Wyoming Area moves to Division 2 in boys soccer

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch
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The Wyoming Area boys soccer team is the only Wyoming Valley Conference soccer team moving down from Division 1 to Division 2 for the next two-year cycle.

The move was expected when the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association released enrollment figures and classifications for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years. Wyoming Area was the only school to move from Class 3A to 2A, based on the latest enrollment numbers.

When WVC athletic directors decided at their Feb. 1 meeting to continue using two divisions with Class 4A and 3A teams in Division 1 and Class 2A and A teams in Division 2, Wyoming Area’s divisional switch on the boys side was part of that decision.

Berwick and Nanticoke will move up from Division 2 to Division 1 in both boys and girls soccer.

Wyoming Area was already in WVC Division 2 and PIAA Class 2A in girls soccer.

Teams will continue to play home and away games against each divisional opponent.

Division 1 boys go from eight to nine teams and will now have a 16-game conference schedule. Pittston Area remains in Division 1.

The Division 2 boys schedules will be reduced from 16 to 14 games. Wyoming Area joins a division that includes Lake-Lehman, Wyoming Seminary, Holy Redeemer, Hanover Area, GAR, MMI Prep and defending champion Meyers.

After the last two WVC girls soccer seasons with seven teams in Division 1 and nine teams in Division 2, those numbers will be reversed the next two seasons.

Pittston Area’s Division 1 schedule goes from 12 to 16 games with two each against new members Berwick and Nanticoke.

Wyoming Area no longer has to face Berwick, the team it tied for second place at 13-3 in 2017, or Nanticoke.

WVC athletic directors did not meet this week. Thursday’s meeting is likely to address baseball and softball alignments.

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By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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