Well, to say that today is miserable probably would be an understatement. The remnants of Hurricane Patricia took their toll on Pennsylvania and wiped out a full slate of District 2 soccer playoffs, the District 2 cross country championships and the PIAA golf championships.

Now, I’m the kind of person who hates rain and snow. I want it to be at least 80 degrees and sunny 365 days of the year. But I realize that’s never going to be the case. So whatever happens, happens. I don’t pretend to understand how the weather works — although the great Gino Tempesta, my high school baseball coach at Dunmore, will tell you how he thought I would become a weatherman due to the brash predictions I would give him whenever the weather looked sketchy the day before a game! But that’s for a different time and place.

Anyway, back to reason for this blog post. The rain washed out all District 2 soccer events for today. So I figured this would be a good time to look back on the first two days of the boys and girls tournaments and then look ahead to what is shaping up to be great quarterfinal matchups.

Class AAA Boys

  • No. 3 Abington Heights 6, No. 6 Hazleton Area 0.

Class AA Boys

  • No. 9 Valley View 4, No. 8 Nanticoke 3
  • No. 5 Crestwood 6, No. 12 Wyoming Area 0
  • No. 4 Lake-Lehman 4, No. 13 Berwick 0
  • No. 3 North Pocono 5, No. 14 Honesdale 0
  • No. 6 Dallas 10, No. 11 GAR 1
  • No. 7 Tunkhannock 6, No. 10 Western Wayne 2
  • No. 2 Coughlin 10, No. 15 Hanover Area 0

Class A Boys

  • No. 1 Lakeland 14, No. 16 Riverside 0
  • No. 9 Holy Cross 4, No. 8 Forest City 3 (Holy Cross won in PKs, 4-2)
  • No. 5 Elk Lake 7, No. 12 Mid Valley 0
  • No. 4 Montrose 3, No. 13 Dunmore 0
  • No. 3 Mountain View 5, No. 14 Old Forge 0
  • No. 11 Meyers 4, No. 6 Blue Ridge 1
  • No. 7 Holy Redeemer 4, No. 10 Carbondale Area 1
  • No. 2 Wyoming Seminary 7, No. 15 MMI 0

 Class AA Girls

  • No. 1 Coughlin 9, No. 16 Hanover Area 0
  • No. 8 North Pocono 3, No. 9 Nanticoke 1
  • No. 5 Dallas 3, No. 12 Wyoming Area 0
  • No. 4 Crestwood 9, No. 13 Western Wayne 1
  • No. 3 Abington Heights 5, No. 14 Tunkhannock 0
  • No. 6 Holy Redeemer 6, No. 11 Berwick 1
  • No. 7 Lake-Lehman 9, No. 10 Valley View 0
  • No. 2 Scranton Prep 9, No. 15 Honesdale 0

Now that you’ve gotten caught up on what’s gone down in these playoffs so far, let’s take a look ahead to some very intriguing quarterfinal matchups that will also serve as rematches among Lackawanna League teams:

Class AAA Boys
No. 5 Wallenpaupack (7-5-1) at No. 4 Delaware Valley (7-4-2), THURSDAY, 5 p.m.

Class AA Boys
No. 9 Valley View (8-6) at  No. 1 Scranton Prep (12-0-1), THURSDAY, 3:30 p.m.

Class A Boys
No. 9 Holy Cross (6-6) at No. 1 Lakeland (12-0), THURSDAY, 4:30 p.m.

  • Make no mistake about it, Lakeland is the team to beat in Class A. The Chiefs have outscored their opponents, 78-4, which includes a 6-0 win on the Crusaders’ home field at Polonia Park in their season opener Sept. 16. Lakeland entered this season needing to replace Times-Tribune Player of the Year in Michael Tomcykoski and it has done just that. Freshman Ethan Cortes has stepped into the lineup and leads the entire Lackawanna League in goals with 24 while adding 8 assists. Sophomore Michael Besten has 10 goals and 6 assists, Collin Cooper has 9 goals and a league-high 19 assists, Lucas Snedeker has 9 goals and 6 assists and Graeme Nichols has 8 goals and 6 assists. Holy Cross has had its ups and downs this year but is coming off a thrilling first-round win over Forest City, a match that went to penalty kicks. The Crusaders have three viable scoring threats in juniors Matt Nelson (16 goals, 10 assists), Gio Vega (11 goals, 8 assists) and senior Chad Yurkovic (10 goals, 5 assists). Nelson scored two goals and netted the game-winner in PKs over the Foresters on Tuesday. The winner of this match gets No. 5 Elk Lake or No. 4 Montrose in Monday’s semifinals.

Speaking of those two schools…

No. 5 Elk Lake (9-3) at No. 4 Montrose (10-2), THURSDAY, 6 p.m.

  • Other than Lakeland, there might not be a hotter team right now than Elk Lake, which has won nine straight following an 0-3 start to the season. During that streak, the Warriors have outscored their opponents, 44-4. Junior Bailey Newhart, who is coming off a four-goal performance against Mid Valley, leads the team with 16 goals, while fellow junior Blake Chew has 13 goals and 7 assists. Ben Woolcock has also contributed 7 goals and 7 assists. Montrose won the only meeting this year on Sept. 15, 1-0, with Giovanni Amato‘s goal proving to be the difference. Amato has been a scoring machine for the Meteors with 21 goals and 4 assists. Riley Birchard and Tom Vaccaro have each scored 5 goals.

Class A Girls
No. 5 Holy Cross (5-3) at No. 4 Montrose (7-2), FRIDAY, 6 p.m.

  • It’s been an interesting week for Montrose. The Lady Meteors found themselves in a three-way tie atop Division III with Lakeland and Mountain View but received a bye to the division championship match on Monday against Lakeland, which defeated Mountain View in penalty kicks on Thursday. Montrose, however, didn’t take advantage of the added rest and fell to the Lady Chiefs, 2-0, which dropped it down the No. 4 seed. The Lady Meteors picked up road victory over Holy Cross, 3-2, on Sept. 28 but needed a goal from freshman Madison Gilhool in the second overtime to do so. Gilhool has been a force in her first season, scoring 21 goals and adding 4 assists. Brianna Spence has 7 goals and 6 assists and Lauren Andre has 5 goals and 4 assists. Holy Cross is lead by seniors Felicia Dzielak and Lexie Green, who have scored 8 and 6 goals, respectively, and each scored in that double-overtime thriller.

These next few days should be very exciting. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out. Hope you all enjoy…