Conference Challenge debuts Saturday

Conference Challenge debuts Saturday

By Tom Robinson,

The first Conference Challenge will send teams from the Wyoming Valley Conference against opponents from the Lackawanna League in a boys basketball tripleheader Saturday at Lackawanna College.

The schedule opens with Tunkhannock (2-0) against Mountain View (0-2) at 4:30 p.m. and is followed by two games featuring four teams that are ranked in the Astra Wealth Advisors Super Six for District 2 teams, as determined by

Nanticoke and Holy Cross meet in a 6 p.m. battle of 3-0 teams.

Holy Redeemer (1-0) and Valley View (2-1) play at 7:30.

Event organizer Doug Walsh is trying to bring a low-cost high school option to the former Scranton Catholic Youth Center, which has a lengthy history of hosting major scholastic games.

Students who wear school, youth or biddy jerseys to the game receive free admission. Tickets for adults and other students are just $2.

Walsh told coaches at the WVC Media Day earlier this month that, depending on interest, he would like to grow the event in the future, possibly expanding beyond one date and/or adding girls games.

The opener sends Tunkhannock coach Spencer Lunger against the school where he started his head coaching career.

Nanticoke is ranked fourth among Big Schools in the Super Six. Holy Cross is second among Small Schools.

The Trojans are the defending WVC Division 2 champions. Holy Cross won Lackawanna League Division 3 and District 2 Class 2A titles last season when it reached the state semifinals.

Holy Redeemer, a Small School, and Valley View, a Big School, are each third in the Super Six Power Rankings.

Both were district finalists a year ago.