As the excitement eased inside the gymnasium at North Pocono High School, the gracious host for three of the four District 2 girls volleyball championship, another season began going dark as the familiar post-championship slumber takes over players, coaches and fans.

There is a clash of emotions. From the raucous joy of the Delaware Valley Lady Warriors the Blue Ridge Lady Raiders, the Nanticoke Trojanettes and of course the Holy Redeemer Royals to the crushing reality that the season is over etched on the faces of players from Wyoming Valley West, Tunkhannock, MMI Prep and Dunmore, it is a week to celebrate the sport in District 2.

It began, oddly enough, with the playback game in Class 4A. Delaware Valley battled Wyoming Valley West for a second time this season, and while there has been some debate among District 2 administrators as to the reason for these playback matches for teams involved in subregional tournaments, you can use this match as Exhibit A. Look, both Wyoming Valley West and Delaware Valley had losses to teams from District 11. That’s a tough experience, then pile on that there is no celebration, no gold medal or plaque presentation for District 2 teams and you erase an important finality to the season for those players.

On Tuesday, those players were rewarded. First and foremost with an opportunity to play in a championship match, but also to have and revel in their own post-match ceremony.

Delaware Valley repeated as the big-school champion. The PIAA moved from three classes to four three years ago, and the Lady Warriors have gone nine straight seasons now earning a gold medal.


Class 4A

Lady Warriors win ninth title in a row


COVINGTON TWP. — Liz Bobo made it a clean sweep for her career.
As one of the team captains, Bobo helped lead Delaware Valley to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-14) win over Wyoming Valley West on Tuesday night in the District 2 Class 4A championship final at North Pocono High School.
Neither team advances to the state tournament after they were eliminated in the subregional playoffs last week.
It is the ninth district title in a row for the Lady Warriors (15-4) and gave Bobo and her fellow seniors a gold medal in each of their varsity seasons.
“It feels great,” said Bobo, who finished with six kills in the match and 182 for her career. “The seniors really wanted to go out with a win and we wanted to go out with a bang.
“We have a young team, but they were really strong and it’s easy to work with them. It was really a great year.”











Delaware Valley’s Emily Anderson.



Delaware Valley’s Morgan Lee.

Scenes from District 2

Class 4A Championship


Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer








Delaware Valley’s Evie Kelly.



2018 District 2 Class 4A Champions


Delaware Valley Lady Warriors






Class 3A

Nanticoke wins third straight title


BY TOM FOX | Correspondent

WILKES-BARRE — Each time Meghan Duda drifted back behind the service line, Alyssa Lewis turned around to slap her hand.
As Duda kept winning point after point in the fourth set, the two Nanticoke Area seniors shared a laugh and a smile. It was like one of those times where the two friends kept sharing an inside joke that only they understood.
In the long run, they both knew how special this moment was going to be.
The Trojanettes ripped off seven straight points with Duda serving in the fourth set to create separation from Tunkhannock, as Nanticoke Area won its third straight District 2 Class 3A championship with a 3-1 victory at Wilkes University on Wednesday. Set scores were 25-23, 25-18, 23-25 and 25-13.
The victory propels the District 2 champ into next week’s state bracket where Nanticoke Area will play the champion from District 3.
“Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever had a better feeling than this,” Lewis said. “We worked so hard all summer, and this was the ultimate goal. I’m so happy to accomplish this with my teammates and our amazing coaches.”




Nanticoke’s Alyssa Lewis.



Nanticoke’s Rayza Ruiz.


Scenes from District 2

Class 3A Championship


Frank C. Lauri / Contributing Photographer








Rielly Miller.

Tunkhannock’s Annalise Verbeek.












2018 District 2 Class 3A Champions



Nanticoke Trojanettes
Courtesy of Nanticoke Athletics









Class 2A

Holy Redeemer rules for 12th straight season


COVINGTON TWP. — Dunmore girls volleyball players’ moods were somber and tears were shed as teammates embraced for one final hug and lined up for a team photo.
This group of Lady Bucks had several goals this season and checked off all but one.
Earlier in the season, they helped lead coach Sue Dempsey to her 200th career win. Then they went out and stormed through the Lackawanna League schedule undefeated.
But, once again, the Holy Redeemer championship machine rolled on and left Dunmore proudly holding the silver medals.
Top-seeded Holy Redeemer defeated the second-seeded Lady Bucks, 3-0 (25-8, 25-11, 25-16) at North Pocono High School for its 12th championship in 12 years of existence.
The Royals (21-1) will play Tuesday against the District 4 champion. Dunmore concluded its season 19-1.
“I am very proud of this team this year,” said Dunmore senior outside hitter Lydia Meade, who led her team with four assists. “Going undefeated in the regular season and having a lot of juniors, sophomores, and freshmen on this team, everyone really took part in this team and what we accomplished.”












Holy Redeemer’s Samantha Carr.

Scenes from District 2

Class 2A Championship


Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer







Dunmore’s Lydia Meade.




2018 District 2 Class 2A Champions



Holy Redeemer Royals







Class 1A

Blue Ridge wins fifth straight championship


COVINGTON TWP. — Hunter Heeman couldn’t stop smiling, yelling and gathering her teammates after every smash.
An energetic and, at times, spirited player who isn’t afraid to show or feed off her emotions, the sophomore middle, got going with a mighty swing and powered Blue Ridge to another District 2 Class 1A girls volleyball championship.
Leading the way with 16 kills and two blocks, Heeman and the top-seeded Lady Raiders defeated No. 2 MMI Prep, 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-13), on Thursday night at North Pocono High School.
Blue Ridge (16-5) earned its fifth straight championship and its fourth consecutive win over MMI Prep in the final. The Lady Raiders will open the PIAA playoffs Tuesday against the second-place team from District 3.
“This means that every day that we put in two hours of practice, it pays off in the long run,” Heeman said. “Knowing that we can come to the final, and we may have some bad sets and some bad points, but we can support each other and still pull through is really amazing.”






Blue Ridge’s Hunter Heeman.


Scenes from District 2

Class 1A Championship


Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer





Blue Ridge’s Erin Houlihan.



2018 District 2 Class 1A Champions


Blue Ridge Lady Raiders.