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Unbeatens Hazleton Area, Riverside remain in No. 1 spots

Hazleton Area and Riverside completed their perfect regular seasons helping keep movement in the Riverfront Sports Super Six Baseball Power Rankings of District 2 teams minimal going into the start of the playoffs.

The latest rankings were released Monday morning with the playoffs scheduled to start Monday afternoon.

Dallas and Wyoming Valley West moved up and Abington Heights rejoined the Big School rankings for teams in Class 6A, 5A and 4A. There were no changes in the Small School rankings.

Hazleton Area, the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 champion and District 2-4 Class 6A Subregional top seed, won its only game to finish 20-0. The Cougars are first among Big Schools.

North Pocono won two of three games and the Lackawanna League Division 2 title to hold on to second. The Trojans are the top seed in the District 2-4 Class 5A Subregional.

Dallas won its only game and Wyoming Valley West went 3-0 to move up one position each into third and fourth. Dallas is the top seed and has the only bye in the District 2 Class 4A quarterfinals.

Wallenpaupack split two non-league games and fell from third to fifth.

Abington Heights replaces Valley View in sixth. The Comets won twice and their 2-0 win over the Cougars helped them also regain first place from Valley View and win the Lackawanna Division 1 championship.

Riverside won three times to finish 18-0 and stay on top of the Small Schools. The Vikings are the Lackawanna Division 3 champions and top seed in District 2 Class 2A.

Lake-Lehman held second. The Black Knights won twice, clinching the WVC Division 2 title and District 2 Class 3A top seed.

Holy Redeemer, Lakeland, Nanticoke and Western Wayne remain third through sixth.

Holy Redeemer lost its only game and is just 2-3 in the last five. Lakeland did not play. Nanticoke won both its games. Western Wayne split, losing to Riverside.

The full baseball rankings, with previous rankings and records:


Big Schools

1Hazleton Area120-0
2North Pocono214-3
4Wyoming Valley West513-5
6Abington HeightsNR10-6

Small Schools

3Holy Redeemer312-4
6Western Wayne610-6

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