Neighboring schools will be prominent on the Dallas football schedule for the next two seasons.
The Mountaineers will continue to close their regular-season schedule against Lake-Lehman in the Old Shoe Game. They will also open the 2018 and 2019 seasons against Tunkhannock, which they have not played since the 2013 season when their meeting was the week prior to the Old Shoe Game.
The new two-year enrollment cycle in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association led to schedule adjustments in most sports within the Wyoming Valley Conference. The changes are significant in football where the WVC again worked with the Lackawanna Football Conference on a cooperative schedule.
According to schedules confirmed through retired Montrose superintendent Mike Ognosky, a former District 2 board member who did much of the work on the schedules, Dallas and Lake-Lehman will face new opponents in four of their 10 games the next two seasons while Tunkhannock will have six new opponents.
Dallas has also added Crestwood, Nanticoke and Valley View while dropping Scranton Prep, Meyers, Wallenpaupack and Wyoming Area from its schedule of the past two seasons.
In order, the Mountaineers will face Dallas, Crestwood, Hazleton Area, Pittston Area, Wyoming Valley West, Coughlin, Nanticoke, Valley View, Berwick and Lake-Lehman. Which games are home and away is still to be determined.
Lake-Lehman has added Western Wayne, Carbondale, Wyoming Area and Lackawanna Trail and dropped Scranton Prep, Tunkhannock, Nanticoke and Berwick.
The Black Knights will open with Western Wayne, followed by Hanover Area, Meyers, Carbondale, Northwest, Wyoming Area, Holy Redeemer, GAR, Lackawanna Trail and Dallas.
After opening with Dallas, Tunkhannock meets two of its holdover opponents, Nanticoke and Pittston Area, followed by Coughlin and Holy Redeemer, then its other two repeat opponents, Towanda and Crestwood, before finishing with Wallenpaupack, Mid Valley and Midd-West.
The Tigers, who will be coached by recently hired Mike Marabell, will no longer be scheduled against Honesdale, Wyalusing, Western Wayne, Lake-Lehman, Meyers or Western Wayne.
Marabell has been coaching the Tunkhannock junior high team.
TRACK AND FIELD
The Wyoming Valley Conference approved new boys and girls track and field formats for the next two school years.
Following enrollment changes, Tunkhannock and Wyoming Area will drop from Division 1 to Division 2 while Nanticoke and Berwick move from Division 2 to Division 1. Berwick shared the 2017 Division 2 girls championship with Lake-Lehman.
The changes should make Tunkhannock more competitive within the WVC. The Tigers went 2-5 in boys and 1-6 in girls last season.
Teams will remain in their existing divisions this spring.
Dallas competes in Division 1. Lake-Lehman is in Division 2.