Southern Huntingdon earned a home game to open its bid for District Six gold, while Mount Union will be on the road facing a defending state champion when its postseason gets underway Monday.
The Rockets landed the third seed in an eight-school Class 2A bracket and will host No. 6 Blairsville in Monday’s opening quarterfinal round. The Trojans, who won their first-ever District Six crown in the Class 2A field last year, have moved up and are the sixth-seeded team in the eight-school Class 3A bracket this spring. Mount Union will travel Monday to third-seeded Philipsburg-Osceola, which is also the defending District Six and PIAA State champion, for a quarterfinal battle.
The District Six playoffs get underway tomorrow with semifinal games in the Class 5A and 6A divisions, while the Class 1A, 2A and 3A brackets begin with quarterfinal games, Monday, May 20. The Class 4A division gets started Thursday, May 23 with a pair of semifinal contests. All games through the semifinals will be played on the home field of the higher-seeded team with a 4 p.m. start time. The Class 5A and 6A championship games are set for Wednesday, May 22 at St. Francis University, while the Class 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A title tilts will be either Wednesday, May 29th or Thursday, May 30th also at St. Francis. Times for the championship games will be announced later.
The areas other two District Six teams, Huntingdon and Juniata Valley, did not qualify for the district playoffs this year.
A year ago, Mount Union topped West Branch 9-2 in the Class 2A bracket to win the program’s first-ever District Six crown. The Trojans advanced to the PIAA Class 2A semifinals before dropping a 3-1 decision to District Seven’s (WPIAL) Mohawk.
Last spring, Southern Huntingdon topped Tussey Mountain in the regular-season finale to qualify for the district playoffs. However, the Rockets were eliminated with a 9-0 loss at Bishop McCort. The Crimson Crusher’s Lauren Dellett tossed a one-hitter in that game.
This year marks the 10th straight year for the Trojans in the district playoffs and 20th time in the last 21 years.
Southern Huntingdon has now reached the district playoffs nine straight years and 20th time in head coach Terri Lessley’s 22 years at the helm. The Rocket program has advanced to seven District Six championship game appearances and won three Class A titles.
Bishop McCort is the top seed in the Class 2A bracket and will host No. 8 United Monday, while fifth-seeded West Shamokin travels to No. 4 Northern Cambria. The other quarterfinal in the lower half of the bracket has second-seeded Marion Center hosting No. 7 Bellwood-Antis, with the winner facing the Southern Huntingdon/Blairsville winner in the semifinals on Thursday, May 23rd.
Chestnut Ridge earned the top seed in the Class 3A division and will host No. 8 Penns Valley Monday. Ligonier Valley, the fourth seed, will face No. 5 Central to complete the top portion of the field. Seventh-seeded Penn Cambria travels to second-seeded Bald Eagle in the lower half of the bracket with the winner meeting the Philipsburg/Mount Union survivor in Thursday’s semifinals.
In the Class 1A fold, No. 8 Blacklick Valley travels to top-seeded Glendale Monday, while fourth-seeded Conemaugh Valley host No. 5 Penns Manor. Third-seeded Claysburg-Kimmel faces No. 6 Williamsburg and No. 7 West Branch visits second-seeded Portage.
Top-seeded Johnstown will meet No. 4 Bellefonte in the Class 4A semifinals, Thursday, May 23, while second-seeded Cambria Heights host No. 3 Tyrone in the other semifinal.
The two bigger classes both feature just three schools in each bracket. Second-seeded Central Mountain hosts No. 3 Hollidaysburg in tomorrow’s Class 5A semifinal with the winner facing top-seeded DuBois in next Wednesday’s championship game. Altoona travels to State College for a Class 6A semifinal tomorrow with the winner meeting top-seeded Mifflin County in next Wednesday’s championship game.
The champions and runners-up in the Class 1A and 3A divisions advance into the 16-school PIAA State championship tournament, scheduled to begin Monday, June 3rd. Just the champion in Class 2A, 4A, 5A and 6A advances into the state tournament.