NEPA Sports Nation

Today in NEPA Sports Nation, 10/8

A full schedule of football, heavy on divisional play, a field hockey showdown between out-of-state, nationally ranked teams and the opener to the Class 2A girls team tennis tournament are all part of the Friday schedule.

Mid Valley puts its five-game winning streak on the line while Dunmore’s Lackawanna Football Conference Division 3 lead is at stake when the two meet at Dunmore.

The visiting Spartans join Lakeland at 1-0 in the division and are 5-1 overall. The Bucks are 2-0 in the division and 3-2 overall with three straight wins in which they allowed just 10 points total.

Mid Valley is led by 1,000-yard rusher Devin Ayala.

The football schedule also includes Lake-Lehman (3-3) at Wyoming Area (5-1) in the Wyoming Valley Conference Class 3A Division and two interconference games that match 3-3 Class 6A teams against each other when Hazleton Area goes to Scranton and Williamsport goes to Delaware Valley.

The schedule also includes Lakeland (5-1) at Western Wayne (3-3) and rivals meeting when Old Forge (5-0) goes to Riverside (2-4).

Wyoming Seminary is hosting other nationally ranked field hockey teams for the second straight weekend.

Sacred Heart Academy from Louisville, Ky. and Eastern Regional from Voorhees, N.J. will play each other at 6:30 at Wyoming Seminary’s Klassner Field before each takes on Wyoming Seminary Saturday when Sacred Heart will also take on Lake-Lehman.

According to’s national rankings, Eastern in fourth, Wyoming Seminary eighth and Sacred Heart 18th. Wyoming Seminary’s only loss came last weekend, 2-1, against No. 5 Episcopal Academy from Newtown Square.

Because there are nine District 2 Class 2A girls tennis teams with records of .500 or better, the tournament opens Friday with one match needed to get down to the eight quarterfinalists. Berwick (6-6) is at Tunkhannock (7-6) in a 4 p.m., first-round match.

There are also girls soccer, boys soccer and girls volleyball matches on the day’s schedule.

WVC Division 1 girls soccer leader Wyoming Valley West (7-1-1, 9-2-1) is at third-place Dallas (6-2, 10-2-1) while second-place Wilkes-Barre Area (8-2, 11-4) is at Crestwood (4-4-1, 8-5-1).

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