HS BASKETBALL: Scranton Prep girls, Abington Heights boys top rankings heading into start to league season

Jan. 2—Times-Tribune High School Girls Basketball Poll

Rank, Team Record Pts Pvs

1. Scranton Prep (8) 6-0 80 1

2. Dunmore 5-2 71 3

3. Abington Heights 5-3 61 4

4. Scranton 6-2 60 2

5. Valley View 6-3 48 5

6. Wallenpaupack 6-3 37 6

7. Montrose 5-2 33 7

8. Old Forge 5-2 26 8

9. Honesdale 5-3 16 9

10. Mountain View 4-3 10

—Lackawanna League play begins this week with a pair of showdowns in Division I. No. 4 Scranton visits No. 3 Abington Heights on Monday, and Abington Heights heads to top-ranked Scranton Prep on Thursday.

—Since its 0-2 start, No. 7 Montrose has won five straight and opens Division IV play Thursday at Susquehanna.

—Despite Friday's loss to Pittston Area, No. 6 Wallenpaupack established itself as the Division II favorite with convincing tournament wins over Western Wayne and Honesdale.

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Times-Tribune High School Boys Basketball Poll

Rank, team Record Points Pvs.

1. Abington Heights (8) 7-0 80 1

2. Old Forge 7-0 72 2

3. Valley View 7-1 64 3

4. Scranton Prep 5-2 54 6

5. Carbondale Area 7-1 43 5

6. Mid Valley 6-2 38 4

7. Scranton 3-4 29 9

8. Delaware Valley 6-0 25 10

9. Holy Cross 4-3 22 7

10. Riverside 6-2 8 NR

—SOARING COMETS: Abington Heights has started the season impressively, especially with wins over Executive Education and Emmaus. The Comets open league season at Scranton and home with their annual rivalry game against Scranton Prep.

—DIVISION III TIPS OFF: There are five teams from Division III in the poll which makes for an intriguing opening night Tuesday in the Lackawanna League. Carbondale Area is at Riverside and Holy Cross is at undefeated Old Forge to get things started.

—RIVERSIDE RETURNS: The Vikings started the season with an injury and endured another in the early weeks. Still, they captured the Taylor Lions Tournament and are back in the poll at No. 10.

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