NEPA Sports Nation

Today in NEPA Sports Nation, 5/19

District 2 playoffs are scheduled to get underway Wednesday in boys volleyball and girls lacrosse while the baseball and softball regular seasons are nearing a conclusion.

There is just one match needed in District 2 Class 3A boys volleyball to get the five-team bracket down to the semfiinals.

Wilkes-Barre Area (3-7) is at Wyoming Valley West (5-7).

Local teams are part of a District 1-2-11 Subregional in Class 2A.

Three of the four quarterfinals are scheduled for Wednesday openers.

Crestwood (7-6) is at top-seeded Holy Redeemer (13-1), Berwick (6-3) is at Tunkhannock (9-2) and North Pocono (11-6) travels to suburban Philadelphia to take on Dock Mennonite Academy (16-4).

Top-seeded Lake-Lehman (17-1) carries a 16-game winning streak into its District 2 Class 2A girls lacrosse game with North Pocono (5-9-1).

The other three quarterfinals are between teams with winning records.

The best matchup appears to be fifth-seeded Scranton Prep (9-5) at fourth-seeded Wyoming Seminary (12-6) in a rematch of a game that Wyoming Seminary won, 7-6, in overtime at Scranton Prep.

The other games have Dallas (9-6) at Wyoming Area (11-2) and Abington Heights (7-6) at Wyoming Valley Conference champion Crestwood (14-2-1). Crestwood’s record is perfect within District 2, but all games are used to determine the power ratings used for seeding.

The top three teams in Lackawanna League Division 1 baseball are all involved in key games.

Third-place West Scranton (6-4) needs a win at first-place Abington Heights (8-3 in the league and 9-6 overall) to remain in the race.

Second-place Valley View (7-3, 11-6) is home in a crossover game against North Pocono, which will be trying to lock up the Division 2 championship. The Trojans, who have already clinched at least a tie for first place, are 9-1 and 13-4.

Abington Heights can clinch at least a tie for first place with a win or take the division outright if it wins and North Pocono beats Valley View. Valley View can clinch at least a tie for first place if it wins and West Scranton beats Abington Heights.

Third-place Berwick (8-5, 11-7) is at second-place Pittston Area (10-2, 11-3) in WVC Division 1 softball. Pittston Area needs a win to again prevent idle Tunkhannock from clinching at least a tie for the division title.

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