The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 17, 2013

CORY ISENBERG | District basketball playoffs set to tip

JOHNSTOWN — With the conference championships in our rear-view mirrors, the district basketball playoffs in 5 and 6 get underway this week.

District 6 opens this evening with doubleheaders at four different sites.

In District 5, action begins Thursday with four first-round Class A boys’ games and a pair of Class AA girls’ semifinals. All games are set for 7 p.m.

WestPAC champion Shade (22-1) is the defending Class A boys’ champion and the top seed for the playoffs. The Panthers will host No. 8 McConnellsburg. On the other side of the bracket, Shanksville-Stonycreek is the second seed and plays host to No. 7 Forbes Road. The other two pairings have No. 5 Rockwood at fourth-seeded Berlin and No. 6 Fannett-Metal at No. 3 Hope for Hyndman.

The semifinals are set for Feb. 26 with the final at Pitt-Johnstown on March 1.

The Class AA girls’ semifinals are also slated for Thursday and there will be a new champ this year because Conemaugh Township, the reigning champion, is now in Class A.

Everett, the top seed, hosts No. 4 North Star and third-seeded Windber plays at second-seeded Tussey Mountain.

The championship is also March 1 at UPJ.

On Friday in District 5, four first-round matchups in Class A girls are set with top-seeded and defending champion Southern Fulton hosting Fannett-Metal while second-seeded Berlin hosts No. 7 McConnellsburg. The other pairings are No. 6 Shade at third-seeded Conemaugh Township and No. 5 Meyersdale at fourth-seeded Northern Bedford. The semifinals are Feb. 27 and the finals are March 2 at UPJ.

Also on Friday, the Class AA boys have first-round games. Top-seeded and defending champ Conemaugh Township and second-seeded Northern Bedford receive byes. The other games feature No. 6 Windber at third-seeded Chestnut Ridge and No. 5 Southern Fulton at No. 4 Tussey Mountain. The semifinals are Feb. 27 with the title games at UPJ on March 2.

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