Unbeaten Buckhorns take over No. 1

Unbeaten Buckhorns take over No. 1

Four holiday tournament champions stand at the top of the Riverfront Sports Super Six Power Rankings of District 2 basketball teams.

After four other teams tried their turns in the top Big School boys spot, Wallenpaupack makes the move this week up one position from second, where it had been all season.

The Buckhorns have spent the past 10 days as the last unbeaten boys team in District 2. They won a tournament title for the second time this season, winning a total of three games during the week to improve to 8-0 overall.

With returning NEPABasketball.com Lackawanna League Division 2 Player of the Year Elijah Rosenthal leading the way in his second tournament Most Valuable Player performance of the season, Wallenpaupack captured the Honesdale Jaycees Tournament title.

Rosenthal had 29 points in the final, a 56-43 victory over Honesdale.

The Buckhorns knocked another team from the list of unbeatens when they handled District 11's East Stroudsburg South in the semifinal round of the tournament.

The Lakeland boys, as well as the Dallas and Susquehanna girls, returned to the rankings.

The West Scranton boys make their first appearance of the season.

Dallas, Crestwood and Holy Redeemer boys teams moved up as did the Nanticoke girls.

Wallenpaupack and West Scranton make up the top and bottom of the Big School boys list where every position changed.

Dallas (6-1) had the week off but moved up from third to second. The Mountaineers are on a six-game winning streak.

Crestwood (5-1) won the McGrane Tournament title and moved up two spots to third.

Scranton Prep (6-2) slipped from first to fourth after a one-point loss to Small School No. 1 Holy Cross in the championship game of the Lynett Memorial Tournament.

Hazleton Area (4-3) went from fourth to fifth when it lost the title game of its own tournament to Small School No. 2 Wyoming Seminary.

West Scranton (7-1) won the Taylor Lions Tournament, stretching its winning streak to seven games.

Holy Cross (7-1) and Wyoming Seminary (5-2) used their Lynett Tournament and Hazleton Cougar Tournament titles to hold first and second in the Small School boys rankings.

Lakeland (6-2) won the Peter Turonis Classic and has won six out of seven since falling out of the rankings with an opening loss. The Chiefs jump all the way to third.

Holy Redeemer (2-4) moves up one spot to fourth after splitting two games, falling to Crestwood in the McGrane final.

Mid Valley (4-4) lost two of three games and fell from fourth to fifth.

Riverside (4-3) held sixth after losing its Taylor Lions Tournament final to West Scranton in double overtime.

Scranton Prep (8-0), Hazleton Area (5-1) and Abington Heights (7-2) won girls tournament titles to remain 1-2-3 in the Big School rankings.

Scranton Prep won a Lynett Tournament battle of unbeatens over Dunmore in the final.

Hazleton Area won the Carl Truance Classic in Punxsutawney while Abington Heights won the Gatorade Classic in Pottsville.

Nanticoke moved up, trading places with Wilkes-Barre Area despite losing while the Wolfpack remained unbeaten.

Nanticoke (6-2) gave Small School No. 1 Riverside its closest game of the year to go from fifth to fourth.

Wilkes-Barre Area (6-0) escaped with a two-point win against Lake-Lehman and went from fourth to fifth.

Dallas (6-1) returns to the rankings in the sixth spot after extending its winning streak to four in its only game of the week.

Last week’s ranked Small School teams went just 8-7 combined, but the top five spots remained the same.

Riverside (7-0) won its Taylor Lions Tournament to hold first.

Second-ranked Dunmore (6-1) went 2-1, beating Holy Redeemer and making the Lynett Tournament final before falling to Scranton Prep.

Old Forge (6-2) lost in the James Akens Holiday Tournament final to host North Pocono, but remained third.

Holy Cross (6-2) had a 2-1 week and third-place finish in the Lynett Tournament. It remained fourth.

Holy Redeemer (3-4) lost two out of three games, falling to Dunmore and Shenendehowa (N.Y.). It is still fifth.

Susquehanna (3-4) stopped a four-game losing streak and won the Denise Reddon/Jill Hoffman Memorial Christmas Tournament to come back into the rankings in sixth.

One team fell out of each set of rankings: Abington Heights in Big School boys, Dunmore in Small School boys, Berwick in Big School girls and Northwest in Small School girls. They were a combined 3-6 on the week.

The previous Big School boys No. 1s this season have been Nanticoke, Abington Heights, Crestwood and Scranton Prep. The first two of those teams are no longer ranked.

The Super Six is released on NEPABasketball.com at the completion of weekend games. Most weeks, the rankings come out Sunday with high school teams off for the day. This Sunday’s schedule included eight tournament games, delaying the new rankings release into Monday.



(With Record, Previous Rankings)



1. Wallenpaupack (8-0, 2)

1. Scranton Prep (8-0, 1)

2. Dallas (6-1, 3)

2. Hazleton Area (5-1, 2)

3. Crestwood (5-1, 5)

3. Abington Heights (7-2, 3)

4. Scranton Prep (6-2, 1)

4. Nanticoke (6-2, 5)

5. Hazleton Area (4-3, 5)

5. Wilkes-Barre Area (6-0, 4)

6. West Scranton (7-1, NR)

6. Dallas (6-1, NR)



1. Holy Cross (7-1, 1)

1. Riverside (7-0, 1)

2. Wyoming Seminary (5-2, 2)

2. Dunmore (6-1, 2)

3. Lakeland (6-2, NR)

3. Old Forge (6-2, 3)

4. Holy Redeemer (2-4, 5)

4. Holy Cross (6-2, 4)

5. Mid Valley (4-4, 4)

5. Holy Redeemer (3-4, 5)

6. Riverside (4-3, 6)

6. Susquehanna (3-4, NR)