I know it’s been a while, but once the District 2 playoffs started, they were full steam ahead and it is difficult to keep the pace. Now, I know many of you probably don’t follow, but I also cover football and tennis, so when the postseasons start rolling things get a bit overwhelming at times. That being said, I got out of my kitchen (which serves as my office now) and took in the District 2 Class 1A championship match. Blue Ridge came away with a third straight championship with a 3-0 win over MMI Prep, so congratulations are in order. The Lady Raiders advance into Tuesday’s PIAA tournament where they will play the District 4 champion, Galeton at Athens High School.
Here are some highlights:
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Also last week, Delaware Valley won the District 2 Class 4A championship. Now when the PIAA expansion took place a fourth classification was added to girls volleyball. In the six previous years, Delaware Valley won the Class 3A title, which served as the classification with the largest schools. Delaware Valley lost to Liberty in the District 2-11 Class 4A subregional. Liberty then lost an epic battle to Parkland, 3-2, in a battle of teams ranked among the top three in the state according to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association So, in short, the Lady Warriors, who had their best season in school history are champions for a seventh straight year. That is amazing. In the seven season, the Lady Warriors have a remarkable record of 122-14.
Ok, our other District 2 champions were Holy Redeemer in Class 2A. It’s the 10th straight district title for the Royals, who defeated Dunmore in three sets. Dunmore had an outstanding season, as well. And with only one senior, Erika Bistran, who is the team’s best player, the Lady Bucks should be the overwhelming favorite in the Lackawanna League next season.
And in Class 3A, Nanticoke captured it’s first District 2 championship since 2005. The Trojanettes defeated Crestwood in a battle of Wyoming Valley Conference programs which under the old three-classification format had to battle Holy Redeemer in Class 2A for almost a decade.
Here are the District 2 champions from the Lackawanna League:
Ok, Blue Ridge will be in action Tuesday night for the first round of the PIAA tournament. Holy Redeemer and Nanticoke will be also.
I believe, and I could be wrong, the Lackawanna League is meeting on Monday to select its league all-star team, so I will get that information to you as soon as it runs in The Times-Tribune.
Good luck to Blue Ridge, Holy Redeemer and Nanticoke.