Wyoming Seminary regains top Small School Boys spot

Wyoming Seminary regains top Small School Boys spot

Wyoming Seminary won another Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3 basketball championship and while doing so regained the top spot among Big School Boys teams in the Astra Wealth Advisors Super Six Power Rankings.

The Blue Knights have been ranked first for all but two weeks this season and each time they immediately regained the No. 1 ranking.

Wyoming Seminary joins Abington Heights in Big School Boys, Scranton Prep in Big School Girls and Dunmore in Small School Girls as the No. 1 teams.

Hazleton Area, Lakeland and Dunmore all rejoined boys rankings this week.

The Hazleton Area, Lake-Lehman and Holy Cross girls teams all climbed in the rankings.

With titles on the line, there are many games between ranked teams ahead.

Abington Heights and Scranton Prep, which are both 18-2, remained 1-2 in the Big School Boys rankings. They meet Thursday at Scranton Prep in a regular-season finale that is likely to decide the Lackawanna League Division 1 championship.

Crestwood (18-4) held on to third despite losing its first game of the week, 56-50, to Hazleton Area. The Comets recovered to win three straight.

Hazleton Area rejoined the rankings in fourth after improving to 15-6 overall and joining Crestwood in a first-place tie in the Division 1 of the WVC. The Cougars and Comets are scheduled to play again Tuesday at King’s College

Nanticoke (17-5) and Valley View (13-7) each won two of three games on the week and dropped one spot to fifth and sixth.

Nanticoke is set to face GAR Tuesday for the WVC Division 2 title.

Wyoming Seminary (20-2) and Holy Redeemer (18-3) continued to trade the first and second spots in Small School Boys.

Holy Redeemer dropped out of a first-place tie in WVC Division 3 and out of the top spot in the rankings when it was upset by Hanover Area, 38-36, in one of its three games during the week.

Holy Cross won twice to improve to 15-5 and hold third. The Crusaders have won six straight and 11 of their last 12.

Mid Valley (17-3) held on to fourth by winning twice.

Mid Valley is one-half game behind Holy Cross in Lackawanna Division 3 and they meet at Holy Cross Tuesday. A Holy Cross win would give the Crusaders the title. A Mid Valley win would assure the Spartans of at least a tie for first place.

Lakeland (12-8) and Dunmore (10-10) moved back into the Super Six in fifth and sixth place.

Dunmore has won three of its last four, including last week’s 48-32 victory over Lakeland. The Bucks play third-ranked Holy Cross Thursday.

Both the Scranton Prep and Dunmore girls teams have been ranked first every week of the season.

Scranton Prep, which has clinched at least a tie for first place in Lackawanna Division 1, won three times to improve to 19-1.

Hazleton Area (17-5) clinched the WVC Division 1 title with the first of its three wins during the week and moved back up one spot to second.

Abington Heights (17-4) went 3-1, losing to unranked Valley View, 57-51, and slipped from second to third. The Lady Comets host top-ranked Scranton Prep Wednesday.

For the second week in a row, three WVC Division 2 rivals each lost once and shuffled the remaining three positions.

Lake-Lehman (17-5) won three out of four games, losing only to division champion Holy Redeemer, 48-47. The Lady Knights moved from sixth to fourth.

Berwick (18-4) also went 3-1, but lost to Lake-Lehman, 48-38, and dipped from fourth to fifth. The Lady Bulldogs are expected to face second-ranked Hazleton Area in a WVC semifinal.

Nanticoke (17-5) dropped from fifth to sixth after winning twice and suffering a 41-39 loss at Holy Redeemer.

Dunmore won twice, improved to 20-0, secured its sixth straight Lackawanna Division 3 title and remained first among Small Schools.

Holy Redeemer (18-3) won four times to clinch the WVC Division 2 title and hold second.

Old Forge won twice and is still third with a 16-4 record.

Holy Cross had a 3-0 week, including a 60-57 win over Riverside to swap places with the Lady Vikes. The Lady Crusaders (13-7) move from fifth to fourth.

Riverside (17-3) moves from fourth to fifth going into Monday’s game at Dunmore.

Dunmore plays at Holy Cross Thursday in the regular-season finale.

Susquehanna (14-6) remains sixth after clinching a repeat of its Lackawanna Division 4 title. The Lady Sabers won two games in the division and lost to Scranton Prep, 56-46.

2018-19 ASTRA WEALTH ADVISORS POWER RANKINGS

(With Record, Last Week’s Rankings)

BOYS BIG SCHOOL

GIRLS BIG SCHOOL

1. Abington Heights (18-2, 1)

1. Scranton Prep (19-1, 1)

2. Scranton Prep (18-2, 2)

2. Hazleton Area (17-5, 3)

3. Crestwood (18-4, 3)

3. Abington Heights (17-4, 2)

4. Hazleton Area (15-6, NR)

4. Lake-Lehman (17-5, 6)

5. Nanticoke (17-5, 4)

5. Berwick (18-4, 4)

6. Valley View (13-7, 5)

6. Nanticoke (17-5, 5)

BOYS SMALL SCHOOL

GIRLS SMALL SCHOOL

1. Wyoming Seminary (20-2, 2)

1. Dunmore (20-0, 1)

2. Holy Redeemer (18-3, 1)

2. Holy Redeemer (18-3, 2)

3. Holy Cross (15-5, 3)

3. Old Forge (16-4, 3)

4. Mid Valley (17-3, 4)

4. Holy Cross (13-7, 5)

5. Lakeland (12-8, NR)

5. Riverside (17-3, 4)

6. Dunmore (10-10, NR)

6. Susquehanna (14-6, 6)