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Blue Ridge Athletic Program Enoyed Successful 2021-22 Academic Year

By Tom Robinson

The Blue Ridge athletic program enjoyed a successful 2021-22 school year in Lackawanna League competition by any measure.

Blue Ridge finished with the best cumulative winning percentage among the six Susquehanna County schools in Lackawanna Interscholastic Athletic Association regular-season events during the school year.

In addition to having the best overall winning percentage of any athletic program in the county, Blue Ridge had the best winning percentage in boys' sports as well as the best in girls' sports in the annual Susquehanna County Transcript review of overall success in sports. Blue Ridge won the most division titles and its teams had just one losing and one .500 season while putting together 10 winning records.

Blue Ridge won titles in boys' soccer, boys' track and field and girls' volleyball. The track and field title was the result of an unbeaten record.

The Raiders were a combined 66-25 for a .725 winning percentage in eight boys' sports. The Lady Raiders were 40-22 for a .645 winning percentage in four sports.

Blue Ridge was 106-47 overall, for a .693 winning percentage, in all sports in the Lackawanna League.

Montrose and Elk Lake both had overall winning records in boys' sports and as programs as a whole.

Mountain View had a winning record in boys' sports, but still losing overall.

Elk Lake, which won the basketball title, and Montrose, which won the golf title, had the second and third best boys' records. Montrose went unbeaten in golf.

Elk Lake boys' teams went 49-50 (.495). Montrose teams were 47-54 (.465).

The same two schools won the other girls' divisional titles by county schools.

Montrose had a perfect girls' basketball season, going 12-0 in Lackawanna Division 4 play. The school's girls' teams were 51-39-1 (.566).

Elk Lake had the same perfect record in softball as part of a 43-39-3 (.524) girls' record.

Mountain View was 39-38 (.506) in girls' sports.

The other boys' program records were: Forest City, 26-48-2, .355; and Susquehanna, 17-45, .274.

Blue Ridge, Elk Lake and Montrose were followed in boys' records by: Mountain View, 26-65, .286; Forest City, 20-57, .260; and Susquehanna, 16-46, .258.

After Blue Ridge, the other complete athletic program records, in order, were: Montrose, 106-93-1, .533; Elk Lake, 92-89-3, .508; Mountain View, 65-110-3, .387; Forest City, 46-105-2, .307; and Susquehanna, 33-91, .266.

THE WEEK AHEAD

The second annual Lackawanna vs. Luzerne senior all-star baseball and softball doubleheader is scheduled for Friday afternoon at Connell Park in Scranton.

The games, which actually extend beyond those counties to include graduating seniors from Lackawanna League and Wyoming Valley Conference schools, are organized by 570 Sports Show.

TOM ROBINSON writes a weekly local sports column for the Susquehanna County Transcript. He can be reached online at RobbyTR@aol.com or followed on Twitter at @tomjrobinson.

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