Holy Redeemer claims top Small School Boys spot

Holy Redeemer claims top Small School Boys spot

The Holy Redeemer and Wyoming Seminary boys are even at a game apiece in a season series that could be over, but more likely has anywhere between one and four more games remaining.

As the Astra Wealth Advisors Super Six Power Rankings were determined prior to Sunday’s action, Holy Redeemer had a half-game lead in the Division 3 standings with a 12-1 Wyoming Valley Conference record, compared to Wyoming Seminary’s 11-1.

Wyoming Seminary had a .750-.730 lead in the District 2 Class 3A playoff ratings race for the tournament’s top seed.

Both teams were 16-2 overall.

Clearly, very little separates the Royals and the Blue Knights.

But, with the more recent and more decisive victory in their two meetings to date, Holy Redeemer has, for the second time this season, ascended to the top spot in the Small School Boys portion of the Super Six.

Wyoming Seminary, which has held the top spot for most of the season, falls to second.

The rankings are released each Sunday by NEPABasketball.com and, on weeks like this when there is Sunday activity, are through Saturday’s games.

Holy Redeemer has won seven straight after a 3-0 week that included Friday’s 61-47 victory over Wyoming Seminary to move into a tie for the division lead and Saturday’s difficult 69-60 win over MMI Prep to take over sole possession of first place.

The week was marked by three things – snow and cold that wiped out most of the games from Tuesday to Thursday; busy schedules Friday and Saturday that had several teams, including the Royals, playing twice in less than 24 hours; and multiple matchups in which Super Six teams went against each other.

The result is more changes in the rankings than in most recent weeks.

The Scranton Prep and Holy Cross boys, as well as the Abington Heights, Berwick and Nanticoke girls, move up in the rankings.

The Carbondale boys join the rankings and the Susquehanna boys rejoin.

Abington Heights remained in first in Big School Boys.

The Scranton Prep (Big) and Dunmore girls (Small) have each been first in their rankings every week of the season.

Abington Heights (16-2) won its only game, 63-34, over Delaware Valley to hold the top Big School Boys spot.

Scranton Prep, which has the best record of any boys team in District 2 at 17-2, went 3-0 on the week and moved up from third to second. The Cavaliers needed overtime to get past Western Wayne Saturday after beating Delaware Valley and West Scranton by a total of 55 points.

Crestwood (15-3) went 1-1, losing to Dallas, 55-47, and dropped from second to third.

The fourth through sixth spots remained the same.

Nanticoke is fourth, Valley View fifth and Wallenpaupack sixth.

Nanticoke (15-4) won twice and lost to Holy Redeemer, 46-43. Valley View (11-6) did not play. Wallenpaupack won twice to improve to 13-5.

The Small School Boys rankings went through dramatic changes with no team in the same position it held last week.

Holy Redeemer and Wyoming Seminary are now 1-2, but in a different order.

Similarly, Holy Cross swapped places with Mid Valley. The Crusaders (13-5) are third after a 2-0 week while the Spartans (15-3) went 2-1 with a loss to Dunmore and dropped to fourth.

Lakeland (10-7) and Northwest (10-6) fell out of the rankings. Lakeland lost to Carbondale and Holy Cross. Northwest split two games.

Carbondale and Susquehanna moved into the rankings.

The Chargers won three straight, beating Lakeland, Old Forge and Dunmore. Of their eight losses, three came to Big Schools and three came to Small Schools ranked in the top four.

Susquehanna won twice and is 12-6.

After Scranton Prep (16-1) holding on to first place, the rest of the positions switched in the Big School Girls rankings. The Classics won twice.

Abington Heights (16-3) also won twice to climb from third back into the second spot that it previously had held.

Hazleton Area (14-5) lost to Wyoming Valley West, 44-41, Saturday and slipped from second to third.

The remaining teams all lost once and had their rankings shuffled.

Berwick (15-3) went up from fifth to fourth despite a loss to Holy Redeemer.

Nanticoke (15-4) lost to Berwick but won twice and also climbed one position into fifth.

Lake-Lehman (14-4) went 2-1, with a 51-44 loss to Nanticoke, and moved down two spots to sixth.

The Small School Girls rankings are all the same.

The top four teams – Dunmore (18-0), followed by Holy Redeemer (14-3), Old Forge (14-4) and Riverside (16-2) – combined to go 11-0. Holy Redeemer won twice while the others won three times each.

Fifth-ranked Holy Cross (10-7) and sixth-ranked Susquehanna (12-5) each lost once.

Old Forge defeated Holy Cross, 58-46.

Dallas, a Big School team that was ranked earlier in the season, topped Susquehanna, 47-40.

 

2018-19 ASTRA WEALTH ADVISORS POWER RANKINGS

(With Record, Last Week’s Rankings)

BOYS BIG SCHOOL

GIRLS BIG SCHOOL

1. Abington Heights (16-2, 1)

1. Scranton Prep (16-1, 1)

2. Scranton Prep (17-2, 3)

2. Abington Heights (16-3, 3)

3. Crestwood (15-3, 2)

3. Hazleton Area (14-5, 2)

4. Nanticoke (15-4, 4)

4. Berwick (15-3, 5)

5. Valley View (11-6, 5)

5. Nanticoke (15-4, 6)

6. Wallenpaupack (13-5, 6)

6. Lake-Lehman (14-4, 4)

BOYS SMALL SCHOOL

GIRLS SMALL SCHOOL

1. Holy Redeemer (16-2, 2)

1. Dunmore (18-0, 1)

2. Wyoming Seminary (16-2, 1)

2. Holy Redeemer (14-3, 2)

3. Holy Cross (13-5, 4)

3. Old Forge (14-4, 3)

4. Mid Valley (15-3, 3)

4. Riverside (16-2, 4)

5. Carbondale (10-8, NR)

5. Holy Cross (10-7, 5)

6. Susquehanna (12-6, NR)

6. Susquehanna (12-5, 6)