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THE WEEK AHEAD: REGULAR SEASON ENDS FOR BASKETBALL, WRESTLING MOVES TO REGIONALS (2021-02-21)

Northern Tier Sports Report
The final week of regular season basketball, which should determine the final three NTL champions. Regional wrestling anchors the week, while Athens will host the NTL Championships on Tuesday.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Wyalusing (9-4) at CV (3-13), 6 p.m.: The Rams try to rebound from their loss to NP-Liberty last Saturday, as CV battles for the final playoff spot in the District IV, Class AA standings.


Towanda (3-10) at Troy (14-2), 6 p.m.: The magic number for Troy is two - in that they need just two more NTL wins in order to earn their first NTL title in over a decade. The Knights may have come up short lately, though they’ve played well in their last couple outings.


NP-Liberty (10-1) at NEB (8-7), 6 p.m.: The Mountaineers all but sewed up the NTL Division-II title with their win over Wyalusing Saturday. A victory against NEB should clinch them the win. The Panthers, though, have been hot as of late, beating Wellsboro, CV and Athens in their last three games.


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Towanda (3-10) at Wyalusing (9-4), 6 p.m.: The two rivals will meet down Wyalusing for the first time this season. This will be Towanda’s third straight road game, while it will be the Rams’ first home game in a week.


NP-Mansfield (8-6) at NEB (8-7), 6 p.m.: The Panthers’ tough schedule to end the season continues as they battle for playoff positioning, currently third in the Class AA standings for District IV. The Tigers are hanging on to their 8th place spot in Class AAA, but will need some wins after falling to Canton last week.


Williamson (1-16) at Canton (8-7), 6 p.m.: Despite getting a season best win at NP-Mansfield on Saturday, the Warriors found themselves leap frogged by NEB in the district standings. This is their first of three final games left to play.


Troy (14-2) at NP-Liberty (10-1), 6 p.m.: A match-up between the two division leading teams. If Troy beats Towanda Monday this is the game where they can clinch the league title. If NP-Liberty falls to NEB, then they can clinch their title this game.


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24

NP-Liberty (10-1) at Canton (8-7), 6 p.m.: The first match-up between these two teams. If the Warriors can get a win here, it could go a long ways towards helping them move up in the district standings.


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25

NP-Liberty (10-1) at Wyalusing (9-4), 6 p.m.: The Rams get another shot at NPL, this time at home, where they are undefeated on the season. Even if the Mountaineers can’t close the deal earlier in the week, a win here guarantees them a repeat title.


NEB (8-7) at CV (3-13), 6 p.m.: The Panthers recently defeated CV behind a 28 point first quarter effort. Since their 0-3 start NEB has gone 8-4 on the season.


Athens (10-8) at Towanda (3-10), 7:30 p.m.: Towanda get a chance at redemption after falling to the Wildcats late on the road. Athens is hoping to improve their district standing, as they are currently ranked sixth.


Troy (14-2) at Wellsboro (11-3), 6 p.m.: The game that could decide it all if Troy loses to either Towanda or NP-Liberty (or both). Troy as a 2-game lead on the Hornets with three games left. Wellsboro also has to hold up their end of the bargain, and that could be tough with a game at NP-Mansfield Monday.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26

Towanda (3-10) at Sullivan County (6-6), 8 p.m.: The Knights take a trip down Route 220 in a non-league battle. The Griffins are currently third in the Class A standings for District IV as they battle to hold off Lourdes.


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27

NEB (8-7) at Sayre (4-10), 1 p.m.: The two teams started the season together so no reason why they shouldn’t end it together. Sayre won their first match-up and start the week sixth in the district standings as they try to hold off Montgomery.


Towanda (3-10) at Wellsboro (11-3), noon: The Knights fell to the Hornets at home in their first match-up. They will look to end their season on a positive note - and possibly play spoiler - before heading into the offseason.


