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Unbeatens highlight rankings

Unbeatens Dallas and Pittston Area made positive moves in the Big School girls rankings of the My City Mortgage Super Six Power Rankings of District 2 teams, which are released each Sunday on our partner website,

The unbeaten records, which allowed Dallas to move from third to second and Pittston Area to join the rankings in sixth, will be on the line when the teams face each other Monday at Dallas in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 opener.

Six of District 2’s 78 teams made it through December non-league and tournament play to the scheduled start of league competition Monday and Tuesday with perfect records. Of those teams, three hold down No. 1 positions and five appear in the rankings.

Scranton and Holy Redeemer are the Big School and Small School No. 1s respectively on the boys side.

Dunmore is No. 1 in Big School girls where four of the six unbeatens exist.

The Big School rankings are for teams in Class 6A, 5A and 4A. Three Class 5A teams are still unbeaten, Dallas, Pittston Area and Crestwood, which remains unranked. Dunmore is a Class 4A team on a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association technicality – the Lady Bucks have a Class 3A enrollment – but are still regarded as the top team of any size in District 2.

Only five teams made upward movements in a holiday week schedule made even lighter by multiple postponements and cancellations as COVID continues to impact sports.

Holy Cross and Old Forge boys moved up while the Lakeland girls joined the rankings.

All six Big School boys teams held their spots.

Scranton, which won the Lynett Memorial Tournament title, is followed by North Pocono, Pittston Area, Dallas, Abington Heights and Hazleton Area.

Pittston Area reached the final of the Anthony “Badger” Marseco Tournament, which was then postponed.

Dallas won twice, including drubbing Berwick, 76-37, in a WVC Division 1 game that is the only league contest played to date in District 2.

Abington Heights beat defending District 4 Class 4A champion Danville, 52-36, after the Ironmen had started 5-0.

Hazleton Area split games at the Allentown Allen Tournament, losing to then-unbeaten Muhlenberg, 68-59.

Holy Redeemer and Riverside each won its only game to remain 1-2 in Small School boys.

Riverside’s win was 58-31 over West Scranton for the Taylor Lions Tournament title.

Holy Cross moved up one spot to third and Old Forge gained two positions to fourth.

Holy Cross went 1-1, beating former No. 3 Dunmore, 42-38, in the Lynett consolation game.

Old Forge reached the Marseco final on its home court.

Dunmore slipped from third to fifth.

Blue Ridge dropped from fifth to sixth after being routed by New York State opponent Maine-Endwell.

Dunmore won the Lynett Memorial Tournament girls title, handing two unbeaten opponents Mercy Rule losses by a total of 64 points.

Dallas swaps places with Scranton Prep, which is third among Big Schools after losing to Dunmore, 46-17.

Abington Heights and Wilkes-Barre Area held fourth and fifth.

The Lady Comets won two of three while the Wolfpack won its only game.

Pittston Area ran District 2’s best record to 8-0, with seven of the wins coming by 15 or more points, by claiming the Marseco Tournament title.

Lake-Lehman (2-1) fell from the rankings after winning, 49-44, at Montrose in its return from two idle weeks because of COVID.

Riverside, Western Wayne and Holy Cross remain 1-2-3 in Small School girls.

Riverside won the Taylor Lions title with a 57-40 championship game victory over Big School No. 4 Abington Heights.

Western Wayne won the Honesdale Jaycees Tournament.

Holy Cross lost to Scranton Prep, 56-22, then canceled its Lynett Tournament consolation game because of COVID.

Lakeland joins the rankings in fourth despite a 2-5 record.

The Lady Chiefs are 1-4 against Big Schools with three of the losses coming by six points or less. They defeated former No. 4 Mid Valley, handing the Spartanettes their first loss, 56-32, and lost the Lou Camoni Memorial Tournament final to Valley View, 50-49.

Mid Valley and Montrose each drop one spot to fifth and sixth.

Lackawanna Trail falls from the rankings after an 0-3 week that included a loss to Mid Valley.


(With Record, Previous Rankings)

1. Scranton (5-0, 1)1. Dunmore (5-0, 1)
2. North Pocono (5-1, 2)2. Dallas (5-0, 3)
3. Pittston Area (5-1, 3)3. Scranton Prep (5-1, 2)
4. Dallas (3-1, 4)4. Abington Heights (6-3, 4)
5. Abington Heights (4-2, 5)5. Wilkes-Barre Area (6-1, 5)
6. Hazleton Area (4-2, 6)6. Pittston Area (8-0, NR)
1. Holy Redeemer (4-0, 1)1. Riverside (6-1, 1)
2. Riverside (6-1, 2)2. Western Wayne (4-2, 2)
3. Holy Cross (4-3, 4)3. Holy Cross (2-4, 3)
4. Old Forge (4-3, 6)4. Lakeland (2-5, 4)
5. Dunmore (4-4, 3)5. Mid Valley (6-1, 4)
6. Blue Ridge (3-3, 5)6. Montrose (1-4, 5)

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