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North Pocono boys take over No. 1

North Pocono won twice to extend its winning streak to four games and unbeaten streak to 10.

In the process, the Trojans built enough evidence to nudge the only unbeaten boys team out of the top Big School spot, taking over No. 1 in this week’s Riverfront United Super Six Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

Valley View dropped from first to second, trading places with North Pocono, in the rankings that were released Sunday night.

North Pocono won its two games during the week, 5-1 over Wallenpaupack and 4-0 over Abington Heights. The Trojans have outscored four opponents, 21-2, since playing to a 1-1 tie at Valley View during a game in which they had the distinct advantage in possession, shots and corner kicks.

Valley View had two more ties during the past week, including one against the No. 4 Abington Heights team that North Pocono beat decisively.

North Pocono’s return to the position it held earlier this season is one of many moves since last week.

The Dallas and Elk Lake boys, as well as the Abington Heights, Wilkes-Barre Area and Lakeland girls moved up while a new team moved into each of the four sets of rankings – boys and girls, Big Schools and Small Schools.

The Tunkhannock and Holy Redeemer boys joined the rankings along with the Crestwood and Western Wayne girls.

Dallas jumped from fifth to third in Big School boys by winning both its games, including 3-2 over former No. 3 Crestwood.

Crestwood and Abington Heights each moved down one spot into fourth and fifth. Both teams had a loss and a tie during the week.

Tunkhannock defeated Hazleton Area, 5-1, and replaced the Cougars in the sixth spot.

The top four Small School boys teams – Wyoming Area, Dunmore, Holy Cross and Blue Ridge – remain the same after combining to win all eight of their games.

Elk Lake also won twice to move up from sixth to fifth.

Holy Redeemer has won seven out of its last nine to take sixth. It was one of two teams to post a 2-1 win over Wyoming Seminary, which fell out of the rankings.

Delaware Valley and Lake-Lehman remain the top-ranked girls teams, but 8 of the 10 positions behind them changed in some way.

Delaware Valley is the Big School No. 1 and has the only unbeaten girls record at 13-0-1.

Abington Heights, which posted two shutouts and has the second-best Big School record at 8-1-2, jumped from fourth to second.

Dallas lost, 1-0, to Crestwood to slip from second to third.

Wilkes-Barre Area won twice and moved up one place to fourth.

Wyoming Valley West went 1-1-1, including a 3-0 shutout loss to Dallas.

Crestwood used its win over Dallas to improve to 5-0-1 in the last six games and take over sixth from Berwick.

Lake-Lehman is followed in the Small School girls rankings by Lakeland and Holy Redeemer.

Lakeland won three times to improve the best Small School record to 10-1 and swap places with Holy Redeemer, which suffered an upset loss to Nanticoke along with winning twice.

Wyoming Area and Montrose remained in fourth and fifth.

Western Wayne defeated Dunmore, 3-2, to avenge and earlier loss and replace the Lady Bucks in sixth.

The season-opening rankings with records and previous rankings:


Big School Boys

RankSchoolRecordLast Rank
  1.North Pocono12-1-12
  2.Valley View  9-0-31
  3.Dallas  8-1-15
  5.Abington Heights  7-4-14
  6.Tunkhannock  6-4-0NR

Small School Boys

RankSchoolRecordLast Rank
  1.Wyoming Area13-1-01
  3.Holy Cross  8-1-03
  4.Blue Ridge11-1-04
  5.Elk Lake10-2-06
  6.Holy Redeemer  8-5-0NR

Big School Girls

RankSchoolRecordLast Rank
  1.Delaware Valley13-0-11
  2.Abington Heighs  8-1-24
  4.Wilkes-Barre Area11-4-05
  5.Wyoming Valley West  9-3-23
  6.Crestwood  8-5-0NR

Small School Girls

RankSchoolRecordLast Rank
  1.Lake-Lehman  9-4-01
  3.Holy Redeemer10-2-02
  4.Wyoming Area  6-4-04
  5.Montrose  8-2-05
  6.Western Wayne  7-3-1NR

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