CV, SLS draw tops seeds for WPIAL playoffs
As expected, the Seton-La Salle boys’ and girls’ basketball teams as well as the Chartiers Valley boys’ drew top seeds in their respective division for the WPIAL District 7 Tournament.
The playoffs are scheduled to begin Feb. 14 and will culminate Feb. 28 and March 1 with championship action at the A.J. Palumbo Center.
The Colts, who rolled to a 21-1 record complete with a section title, will have their opener Feb. 18 at a site and time to be determined. The Colts will play the winner of a preliminary game between Mt. Pleasant (15-6) and Kittanning (7-15) being played at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at Hempfield.
On the Colts’ side of the bracket will be familiar foes as South Fayette (12-9) battles Greensburg Salem (10-12) at Peters Township and Keystone Oaks (5-16) faces Ambridge (16-6) at North Allegheny. Both games are scheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 14. The Lions and the Golden Eagles competed in Section 5 with the Colts, who posted a 12-0 record against their competition.
The Rebel boys will wait until Feb. 19 to play their first playoff game. SLS (21-1) takes on the winner of a preliminary game being held at noon Feb. 15 at North Hills between Sto-Rox (11-11) and Jeannette (12-9).
Also in the AA boys’ tournament, Chartiers-Houston (16-6) will play at 3 p.m. Feb. 15 against Charleroi (13-7). The winner will face No. 3 seed Aliquippa (16-5) on Feb. 19 at a site and time to be determined.
Meanwhile, the Lady Rebels, who were undefeated district and state champions in 2012 before being dethroned by Bishop Canevin, find themselves seeded first in Class AA and on the same side of the bracket with the Lady Crusaders. Both do not play until Feb. 18.
SLS (18-4) will play the winner of the West Shamokin-Riverview game being held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Plum while Canevin (17-5) will face the winner of the Beaver-Jeannette contest set for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Fox Chapel.
In Quad-A girls’ basketball, North Allegheny (20-1) earned the No. 1 seed while Mt. Lebanon (15-5) gained the No. 2 seed. The Blue Devils play Gateway (13-8) at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Baldwin.
Lebo’s section rivals: Bethel Park (16-5), Upper St. Clair (14-6) and Baldwin (12-8) are all on the opposite side of the bracket with the Tigers.
The Lady Hawks will play Seneca Valley (10-12) Feb. 18 at a site and time to be determined. BP just beat the Raiders, 59-41, Feb. 10, in their final regular season contest, snapping a four-game losing streak.
Upper St. Clair will challenge Hempfield (14-8) Feb. 18 at a site and time to be determined.
In Quad-A boys’ basketball, undefeated New Castle (22-0) drew the top seed followed by Hampton (19-3), which will challenge Peters Township (11-11) at 1 p.m. Feb. 15 at Fox Chapel.
Upper St. Clair (16-6) as the No. 5 seed drew Gateway in its playoff opener set but the Panthers did not play until Feb. 19 at a site and time to be determined. Mt. Lebanon (11-11) likewise plays Feb. 19 and battles Hempfield (20-2).
Bethel Park (17-5) will play Fox Chapel (17-5) at 3 p.m. Feb. 15 at North Hills. The game presents an interesting side story as Ben O’Connor, the Hawks’ head coach, is a guidance counselor at Fox Chapel. He also is the school’s former boys’ basketball coach.
Finally, in girls’ Class AAA, South Fayette (12-10) will play Ringgold (11-9) at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Chartiers Valley. The winner advances to play Hopewell Feb. 19. Blackhawk is the No. 1 seed in the Class AAA tournament.
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