NEPA Sports Nation

Today in NEPA Sports Nation, 12/18

The Lackawanna League Wrestling Championships and three boys basketball games at the Lackawanna College Student Union highlight the District 2 sports schedule for Saturday.

Lackawanna teams are headed to Wallenpaupack for a 9 a.m. start to determine individual league champions in 13 weight classes along with a team scoring champion.

Wyoming Valley Conference teams are also entered in tournaments at five different locations, including Wilkes-Barre Area hosting the first of two days of the XCalibur Tournament, which also includes Hazleton Area.

Two of the basketball games at Lackawanna College are part of the third Conference Challenge, which sends teams from the Lackawanna League against opponents from the Wyoming Valley Conference. Through tripleheaders in 2018 and 2019 and a doubleheader Friday night, the WVC has a 5-3 lead in the series.

Defending Lackawanna Division 4 champion Elk Lake (1-1) plays Nanticoke (1-3) in the 1 p.m. opener.

Tunkhannock (3-0) takes on Lackawanna Division 3 favorite Mid Valley (2-1) in the second game.

The same venue will be the site for another meeting between teams from the two leagues at night.

WVC Division 2 favorite Holy Redeemer (2-0) takes on perennial Lackawanna Division 3 power Holy Cross (2-1) in a non-league game at 7.

The schedule also includes Lakeland playing at Lackawanna Trail at 1 p.m. for the championship of the Cal King Tournament, which became a three-team event when Lake-Lehman withdrew because of the temporary shutdown of its athletic programs because of COVID.

There are eight other non-league games scheduled, including WVC Division 1 favorite Dallas at Boys Latin in Philadelphia and Dunmore hosting Mount Carmel in the third Coal Cracker Classic.

The 10-game, non-league girls schedule includes Jim Thorpe (1-0) at Riverside (2-0) in a game that will bring together teammates from the NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls team.

Drexel University commit Kylie Lavelle has 65 points in Riverside’s first two games.

Kutztown University commits Olivia Smelas and Leila Hurley are among the leaders of a veteran Jim Thorpe team. Smelas shared team scoring honors with 16 in the opening, 65-26 rout of Lehighton.


The full District 2 basketball schedule can be found at:

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