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February 17. 2013 9:56AM
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The Wyoming Valley Conference's foray into a full-fledged District 2 playoff scenario is beginning to take form entering the final week of the regular season.


Twelve of the WVC's 16 teams are vying for spots in the Class 2A tournament. Two schools represent the conference in the Class A and 3A brackets.


This season marks the WVC's first participation in the fall. Previously, area schools were joined by only three current Lackawanna League teams during the spring season.


The WVC field is nearly set for the 2A tournament. Six teams clinched all six spots in the 2A tournament, and will vie for the seeding in the final slate of games.


Berwick (13-0) sits in the driver's seat for the top spot as it competes for its third consecutive district crown. Dallas (11-1) is assured the WVC's No. 2 position.


From there, four teams will battle for the three remaining spots in the eight-team field. The fourth, the WVC's sixth-ranked squad, will compete in a play-in game at the Lackawanna League's No. 3 school.


Pittston Area (11-3), Coughlin (9-2-2), Holy Redeemer (9-4-1) each clinched a spot in the tournament. Lake-Lehman (9-3) needs a win in one of its three remaining games in order to qualify.


Wyoming Area (7-6) has a faint chance of making the postseason. It needs to win both of its remaining two games and have Lake-Lehman lose all three of its games in order to qualify.


The Black Knights have their hands tied with three games scheduled for this week against MMI Prep, Wyoming Area and Berwick. Coughlin also faces Berwick Wednesday. Pittston Area squares against Wyoming Valley West Monday. The Royals finished their regular season with a 7-1 loss to Berwick Friday.


3A TEAMS QUALIFY

Both Class 3A teams automatically qualify for the seven-team District 2/4 tournament.


Wyoming Valley West (8-4-1) will seek to continue its turnaround season in the district playoffs. The Spartans will most likely land as the No. 4 seed and host a first-round game.


Hazleton Area (4-10) will land as either a fifth or sixth seed depending on the outcome of its season finale against Hanover Area.


SEM, MMI CHASE BERTHS

The one-size-fits-all divisional setup has not been kind to the Class A schools. Both Wyoming Seminary and MMI Prep found themselves at the bottom of the standings after playing the likes of Berwick and Dallas; however, each school is assured of a spot in the postseason.


Wyoming Seminary (3-8-1) locked a position in the eight-team field. An upset of either Crestwood or Hanover Area could move the Blue Knights past Dunmore and into a No. 6 seed, where it would avoid Lackawanna division leaders Mountain View (10-0-1) and Lakeland (10-1).


A winless Preppers team will compete in a play-in game on Oct. 23 at either Carbondale (2-8-1) or Elk Lake (1-8-1).


DUNBAR HITS MILESTONE

Dallas' Ashley Dunbar scored her 100th goal of her illustrious high school career Wednesday in a 12-0 rout of MMI Prep. Dunbar netted four goals in the opening 22 minutes of the game to reach the century mark.




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