Arctic weather last week had athletic directors scrambling to adjust early-season schedules with the bitter cold forcing many, if not all schools, to close Thursday and Friday. That made for a very busy Saturday in the Lackawanna League to try and get the season back on track.

Then, the threat of icy conditions Monday did away with the only boys game scheduled.

Now, what this creates is a backlog of games. There were some very good performances last week, but what has developed so far is that there is Abington Heights and Scranton Prep and then there is a gap between the next group of teams. And it has been that way for a couple of seasons, now.

Since the start of the 2014-15 season there have been 38 polls of the top 10 team by the staff of The Times-Tribune. Scranton Prep and Abington Heights have occupied both the first and second spots in polls 33 times.

 

Which ones are not like the others?

 

  • 2015 Poll No. 5: 1. Scranton Prep, 2. Mid Valley, 3. Abington Heights
  • 2016 Poll No. 5: 1. Abington Heights, 2. Mid Valley, 3. Scranton Prep
  • 2016 Poll No. 6: 1. Abington Heights, 2. Mid Valley, 3. Scranton Prep
  • 2016 Poll No. 7: 1. Abington Heights, 2. Mid Valley, 3. Scranton Prep
  • 2018 Poll No. 3: 1. Abington Heights, 2. Scranton, 3. Scranton Prep

 

 

 

Tonight, 7:15

 

Since 2015

Team

 Weeks at No. 1
 

Scranton Prep

22*

 

Abington Heights

16

* No. 1 for all 11 polls in 2016-17

 

 

BY THE NUMBERS

 

 

Abington Heights

Year

Scranton Prep

22 – 4

2014-15

24 – 4

23 – 3

2015-16

25 – 3

25 – 4

2016-17

23 – 4

8 – 1

2017-18

6 – 3

78-12

Totals

78-14

 

 

Head to Head

 

 

Year

Result

2014-15

Scranton Prep 55, Abington Heights 50

2014-15

Scranton Prep 66, Abington Heights 43

2015-16

Abington Heights 57, Scranton Prep 52

2015-16

Scranton Prep 73, Abington Heights 61

2016-17

Scranton Prep 54, Abington Heights 51

2016-17

Scranton Prep 53, Abington Heights 43

 

 

Remember Game No. 1 of 2016-17?

 

 

 

 


 

THE CITY RIVALRY

Tonight, 7:15

 

WEST SCRANTON INVADERS

SCRANTON KNIGHTS

 

 

 

AT

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

 

Scranton’s Ky’Ron Harbin
JASON FARMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Not to be too far outdone, the annual battle between Scranton and West Scranton. While not necessarily the Battle for the Bell in football, the basketball rivalry has some fire, as well.

  • 2014: West Scranton 60, Scranton 58
  • 2014: West Scranton 52, Scranton 39
  • 2015: West Scranton 46, Scranton 45
  • 2015: West Scranton 44, Scranton 42
  • 2016: Scranton 40, West Scranton 30
  • 2016: West Scranton 59, Scranton 49
  • 2017: Scranton 54, West Scranton 41
    • Ky’Ron Harbin had 21 points to lead Scranton
  • 2017: Scranton 48, West Scranton 43
    • Ky’Ron Harbin had 23 points to lead Scranton

 

 

 

Let’s go to the videotape

 

 

 

 


 

 

BATTLEFRONT

Tonight, 7:15

 

 

HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS

MID VALLEY SPARTANS

 

 

AT

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

 

Well, this has been the best rivalry among the small schools in recent memory. This year’s clash may have lost some luster in the bigger picture with both teams having losing records — Holy Cross (3-6) and Mid Valley (4-5) —  but this is an important game for the Lackawanna Division III first-half chase, because Holy Cross already has a loss on the ledger.

 

 

Mid Valley Spartans celebrate after receiving the district championship plaque following District 2 2A championship game at Lackawanna College. Mid Valley defeated Holy Cross, 37-33.

 

 

DIVISION III CHAMPIONS

Since 2012-2013

 

2012-2013: Holy Cross Crusaders

2013-14: Mid Valley Spartans

2014-15: Holy Cross Crusaders

2015-16: Dunmore Bucks

2016-17: Mid Valley Spartans

 

HEAD TO HEAD

 

  • Holy Cross senior Patrick Galvin.
    Christopher Dolan / Staff Photographer

    2012: Holy Cross 63, Mid Valley 53

  • 2012: Holy Cross 48, Mid Valley 35
  • 2013: Holy Cross 56, Mid Valley 57
  • 2013: Holy Cross 59, Mid Valley 56
  • 2013: Mid Valley 56, Holy Cross 54
  • 2013: Holy Cross 41, Mid Valley 35
  • 2014: Holy Cross 59, Mid Valley 56
  • 2014: Holy Cross 68, Mid Valley 67
  • 2014: Mid Valley 57, Holy Cross 54
  • 2015: Holy Cross 52, Mid Valley 48
  • 2015: Mid Valley 51, Holy Cross 35
  • 2015: Holy Cross 54, Mid Valley 43
  • 2015: Mid Valley 37, Holy Cross 33
  • 2016: Holy Cross 42, Mid Valley 38
  • 2016: Mid Valley 60, Holy Cross 59, OT
  • 2017: Holy Cross 54, Mid Valley 51
  • 2017: Mid Valley 58, Holy Cross 38
  • 2017: Mid Valley 45, Holy Cross 31

 

Holy Cross’ Billy Trainor blocks a shot by Mid Valley’s J.J. Glinsky during a classic game between the Division III rivals from 2016.

 

 


 

 

SCHEDULE

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL
(Varsity starts at 7:15 p.m.)
Division I

Ken Bianchi

Abington Heights at Scranton Prep

  • Abington Heights coach Ken Bianchi enters game with 755 wins in his pursuit of Forest City’s Julius Prezelski’s all-time mark of 757

West Scranton at Scranton
Division II
Honesdale at North Pocono
Western Wayne at Delaware Valley
Division III
Holy Cross at Mid Valley
Dunmore at Carbondale Area
Lakeland at Riverside
Division IV
Montrose at Susquehanna
Lackawanna Trail at Mountain View
Blue Ridge at Elk Lake
Crossovers
Wallenpaupack at Valley View
Old Forge at Forest City