NEPA Sports Nation

Today in NEPA Sports Nation, 9/7

Weather is a factor, for a second straight day, as another sports league tries to get its season underway.

Rain wiped out more than half of the outdoor events Tuesday and more rain early Wednesday is a threat to another busy schedule, particularly where wet course conditions and natural grass fields are concerned.

Wednesday is the scheduled opening day for every cross country team in District 2 with Lackawanna League and Wyoming Valley Conference cluster meets scheduled. It is also scheduled to be the first day of WVC Division 1 girls soccer and field hockey, as well as WVC Division 2 boys soccer.

If competition goes on as scheduled, here are some of the highlights:

Some of the best cross country meets had already been called off by mid-morning.

The highlight of the remaining schedule may be Crestwood and MMI Prep running at Hazleton Area in the WVC. Crestwood’s teams opened the season ranked first among girls and fifth among boys in the Century Dental Associates Cross Country Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

In field hockey, the WVC Division 1 openers include Crestwood at Wyoming Seminary at Klassner Field at 6 p.m. in a meeting of defending District 2 champions.

Wyoming Seminary is ranked first and Crestwood third in the Golden Dome Abstract Super Six Field Hockey Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

In girls tennis, Wallenpaupack (5-0 league, 5-1 overall) is at Scranton Prep (5-0) for sole possession of lead in the Lackawanna League where defending champion Abington Heights (3-0) is the only other remaining unbeaten.

In boys soccer, the schedule includes two interesting Lackawanna Division 1 matchups – Valley View (0-0, 1-1) at Abington Heights (1-0, 2-0) and Wallenpaupack (0-0, 3-0) at North Pocono (1-0, 2-2).

The Wallenpaupack-Scranton Prep girls tennis match, Wallenpaupack-North Pocono boys soccer game and Dallas-at-Tunkhannock girls volleyball match all send ranked teams against each other.

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