Trail split its two games.

The rankings were determined prior to Sunday’s game, but that game is included in the records listed below.


(With Record, Previous Rankings)

1. Scranton (9-0, 1)1. Dunmore (10-1, 1)
2. Hazleton Area (11-2, 2)2. Scranton Prep (9-2, 2)
3. Wallenpaupack (11-2, 3)3. Abington Heights (9-4, 3)
4. Dallas (9-3, NR)4. Wilkes-Barre Area (11-1, 4)
5. Pittston Area (10-3, 4)5. Lake-Lehman (9-3, 5)
6. North Pocono (10-2, 5)6. Hazleton Area (10-4, 6)
1. Holy Redeemer (10-1, 1)1. Western Wayne (10-2, 1)
2. Holy Cross (8-5, 4)2. Riverside (11-3, 2)
3. Dunmore (8-6, 2)3. Holy Cross (6-6, 3)
4. Riverside (9-4, 3)4. Montrose (6-4, 4)
5. Old Forge (5-6, NR)5. Elk Lake (9-4, 5)
6. Blue Ridge (9-4, 5)6. Lackawanna Trail (5-6, 6)

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