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The Dallas and Lake-Lehman girls basketball teams are moving up for the 2012-13 season.


Dallas moves from Division 2 to Division 1 in the realigned Wyoming Valley Conference. Lake-Lehman moves from WVC Division 3 to Division 2 and also bumps up an enrollment classification to join Dallas in Class AAA for Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association District 2 playoff competition.


Both teams will have key returning players leading the way as they try to continue success while competing on the higher levels.


Lake-Lehman won the Division 3 first-half title and lost only to all-season champion Nanticoke in WVC play during a 17-7 season, its first under coach Charlie Lavan.


We're in Triple-A, which will be a bit more challenging, Lavan said. We have a lot of tough Triple-A games. We'll find out right from the beginning with Scranton Prep (Friday) and Pittston Area (Saturday).


Dallas had winning records in each half, then reached the District 2 Class AAA semifinals before having its season end at 14-8 with a two-point loss to eventual champion Honesdale.


While Dallas returns its top three players among a large group of experienced players back, Lake-Lehman returns the two other all-stars behind team leader Nikki Sutliff, who graduated.


There are a number of combinations that we're looking at, Dallas coach Kelly Johnson said. I'm kind of excited about it right now because of the depth.


Seniors Ashley Dunbar, Tanner Englehart and Jess Hiscox all return to lead Dallas.


Dunbar runs the offense from the point guard position and also led the Lady Mountaineers in scoring last season.


Englehart provides an inside presence on a team that may rely on many guards, including Hiscox.


We have six guards who could all be a significant part of the rotation, Johnson said. Depending on our needs and our opponent, our lineup will be adjusted.


There will be games when it is three guards and two forwards. There might even be times when it is four guards and one forward.


Junior Sam Missal, a 3-point shooting threat, and sophomore Talia Szatkowski, who joined Dunbar in double figures in scoring in the season-ending loss, are part of the guard combination with Dunbar and Hiscox. Juniors Kaite Comitz and Taylor Kelley, who are among the 10 players with varsity experience, are the other guards.


Senior Rachel Olszewski and juniors Maggie Michael and Steph Cybulski are the other experienced forwards.


Dallas opens in the Wyoming Valley West Tournament Dec. 8 and 11.






SPENCER, SUTTON



LEAD LAKE-LEHMAN


Lake-Lehman is led by the return of sophomore Cayle Spencer and junior Emily Sutton. Spencer led the team in scoring as a freshman and Sutton was third.


Spencer may see a little more time outside, Lavan said. Depending on how things are going at the point, Sutton could probably handle that.


She's very tough on the baseline and down low, but we could use her as a taller guard who could see over the defense, Lavan added.


The Lady Knights also return two seniors and two more sophomores who have varsity experience.


We mixed up the lineup a lot early in the season, so some of them got one or two starts, Lavan said.


Senior Jen Konopinski is expected to take over as the point guard. Karen Yamrick is a guard while Bethany Williams and Nicole O'Connor play in the frontcourt.


Danae Sutliffe and Lexi Oplinger also earned varsity time last season as freshmen, something guard Julia Eneboe may do this season.


Junior Amy Williams also has some limited experience on the varsity level.






DALLAS SCHEDULE



Tuesday, Dec. 11 – WVW Tournament



Wednesday, Dec. 19 – Wyoming Area



Saturday, Dec. 22 – at Scranton Prep



Saturday, Dec. 29 – Lake-Lehman



Tuesday, Jan. 2 – at Crestwood



Friday, Jan. 4 – Coughlin



Monday, Jan 7 – at Pittston Area



Thursday, Jan. 10 – at Hazleton



Saturday, Jan. 12 – at Wyoming Seminary



Monday, Jan. 14 – Tunkhannock



Thursday, Jan. 17 – Berwick



Monday, Jan. 21 – at Wyoming Valley West



Thursday, Jan. 24 – Crestwood



Monday, Jan. 28 – at Coughlin



Thursday, Jan. 31 – Pittston Area



Monday, Feb. 4 – Hazleton



Thursday, Feb. 7 - at Tunkhannock



Monday, Feb. 11 – at Berwick



Wednesday, Feb. 13 – Wyoming Valley West



LAKE-LEHMAN



SCHEDULE



Tuesday, Dec. 11 – at Lackawanna Trail



Friday, Dec. 14 – at Berwick



Tuesday, Dec. 18 – Coughlin



Thursday, Dec. 20 – Elk Lake



Thursday, Dec. 27 – Crestwood



Saturday, Dec. 29 - at Dallas



Thursday, Jan. 3 – Holy redeemer



Monday, Jan. 7 – at Meyers



Thursday, Jan. 10 – at Wyoming Area



Monday, Jan. 14 – Nanticoke Area



Thursday, Jan. 17 – Northwest Area



Monday, Jan. 21 – GAR



Thursday, Jan. 24 – Wyoming Area



Monday, Jan. 28 – Meyers



Thursday, Jan. 31 – at MMI Prep



Saturday, Feb. 2 – at Marian Catholic



Monday, Feb. 4 – at Holy Redeemer



Thursday, Feb. 7 – Wyoming Seminary



Monday, Feb. 11 – at Hanover Area



Wednesday, Feb. 13 – at Nanticoke Area




Dallas moves from Division 2 to Division 1 in the realigned Wyoming Valley Conference. Lake-Lehman moves from WVC Division 3 to Division 2 and also bumps up an enrollment classification to join Dallas in Class AAA for Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association District 2 playoff competition.




 
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