The high school basketball regular season has one “official” date remaining, and that arrives Thursday night.

Two Lackawanna Division Champions have been crowned. Delaware Valley clinched its championship in Division II last week, and Abington Heights secured its title in Division I with a convincing win over Scranton on Tuesday.

 

DIVISION I

 

 

 

DIVISION II

 

 

This season is the second of a two-year cycle and there is talk that the Lackawanna League will go back to a three-division alignment. Since the four division set up, Abington Heights and Scranton Prep have each won three Division I titles, while Delaware Valley won four titles and Honesdale won two in Division II.

 

Here are the total division records for each team since the 2012-13 season:

 

 

DIVISION CHAMPIONS 

Year — Division I – Division II

2013 — Abington Heights – Delaware Valley

2014 — Abington Heights – Honesdale

2015 — Scranton Prep – Honesdale

2016 — Scranton Prep – Delaware Valley

2017 — Scranton Prep – Delaware Valley

2018 — Abington Heights — Delaware Valley

 


 

Holy Cross’ Tom Montefour.
Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer

 

 

DIVISION III

 

 

There is still work to be done in Division III. Holy Cross, however, is in the driver’s seat. The Crusaders have the most important piece of the puzzle going into its showdown against Carbondale Area, which is one-game out of first place in the second half, on Thursday night. They won the first-half title in a playoff against Mid Valley, which is also hanging around in the title chase.

 

 

CARBONDALE AREA AT HOLY CROSS
THURSDAY, 7:15 p.m.

 

 

 

This is the most important regular-season game for Carbondale Area since probably 2003 when it won the Lackawanna Division II North Championship. The Chargers have only one win over Holy Cross in their history, and that came on January 13, 2016.

 

 

 

MID VALLEY AT OLD FORGE
THURSDAY, 7:15 p.m.

 

 

 

Mid Valley needs a win and to guard against taking a peak at Twitter for score updates from Holy Cross. The Spartans do need Holy Cross to lose, but that would mean absolutely nothing if they fall to Old Forge. Mid Valley has won 13 straight in the series against the Blue Devils.

 

Last Meeting

 

Mid Valley 43, Old Forge 31

At Mid Valley, Colin Hazelton scored 18 points to lead the Spartans, while J.J. Glinsky and Collin Shearer each had eight.
Brandon Nee led Old Forge with nine points.

Old Forge (5-10, 1-5) — B. Nee 4 0-0 9, M. DiGregorio 3 1-2 7, P. Banks 2 2-4 6, J. Verespey 1 0-0 3, S. Donovan 1 0-0 3, K. Welsh 1 0-0 2, A. Rios 0 1-2 1, C. Angeli 0 0-0 0, C. Jeffers 0 0-0 0, M. Mucciolo 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 4-8 31.
Mid Valley (9-6, 5-1) — C. Hazelton 7 4-9 18, J. Glinsky 3 2-4 8, C. Scherer 3 0-0 8, S. Rosencrans 2 0-0 4, M. Miller 1 1-2 3, V. Talluto 1 0-0 2, T. O’Connor 0 0-1 0. Totals: 17 7-16 43.

 

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2

3

4

Final

Old Forge

8

9

6

8

31

Mid Valley

11

11

11

10

43

 

3-point goals: J. Verespey (OF), B. Nee (OF), S. Donovan (OF), C. Scherer (MV) 2. JV: Mid Valley, 31-20. (OF: Gagliateria 8; MV: Talluto, 10).

 


 

 

Susquehanna’s Mason Deakin.
Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer

 

 

DIVISION IV

 

 

There may be a lot of nervous energy in the gym Thursday when Susquehanna visits Forest City. The Sabers have already won the first-half title in a playoff with rival Montrose. They would like to avoid an extra game, and if they defeat Forest City would finish the second half undefeated and winners of their first Lackawanna League division championship.

Susquehanna started the season 1-4. But the Sabers won 11 of their last 12 games after a three-game losing streak from Dec. 28 to Jan. 10.

In the last meeting, Susquehanna defeated Forest City, 71-33.

Montrose (5-1) faces Riverside in a nondivision game. The Meteors need Susquehanna (5-0) to lose to tie in the second half and force another playoff game between the two Susquehanna County rivals.

 

HERE IS A LIST OF DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS WON BY FORMER NAC TEAMS SINCE JOINING LIAA: 

 

Elk Lake

6

2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017

Delaware Valley

5

2003, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018

Montrose

4

2002, 2005, 2010, 2015

Lackawanna Trail

2

2001, 2011

Mountain View

2

2006, 2007

Western Wayne

1

1998

Forest City

1

2004