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Elk Lake, Holy Cross move up

Elk Lake and Holy Cross, the top two seeds in the District 2 Class 2A tournament, are on the rise as the district playoffs get ready to start.

The Lady Warriors and Lady Crusaders each moved up one position to second and third among Small Schools behind only Lackawanna League Division 3 champion Mid Valley in the latest Riverfront Sports Super Six Softball Rankings of District 2 teams.

The rankings were released Sunday evening and include all action through Saturday, the final date on which games count toward district playoff seedings. The official seeds and pairings were announced by the district Sunday morning in advance of Monday’s start to the playoffs.

The Big School rankings remain unchanged while the Small Schools underwent multiple changes.

Pittston Area remains the number-one team among all Big Schools in the Power Rankings compiled by, but just third among the district teams that are part of the District 2-4 Class 5A Subregional, according to the power ratings mathematical formula used by District 2. The Lady Patriots are the only unbeaten team in the district and champions of Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1.

West Scranton, Abington Heights, North Pocono, Tunkhannock and Hazleton Area remain in the second through sixth positions.

West Scranton, the top seed in Class 5A, and Abington Heights, the other team seeded above Pittston Area, tied for first place in Lackawanna Division 1.

North Pocono is the Lackawanna Division 2 champion.

Tunkhannock is the top seed in Class 4A.

Small School No. 1 Mid Valley is the top seed in Class 3A.

Elk Lake, which went unbeaten in Lackawanna Division 4, is the top seed in Class 2A.

Holy Cross shook up the rankings by beating Holy Redeemer, 7-1, and moving into third.

Holy Redeemer, which was unbeaten in WVC Division 2 but 1-4 in non-league play, slipped from second to fourth.

Lake-Lehman held fifth.

Riverside won its only game, beating Old Forge, 3-2, to replace the Lady Devils in the sixth spot.

The full softball rankings, with the previous rankings and record for each team:


Big Schools

 RankTeamLast RankRecord
1Pittston Area118-0
2West Scranton217-1
3Abington Heights316-2
4North Pocono412-3
6Hazleton Area612-7

Small Schools

RankTeamLast RankRecord
1Mid Valley117-2
2Elk Lake317-2
3Holy Cross414-4
4Holy Redeemer211-4

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