NEPA Sports Nation

Top teams move to playoff pursuits

A season of frequent upheaval within the Riverfront United Super Six Soccer Power Rankings of District 2 teams settled down in a quiet final week of the regular season.

Most of the top teams did their final preparation for the District 2 playoffs on the practice field.

The 24 ranked teams played a total of 7 games and won them all, resulting in the rankings, which were released Sunday afternoon, remaining the same as a week ago.

Nine of the 10 regular-season champions around the Lackawanna League and Wyoming Valley Conference are recognized in the rankings. All eight of the number-one seeds for the district boys and girls tournaments appear in the rankings, including the top-ranked North Pocono and Wyoming Area boys and Abington Heights and Lakeland girls.

North Pocono leads the Big School boys rankings. The Trojans won Lackawanna Division 1 and landed the top seed in Class 3A.

WVC Division 1 champion Crestwood is second.

Valley View and Abington Heights remained third.

Hazleton Area, the only ranked team to play more than once in the last week, beat both Dallas and Nanticoke, 4-1, to hold fifth.

Sixth-ranked Tunkhannock shut out Berwick, 7-0.

Division champions are ranked 1-2-3 in Small School boys, including top district seeds in the first two spots.

No. 1 Wyoming Area is the WVC Division 2 champion and top seed in Class 2A. No. 2 Holy Cross is the Lackawanna Division 2 champ and Class A top seed. No. 3 Blue Ridge is the Lackawanna Division 3 champ.

Dunmore and Elk Lake remained fourth and fifth.

Riverside defeated Gregory the Great Academy, 3-2, to hold on to sixth.

The Abington Heights girls defeated Scranton, 7-1, to hold the top spot in Big School girls. The Comets are the top seed in Class 3A and enter the playoffs on streaks of 6 straight wins and 11 straight unbeaten.

Second-ranked Delaware Valley is the Lackawanna Division 1 champ and Class 4A top seed. Third-ranked Dallas is the WVC Division 1 champ.

Wilkes-Barre Area remained fourth.

Wyoming Valley West defeated Wallenpaupack, 4-1, to hold fifth.

Berwick is still in the sixth spot.

The top two Small School girls teams are division champions and top seeds.

Lakeland, from Lackawanna Division 2 and Class A, is first while Lake-Lehman, from WVC Division 2 and Class 2A, is second.

Wyoming Area remained third.

Holy Redeemer defeated Hazleton Area, 4-3, to protect the fourth spot.

Montrose and Nanticoke remained in the fifth and sixth spots.

District playoffs open for the boys Monday and the girls Tuesday. All three rounds are scheduled for the upcoming week with the boys concluding Friday and the girls Saturday.

The rankings with records and previous positions:


Big School Boys

RankSchoolRecordLast Rank
  1.North Pocono15-1-21
  3.Valley View11-1-43
  4.Abington Heights12-4-14
  5.Hazleton Area13-4-05

Small School Boys

RankSchoolRecordLast Rank
  1.Wyoming Area17-1-01
  2.Holy Cross12-1-02
  3.Blue Ridge14-1-03
  5.Elk Lake12-2-05
  6.Riverside  9-5-0NR

Big School Girls

RankSchoolRecordLast Rank
  1.Abington Heights12-1-21
  2.Delaware Valley15-2-12
  4.Wilkes-Barre Area13-5-04
  5.Wyoming Valley West11-4-25

Small School Girls

RankSchoolRecordLast Rank
  3.Wyoming Area12-5-03
  4.Holy Redeemer13-4-04

Follow us on social media