The Monday schedule in District 2 runs the gamut of winter sports competition with all five sports in action and a combination of league events, non-league games, holiday tournaments and postseason matches.
District 2 wrestling moves into the Dual Meet Championships with six quarterfinal matches.
Defending champion Delaware Valley hosts West Scranton in one of three Class 3A quarterfinals. Top-seed Abington Heights, the Lackawanna League Division 1 champion, is home against Crestwood while second-seed Hazleton Area, the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 champion, hosts Pittston Area.
The Class 2A schedule has been reduced from four matches to three because Lake-Lehman has forfeited to unbeaten, top-seed Lackawanna Trail.
The highlight appears to be fifth-seeded Wyoming Area at fourth-seeded Montrose.
The Warriors may be the lower seed and the road team, but they do not have the credentials of an underdog. Wyoming Area is the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 champion from the regular season dual schedule and also the team champion from the Wyoming Valley Conference Tournament.
The other Class 2A matches are Scranton Prep at Honesdale and Nanticoke at Western Wayne.
The complete wrestling schedule with seeds, records and starting times can be found at: https://nepasportsnation.com/district-wrestling-duals-pairings-set/.
There is also boys and girls basketball scheduled along with boys and girls swimming.
First place is on the line in Lackawanna League Division 4 boys basketball when leader Blue Ridge (6-1 in the division, 10-5 overall) is at defending champion Elk Lake (5-1, 10-5).
Leaders go head-to-head in a Lackawanna Division 1-2 crossover that is part of the league standings.
Division 1 leader Scranton, the district’s only unbeaten team overall, heads to Wallenpaupack. The Knights are 5-0 in the league and 11-0 overall.
Wallenpaupack, the Division 2 leader, is 6-1 and 12-3.
Scranton is No. 1 and Wallenpaupack is No. 4 among Big Schools in the My City Mortgage Super Six Basketball Power Rankings of District 2 teams.
Two other games match teams trying to stay alive in divisional races.
Abington Heights (5-2, 10-5) is at Scranton Prep (4-1, 8-5) in Lackawanna Division 1.
Dunmore (5-2, 10-6) is at defending champion Riverside (4-3, 11-4) in a Lackawanna Division 3 meeting of ranked teams. Dunmore is third and Riverside is fourth among Small Schools in the Super Six.
While the Lackawanna teams maneuver at the top of the standings, one of the WVC leaders is playing in a holiday tournament that has been delayed for more than a month by a series of COVID-related issues.
Holy Redeemer (14-1) faces Crestwood (6-9) for the championship to complete the McGrane Tournament doubleheader at the Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center in Wilkes-Barre. Lake-Lehman faces Hanover Area in the consolation opener.
The girls basketball schedule is highlighted by another case of teams trying to keep themselves relevant in a division race. Nanticoke (5-3, 9-8) is at Wyoming Area (6-2, 12-7) in WVC Division 2.
The full District 2 basketball schedule can be found at: https://nepabasketball.com/composite?d=2022-01-31.
There are also boys and girls swimming meets with Holy Cross at Abington Heights and Valley View at Scranton Prep.
Third-place Valley View (4-1) is at second-place Scranton Prep (4-0) in a key Lackawanna League girls swimming meet.
Valley View is ranked fifth and Scranton Prep is ranked first among girls schools in the Riverfront Sports Super Six Swimming Power Rankings of District 2 teams.