NEPA Sports Nation

Today in NEPA Sports Nation, 8/30

Tuesday is the scheduled Opening Day of two Lackawanna League sports, one that does not have to concern itself with weather issues and one that does.

Girls volleyball should get underway inside gyms while boys soccer will be dependent on the weather with thunderstorms forecast for around the scheduled game times.

Blue Ridge makes the move from Division 2 champion to Division 1 in girls volleyball and the Lady Raiders are expected to contend for a title. They will be tested immediately in a home match against Dunmore, the second-place team in Division 1 last season.

Dunmore was 12-2 in the league a year ago when Blue Ridge was 13-2. Dunmore’s two losses came to unbeaten Western Wayne and the Lady Bucks handed the Lady Raiders one of their two losses.

With Blue Ridge vacating the division, last year’s second- and third-place teams open against each other when second-place Mountain View visits third-place Susquehanna.

Western Wayne opens its title defense at home against Abington Heights.

Holy Cross is at Mountain View in a rematch of last season’s District 2 Class A championship in a Lackawanna Division 2 boys soccer opener. Holy Cross is the defending champion.

Delaware Valley at Valley View and defending champion North Pocono is at Scranton Prep to highlight the Lackawanna Division 1 schedule.

The girls tennis schedule, again weather permitting, has a match between ranked teams when Crestwood (1-1) visits Tunkhannock (3-0) in the Wyoming Valley Conference.

There are also events scheduled in golf, field hockey and girls soccer.

If the weather holds off, it is a full day in WVC golf.

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