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Valley View, Wyoming Area highlight week’s major changes

Two new No. 1 boys teams and two girls teams that climbed a total of eight spots to reach No. 2 highlight a massive overhaul of the Riverfront United Super Six Soccer Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

Valley View, in Big Schools, and Wyoming Area, in Small Schools, are the new top-ranked boys teams in the rankings that were released Sunday afternoon.

Wilkes-Barre Area jumps from sixth in Big Schools while Wyoming Area goes from fourth in Small Schools to rank second on the girls side behind holdover No. 1s Delaware Valley and Holy Redeemer.

In all, 11 teams moved up and 4 joined the rankings this week giving the rankings teams on the rise in 15 of the 24 positions.

Valley View, which has the only perfect boys record among the Class 4A and 3A teams that make up the Big School category, moves up from second in Big School boys. The Cougars are 5-0 following two shutouts during the week, 2-0 over Scranton Prep and 3-0 over Wallenpaupack.

Hazleton Area and Dallas also move up while Abington Heights moves into the Big School boys rankings.

Hazleton Area won twice to move from fourth to second.

North Pocono split its games, giving up its No. 1 ranking and settling in third after a 3-1 loss to rankings newcomer Abington Heights.

Dallas posted three straight shutouts, including over former No. 3 Crestwood, to go from fifth to fourth. The Mountaineers are unbeaten through five games with the help of a tie and three one-goal wins.

Crestwood split 1-0 games to slip from third to fifth.

Abington Heights used the win over North Pocono to debut in sixth.

Delaware Valley dropped out of the rankings.

The two Small School boys unbeatens each moved up one spot, leaving Wyoming Area and Holy Cross first and second.

Lake-Lehman also moved up and Elk Lake joined the rankings.

Wyoming Area won three times during the week, highlighted by a 3-1 victory in a battle of unbeatens to knock Wyoming Seminary out of first.

Wyoming Seminary drops two places to third.

Lake-Lehman won twice before losing to Big School unbeaten Dallas and used that effort to move from fifth to fourth.

Elk Lake debuts in fifth after its fourth straight shutout win, three of which came during the week.

Scranton Prep, which is 1-3 playing strictly against Big Schools, used a 3-2 win over Scranton to take the sixth spot.

Mountain View and Blue Ridge dropped out of the rankings.

The top girls spots belong to the two teams left with perfect records.

Delaware Valley won three more times to reach 6-0 and hold first among Big Schools.

Wilkes-Barre Area and Abington Heights moved up while Dallas returned to the rankings.

The Wolfpack went from sixth to second when it extended its winning streak to five by beating former No. 2 Berwick, 3-0, and routing Pittston Area, 7-1.

Berwick started the week by giving up seven straight goals, but recovered from a 4-0 halftime deficit to beat Hazleton Area, 6-4. The Lady Bulldogs dropped just one spot, from second to third.

Abington Heights moves up one spot despite suffering its first loss, 3-0, to Delaware Valley Saturday. The Comets were unscored upon in three wins prior to that game.

Wyoming Valley West fell two spots to fifth.

Dallas won three times, including two shutouts, to take over sixth.

Wallenpaupack dropped out of the rankings.

Small School girls is the only set of rankings in which all six teams remain, but the order has changed.

Holy Redeemer held first by winning its only game, 5-1, over Nanticoke.

Wyoming Area went from fourth to second with a 3-0 shutout of Wyoming Seminary. The Lady Warriors’ two losses have come to top-ranked Holy Redeemer in overtime and against Big School No. 2 Wilkes-Barre Area.

Western Wayne, which was idle for the week, is unbeaten with a tie. The Lady Wildcats remained in third.

Lake-Lehman and Lakeland each moved up a spot into fourth and fifth.

Lake-Lehman won twice by a total of 16-1 before falling to rival Dallas.

Lakeland suffered its first loss, 3-2 to Dunmore, but came back to hand Montrose its first loss, 3-1.

Following the loss, Montrose tumbled from second to sixth.

The season-opening rankings with records and previous rankings:


Big School Boys

RankSchoolRecordLast Rank
  1.Valley View5-0-01
  2.Hazleton Area4-1-04
  3.North Pocono4-1-01
  6.Abington Heights3-3-0NR

Small School Boys

RankSchoolRecordLast Rank
  1.Wyoming Area6-0-02
  2.Holy Cross3-0-03
  3.Wyoming Seminary4-1-01
  5.Elk Lake4-1-0NR
  6.Scranton Prep1-3-0NR

Big School Girls

RankSchoolRecordLast Rank
  1.Delaware Valley6-0-01
  2.Wilkes-Barre Area6-2-06
  4.Abington Heights3-1-05
  5.Wyoming Valley West4-1-03

Small School Girls

RankSchoolRecordLast Rank
  1.Holy Redeemer6-0-01
  2.Wyoming Area3-2-04
  3.Western Wayne2-0-13

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