NEPA Sports Nation

Today in NEPA Sports Nation, 5/18

For the first time this spring, state, district and regular-season competition will all take place on the same day.

The first of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state events takes place with the opening round of the boys tennis team tournaments.

District 2 completes its track and field championships.

Baseball and softball continue with some teams wrapping up their seasons and others continuing along with title pursuits.

Dallas, which is 12-0 in boys tennis without losing a team point this season, will travel to Northwood Racquet Club in Easton for the start of the state Class 2A team tournament. The Wyoming Valley Conference and District 2 Class 2A champion Mountaineers will face District 11 champion Allentown Central Catholic (11-6) at 12:30 p.m.

District 2 Class 3A champion Abington Heights (15-1) will not even have to leave Clarks Summit for its state opener. The Comets play 14-3 Upper Dublin, the third-place team from District 1, at Birchwood Racquet Club at 1 p.m.

Class 3A boys and girls track will get underway at the North Pocono Middle School at 3 p.m.

Baseball and softball action continues after school.

Lackawanna Trail, which is 9-2 both league and overall, will try to secure the Lackawanna League Division 4 baseball title at home against Forest City (0-8, 0-11). The Lions have already clinched at least a tie for first place.

The district’s two unbeaten baseball teams also play.

Hazleton Area (13-0, 19-0) will try to complete a perfect regular season when it plays at Berwick (2-7, 2-9) in a WVC Division 1 game.

Riverside (13-0, 16-0) is at Western Wayne where it will attempt to finish unbeaten in the Lackawanna Division 3 portion of its schedule. The Wildcats (10-3, 10-5) are tied for second in the division. The Vikings still have another non-league game remaining.

Second-place Pittston Area (9-2, 10-3) looks to avenge a loss and continue to keep Tunkhannock from clinching at least a tie for the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 softball title when it hosts Dallas (6-6, 7-8).

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