Canton (8-7) at NP-Liberty (10-1), 3:30 p.m.: The second time this week the two teams will match-up. This gives Canton the opportunity to move back into the third slot in the district standings.


GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Wyalusing (9-4) at Athens (13-5), 6 p.m.: The Rams look to sweep the season series as both teams are battling for playoff position. Wyalusing is coming off back to back road wins on Saturday.


Loyalsock (15-2) at NEB (11-3), 5:30 p.m.: The Panthers get ready for district play as they face Loyalsock, who is currently second in the Class AAA standings for District IV. NEB comes into the week in fourth place for Class AA.


Troy (6-9) at Towanda (14-1), 6 p.m.: The Knights come into the week undefeated in the NTL and need two wins to clinch. The Trojans are coming off a win against CV as they try to move up the Class AAA standings.


NP-Liberty (4-7) at Canton (4-10), 6 p.m.: The Warriors look to finish their season strong as they host NPL for the first time. The Mountaineers are battling for a home playoff game in Class A.


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23

NRCS at Canton (4-10), 6 p.m.: The Warriors will host North Rome in their home finale as they try to give their fans one last win.


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24

NP-Mansfield (4-5) at Wyalusing (9-4), 6 p.m.: The Rams just defeated the Tigers on Saturday on the road as part of their same day double-header. This will be a key game for both teams when it comes to district standings, with NPM fighting for the eighth spot.


CV (1-15) at NEB (11-3), 6 p.m.: The Panthers’ home finale as they look to stay undefeated in their division for the second year in a row. 


Towanda (14-1) at Athens (13-5), 6 p.m.: The game that likely decides the Division-I champion. Athens led Towanda for three quarters before the Knights went on a big run to win at home last time. Even if Towanda loses they’re still looking good to repeat as champions.


Wellsboro (4-7) at Troy (6-9), 6 p.m.: The Trojans were edged by Wellsboro in the fourth quarter last week as the two battle for the seventh seed in the district standings. A win here by Troy would go a long way towards helping them move past the Hornets. It’s also Troy’s home finale.


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Canton (4-10) at NP-Liberty (4-7), 6 p.m.: The final league game for the Warriors, and their second meeting with NPL this week. The Mountaineers will be playing for playoff positioning.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26

NEB (11-3) at Towanda (14-1), 6 p.m.: A non-league match-up and rematch from a game earlier this year that the Knights won at NEB. Towanda used a hot shooting performance to get the win last time as both teams work to improve their playoff standing.


Troy (6-9) at NP-Mansfield (4-5), 6 p.m.: The Tigers pulled out a close win in their last meeting as both teams battle for the playoffs. It’s also Troy’s regular season finale.


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27

NEB (11-3) at NP-Liberty (4-7), 2 p.m.: The Panthers finish up their regular season schedule with a road game. NEB won their last game as they held the Mounties to under 20 points.


NP-Mansfield (4-5) at Towanda (14-1), 1 p.m.: The regular season finale for both teams. Towanda won the first game on the road, and, with a possible loss to Athens, will need this win to clinch the league title.


Canton (4-10) at South Williamsport (8-0), 2:30 p.m.: The Warriors finish the regular season with a road trip to the district leading Mounties. South will be looking to wrap up an undefeated regular season campaign.


WRESTLING

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27

Northeast Regional Tournament at Williamsport: The NTL will have eight wrestlers representing the league down at regionals: Canton’s Hayden Ward, Troy’s Seth Seymour, Wyalusing’s Nick Woodruff, Towanda’s Clay Watkins, Athens’ Kaden Setzer and Gavin Bradley, Williamson’s Kade Sottolano and NP-Liberty’s Kohen Lehman. Top three from each weight class advance to the Super-Regionals.


SWIMMING & DIVING

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Towanda at NTL Championships (Athens), 4:30 p.m.: The Knights will finish off the regular season as they look to take on the league’s best from Athens and Wellsboro. This is a make-up from last Wednesday’s snow out.



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