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PIAA boys’ quarterfinals: Breaking down today’s matchups

Saturday, 4th June 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Posted 6/4/11

Breaking down today’s Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) boys’ quarterfinal matchups:

Central Bucks East's Chris Vetter, seen here against Ridley in Wednesday's first round win, helps lead the Patriots into the second round vs. Allentown Central Catholic

Conestoga (District 1, No. 1) vs.Hempfield (3-2), at Spring-Ford, 3 p.m.

The District 1 champion and defending state champion Pioneers (22-1) tackle the District 3 runner-up Black Knights (21-3).

Conestoga advanced by routing Cumberland Valley, 15-2, while Hempfield blitzed Delaware Valley, 19-3.

Hempfield’s losses there year came to Manheim Township (twice, 18-12 and 17-16 in overtime) and Ephrata (6-5). The Black Knights have not played a team from District 1, 11 or 12 this year. They fell to Seneca Valley of District 7 in the first round of states last year.

Conestoga, the Central League champ, is ranked No. 1 in the PIAA in the PA Media Rankings, No. 3 by MaxPreps, No.6 by ESPN RISE and No. 7 by Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse.

Allentown Central Catholic (11-1) vs. Central Bucks East (1-2) at Gov. Mifflin H.S., Shillington, 4 p.m.

This matchup features a rematch of the first game of the season when Allentown Central Catholic (19-4) earned a 10-8 win over the Patriots (21-2). The Patriots then reeled off 20 straight games, won the Suburban One Continental Conference crown and reached the District 1 finals where they fell to Conestoga.

CB East advanced to the PIAA quarterfinals by rallying past Ridley, 6-5.

Allentown Central Catholic is making its first trip top states after winning its first District 11 championship. The Patriots advanced with a 13-7 triumph over Wyomissing.

St. Joseph’s Prep (12-1) vs. Manheim Township (3-1), at Spring-Ford, 11 a.m.

Two highly-ranked district champions meet in this intriguing battle.

St. Joe’s Prep (17-4), which advanced by rallying past Pennsbury, 10-7, is making its first PIAA appearance. The Hawks won the District 12 title by earning an 8-6 win over La Salle, a team that had made state finals appearances in each of the first two seasons of the PIAA tourney.

The Prep is ranked No. 4 in the PA Media Rankings in the PIAA and No. 33 in the ESPN RISE Fab 50 – two spots behind Manheim Township.

The Lancaster-Lebanon champion Blue Streaks (22-1) are a legitimate force who advanced by toppling Downingtown West, 9-7. Their lone loss this season was a 12-11 defeat to Baltimore-area power St. Mary’s and they have one other win against a District 1 squad, 17-12 over Hatboro-Horsham.

Coached for former UMBC standout Kyle Wimer, the Blue Streaks have won 21 games in a row.

Mount Lebanon (7-1) vs. Sewickley Academy (7-2) at Hampton H.S., 3 p.m.

This is a matchup of the top two teams in the district.

Mount Lebanon (17-3), which toppled Sewickley, 10-8, in the District 7 finals last week, opened with a 14-13 overtime win over North Allegheny.

Sewickley (16-5) opened with a 14-4 rout of State College.


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