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No. 1-vs.-No. 2 battles brewing

A dozen teams, all still in contention after the first wave of District 2 playoffs, make up the latest Riverfront Sports Super Six Softball Power Rankings of district teams that were released Wednesday morning.

Old Forge and Holy Redeemer moved up while Holy Cross moved back into the bottom half of the Small School rankings for this week’s only changes.

Valley View and Mid Valley remained in the No. 1 positions, but challenges from No. 2 teams could be coming up if each of the teams involved wins one more time.

No. 2 and defending champion Tunkhannock awaits Valley View in a potential Class 4A final while Lake-Lehman could be the opponent for Mid Valley in Class 3A. Both of those finals are set for neutral fields May 31.

All four of those teams won division titles. Tunkhannock’s division title came in a 4-1 playoff win over Big School No. 3 Pittston Area.

Abington Heights, which could be Pittston Area’s Class 5A subregional final opponent, is fourth among Big Schools, followed by North Pocono and West Scranton.

Lackawanna League Division 3 champion Elk Lake is the third-ranked Small School.

Old Forge, Holy Redeemer and Holy Cross are fourth, fifth and sixth.

Riverside fell out of the rankings after two losses to end the regular season, including 12-0 to Old Forge.

The full softball rankings, with last week’s ranking and current records:


Big Schools

 RankTeamLast RankRecord
1Valley View1 20-1
2Tunkhannock2 20-1
3Pittston Area3 15-3
4Abington Heights4 15-6
5North Pocono5 16-5
6West Scranton6 15-6

Small Schools

RankTeamLast RankRecord
1Mid Valley1 17-2
2Lake-Lehman2 18-3
3Elk Lake3 17-2
4Old Forge5 15-5
5Holy Redeemer6 14-7
6Holy CrossNR 13-8

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