After a few upsets in the District 9 tournaments over the last week, the brackets for the PIAA Tournaments are now set as play begins on Friday and Saturday.
On Friday, the Elk County Catholic and Johnsonburg boys basketball teams will play a doubleheader at 6 and 7:30 p.m., respectively, at Clarion University. The only other game from the area on Friday will take place down the road at Clarion High School as the Brookville girls play at 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday, the Elk County Catholic girls will play at 3 p.m. at Canon-McMillan High School in the Class A tournament. In AA boys, Ridgway plays at St. Marys High School at 5:30 p.m., while Brockway plays at Hollidaysburg at 7 p.m.
Here is a closer look at the six games from teams across the area:
Class A boys
(7-6) Eden Christian
vs. (9-1) Johnsonburg
After an unlikely run through the district championship, Johnsonburg will get to represent the best that District 9 has to offer in Class A on Friday at Tippin Gymnasium.
The Rams will meet Eden Christian, the sixth place team out of the WPIAL. The Warriors are 16-6 on the season.
In the District 7 Tournament, Eden Christian defeated Geibel Catholic, 66-39, in the first round before falling to Union, 67-52, in the quarterfinals. In the loss to Union, Chase Haring led all scorers for the Warriors with 27 points.
The Warriors are 4-4 in their last eight games after starting the season 12-2.
Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. from Clarion University.
vs. (9-2) Elk County Catholic
The Crusaders were stunned by Johnsonburg in the Class A final on Saturday afternoon, and will be entering the PIAA playoffs without being the District 9 champion for the first time since 2015.
They will see Jamestown in the first game of the evening at Clarion University, and the Muskies come into the game with a .500 record (12-12).
Jamestown had been playing better basketball of late before falling to state powerhouse Kennedy Catholic, 81-27, last Friday in the District 10 championship. Prior to that, the Muskies won three in a row.
In the game against Kennedy Catholic, Elliot Steadman led Jamestown with 12 points.
Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. from Tippin Gymnasium.
Class 3A girls
vs. (9-1) Brookville
The Lady Raiders had a 15-day layoff between the end of the regular season and their lone district playoff game last Friday. It was worth the wait as Brookville held off Karns City, 46-39, for head coach Mark Powell’s 200th career victory.
They were rewarded with a game against District 10 runner-up Northwestern. The Lady Wildcats come into the state playoffs at 15-9 after a loss to Seneca in the championship game, 45-42.
Senior Monica Brown leads Northwestern with 18.6 points per game and 7.2 rebounds. Sophomore Julia Wheeler has 12.2 points per game as the Lady Wildcats’ second-leading scorer.
The game is set for 7:30 p.m. from Clarion High School.
Class AA boys
(4-3) North Penn-Mansfield
vs. (9-2) Ridgway
The Elkers were handed their first loss of the season to Coudersport in the district championship on Saturday night, and now they will face a team that had to play an extra game between the district tournament and the first round of states.
North Penn-Mansfield defeated District 5’s North Star, 72-59, on Tuesday evening in a play-in game.
The two sides are familiar with each other as Ridgway also played the Tigers in the first round last year, with the Elkers winning 54-50.
North Penn-Mansfield (18-10) is led by junior Dylan Meyer with 12.1 points per game. Two others also average double digits in junior Garrett David (11.6 ppg) and senior Nick Kasper (10.9 ppg).
Prior to beating North Star, the Tigers edged Wyalusing Valley, 43-41, in the District 4 third place game to get into the play-in game.
Tip-off from St. Marys High School is set for 5:30 p.m.
vs. (6-1) Bishop Guilfoyle
It may be a little bit of a surprise to see the Rovers in the state playoffs, but a magical run got them into the state playoffs.
They will need a little bit more magic in the first round as they take on state power Bishop Guilfoyle at Hollidaysburg High School, just a few miles down the road from the Marauders’ home in Altoona.
Bishop Guilfoyle (21-5) beat Purchase Line, 66-58, in the District 6 championship last week. They have won eight in a row, dating back to the beginning of February.
Luke Ruggery led the Marauders in the D-6 title game with 21 points, while A.J. Labriola had 15.
Saturday’s game is set for 7 p.m. from Hollidaysburg.
Class A girls
(9-4) Elk County Catholic
vs. (7-1) Winchester-Thurston
The Lady Crusaders will be making the long trip to Canon-McMillan High School, which is south of Pittsburgh, to play the WPIAL champion in Winchester-Thurston.
The Lady Bears (21-6) are no stranger to the PIAA Tournament as they were in the same situation last year as the District 7 champion. Last year, they defeated Northern Potter in the first round before falling in the second round.
In a 76-57 win in the District 7 championship, Winchester-Thurston was led by Gia Thorpe with 36 points, including going 18-for-21 from the foul line. Nya Nicholson added 18 points.
The game is set for 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon from Canon-McMillan High School.