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Lake-Lehman girls new No. 1

Lake-Lehman took over the top Small School girls spot and six teams used holiday tournament titles to improve their positions in the latest Riverfront Sports Super Six Basketball Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

The new rankings were released in the evening on New Year’s Day.

Lake-Lehman passed Dunmore in the Small School girls rankings after each suffered a tournament loss.

Notre Dame Green Pond defeated Lake-Lehman, 29-27, in the semifinals of a tournament at Allentown Central Catholic. Dunmore lost, 52-33, to Scranton Prep in the final of the Lynett Memorial Tournament.

Both teams fell to strong opposition.

Scranton Prep is unbeaten and the No. 1 Big School girls team in the Super Six. Notre Dame Green Pond improved to 8-1 by beating Lake-Lehman before losing to the tournament hosts in the next game.

Lake-Lehman played Scranton Prep to a closer game earlier this season than Dunmore was able to in the Lynett Tournament.

Montrose won the Jill Hoffman-Denise Reddon Memorial title to hold third among Small School girls.

Holy Redeemer, Old Forge and Wyoming Seminary remained in fourth, fifth and sixth.

Abington Heights, in Big Schools, and Holy Redeemer, in Small Schools, continued to hold top boys rankings.

The Valley View, Hazleton Area and Riverside boys as well as the Pittston Area, Abington Heights and Delaware Valley girls won tournament titles during the week and moved up in the rankings accordingly. The Mid Valley boys also moved up.

The Valley View boys and Pittston Area girls both jumped to second in Big School rankings.

Abington Heights remained unbeaten with two non-league wins to remain first in Big School boys.

Valley View jumped from fourth to second after beating a pair of previously unbeaten Small Schools, Lakeland and host Carbondale, by a total of 60 points to win the Pete Turonis/NBT Bank Classic.

Dallas suffered its first loss while playing at Wilkes-Barre Area in the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 opener.

The Mountaineers and Lynett Tournament champion Scranton Prep dropped one spot each into third and fourth.

Hazleton Area won three games, taking the William Allen Holiday Classic with two- and three-point victories, then pounding Tunkhannock, 59-29, in a WVC Division 1 opener. The Cougars rejoined the rankings in fifth, replacing Tunkhannock.

Delaware Valley remained unbeaten, going 2-0 in the classic that it hosted, to hold on to sixth.

Scranton Prep used its Lynett Tournament title to hold the top Big School girls spot.

Pittston Area won the Anthony “Badger” Marseco Tournament to go from third to second.

The Lady Patriots traded places with Hazleton Area, which lost a battle of unbeatens to host Punxsutawney, 57-49, in the Truance Holiday Classic.

Abington Heights and Wyoming Valley West also changed positions with the Lady Comets moving from fourth to fifth by winning the Taylor Lions Tournament title with two victories by a total of 58 points.

Wyoming Valley West placed third in the James Akens Tournament at North Pocono.

Wilkes-Barre Area won three times, improving to 9-0 to catch Pittston Area for the best record in District 2 and join the rankings in sixth. The Wolfpack went 2-0 to finish first in the three-team, round-robin Delaware Valley Classic and also defeated Downingtown West.

Scranton lost to Dunmore in the Lynett Tournament semifinal and fell out of the rankings.

Small School boys is the only set of rankings where the 1-2 teams remained the same.

Holy Redeemer held first by winning the Robert McGrane Classic close to home in downtown Wilkes-Barre while unbeaten Old Forge remained in second by winning the Badger Marseco Tournament.

Mid Valley traded places with Holy Cross, replacing the Crusaders in third after each finished third in a tournament. The Spartans played in the Turonis Classic while the Crusaders were in the Lynett Tournament.

Riverside won twice at home by a total of 65 points to claim the Taylor Lions title and return to the rankings in fifth.

Carbondale dropped from fifth to sixth after suffering its first loss, 66-34, to Valley View in the Turonis final. The Chargers beat higher-ranked Mid Valley, 50-49, in the semifinal.

Lakeland lost for the first two times this season during the Turonis Classic and fell out of the rankings.

The full rankings with records and previous rankings:



RankTeamW-LLast Rank
  1Abington Heights  7-0  1
  2Valley View  7-1  4
  3Dallas  5-1  2
  4Scranton Prep  5-2  3
  5Hazleton Area  5-3 NR
  6Delaware Valley  6-0  6


RankTeamW-LLast Rank
  1Holy Redeemer  7-2  1
  2Old Forge  7-0  2
  3Mid Valley  6-2  4
  4Holy Cross  4-3  3
  5Riverside  6-2 NR
  6Carbondale  7-1  5


RankTeamW-LLast Rank
  1Scranton Prep  6-0  1
  2Pittston Area  9-0  3
  3Hazleton Area  8-1  2
  4Abington Heights  5-3  5
  5Wyoming Valley West  6-2  4
  6Wilkes-Barre Area  9-0 NR


RankTeamW-LLast Rank
  1Lake-Lehman  5-3  2
  2Dunmore  5-2  1
  3Montrose  5-2  3
  4Holy Redeemer  4-5  4
  5Old Forge  5-2  5
  6Wyoming Seminary  3-3  6

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