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Dallas girls, 4 others join rankings

Five teams, led by the Dallas girls and Old Forge boys, used strong starts in the first 10 days of the season to move into the My City Mortgage Super Six Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

The rankings, the first since the preseason, were released late Sunday afternoon on our partner website

The North Pocono boys, Mid Valley girls and Lackawanna Trail girls also joined the rankings.

The Dallas girls and Old Forge boys not only make the rankings, but do so all the way up in third place.

Dallas won the Mike Duda Tip-Off Classic at Wyoming Valley West and knocked preseason No. 6 Holy Redeemer out of the Big School girls rankings by beating the Lady Royals as part of its 3-0 start.

Old Forge made the Small School boys rankings by going 3-1, with 3 wins by a total of 104 points and a competitive, 14-point loss to Big School No. 1 Scranton.

Mid Valley and Lackawanna Trail enter the Small School girls rankings in fourth and sixth.

North Pocono is new to the Big School boys rankings in fifth.

The Western Wayne and Wilkes-Barre Area girls also moved up from their preseason positions along with the Abington Heights, Pittston Area and Dunmore boys.

All four No. 1 teams held their positions, with only one of them, Small School girls leader Riverside suffering a loss.

The Scranton boys, Holy Redeemer boys and Dunmore girls are the other No. 1 teams.

Scranton won three times, although it was tested while Big School boys No. 2 Dallas made its case with a 77-58 win at Scranton Prep, a ranked team in the preseason, in its only game.

Abington Heights climbed from fifth to third by going 2-1 with a three-point loss outside the district in a trip to Emmaus.

Pittston Area also gained two positions. The Patriots (3-1) went from sixth to fourth, following up a road loss at Nanticoke, in an opener played without top returnee J.J. Walsh, by winning three straight.

The Patriots handed North Pocono (3-1) its loss Friday night. The Trojans joined the rankings in fifth with the help of a win over Mid Valley, a 3-1 team that dropped from third in the preseason to sixth.

Scranton Prep went 2-3 and fell from the rankings after starting in fourth.

Holy Redeemer (3-0) and Riverside (4-0) held the top two spots in Small School boys.

Old Forge is followed by Dunmore, Holy Cross and Elk Lake, all of which changed positions since the preseason.

Dunmore (2-1) moved up one spot to fourth, while Holy Cross (2-2) and Elk Lake (2-1) dropped two spots each to fifth and sixth.

Preseason No. 6 and defending Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 champion Wyoming Seminary lost four straight and dropped out.

Dunmore (2-0) won two interstate battles at the She Got Game Classic by a total of 61 points to remain first, ahead of last season’s No. 1 and current No. 2 Scranton Prep (3-0).

Dallas is followed by three repositioned teams – Wilkes-Barre Area, Abington Heights and Lake-Lehman.

Wilkes-Barre Area, which shares the district’s best girls record with Scranton and Pittston Area at 4-0, moved up one spot to fifth, trading places with Abington Heights (2-2).

Lake-Lehman (1-1) fell from third to sixth.

Riverside lost 66-44 Saturday to highly regarded, District 11 opponent Jim Thorpe, but held the first Small School girls spot.

The Lady Vikes (2-1) remained first while second place changed behind them.

Western Wayne (2-1) took over second, trading places with Holy Cross (1-2). The Lady ‘Cats lost at the buzzer at State College as part of a strong tournament field to begin the season, then won twice, including in double overtime at North Schuylkill.

Holy Cross is 2-2 with an overtime loss to Holy Redeemer and a game that got away late against Scranton.

Mid Valley went 3-0 with all three wins by at least 29 points to join the rankings in fourth. The Spartanettes held two straight opponents to single digits and have allowed just 38 points in three games.

Montrose lost twice by a total of 18 points against Big Schools and dropped one spot to fifth.

Lackawanna Trail started with two double-figures victories and is sixth.

The Lady Lions handed Tunkhannock its only loss.

Elk Lake, which was fifth in the preseason rankings, lost to Tunkhannock and fell from the Super Six.

Wyoming Seminary, which was held to single digits in points twice, is 0-3 and also fell out.


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(With Record, Preseason Rankings)

1. Scranton (3-0, 1)1. Dunmore (2-0, 1)
2. Dallas (1-0, 2)2. Scranton Prep (3-0, 2)
3. Abington Heights (2-1, 4)3. Dallas (3-0, NR)
4. Pittston Area (3-1, 6)4. Wilkes-Barre Area (4-0, 5)
5. North Pocono (3-1, 5)5. Abington Heights (2-2, 4)
6. Mid Valley (3-1, 3)6. Lake-Lehman (1-1, 3)
1. Holy Redeemer (3-0, 1)1. Riverside (2-1, 1)
2. Riverside (4-0, 2)2. Western Wayne (2-1, 3)
3. Old Forge (3-1, NR)3. Holy Cross (1-2, 3)
4. Dunmore (2-1, 5)4. Mid Valley (3-0, NR)
5. Holy Cross (2-2, 3)5. Montrose (0-2, 4)
6. Elk Lake (2-1, 4)6. Lackawanna Trail (2-0, NR)

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