Preseason Super Six revealed

Preseason Super Six revealed

The Abington Heights and Wyoming Seminary boys, along with the Scranton Prep and Dunmore girls, open the season as the top teams in the Astra Wealth Advisors Super Six rankings, as selected by NEPABasketball.com.

NEPABasketball.com will rank the top Big and Small School boys and girls teams in District 2 each week. New rankings will be released on Sundays, beginning Dec. 9.

In many cases, the top teams from the end of the 2017-18 season are regarded as the most promising teams as the 2018-19 season gets set to open Friday.

Abington Heights, the top Big School, and Wyoming Seminary, the top Small School, each finished last season ranked second among boys teams.

Defending state Class 5A champion Abington Heights is coming off a 27-3 season in which it also won Lackawanna League Division 1 and District 2 Class 5A titles.

Wyoming Seminary won Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3 and District 2 Class 3A championships, as well as a first-round state tournament game, in a 22-5 season.

Of the 24 teams in the rankings, 16 – four in each set – were also in the rankings at the end of last season.

Scranton Prep, the Big School choice, and Dunmore, the Small School choice, remain on top, where they were when the 2017-18 girls season ended.

The Classics went unbeaten in the Lackawanna League, winning the Division 1 title before also taking a District 2 Class 4A championship in a 25-3 season. They reached the state quarterfinals before losing to eventual state champion Lancaster Catholic.

Dunmore also extended its season until facing the state champion, advancing to the semifinals in Class 3A where it fell to Neumann-Goretti. The Lady Bucks won more games than any District 2 team – boys or girls. They went 28-2 in a season that also included Lackawanna League Division 3 and District 2 Class 3A championships.

All four top-ranked teams return an all-state player who received local Player of the Year honors last season.

George Tinsley was a first-team, all-state choice for Abington Heights in Class 5A. He was also the NEPABasketball.com District 2 Player of the Year.

Wyoming Seminary returns the last two Players of the Year in WVC Division 3 – Dimitri Gnall and Jeremy Callahan. Gnall was a third-team, Class 3A all-state selection.

Rachael Rose was NEPABasketball.com’s Lackawanna Division 1 Player of the Year choice as a freshman for Scranton Prep. She also was third-team, all-state in Class 4A.

Dunmore’s Victoria Toomey is the reigning District 2 Player of the Year. She was second-team, all-state in Class 3A.

Last year’s top boys teams, Hazleton Area (26-2) and Holy Cross (23-7) each remain in the rankings.

Hazleton Area, which had its season end in overtime in the state Class 6A semifinals, opens in the sixth spot in the Big School rankings.

Holy Cross, also a state semifinalist as a Class 2A team, is second among Small Schools.

Hazleton Area and Holy Cross are among seven schools that have both their boys and girls teams in the opening rankings.

Scranton Prep, Nanticoke, Holy Redeemer, Susquehanna and Northwest also have both teams in the rankings.

Abington Heights is followed by Lackawanna League Division 1 rivals Scranton Prep and Valley View in the Big School rankings.

Scranton Prep beat Valley View in last year’s District 2 Class 4A championship game and the Cougars went on to win their first state tournament game in 21 years. The Cavaliers went 21-5 and the Cougars were 17-10 overall.

Nanticoke and Crestwood, unranked at the end of last season, open up in the fifth and sixth spots. The Trojans went 20-6 and won the WVC Division 2 title. Crestwood was 16-8.

While Wyoming Seminary and Holy Cross swapped the top two spots in the Small School rankings, Holy Redeemer (18-8) and Mid Valley (15-9) held down their third and fourth spots from the end of last season.

Holy Redeemer was second to Wyoming Seminary in both WVC Division 3 and District 2 Class 3A. Mid Valley was second to Holy Cross in Lackawanna Division 3.

Susquehanna (19-10) and Northwest (11-16) are fifth and sixth.

The Sabers reached the state quarterfinals after winning Lackawanna Division 4 and District 2-11 Class A Subregional championships. Northwest won a state game in Class 2A after losing the district final to Holy Cross.

Another defending district champion follows Scranton Prep in the Big School girls rankings.

Hazleton Area is second after going 15-10 with a District 2-4 Class 6A Subregional title.

Nanticoke (22-6) remains third. The Trojanettes lost in a playoff for the WVC Division 2 title, reached the District 2 Class 4A final and won a state tournament game.

Scranton, which finished sixth in the rankings as a runner-up in both Lackawanna Division 1 and District 2-4 Class 6A, opens as the fourth-ranked team.

Lake-Lehman (13-10) and Dallas (12-11), unranked at the end of last season, are fifth and sixth.

Defending WVC Division 2 champion Holy Redeemer (23-4) is second to Dunmore in Small School girls, just as it was at the end of last season.

Riverside (13-10) is a newcomer to the rankings in third.

Holy Cross (19-7), Susquehanna (20-4) and Northwest (14-11) complete the rankings.

Holy Cross was fifth to end last season. Susquehanna won the Lackawanna Division 4 and District 2 Class A titles. Northwest won a WVC Division 3 championship.