Nanticoke, Holy Redeemer boys new No. 1s

Nanticoke, Holy Redeemer boys new No. 1s

District 2’s last two unbeaten boys basketball teams are also the new number-one boys teams in the Astra Wealth Advisors Super Six Power Rankings.

Nanticoke, which has the district’s best record at 7-0, climbs over two teams and into the number-one Big School Boys ranking. Holy Redeemer (4-0) moves up one spot in the Small School Boys rankings.

As they have all season, Scranton Prep and Dunmore remain in the top Big School and Small School spots in the girls rankings.

The rankings are determined by NEPABasketball.com and released each Sunday.

The Valley View, Hazleton Area and Northwest boys all rejoin the rankings after dropping out.

Wallenpaupack, Berwick and Meyers make the girls rankings for the first time this season.

There are four sets of rankings, one each for Big and Small Schools among the boys and girls.

Nanticoke won three times during the week. The Trojans, who are winning by an average of 19 points per game, beat West Scranton, Coughlin and Pittston Area, each by at least 16 points.

Nanticoke jumped from third to first, swapping places with Scranton Prep, which suffered its first loss.

Abington Heights, which held on to second, and Scranton Prep each lost in the Awesome! Holiday Challenge at Muhlenberg College in Bethlehem. The Abington Heights loss was by fewer points and was against Emmaus, an unbeaten, state-ranked Class 6A team.

Valley View went 3-0 on the week to rejoin the rankings in fourth place.

Crestwood, which held fifth, and Hazleton Area, which moved back in as the sixth team, each went 2-0.

Holy Redeemer beat MMI Prep and Holy Cross to move into the top Small School spot.

Wyoming Seminary lost to defending state Class 5A champion Abington Heights, 52-50, before beating Northwest to improve to 6-1. The Blue Knights dropped from first to second.

Mid Valley (3-1) swapped places with Holy Cross, moving into third while the Crusaders dipped to fourth by losing two more in what is now a three-game losing streak.

Lakeland (5-1) held fifth.

Northwest (3-2) defeated Scranton and played Wyoming Seminary tough in a 52-44 loss to move back into the sixth spot it occupied to begin the season.

The Big School girls rankings continue to be shuffled after top-ranked Scranton Prep (6-0) and second-ranked Nanticoke (5-0).

Lake-Lehman opened Wyoming Valley Conference play with wins over Wyoming Valley West and Crestwood to improve to 4-2 and climb two positions back to third.

Abington Heights held fourth place.

Wallenpaupack (5-1) and Berwick (4-1) joined the rankings in fifth and sixth place. Berwick’s only loss came to Downingtown East, a Class 6A team from District 1.

While there are just four unbeatens remaining in the other three sets of rankings, half of the Small School Girls Super Six have perfect marks.

Dunmore is 5-0 to hold first, including a 63-31 win over second-ranked Holy Redeemer.

The Royals (3-1) recovered from that loss to win their first two WVC games over Big Schools by a total of 58 points. They held on to second.

Riverside is 6-0 and holds third.

Old Forge (5-1) is moving up, gaining two spots to fourth, after a week in which it won twice and suffered its first loss to Big School No. 1 Scranton Prep.

Holy Cross dropped from fourth after a 1-2 week that it 3-3.

Meyers is the new sixth team. In the final season before merging with Coughlin and GAR to form Wilkes-Barre Area, the Lady Mohawks are 6-0, winning by an average margin of 26.5.

 

2018-19 ASTRA WEALTH ADVISORS POWER RANKINGS

(With Record, Last Week’s Rankings)

BOYS BIG SCHOOL

GIRLS BIG SCHOOL

1. Nanticoke (7-0, 3)

1. Scranton Prep (6-0, 1)

2. Abington Heights (4-2, 2)

2. Nanticoke (5-0, 2)

3. Scranton Prep (5-1, 1)

3. Lake-Lehman (4-2, 5)

4. Valley View (5-2, NR)

4. Abington Heights (5-2, 4)

5. Crestwood (4-2, 5)

5. Wallenpaupack (5-1, NR)

6. Hazleton Area (2-3, NR)

6. Berwick (4-1, NR)

BOYS SMALL SCHOOL

GIRLS SMALL SCHOOL

1. Holy Redeemer (4-0, 2)

1. Dunmore (5-0, 1)

2. Wyoming Seminary (6-1, 1)

2. Holy Redeemer (3-1, 2)

3. Mid Valley (3-1, 4)

3. Riverside (6-0, 3)

4. Holy Cross (3-3, 3)

4. Old Forge (5-1, 6)

5. Lakeland (5-1, 5)

5. Holy Cross (3-3, 4)

6. Northwest (3-2, NR)

6. Meyers (6-0, NR)