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Dallas boys take over No. 1 spot

Dallas combined its dominant 11-game winning streak with a blowout loss by Scranton to replace the Knights as the top Big School boys team in the My City Mortgage Super Six Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

The new rankings were released on our partner website,, Sunday afternoon following the only game of the day, a 59-34 Scranton Prep girls victory over Valley View.

The change is the first in the No. 1 Big School boys spot this season.

Scranton had been No. 1 since the preseason.

Dunmore, in Big School girls, and Holy Redeemer, in Big School boys, have been No. 1 every week of the season.

Western Wayne remains as the top Small School girls team this week after trading that spot with current No. 2 Riverside throughout the season.

All 12 girls teams remain in the same position as a week ago.

This week’s changes all take place on the boys side, with upheaval in the Big School rankings and one change at the bottom of the Small School rankings.

Dallas won twice during the week, beating Tunkhannock, 90-57, and Crestwood, 62-47, to finish tied for first in Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 and force a playoff with Hazleton Area.

The Mountaineers have won 11 straight by an average margin of 72.5-46.2.

Scranton recovered from a 59-32 loss to Scranton Prep by winning three straight over Honesdale, Western Wayne and then Maine-Endwell (N.Y.).

Pittston Area, Hazleton Area and Abington Heights each moved up one spot to occupy third, fourth and fifth.

Wallenpaupack had a 2-1 week, losing to North Pocono, 52-43, after clinching the Lackawanna League Division 2 title the night before. With the three teams that were behind them all going 3-0, the Buckhorns dropped from third to sixth.

The top five Small School boys spots remain the same.

Holy Cross, Riverside, Old Forge and Elk Lake are second through fifth, behind Holy Redeemer.

Holy Redeemer won three times by a total of 84 points and clinched the WVC Division 2 title.

Holy Cross ran its winning streak to 11 with two victories. Old Forge and Elk Lake, which clinched at least a tie for first place in Lackawanna Division 4, won three teams to extend their streaks to seven.

Riverside lost two times, falling to second-ranked Holy Cross and Big School Mid Valley, the two teams it trails in Lackawanna Division 3.

Blue Ridge replaces Dunmore in the sixth spot. The teams meet this week in a rematch of the overtime game Dunmore won earlier this season.

The Raiders took the sixth spot by winning three times before losing to Big School No. 3 Pittston Area.

Dunmore lost twice to make it four losses in a row.

The top three Big School girls teams – Dunmore, Scranton Prep and Lake-Lehman – all clinched titles during a week when the six ranked teams went a combined 18-1.

Dunmore won its ninth straight Lackawanna Division 3 title. The Lady Bucks won three times by at least 29 points and have won 11 straight.

Including Sunday afternoon’s win, Scranton Prep had a 4-0 week and clinched its fifth straight Lackawanna Division 1 championship.

Lake-Lehman repeated as WVC Division 2 champion, winning three times to stretch its winning streak to nine games.

Wilkes-Barre Area won three times to hold on to first in WVC Division 1.

Abington Heights was the only ranked Big School to lose. The fifth-ranked Lady Comets had a 2-1 week, losing 50-46 on the road to Small School No. 1 Western Wayne.

Pittston Area won three times to qualify for the WVC Tournament and hold down sixth place.

Ranked Small Schools went 13-1. They won the 12 games against unranked teams and the only meeting of ranked teams went into overtime.

Lackawanna Division 2 champion Western Wayne won twice over Lackawanna Division 1 teams to hold first.

No. 2 Riverside defeated No. 3 Holy Cross, 70-64, in overtime Friday night. Each team won its only other game.

Montrose held fourth by winning three times by 46, 47 and 48 points.

Lakeland and Elk Lake are fifth and sixth. Lakeland allowed just 26 points in two games. Elk Lake won three times.


(With Record, Previous Rankings)

1. Dallas (17-3, 2)1. Dunmore (18-1, 1)
2. Scranton (17-2, 1)2. Scranton Prep (17-3, 2)
3. Pittston Area (17-4, 4)3. Lake-Lehman (16-3, 3)
4. Hazleton Area (18-4, 5)4. Wilkes-Barre Area (17-2, 4)
5. Abington Heights (14-5, 6)5. Abington Heights (14-6, 5)
6. Wallenpaupack (16-4, 3)6. Pittston Area (19-2, 6)
1. Holy Redeemer (19-3, 1)1. Western Wayne (16-4, 1)
2. Holy Cross (15-5, 2)2. Riverside (16-4, 2)
3. Riverside (13-6, 3)3. Holy Cross (11-8, 3)
4. Old Forge (12-7, 4)4. Montrose (12-5, 4)
5. Elk Lake (15-5, 5)5. Lakeland (9-10, 5)
6. Blue Ridge (13-7, NR)6. Elk Lake (13-5, 6)

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