EDITOR’S NOTE: Since this story was posted overnight, the Pittston Area-Dallas girls game has been called off. A decision was made Monday afternoon to postpone because of a COVID situation at Dallas.
COVID has trimmed the schedule but Monday remains Opening Night for Lackawanna League boys and Wyoming Valley Conference girls basketball.
The Lackawanna League has reversed decades of tradition this season and placed boys games on Monday and Thursday nights with the girls now playing most games on Tuesdays and Fridays. The Wyoming Valley Conference is sticking with girls on Mondays and Thursdays and boys on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The top matchups are in Lackawanna Division 3 boys and Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 girls.
Holy Cross, last season’s second-place team, is at preseason favorite Mid Valley in Lackawanna Division 3 boys.
The visiting Crusaders (4-3) are ranked third among Small School boys teams in the My City Mortgage Super Six Power Rankings of District 2 teams. The Spartans, the only Class 4A team in the division, are 5-2 and had been ranked among the top Big Schools earlier in the season.
The only other matchup between two winning teams is Valley View (4-3) at Abington Heights (4-2) in Division 1.
Elk Lake (3-3) opens its Division 4 title defense at home against Forest City (1-4).
Unbeaten, ranked teams meet in WVC girls when Pittston Area travels to Dallas in Division 1.
Pittston Area is 8-0 and joined the Big School rankings in sixth in this week’s Super Six. Dallas is 5-0 and has moved up to second. (Since postponed: See editor’s note).
Wilkes-Barre Area (6-1) is at Tunkhannock (4-2) in another game between winning teams.
Crestwood (5-0) tests its perfect record at Hazleton Area (3-3).
Defending champion Berwick (3-4) opens at home with Wyoming Valley West (3-3).
Lake-Lehman (2-1) opens its Division 2 title defense at Hanover Area (3-6).
The full District 2 basketball schedule can be found at: https://nepabasketball.com/composite?d=2022-01-03.