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Royals, Lady Bucks start, finish 1st

The Holy Redeemer boys and Dunmore girls finished up the season where they started and where they were for all 12 updates in between.

The Royals and Lady Bucks remained in No. 1 sports in the final My City Mortgage Super Six Power Rankings of District 2 teams that were released Sunday afternoon on our partner website,

The Dallas boys and Riverside girls joined them as the other top-ranked teams.

Dallas wound up first in Big Schools and Holy Redeemer first in Small Schools as two of the boys teams that made it to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state semifinals before being eliminated this weekend.

Old Forge, ranked third among Small Schools, was the other team to make the semifinals.

Dunmore, in Big Schools, and Riverside, in Small Schools, were the two girls teams still playing this week before having their seasons end in the state quarterfinals.

The only changes in the final rankings, from those last posted at the completion of the District 2 finals, come in Big School boys.

Scranton Prep, which continued a strong finish by reaching the second round of the state tournament in Class 4A, rejoined the rankings in sixth. The Cavaliers tied for second in Lackawanna League Division 1, finished third in District 2 Class 4A, opened the state tournament with a road win, then were tied with state finalist Neumann-Goretti in the fourth quarter before falling, 57-51.

Abington Heights moved up from sixth to fifth while North Pocono dropped out of the rankings after losing its second straight, in the opening round of the state Class 5A tournament.

The top four in Big School boys remained the same.

Dallas, which established a school record with 27 wins to reach its first state semifinal, leads the rankings. The Mountaineers won Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1, WVC Tournament and District 2 Class 4A championships.

Scranton made the second state quarterfinal appearance in school history to hold second. The Knights won Lackawanna League Division 1 and District 2-4 Class 6A Subregional titles.

District 2 Class 5A champion Pittston Area added a first-round state win and remained third.

Lackawanna Division 3 champ Mid Valley was fourth.

Holy Redeemer held its top Small School boys ranking with an unbeaten WVC Division 2 season and a District 2 Class 3A title before winning three state games to reach the semifinal for the first time in school history.

District 2 Class 2A champ Holy Cross, Old Forge, Riverside, Dunmore and Lackawanna Division 4 champion Elk Lake held second through sixth.

Holy Cross won two state games to reach the quarterfinals.

Old Forge’s state semifinal appearance was its second straight.

The Dunmore girls lost just once in Pennsylvania, 40-39, to Jim Thorpe in the state quarterfinals to hold the top ranking. The Lady Bucks won Lackawanna Division 3 and District 2 Class 4A titles.

Lackawanna Division 1 champion Scranton Prep, Abington Heights, Lake-Lehman, Pittston Area and Wilkes-Barre Area, all state tournament teams, held second through sixth, in order.

Scranton Prep, District 2 Class 5A champion Abington Heights, and WVC Division 2 and overall champion Lake-Lehman, all added to their accomplishments with first-round state wins.

Pittston Area was the WVC Division 1 champion.

Small School No. 1 Riverside won twice in the state tournament, giving the District 2 Class 3A champions their first state quarterfinal appearance since 1991.

Western Wayne, Holy Cross, Montrose, Lakeland and Elk Lake again complete the rankings.

Lackawanna Division 2 champion Western Wayne won a first-round state game in Class 3A.

District 2 Class 2A champion Holy Cross lost, 40-39, to Mount Carmel in the first round of state play.

Montrose was the Lackawanna Division 4 champion.


(With Record, Previous Rankings)

1. Dallas (27-4, 1)1. Dunmore (25-2, 1)
2. Scranton (23-3, 2)2. Scranton Prep (21-5, 2)
3. Pittston Area (21-5, 3)3. Abington Heights (20-7, 3)
4. Mid Valley (21-6, 4)4. Lake-Lehman (21-5, 4)
5. Abington Heights (15-8, 6)5. Pittston Area (24-5, 5)
6. Scranton Prep (16-10, NR)6. Wilkes-Barre Area (18-7, 6)
1. Holy Redeemer (24-5, 1)1. Riverside (23-5, 1)
2. Holy Cross (21-7, 2)2. Western Wayne (20-6, 2)
3. Old Forge (18-10, 3)3. Holy Cross (15-9, 3)
4. Riverside (15-9, 4)4. Montrose (16-6, 4)
5. Dunmore (13-11, 5)5. Lakeland (10-13, 5)
6. Elk Lake (17-7, 6)6. Elk Lake (15-10, 6)

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