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Defending champ: Holy Cross
Dates: Thursday, Saturday, Feb. 26, March 1.
The seeds: 1. Elk Lake. 2. Meyers. 3. Mid Valley. 4. Holy Cross. 5. Dunmore. 6. Montrose. 7. Hanover Area. 8. Lackawanna Trail. 9. Riverside. 10. Nanticoke Area. 11. Mountain View. 12. Carbondale. 13. Blue Ridge. 14. Wyoming Seminary. 15. Northwest. 16. Lakeland.
The matchups: Lakeland at Elk Lake, Riverside at Lackawanna Trail, Carbondale at Dunmore, Blue Ridge at Holy Cross, Wyoming Seminary at Mid Valley, Mountain View at Montrose, Nanticoke Area at Hanover Area, Northwest at Meyers.
The favorite: Mid Valley.
Moving on: The district sends three teams to the PIAA tournament.
Bracket buster: Dunmore has defeated Holy Cross, Riverside and Mid Valley this season. Defensively, the Bucks will make opponents work.
Players to watch: Seth Callahan, Wyoming Seminary, 21.9; Mike Malshefski, Nanticoke Area, 15.3; Jake Barber, Hanover Area, 19.0; Bobby Kerestes, Hanover Area, 11.3; Anthony Marcincavage, Hanover Area, 10.0; Tyriek Steward, Meyers, 17.5; Shahee Aurelus, Meyers, 9.6; Arlo Maurer, Northwest, 10.2; Tanner Reyan, Elk Lake, 21.2; Matt Woolcock, Elk Lake, 15.0; Connor Callejas, Holy Cross, 19.2; Connor Jones, Holy Cross, 16.4; Alex Prislupsky, Mid Valley, 20.6; Jason Kenny, Mid Valley, 12.6; Mike Becchetti, Dunmore, 9.9; Cameron Dean, Montrose, 18.4; Connor Mailen, Riverside, 16.8; Ross Fauquier, Lackawanna Trail, 14.0.
Noteworthy: This bracket is up for grabs as there appears to be no clear-cut favorite. The Lackawanna League has dominated this classification recently. Holy Cross has won four of the last six championships. Riverside won the title in 2011 before Meyers won in 2012. ... Elk Lake is the top seed and began the season with a 19-game winning streak. .... Holy Cross is the most experienced postseason team and is playing its best basketball of the year. ... Lamont Twyman cracked the starting lineup for Meyers on Sunday, but it remains to be seen how much of an impact he will make. ... Holy Cross is ranked seventh in the state according to PennLive.com, while Mid Valley is eighth. Dunmore, Meyers and Riverside are listed as others to watch. ... One WVC team is guaranteed to get to the semifinals. The bottom half of the bracket features four teams from the conference.

Nanticoke Area positions themselves
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Coach: John Beggs
Last year's record: 11-12
Current record: 3-5

Players to watch: Mike Malshefski, Brent Piontkowski, Tyler Myers, Scott Stout, Matt Winters, Ed Lukowski, Justin Casey, Ben Sersen, Rees Roberts.
What to watch: Inexperience is going to be a concern for Beggs, who is in his first year as the head coach after taking over for Ken Bartuska. On the plus side, the Trojans are capable of knocking down shots and if they are hitting from the outside they have the potential to be a dangerous team. The issue arises when the shots aren't dropping. Without much size, the onus falls on Pointkowski, a sophomore, who has a bright future ahead of him.

WVC Boys Basketball Capsule
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Coach: John Beggs
12-13 WVC record: 7-6 Div. II, tied 2nd; 11-12 overall
12-13 postseason: Lost 57-37 to Wyoming Seminary in D2-2A first round.
State classification: 2A

Key players lost: Nate Seise, G; Cairee Walker, F
Key players: Mike Malshefski, 6-2, Sr.; Tyler Myers, 5-9, Sr.; Rees Roberts, 6-1, Jr.; Matt Winters, 5-11, Jr.; Brent Piontkowski, 6-4, So.; Scott Stout, 5-10, So.

Outlook: Beggs takes over for long-time coach Ken Bartuska. Through the early preseason, the defense has allowed too many points and the offense has been inconsistent. Of course, that might have been expected with Malashefski (9.8 ppg) and Myers (7.4 ppg) the only two returners who saw significant varsity time last season. Piontkowski showed flashes of being a quality big man as a freshman. Overall, the Trojans aren’t very big or experienced enough to make a big improvement in last season’s record.

Winters, Malshefski power Trojans
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Dave Scherbenco / for the citizens' voice Nanticoke's Mike Malshefski makes his move around Allen Fell of Dallas on Saturday night.

At Nanticoke, Matt Winters and Mike Malshefski each scored 22 points to lead the Trojans to a 81-73 victory over Dallas on Saturday night.
Scott Stout had 17 points and Tyler Myers added 13 for the Trojans.
Chad DeBona scored a game-high 24 points for Dallas.
Dallas (73)
C. DeBona 7 6-6 24, M. Ross 5 4-5 16, S. Mathon 8 0-5 16, A. Fell 3 3-3 9, G. Mathon 1 1-2 3, M. Farrell 1 1-2 3, T. Gattuso 1 0-0 2, J. Sabatini 0 0-0 0, S. Wempa 0 0-0 0, Totals 26 15-23 73.
Nanticoke (81)
M. Malshefski 8 5-7 22, M. Winters 5 7-10 22, S. Stout 6 1-5 17, T. Myers 3 4-4 13, B. Piontkowski 0 4-6 4, B. Sersen 1 0-0 3, R. Roberts 0 0-0 0, A. Norton 0 0-0 0, J. Casey 0 0-0 0, J. Shimko 0 0-0 0, Totals 23 21-32 81.

Dallas 10 15 24 24-73
Nanticoke 16 18 27 20-81
3-point goals: C. DeBona (Dal) 4, M. Ross (Dal) 2, M. Winters (NA) 5, S. Stout (NA) 4, T. Myers (NA) 3, M. Malshefski (NA) 1.

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