Preseason Super Six revealed

Preseason Super Six revealed

The Scranton Prep girls begin the 2019-20 season in the same position where they ended the 2018-19 season – at the top of the Astra Wealth Advisors Super Six Power Rankings.

There are new teams at the top of the other rankings, which are determined each week by NEPABasketball.com.

The Nanticoke boys, Holy Cross boys and Riverside girls are on top of the other rankings going into Friday’s start of the season.

Rankings, which will be updated each week throughout the season, are separated into Big School and Small Schools for both boys and girls.

Many of last year’s top teams are expected to wind up in similar positions this season.

Of the 24 teams that were ranked in the final poll last season, 20 are in the rankings to begin this season. All six of the Small School girls teams are back in the rankings, although in a different order.

The Dunmore boys come in the highest of the newcomers as the third-ranked Small School team.

The new Wilkes-Barre Area boys team opens in the rankings.

West Scranton and Valley View start the season ranked among the top Big School girls teams.

The No. 1 teams from last season come in first, second, third and fourth in their respective rankings.

Wyoming Seminary is second in Small School boys, Dunmore is third in Small School girls and Abington Heights is fourth in Big School boys.

Last season, all four teams that started the season ranked first held those rankings when the season ended. In the case of the Scranton Prep and Dunmore girls, they remained in first for all 16 weekly rankings.

Among those trying to duplicate that accomplishment will be the Nanticoke boys.

The Trojans went 22-8 last season and finished third among Big Schools last year. They won the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 title in a playoff, finished as runner-up in both the WVC overall playoffs and the District 2 Class 4A tournament. They reached the second round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state tournament.

Wallenpaupack comes in four spots higher than it ended last season. The Buckhorns went 18-8 a year ago, won the Lackawanna League Division 2 title and reached the state tournament by finishing third in District 2 Class 5A.

Lackawanna Division 1 rivals Scranton Prep and Abington Heights are third and fourth. The Cavaliers finished second to the Cavaliers last year in both the division rankings and the Super Six.

Scranton Prep won the District 2 title on the way to the state quarterfinals in Class 4A and a 24-4 finish.

Abington Heights was the last District 2 boys team standing in the state tournament, making it back to the Class 5A semifinals for the third straight season, one year removed from a state championship.

The Comets went 26-3 and won their eighth straight District 2 title along the way.

Hazleton Area won WVC Division 1 and District 2-4 Class 6A Subregional titles in an 18-9 season. The Cougars open fifth, one spot below their finish last season.

The new Wilkes-Barre Area Wolfpack is sixth before ever playing a game.

Wilkes-Barre Area is made up of the combination of GAR, Meyers and Coughlin. GAR went 15-9 and lost to Nanticoke in a playoff for the WVC Division 2 title. Meyers was 7-16 and Coughlin 5-16 in their final seasons.

Holy Cross finished second in the Small School boys rankings last season when it went 22-6 and won Lackawanna League Division 3 and District 2 Class 2A titles on the way to an appearance in the state quarterfinals.

The Crusaders are the only team ranked above last season’s No. 1 Small School team Wyoming Seminary.

The Blue Knights start out second after going 26-3 during a season in which they won Division 3 and overall WVC titles as well as a District 2 Class 3A championship. They reached the second round of the state tournament.

Dunmore was in and out of the rankings during an 11-12 season. The Bucks have the largest percentage of their production from a year ago returning among any of the ranked teams, putting them in third among Small Schools.

Holy Redeemer drops a spot to fourth. The Royals were 20-6 last season, including 14-2 in the WVC. They finished second in WVC Division 3 and District 2 Class 3A on the way to the state tournament.

Lakeland is fifth, where it ended last season after going 15-9.

Mid Valley, which was fourth after going 19-5 last season, opens in sixth.

Scranton Prep is back at No 1 among Big School girls teams after having its 2018-19 season end abruptly in the first round of the state tournament. Led by underclassmen, the Classics went 24-2 and repeated Lackawanna Division 1 and District 2 Class 4A titles.

Unlike on the boys side where heavy graduation losses shuffled more of the top teams, there are more veterans returning from the top girls teams.

Hazleton Area and Abington Heights each move up a spot from the end of last season to open in second and third among Big School girls.

WVC Division 1 and District 2-4 Class 6A Subregional champion Hazleton Area was 21-7 and made the second round of the state tournament.

Abington Heights won the District 2 Class 5A championship and finished 19-6.

Berwick slides up from sixth to fourth. The Lady Bulldogs were 19-7 and made the state Class 4A tournament after finishing third in the district.

West Scranton (12-11 last season) and Valley View (13-10) are fifth and sixth.

Another tense, three-way race for District 2’s two state berths in Class 3A, where Dunmore was unbeaten all the way to the state final a year ago, could be ahead.

Riverside, the odd team out last season when it finished 19-5, begins in the top spot.

Holy Redeemer, last year’s district runner-up after winning Division 3 and overall titles in the WVC, is second after going 23-5.

Dunmore opens in the third spot after going 29-1 and winning Lackawanna Division 3 and District 2 Class 3A championships last season.

State quarterfinalists Old Forge and Susquehanna are in the fourth and fifth positions.

Old Forge is in the same spot it ended last season when it was 20-7 and district runner-up in Class 2A.

Susquehanna is up one ranking from where it finished a 21-7 season that included Lackawanna Division 4 and District 2-11 Class A Subregional titles.

Holy Cross, an 18-9 team and District 2 Class 2A champion, opens in sixth after finishing in fifth.

Crestwood in Big School boys, Northwest in Small School boys and both Lake-Lehman and Nanticoke in Big School girls are unranked after ending last season in the Super Six.

 

FOR MORE DETAILS ON RANKED TEAMS:

NANTICOKE BOYS, http://www.nepabasketball.com/2019-20/Articles/Previews/NanticokeBoys.

ABINGTON HEIGHTS BOYS, http://www.nepabasketball.com/2019-20/Articles/Previews/AHBoys.

VALLEY VIEW GIRLS, http://www.nepabasketball.com/2019-20/Articles/Previews/ValleyViewGirls.

RIVERSIDE GIRLS, http://www.nepabasketball.com/2019-20/Articles/Previews/RiversideGirls.

SUSQUEHANNA GIRLS, http://www.nepabasketball.com/2019-20/Articles/Previews/SusquehannaGirls.