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Today in NEPA Sports Nation, 10/20

Two district girls tennis championships, six cross country titles and multiple soccer championships are on the line Wednesday when the schedule also includes another meeting of nationally ranked field hockey teams at Wyoming Seminary’s Klassner Field.

The action starts earlier than originally planned in District 2 girls tennis where two suspended quarterfinal matches in Class 3A will be played at Kirby Park at 11:30 a.m., before moving into the regularly scheduled 1 p.m. semifinals and the finals that follow.

Six players remain in Class 3A and four in Class 2A in girls tennis where top seeds Karisa Ghigiarelli from Riverside (Class 2A) and Bella Peters from Abington Heights are pursuing their fourth straight titles.

West Scranton has players involved in both suspended quarterfinal matches.

Gabrielle Chantiloupe has a lead late in a close match with North Pocono’s Julie Schriver in one quarterfinal while Madison Maloney trails Rina Hanumali in the other.

Chantiloupe is up 5-4 in the third and deciding set, but Schriver is ahead, 15-Love, in the 10th game.

Hanumali has a set in hand, leads 1-0 in the second set and is ahead 30-Love in the second game of that set.

The winners will join Peters and Wallenpaupack’s Erika Badner, who already advanced to the semifinals.

The four semifinalists are set in Class 2A where Wyoming Seminary has the lower-seeded player in each matchup.

Ella Krypel faces Ghigiarelli in a rematch of last year’s final while Ilana Rosenthal and Scranton Prep’s Alyssa Wigley meet in a match between two freshmen who could be fighting for district supremacy after the graduation of Ghigiarelli and Peters.

Wyoming Valley Conference cross country coaches will conduct their annual Ed Narkiewicz Championship Meet, but there will be more at stake as the completion of the regular season also takes place off of the scoring of the day’s results at the Wyoming County Fairgrounds in Meshoppen.

There will be individual champions decided for both boys and girls. The meet will consist of traditional championship/invitational event scoring with an overall team champion on each side as well.

At the same time, meets that were not contested during the regular season will be scored by comparing the teams head-to-head, as if they ran a dual. The difference between dual and invitational scoring makes it quite possible that a team that finishes behind an opponent in the overall scoring beats it head-to-head.

Crestwood is likely to emerge from the day as regular-season girls champion while a tie for first in boys is highly possible.

Seven boys teams enter the final day with at least mathematical shots at tying for first place, although three, or at most five, seem to factor into the title race.

The girls race is down to two teams.

Here’s where they stand:

WVC boys cross country

ContenderW-LDuals LeftKey Opponent(s)
Lake-Lehman12-13Dallas, Wyoming Area
Dallas  9-16Lake-Lehman, Tunkhannock, Holy Redeemer
Holy Redeemer11-23Dallas, Wyoming Area
Tunkhannock  9-43Dallas, Wyoming Area
Wyoming Area  6-46Lake-Lehman, Tunkhannock, Holy Redeemer

WVC girls cross country

ContenderW-LDuals LeftKey Opponent
Crestwood13-03Berwick (9-4)
Holy Redeemer15-10N/A

The girls varsity race is set for 3 p.m. and the boys varsity at 3:45.

There are also junior high races with individual and conference meet titles at stake.

The soccer schedule is loaded with interesting matchups as many contenders complete their league schedules.

The Lackawanna Division 1 and 2 boys titles could be decided today along with the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 girls title.

Third-place Valley View (9-1-3 in the division, 11-1-3 overall) is at first-place North Pocono (11-1-1, 15-1-1) in a Lackawanna Division 1 finale that is a rematch of their 1-1 tie at Valley View earlier this season.

Because Lackawanna soccer uses the three points for a win and one point for a tie standings method – rather than a tie equaling half a win and half a loss – Valley View can’t catch North Pocono in the standings.

North Pocono has a 34-31 lead over Abington Heights, which could tie for first if the Comets (10-2-1, 10-4-1) beat Scranton (2-9) and North Pocono loses. The Trojans cannot finish worse than a first-place tie.

Holy Cross (10-1, 11-1) is at Dunmore (10-1, 11-2) to try to break the tie for first place in Lackawanna Division 2 in the final game. The first time they met, Dunmore won, 4-3, in overtime to hand Holy Cross its only loss.

Second-place Crestwood (9-2-1, 12-3-1) is at first-place Hazleton Area (9-2, 10-3) in WVC Division 1 boys soccer where there are still additional games remaining.

Dallas (9-2, 13-3-1) has already clinched at least a first-place tie and can take the WVC Division 1 girls championship outright with a tie or a win against Berwick (7-4, 11-5).

If Dallas slips, Wilkes-Barre Area (8-3, 11-5) can tie for first by winning at Crestwood (5-5-1, 10-6-1).

Second-place Wyoming Area (8-2, 10-5) needs to win at third-place Holy Redeemer (7-3, 11-3) in WVC Division 2 girls soccer to maintain its chance of catching Lake-Lehman, which has already clinched at least a tie.

Wyoming Seminary (15-1) has wrapped up another WVC Division 1 in field hockey. Now, the Blue Knights look to improve to 3-1 in the games they have hosted against nationally ranked opponents this season.

The Hill School (11-1) visits. According to, The Hill School is fifth and Wyoming Seminary sixth in national rankings.

The top girls volleyball matchup has Dallas (6-4, 7-4) continuing to make up its postponed WVC matches by playing at Nanticoke (10-3, 11-3).

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