The regular season is pretty much over and the second season is set to begin. Five of the area’s eight District Six teams are entered in the postseason playoffs and all are hoping to move some steps further than a year ago.
Huntingdon, Mount Union and Juniata Valley will represent the boys’ teams, while Huntingdon and Juniata Valley are the girls’ entries.
Play will begin Monday, Feb. 18 and concluded with the last district final is scheduled to be played Friday, March 1.
Huntingdon, the defending Class 4A champion, is a top seed in a four-team field. Huntingdon’s girls are seeded second in a four-team Class 4A field. Both Juniata Valley teams are seeded third this year. The girls won their first 6-A title a year ago, but have bumped up to Class 2A this year and will face different competition in it quest for a PIAA title. Mount Union is seeded eighth in Class 3A.
Huntingdon (22-0) will open its bid for a second straight boys’ crown against fourth-seeded Juniata (10-12) in a semifinal game Wednesday, Feb. 20. Third seeded Tyrone will battle second seeded Central the same night. The winners will meet for the title Friday, Feb. 22, at Penn State-Altoona.
A year ago, the Bearcats beat Central in the semifinal round, then defeated Johnstown 65-48 in the championship game. Moving into the PIAA brackets, the Bearcats beat Lancaster Catholic and Bishop McDevitt before losing 89-53 to Quaker Valley in a PIAA quarterfinal game.
Juniata Valley’s girls made it to Hershey for the second straight year in 2018, but came up short for a second time, losing 51-46 in overtime to Jenkintown.
The Hornets (18-2) will open by hosting sixth-seeded Claysburg (14-4) Wednesday, Feb. 20. In the other quarterfinal on that side of the bracket, second-seeded Blairsville will host seventh seed Bishop Guilfoyle. Penns Manor is the top seed and defending start champion Bellwood-Antis is the fourth seed.
Last year, the Hornets beat Bishop Carroll 48-42 for their first title, then had wins over Otto-Eldred, Berlin, Farrell and a 55-33 semifinal victory over the Huskies before losing the championship game to Jenkintown.
The Hornet boys were the top seed in Class A a year ago, but lost a 75-54 semifinal decision to St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy at Huntingdon. Valley then lost a 58-56 consolation decision to Blacklick Valley to see the season end.
This year’s tournament will start with the Hornets (14-5) taking on sixth-seeded Williamsburg (2-17). The winner will advance to take on second-seeded St. Joe’s in a semifinal matchup at Boalsburg. Bishop is the top seed and Blacklick is fourth.
A year ago, Huntingdon lost a 52-37 semifinal decision to third-seeded Bedford and saw its postseason come to an end
This time around, the Bearcats (13-6) will open up by hosting third-seeded Juniata (10-12) Wednesday, Feb. 20. The other semifinal game that night will have fourth-seeded Bedford (8-13) traveling to top-seeded Forest Hills (18-2). The winners will meet for the title Friday, Feb. 22 at Penn State-Altoona.
Mount Union’s boys (10-11) will open their bid by hosting ninth-seeded Central Cambria (7-13) Tuesday, Feb. 19. The winner will move into the quarterfinals against top-seeded Ligonier Valley (18-2).
A year ago, the Trojans were sixth seeded and opened with a 48-33 win at Juniata. After that, they lost 72-54 to second-seeded Ligonier Valley, then lost 65-47 to Central Cambria in the consolation game. Moving into the PIAA bracket, the Trojans dropped an 86-59 first-round decision to Lincoln Park Charter.
All single games area scheduled to start at 7 p.m., while doubleheaders will start at 6 and 7:30 p.m.
The complete first-round pairings accompany this story.