Well, the sun came up and I rolled out of bed.

As I do every morning, as the sky is still darkened by the night, I raced up the stairs in a panic. I did not here the usual rustling about of kids, racing against the clock as much as I usually am. Much to my surprise, there was a 2-hour delay, again. Unfortunately, once I have left the comfort of my 15-year old mattress, the damage is done and I am awake.

So, I started the brew, and figured, because this is going to be a very busy stretch of time in high school sports, I’d get right to work. Why not? It’s what I do.

By now many of you know, it’s been and will continue to be a stressful and anxious time for us here at the command central. I celebrated Valentine’s Day over two days, Tuesday doing the job I love, and Wednesday with the family I love. We had a nice time, until of course they all had to get to bed. Strange how the week nights are when you work nights. Normal people dine together, chat about the day’s events, maybe catch a show or two, and then get some shut-eye. Me, I just started getting a second wind. Us sports writers are like vampires.

Fortunately, plenty went on last night, and, against the advice of friends and family, I jumped back on the computer and started posting things to Twitter and Facebook. For me, when it comes to nights off, I am reminded of what the The Joker once said, “I’m like a dog chasing cars, I wouldn’t know what to do if I caught one.”

First, and I don’t do this often enough. Congratulations to three girls teams which won Lackawanna League Division Championships, so far.

If you saw results from last night, there is still a tie in Division IV for the second-half title between Forest City and Montrose which must be resolved, before first-half winner Susquehanna gets in the mix. Marty Myers isn’t used to such chaos on the girls side of things, but he will now!

So, here’s what we do know in girls basketball:

Scranton won the Lackawanna League Division I championship. First, since 2001. The Lady Knights and coach P.J. Hughes completed a 13-0 season in the league and have already punched a ticket to the District 2 Class 6A championship game at the Mohegan Sun Arena on March 3 at 6 p.m.

Scranton Lady Knights 2016-17 Lackawanna League Division I champions

Scranton Lady Knights
2016-17 Lackawanna League Division I champions

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North Pocono is the champion in the Lackawanna League Division II. Under the guidance of first-year coach Corey Valvano, the Lady Trojans finished 10-3 in the league.

North Pocono Lady Trojans 2016-17 Lackawanna League Division II champions

North Pocono Lady Trojans
2016-17 Lackawanna League Division II champions

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Dunmore is still undefeated overall, and won the Lackawanna League Division III championship for the fourth straight season and the 11th time in 12 seasons. Congratulations to the Lady Bucks and coach Ben O’Brien.

Dunmore Lady Bucks 2016-17 Lackawanna League Division III champions

Dunmore Lady Bucks
2016-17 Lackawanna League Division III champions

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Also, congratulations to Holy Cross girls basketball coach Barry Fitzgerald. He earned the 550th win of his career last night with a triumph over Carbondale Area. I have known coach for a long time, and this is a great milestone.

Barry Fitzgerald

Barry Fitzgerald

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INSIDE BOYS BASKETBALL

OK, now back to the boys beat.

basketballWe already know Scranton Prep and Delaware Valley are the Lackawanna League champions in Divisions I and II. The WVC has a playing date to sort out still tonight, and Hazleton Area has a rescheduled game against Meyers on Friday, so it’s going to go down to the wire before we know the seeds and pairings for the District 2 Championships in Class 6A, 5A and 4A.

It’s also true that Abington Heights is the No. 1 seed in Class 5A and Scranton Prep is the No. 1 seed in Class 4A.

Things began to sort themselves out Wednesday night in Division III and in District 2 Class 2A.

Mid Valley defeated Dunmore in OT and seized a one-game lead over Holy Cross with one game remaining tonight.

Here is what the win means in the division:

  • Mid Valley, already the first-half winner, can clinch the Lackawanna Division III championship with a win at home over Old Forge tonight.
  • Holy Cross needs a win over Carbondale Area on the road, and a Mid Valley loss to tie for the second-half title and force a playoff with the Spartans.

Just some quick notes from last night. Mid Valley is the first Lackawanna League team to reach 20 wins this season. It’s the fifth straight season the Spartans have won at least 20 games, and coach Mike Abda has won 140 games in seven seasons.

Take a look at what Abda has produced since taking over for the 2010-11 season:

MID VALLEY SPARTANS (Wins by Season)

          BC: Before Coach Mike Abda                            AC: After Coach Mike Abda

2003

’04

’05

’06

’07

’08

’09

’10

’11

’12

’13

’14

’15

’16

’17

20-25

15-20

10–15

5-10

0-5

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Also, Holy Cross all but wrapped up the No. 1 seed for the District 2 Class 2A playoffs with a home-and-home sweep of Blue Ridge.

The Crusaders have a record of 215-64 in their history which began with the 2007-08 season. How about the job coach Al Callejas has done? That is a winning percentage of .771.

While the final seeds are not in, just yet, Holy Cross has two wins over Blue Ridge, which is the No. 2 seed based on Power Rating and that should assure the Crusaders the top seed.

Holy Cross head coach Al Callejas.

Holy Cross head coach Al Callejas.

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DECISION NIGHT

Mountain View

Mountain View

Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge

 

Mountain View

at

Blue Ridge

 

 

Division IV will figure out its second half of the schedule tonight. I will be covering the Mountain View at Blue Ridge game which will determine if there is a winner or if a playoff game will be needed.

Here’s what is on the line: 

  • Blue Ridge can claim the second-half title with a win and will face Elk Lake, the first-half winner in a play-off game this weekend.
  • Mountain View can tie Blue Ridge for the second half title with a win and force a play-off against the Raiders, possibly Friday. The winner of that game would play Elk Lake, the first-half winner, in a play-off this weekend.

NOTE: Blue Ridge has two wins over Mountain View this season. The Raiders won 51-37 in the Susquehanna County Holiday Tournament, and 45-43 in the first-half meeting.

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That is all for today.

A reminder, I am at Blue Ridge tonight, and then I have the Les Richards Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday.

I will post again Friday, sometime in mid-afternoon, to update any champions and playoff scenario questions you all may have.

Again, hang in there with me.

ENJOY!