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Today in NEPA Sports Nation, 10/18

State, district and regular-season play intersect Monday for District 2 athletes.

The first state championships for the 2021-22 school year are being determined at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York where the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association is conducting its Class 2A individual tournament.

District 2 will hold the first half of its girls tennis singles tournament at two sites.

The 4-sport, 38-event, regular-season portion of the schedule includes possible clinchers in Lackawanna League soccer and key games that could be district playoff previews in Wyoming Valley Conference field hockey.

District 2 has six boys and three girls entered in the state golf tournament.

Scranton Prep and Lake-Lehman, which took unbeaten team records into the district championship match that Scranton Prep won, each have two players in the boys tournament.

Michael Lynch, scheduled first to tee off among District 2 players at 8:40 a.m., and Michael Sewack (9:20) represent Scranton Prep.

Lake-Lehman has Cael Ropietski (9:00) and Mike Sholtis (9:55 off 10th tee).

Lackawanna Trail’s Gavin June (9:35, 10th tee) and Wyoming Seminary’s Nick Werner (9:50) are the other entries.

District 2 has two established contenders and a freshman, who beat them both for the local title, entered in the girls event.

Chloe Sipe from Elk Lake, a two-time, top-10 finisher, starts at 10:10.

Dunmore’s Ciera Toomey, a returning state medalist, follows at 10:20.

Tunkhannock freshman Hallie Brown, the District 2 champion, plays at 10:40.

District 2 tennis will play four rounds in Class 2A, three in Class 3A to get down to Wednesday’s four singles semifinalists in each.

The Class 2A players are at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre and Class 3A is at North Pocono Middle School for 9 a.m. starts and action that should continue into mid-afternoon.

The Blue Ridge boys and the winner of the West Scranton-Forest City girls game can clinch first-place ties in Lackawanna League soccer.

Blue Ridge (9-1 in league, 12-1) is home against Riverside (6-4) in a Lackawanna league Division 3 boys game. A win clinches at least a tie for the Raiders.

West Scranton (4-7-1, 4-10-1) is at Forest City (4-7-1, 4-8-1) in Lackawanna Division 3 girls soccer where their records are good enough for a first-place tie because of the way the division has been dominated in crossovers with Division 2 opponents.

First place will be on the line in WVC Division 2 girls soccer when Wyoming Area (7-1, 9-4) plays at Lake-Lehman (8-1, 10-5).

If current playoff ratings hold up, two of today’s WVC Division 1 field hockey games could be previews of the district semifinals.

Lackawanna Trail (5-4, 9-4) is at first-place Wyoming Seminary (10-0, 14-1) and Lake-Lehman (7-3, 10-4) is at Wyoming Area (8-1, 14-1).

In another game, Hazleton Area (5-4, 11-5) is at Crestwood (8-2, 13-2).

There are also seven girls volleyball matches scheduled.


GIRLS TENNIS: For additional information, including seeds on the district singles tournament, see:

GOLF: For more coverage on how the golfers reached the state tournament, go to:

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