Old Forge climbs to third in Small School Girls

Old Forge climbs to third in Small School Girls

Old Forge used Saturday night’s 68-63 girls victory over Riverside to make the biggest jump in this week’s Astra Wealth Advisors Super Six Power Rankings.

The Lady Devils and the Hazleton Area boys, who fell out of the rankings, were the only teams to move up or down more than one position from last week’s rankings.

The Super Six is determined by NEPABasketball.com and announced each Sunday.

Old Forge jumped from fifth to third in Small School girls even though it lost one of its two games during the week.

The Lady Devils (11-4) gave Dunmore, the district’s only unbeaten team, its closest game of the season, 48-42, Thursday night. With two games against Dunmore and one against Scranton Prep, Old Forge has suffered three of its four losses against the two girls teams that have been ranked first all season.

Hazleton Area, last year’s number-one team after a trip to the state Class 6A semifinals where it lost in overtime, falls out of the Big School Boys rankings for the second time this season. The Cougars (10-6) were upset by Dallas Friday, then lost 64-32 to top-ranked Abington Heights Saturday, both at home.

Nanticoke and Valley View moved up one spot as a result and Wallenpaupack joined the rankings.

The teams that were ranked in the Super Six last week went 26-1 against unranked teams and the current lineup is coming off a 27-0 week against unranked teams. That continues a trend from last week when those records were 30-1 and 31-0.

The Big School Girls teams went 10-0 overall, leaving last week’s Super Six intact.

Scranton Prep (14-1) is first after routing Delaware Valley, 62-14, Monday in its only game of the week. The Classics, who have won eight straight, are again followed, in order, by Hazleton Area, Abington Heights, Lake-Lehman, Berwick and Nanticoke.

The Small School Boys also remain the same.

Wyoming Seminary (15-1) remains first. The Blue Knights, second-ranked Holy Redeemer, third-ranked Mid Valley and fourth-ranked Holy Cross all went 2-0 for the week.

Lakeland and Northwest held fifth and sixth.

Dunmore is 15-0, adding a 52-26 victory over Holy Cross to its win over Old Forge. The Lady Bucks have beaten ranked opponents in their last three games.

Holy Redeemer held second.

Old Forge moved up from fifth to third, knocking Riverside and Holy Cross down one position each to fourth and fifth.

Susquehanna remains sixth.

Abington Heights (15-2) played three times in four days and withstood two tests from other ranked Big School Boys teams to hold on to the top spot.

Crestwood and Scranton Prep held second and third.

Nanticoke and Valley View each climbed a spot to fourth and fifth.

Valley View lost, 60-53, to Abington Heights, but beat Delaware Valley, 67-44, in its other game.

Wallenpaupack (11-5) joined the rankings after a 1-1 week. The Buckhorns have won three of their last four with the only loss in that stretch coming to Scranton Prep Friday in double overtime, 87-81.



(With Record, Last Week’s Rankings)



1. Abington Heights (15-2, 1)

1. Scranton Prep (14-1, 1)

2. Crestwood (14-2, 2)

2. Hazleton Area (13-4, 2)

3. Scranton Prep (14-2, 3)

3. Abington Heights (14-3, 3)

4. Nanticoke (13-3, 5)

4. Lake-Lehman (12-3, 4)

5. Valley View (11-6, 6)

5. Berwick (14-2, 5)

6. Wallenpaupack (11-5, NR)

6. Nanticoke (13-3, 6)



1. Wyoming Seminary (15-1, 1)

1. Dunmore (15-0, 1)

2. Holy Redeemer (13-2, 2)

2. Holy Redeemer (12-3, 2)

3. Mid Valley (13-2, 3)

3. Old Forge (11-4, 5)

4. Holy Cross (11-5, 4)

4. Riverside (13-2, 3)

5. Lakeland (10-5, 5)

5. Holy Cross (10-6, 4)

6. Northwest (9-5, 6)

6. Susquehanna (10-4, 6)