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A Busy Week Ahead For WVC

February 11, 2019

It’s shaping up to be a big week for basketball teams in the Wyoming Valley Conference.

First off, two division titles on the boys side are scheduled to be determined Tuesday night at King’s College. Of course, as with everything in the WVC at this time of the year, it will be weather permitting.

On Tuesday night, GAR will take on Nanticoke Area at 6:30 to determine the Division 2 regular season championship. The same night at 8, Crestwood will play Hazleton Area for the Division 1 regular season title. Both games will be played at McGrane Gymnasium.

But the WVC fun certainly does not end with those two games. The inaugural WVC conference championship tournament is scheduled to be played this week. This is the tournament where the top four girls teams and the top four boys teams square off for conference supremacy, heading into next week’s district tournament.

What has been determined up to this point is the girls bracket, and according to District 2 chairman Frank Majikes, the boys picture will become clearer after Tuesday’s games are finalized.

But here is where the weather comes into play. Should inclement weather end up postponing Tuesday’s games, the schedule will change to the GAR vs. Nanticoke Area game being played on Wednesday night at 7 at Pittston Area, with the Crestwood vs. Hazleton Area game being played at 7 at Berwick High School.

As far as the WVC tournament, the girls bracket, played on Thursday at Holy Redeemer, will see Wyoming Seminary, the Division 3 champ, facing Division 2 champ, Holy Redeemer at 6. At 7:30, Division 1 champ Hazleton Area will play Berwick.

The winners of Thursday’s games will play Saturday night at 6 at Hazleton Area for the overall WVC title.

The boys side is a little bit trickier. The games will be played Friday at Dallas.

Wyoming Seminary, the Division 3 champion is in. The District 2 power rating system will be in play when it comes to determining the overall participants in the tournament. The winner of the Division 2 game between Nanticoke Area and GAR will be in the conference tournament playoff with the loser being eliminated from participation. The winner of the Division 1 playoff between Hazleton Area and Crestwood will be in. What will be left to determine is the power rating between the loser of the Division 1 game and Holy Redeemer. The team with the higher power rating will be the wild card, meaning the second place team from Division 1 and Holy Redeemer will come down to the power rating system to decide the fourth team in the boys WVC tournament.

What conference officials have determined is that two teams from the same division can’t meet in the first round of the WVC tournament. For example, if Crestwood and Hazleton both qualify, the only opportunity for them to have another meeting would be in the championship game.

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