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State champs among final No. 1s

Dunmore’s state championship team and three teams that advanced in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament until running into eventual state champs are the No. 1 teams in the final Riverfront Sports Super Six Basketball Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

The Class 3A state champion Lady Bucks are the final No. 1 Small School girls team in the rankings, which were released Sunday night.

Scranton Prep, which made it to the state semifinals before falling to Class 4A champion Lansdale Catholic, completed a wire-to-wire run as the No. 1 Big School girls team.

Abington Heights, eliminated in the Class 5A quarterfinals by Imhotep Charter, leads the Big School boys rankings.

Holy Redeemer, knocked off when it faced Philadelphia West Catholic in the second round of the state Class 3A tournament, is the Small School boys No. 1.

The final rankings include just two changes from the rankings at the end of the district tournament.

Two regular-season division champions move back into the rankings over state tournament qualifiers.

North Pocono replaces West Scranton as the Big School boys No. 6.

Blue Ridge takes over the Small School boys No. 6 spot from Carbondale.

Lake-Lehman, Holy Redeemer, Montrose, Mountain View and Western Wayne follow Dunmore in Small School girls rankings.

Dunmore was also Lackawanna League Division 4 and District 2 Class 3A champion.

Lake-Lehman was the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 and Tournament champion, each for the third straight time, as well as a state quarterfinalist where it lost to Dunmore.

Holy Redeemer was a District 2 Class 3A finalist after tying for first place in WVC Division 2 where it lost a playoff to Lake-Lehman.

Montrose won the Lackawanna Division 4 and District 2 Class 2A titles as well as advancing to the state semifinals.

Mountain View won the District 2-11 Class A Subregional championship and also made the state semifinals.

Pittston Area, Abington Heights, Wyoming Valley West, Scranton and Wallenpaupack follow Scranton Prep in Big School girls.

Scranton Prep won Lackawanna Division 1 and District 2 Class 4A titles en route to its state semifinal appearance.

Pittston Area won WVC Division 1 and District 2 Class 5A titles along with reaching the second round of the state tournament, along with Abington Heights, the team it beat in the district final.

Wyoming Valley West was the District 2-4 Class 6A Subregional champion.

Scranton ended its season in the state tournament after beating Lackawanna Division 2 champion Wallenpaupack for third place in the district in Class 5A.

Valley View, Dallas, Scranton Prep and Scranton follow Abington Heights in the second-through-fifth spots in Big School boys behind Abington Heights.

Abington Heights won District 2 before reaching the state quarterfinals in Class 5A.

Valley View beat out Abington Heights for the Lackawanna Division 1 title in the regular season by winning a divisional playoff. The Cougars made it to the second round of the state Class 4A tournament.

Dallas was the WVC Division 1 champion.

Scranton Prep reached the second round of the state Class 4A tournament after beating Valley View in the district final.

Scranton lost in the first round of state play after winning the District 2-4 Class 6A Subregional title.

North Pocono, which had its season end against Abington Heights in the District 2 Class 5A semifinals, was the Lackawanna Division 2 champion.

Holy Cross, Mid Valley, Old Forge and Riverside follow Holy Redeemer as the No. 2 through No. 5 teams in Small School boys behind Holy Redeemer.

Holy Redeemer won WVC Division 2 and overall tournament titles and the District 2 championship before taking a first-round state game in Class 3A.

Holy Cross won Lackawanna Division 3 and District 2 Class 2A before winning three state games to get to the semifinal.

Mid Valley reached the district final and the second round of the state tournament in Class 3A.

Blue Ridge, the Lackawanna Division 4 champion for the first time in school history, fell short of state play when District 2 only received one representative in Class 2A. The 20-win team’s two lopsided losses to Holy Cross could be seen in a different light when the Crusaders won state tournament games by 28 and 15 points.

The full, final rankings, with records and previous rankings:



RankTeamW-LLast Rank
  1Abington Heights23-5  1
  2Valley View22-5  2
  3Dallas21-5  3
  4Scranton Prep17-10  4
  5Scranton14-12  5
  6North Pocono14-10 NR


RankTeamW-LLast Rank
  1Holy Redeemer26-3  1
  2Holy Cross22-6  2
  3Mid Valley20-7  3
  4Old Forge17-7  4
  5Riverside14-10  5
  6Blue Ridge20-4 NR


RankTeamW-LLast Rank
  1Scranton Prep24-3  1
  2Pittston Area25-3  2
  3Abington Heights18-9  3
  4Wyoming Valley West16-9  4
  5Scranton16-10  5
  6Wallenpaupack18-8  6


RankTeamW-LLast Rank
  1Dunmore27-3  1
  2Lake-Lehman25-6  2
  3Holy Redeemer17-12  3
  4Montrose23-5  4
  5Mountain View21-7  5
  6Western Wayne  9-14  6

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