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Holy Cross boys, L-L girls climb into Small School No. 1 positions

The Holy Cross boys and Lake-Lehman girls ascended to the No. 1 Small School positions when the Riverfront United Super Six Soccer Power Rankings of District 2 teams were updated for the first time since the preseason.

The first updated rankings of the season were released Thursday afternoon with the Abington Heights boys and Dallas girls remaining in the No. 1 positions among Big Schools.

The Dallas and Holy Redeemer boys as well as the Valley View and Wyoming Area girls also moved up this week. The Wyoming Area, Delaware Valley and Mountain View boys joined the rankings along with the Wallenpaupack and Dunmore girls.

Holy Cross and Holy Redeemer moved into the top two spots among Small School boys when preseason No. 1 Wyoming Seminary fell to Wilkes-Barre Area, 3-2, in a 2-1 start that dropped the Blue Knights to third.

Holy Cross won a showdown of defending division and district champions from North Pocono, 2-1, and shut out Old Forge, 8-0, to take over the top spot.

Holy Redeemer also won twice.

Dunmore (4-1) and Lake-Lehman (2-1) remained in the fourth and fifth spots.

Mountain View took over sixth from Blue Ridge when it went 2-2 with the losses coming in one- and two-goal games against Big Schools that were ranked either in the preseason or currently.

Lake-Lehman jumped from third to first among Small School girls when it won three 3-2 games against Big Schools, two of which were ranked to begin the season.

Holy Redeemer split two games and held on to second.

The new top two teams meet Thursday night at 6 at Lake-Lehman.

Wyoming Area jumped from fifth to third with a 3-0 start that including two shutouts.

Montrose beat Scranton, 5-0, in its only game and remained in fourth.

Dunmore joined the rankings with two wins in which it outscored Big Schools by a total of 15-1.

Lakeland got off to a 1-2 start, losing to a pair of Big Schools with a combined 6-1 record, and fell from first to sixth.

Nanticoke dropped out of the rankings following a 3-2 start.

Abington Heights remains on top of the Big School boys rankings with a 3-0 start in which it has outscored opponents, 11-2.

Dallas, the only ranked team that has not yet played, is second, gaining one position.

Wyoming Area and Delaware Valley joined the rankings in third and fourth place. Both went 3-1 with one-goal losses, including Wyoming Area’s 3-2 victory over Delaware Valley.

North Pocono fell from second to fifth by going 3-2 with a pair of one-goal losses to ranked teams.

Wallenpaupack started 3-1, with a loss to North Pocono, and dropped from fifth to sixth.

Crestwood and Hazleton Area each lost and dropped out of the rankings.

The only 1-2 teams that remained intact were Dallas and Abington Heights in Big School girls.

Dallas is 3-1, splitting one-goal games against suburban Philadelphia teams.

Abington Heights is 2-0 by a 13-1 margin.

Valley View jumped from sixth to third with three wins, including two shutouts.

Wallenpaupack (3-2) joined the rankings in fourth.

Delaware Valley dropped from third to fifth and Crestwood from fifth to sixth.

Wyoming Valley West dropped out of the rankings.

The full rankings, with records and previous rankings:


Big School Boys

RankSchoolRecordLast Rank
  1.Abington Heights  3-0  1
  2.Dallas  0-0  3
  3.Wyoming Area  3-1NR
  4.Delaware Valley  3-1NR
  5.North Pocono  3-2  2
  6.Wallenpaupack  3-1  5

Small School Boys

RankSchoolRecordLast Rank
  1.Holy Cross  2-0  2
  2.Holy Redeemer  2-0  3
  3.Wyoming Seminary  2-1  1
  4.Dunmore  4-1  4
  5.Lake-Lehman  2-1  5
  6.Mountain View  2-2NR

Big School Girls

RankSchoolRecordLast Rank
  1.Dallas  3-1  1
  2.Abington Heights  2-0  2
  3.Valley View  3-0  6
  4.Wallenpaupack  3-2NR
  5.Delaware Valley  1-1  3
  6.Crestwood  1-2  5

Small School Girls

RankSchoolRecordLast Rank
  1.Lake-Lehman  3-0  3
  2.Holy Redeemer  1-1  2
  3.Wyoming Area  3-0  5
  4.Montrose  1-0  4
  5.Dunmore  2-0NR
  6.Lakeland  1-2  1

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