The storm that wasn’t reached NEPA and for boys basketball it had little to no impact.
So, what fans have to look forward to from now until Feb. 15 is three official play dates and the chase for division championships and playoff spots. Remember, District 2 uses a rating system for qualifying.
Here is what the standings look like in each classification:
NOTE: Class 6A has 4 automatic qualifiers; Class 5A has 8 qualifiers; Class 4A has 8 qualifiers.
NOTE: Class 3A has 8 automatic qualifiers; Class 2A has 8 qualifiers and Class 1A is involved in a subregional with District 11.
Scranton Prep defeated Scranton on Tuesday in a game that impacted the race for the Division I championship. Abington Heights leads the standings and could lock down a tie for the title with a win over West Scranton on Friday. That would force a tiebreaker, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Abington Heights (10-1): Needs two wins to secure division title; One win will clinch title tie
- Friday vs. West Scranton — A win would clinch a tie for the Division I title
- Tuesday vs. Scranton
Scranton Prep (9-2):
- Friday at Delaware Valley — This should be a tough road game against the Division II champion
- Tuesday vs. Honesdale
- Friday vs. Western Wayne
- Tuesday at Abington Heights
ANALYSIS: You can see, there are a lot of scenarios still in play. Abington Heights is in control. If it wins its final two games, it will claim its first division title since 2014. The Comets are also hanging onto the No. 1 seed in the District 2 Class 5A playoffs. Scranton Prep needs Abington Heights to stumble to stay alive for a fourth straight division championship. One loss by the Comets and two wins by the Cavaliers will force a playoff between the two heavyweights. The Cavaliers are also trying to stay with Nanticoke for that No. 1 seed in the D2 Class 4A playoffs. Scranton is eliminated with a loss or an Abington Heights win on Friday. The Knights will also be hoping to finish with at least one win because they are trying to clinch that No. 2 seed and a home game against Williamsport in the first round of the District 2-4 Class 6A subregional.
It’s all over after Delaware Valley took care of business on Tuesday with a win over Honesdale. The Warriors secured their third straight Division II championship and their fourth in the six seasons the Lackawanna League has had four divisions in this currrent alignment.
Delaware Valley (7-4):
- Friday vs. Scranton Prep
- Tuesday at North Pocono
ANALYSIS: OK, Delaware Valley has won the Division II crown. The Warriors look headed for the No. 4 seed for the District 2-4 Class 6A subregional playoff, but could jump up to three if it can finish strong and either Scranton or Williamsport stumble.
Remember, the league needed a playoff to determine the winner of the first-half title. Holy Cross defeated Mid Valley in that game and now has the upper hand with at least a playoff game in its hip pocket. The Crusaders, however, took no time off. In fact, they are the hottest team in the division having won 11 straight.
Holy Cross (4-0)
- Friday at Old Forge — A Holy Cross win would clinch a tie for the second half title
- Tuesday vs. Blue Ridge — Does not count in division standings
- Thursday vs. Carbondale Area
Carbondale Area (3-1)
- Friday vs. Elk Lake — Does not count in division standings
- Tuesday vs. Riverside
- Thursday at Holy Cross*
Mid Valley (2-1)
- Friday vs. Lakeland
- Tuesday vs. Dunmore — This will be an important game in the big picture
- Thursday at Old Forge
- Friday at Riverside
- Tuesday at Mid Valley
- Thursday vs. Lakeland
Old Forge (1-2): Earned a big win over Riverside in the Triboro Rivalry game and has games ahead that could impact the division chase.
- Friday vs. Holy Cross
- Tuesday at Lakeland
- Thursday vs. Mid Valley
ANALYSIS: This season still has a way to go, but Holy Cross has played its way into the inside track. The Crusaders already have wins over Mid Valley, Dunmore and Riverside, those would have to rank as quality victories. All of the contenders have to hope the Crusaders stub their toe against Old Forge and Carbondale Area. Since the 2008-09 season, the Crusaders are 19-1 against Old Forge and 19-1 against Carbondale Area. Holy Cross is also battling for a top seed in the District 2 Class 2A playoffs where it will likely be the overwhelming favorite to win. If the Crusaders win the Division III crown, it will be their third in the last six seasons.
Susquehanna, like Holy Cross, has a playoff game in their back pocket by virtue of them taking the first-half title. The Sabers have a new team challenging them in the second half as Mountain View has recovered from a 1-5 record in the first half to 3-0 to start the second. Now the fun begins.
Susquehanna (3-0) — Won the first-half title
- Friday vs. Lackawanna Trail
- Tuesday vs. Mountain View — Important game
- Thursday at Forest City
Mountain View (3-0) — Went 1-5 in first half
- Friday vs. Montrose — Important game
- Tuesday at Susquehanna — Important game
- Thursday vs. Blue Ridge
- Friday at Mountain View — Important game
- Tuesday at Lackawanna Trail
- Thursday vs. Riverside — Game does not count in division standings
ANALYSIS: This is wide open moving forward. A lot will clear up on Friday when Montrose plays Mountain View and Susquehanna plays Lackawanna Trail. If Susquehanna and Mountain View both win Friday it sets up a huge game Tuesday. Regardless of the Friday outcomes, the Susquehanna-Mountain View game will a tough task for the Sabers on the road. Susquehanna has never won a title in the Lackawanna League. Mountain View’s last title came in 2006-2007, which was the second of two straight. Montrose last won in 2015.
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL
(Varsity starts at 7:15 p.m.)
West Scranton at Abington Heights
Wallenpaupack at North Pocono
Lakeland at Mid Valley
Holy Cross at Old Forge
Dunmore at Riverside
Lackawanna Trail at Susquehanna
Montrose at Mountain View
Forest City at Blue Ridge
Valley View at Honesdale
Scranton Prep at Delaware Valley
Western Wayne at Scranton
Elk Lake at Carbondale Area
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL
Mountain View at ES-Notre Dame, 4:30
Dunmore at Western Wayne, 7:15