Across District 2, some teams are returning from COVID-related pauses while others enter into breaks while dealing with quarantines and increasing case counts.
The result is a frequently changing schedule with both additions and subtractions happening on a daily – and, sometimes, hourly – basis.
Among the events that will not happen Thursday is the boys basketball championship game of the Anthony “Badger” Marseco Tournament because host Old Forge is among the latest set of teams to need a break from the season.
Pittston Area, scheduled to play Old Forge for the title, has improvised and will instead host Lake-Lehman in its return to action.
The Lake-Lehman girls are also back for their first game in 19 days (the boys are playing for the first time in 15).
Lake-Lehman is at Montrose for an afternoon game between defending division champions and ranked teams.
Defending Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 champion Lake-Lehman is the No. 6 Big School in the My City Mortgage Super Six Power Rankings of District 2 teams. Montrose, coming off a Lackawanna League Division 4 championship season, is the No. 5 Small School.
Carbondale teams will play for the first time all season with the girls taking on Blue Ridge, followed by the boys facing Elk Lake in the Michael “Red” Wallace Memorial Scholarship Game.
The boys schedule also features a non-league game sending unbeaten Holy Redeemer, the No. 1 Small School in the Super Six, to take on a Class 6A opponent at Wilkes-Barre Area.
There is still a District 2 team playing for a basketball tournament title.
The Hazleton Area girls won Wednesday to earn a shot at host Punxsutawney in the Carl Truance Holiday Classic championship game. Punxsutawney reached its own title game with a 71-15 rout of Cameron County.
Three District 2 wrestling teams are on the road for the second day of two-day tournaments.
Lackawanna Trail is in Chambersburg for the MyHouse Trojan Wars; Pittston Area is the Conestoga Valley Holiday Classic and Blue Ridge is in New York State for the Windsor Tournament.
Among the schools pausing is Honesdale, which has not only postponed Thursday activities, but has also already postponed its scheduled basketball league openers Jan. 3 and 4 against Wallenpaupack.
The full District 2 basketball schedule is: https://nepabasketball.com/composite?d=2021-12-30.