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Today in NEPA Sports Nation, 11/6

Multiple state championships, with multiple contenders from District 2, are on the line Saturday in Hershey, beginning in the morning.

Boys and girls cross country will determine team and individual Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state championships and medalists in three classes each while girls tennis decides its singles and doubles champions in events being held in Hershey.

District 2 also has boys and girls soccer championship games scheduled along with the continuation of the first round of football playoffs.

Racing gets started on the Hershey Parkview Cross Country Course at 9:30 a.m. and District 2 will again be an immediate major factor.

Elk Lake’s Krista Jones, unbeaten this season and a two-time state medalist as a freshman and sophomore in 2018 and 2019, won the PIAA Foundation Meet on the same course earlier this season.

While Jones came up short last year, taking 32nd, Mountain View’s Carissa Flynn (fourth), Riverside’s Lacey Danilovitz (sixth), Forest City’s Rachel Korty (18th) and Mountain View’s Kathryn Long (19th) all finished in the top 25 to earn medals and all are back.

That group will be joined by Forest City freshman Kate Korty, who has beaten all but Jones this season.

District 2 has entries in each race, including three-time district champion and two-time state medalist Molly DeMarzo from Crestwood in Class 3A girls.

The Class 2A girls race is at 10:15, followed by 3A girls at 11, A boys at 11:45, 2A boys at 12:30 p.m. and 3A boys at 1:15.

Riverside has players into the semifinals in Class 2A girls tennis in both singles and doubles at the Hershey Indoor Racquet Club.

Karissa Ghigiarelli and the doubles team of Madeline DeFaber-Schumacher and Bella Aniska each won twice Friday and have a semifinal match at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Ghigiarelli is seeking her second state title in three years. DeFaber-Schumacher and Aniska earned a bronze medal last year.

Both championship matches are scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

There are six district soccer championships on the line – two in boys and four in girls.

The girls get it started in the largest and smallest classifications at 1 p.m.

Wyoming Valley West is at Delaware Valley in Class 4A and Montrose is at Lakeland in Class A.

The boys finals are Wilkes-Barre Area at Hazleton Area in Class 4A at 3 and Wallenpaupack at North Pocono in Class 3A at 4.

Holy Redeemer is at Lake-Lehman at 3:30 in Class 2A and Dallas is at Abington Heights at 6 in Class 3A.

Lake-Lehman is at Lakeland in a 7 p.m. Class 3A football quarterfinal.

Holy Cross travels to Moravian University to play Executive Education Academy Charter at 1 p.m. in an Eastern Conference football championship game.

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