Playoff basketball here at last
The brackets are set and high school playoff basketball tips off starting this Tuesday.
Three local teams (Athens and Sayre girls, Wellsboro boys) earned the top seeds for their tournaments while several other teams look to make deep post-season runs.
Top seed St. John Neumann (21-1) held off Sullivan County (20-2) for the top seed in District IV.
The Golden Knights were runners up to the Griffins last season but, with two regular season wins over Sullivan County, hope to turn the tables this year.
Neumann is led by back court players Jordan Cole, Tyree Vidal and Richard Allen while 6-foot, 5-inch center Alize Johnson can score inside and out.
Sullivan County will face seventh seed Galeton (12-10) on Friday at Mansfield University with a 6 p.m. start time.
The Griffins boast three players in double figures, led by Conner Wylie (14.8 ppg), Derek Wilkins (13.2) and Kelby Mullen (13.1) while Zach Meyer (56 threes) can light it up as well.
Dakota Shadle leads a Galeton squad that is willing to press and go deep into their bench if need be.
Third seed Lourdes (17-5) will take on sixth seed Sayre (13-9) on Thursday at Montoursville with a 7:30 p.m. start.
The Red Raiders play in a very tough league and, along with Muncy, are darkhorses to reach the final. They boast three players in double figures led by Zack Oquendo (13.7), Anthony Pennypacker (12.8) and Matt Savitski (11.0).
The Redskins have just welcomed back top scorer Nate Williams (20.2) from an injury. While Sayre is young they play scrappy and have that knack to hang around. If Williams gets hot anything can happen.
Mansfield (13-8), the fifth seed, will take on fourth seed Muncy (16-6) on Tuesday at Williamsport with a late 8 p.m. start.
The Indians are a very balanced team on the offensive end as Bill Koletzki, Ammar Sabanovic, Dawson Fox and Nick Ring can all score in double figures. They are also a veteran squad with five seniors.
Taylor Hillson (17.3) can score as well as anybody and has averaged 20.1 points per game over the last six to help the Tigers finish strong. Reece Correll (9.7) and Bo Burleigh (9.0) are their other top scorers.
The largest tournament in the district with 11 teams in the field.
At the top is Wellsboro (21-1) whose lone loss came in a close game against second seed Lewisburg (20-2).
The Hornets have three players in double figures, all guards led by Jordan Jackson (14.6). Mike Pietropola (11.8) and Joey Doganiero (11.6) are their top marksmen with 83 threes between them.
Matt Reese is one of the top defenders in the area while forwards Dylan Prough and Kieron Smethers can score in double figures as well.
They will take on the winner of ninth seeded Canton (13-9) and eighth seed Line Mountain (13-9) on Tuesday at Montoursville with a 6:30 p.m. start.
Bill Breinich (14.4) and Cole Rickert (14.1) lead the Eagles in scoring with Rickert also grabbing 9.4 boards a game and picking off 3.8 steals per game.
The backcourt duo of Emmett Watson (16.0) and Eddie Larcom (14.8) lead the Warriors. Those two, combined with Mason Moore, have hit 117 threes this season.
Fifth seed Towanda (17-5) will face fourth seed East Juniata (18-4) on Friday at Montoursville with an 8 p.m. start.
The Tigers are led by Nick Lorenz, who averages 21.6 points per game while Bailey Coder puts up 12.2 a game. Coder also averages 12 rebounds a game.
Noah Huff (13.6) and Dave Rodenhizer (13.2) lead Towanda in scoring while senior Joel Miller is averaging 12.2 over his last six games.
10th seed Williamson (12-10) will take on seventh seed Mt. Carmel (13-9) on Tuesday at Williamsport with a 5 p.m. start. The winner will face Lewisburg.
Williamson is led by sharpshooter Troy Adriance (16.4) and big man Hunter Huyett (14.8). They used a big second half push to clinch a spot in districts.
Mt. Carmel is led by Ben Scicchitano (9.8), Elijah Duran (7.7) and Tyler Kwiatkowski (7.4).
The third seed is Loyalsock (19-3), who will play the winner of sixth seed Bloomsburg (15-7) and 11th seed Hughesville (11-11). The Panthers and Spartans square off on Tuesday at Danville with a 7:30 p.m. start.
Danville (19-3) scored the top seed in AAA while Athens (17-5) came away with the second seed.
The Wildcats will face off with third seed Milton (14-8) next week in a semi-final game.
Garrett Clark (14.9) leads Athens while Brandon Fauver (11.6) provides the deep threat. Seniors Luke Wright, Curt Moore and Robert Fauver round out the other scoring threats, averaging a combined 21.1 on the year.
The Black Panthers boats wins over fellow big schools Shamokin, Selinsgrove and Jersey Shore this season but lost twice to Danville and once to Lewisburg.
Fourth seed Shikellamy (12-9) will take on fifth seed Mifflinburg (11-11) for the right to play Danville. That game will be on Friday at Milton with a 7:30 p.m. start.
Waverly (13-4) is the fifth seed and will travel to Whitney Point (15-2) on Wednesday.
The Wolverines are led by Patric Bronson (13.8) inside, Dylan Perry (11.1) outside with Cody Marchese running the offense.
Point recently loss by two to Watkins Glen (68-66) for the overall IAC title.
The winner will travel to top seed Susquehanna Valley (13-1) Saturday.
Notre Dame (14-3) earned the third seed in the tournament and will host Delhi (8-9) with a 6 p.m. start on Wednesday.
The Crusaders are led by Darius Garvin (18.0) and can go four or five deep on their bench if need be.
The winner will play the winner of sixth seed Lansing (13-4) and 11th seeded Bainbridge-Guilford (11-7) on Saturday.
Sayre (19-3) earned the top seed and will play the winner of Millville (11-11) and St. John Neumann (12-10) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Troy Commons Building.
The Redskins use a balanced line-up led by Mollie Robinson (11.8) and Kelly Villanti (10.3). Elyse Skerpon, Adrienne Malorzo and Kelsey Young can also score in double-figures.
Neumann boasts double digit wins over Galeton and North Penn this season.
Fourth seed Mansfield (13-7) and fifth seed Northeast Bradford (14-8) will meet for the second time this season on Saturday at the Commons Building follow the Sayre game.
In their first meeting early in the year the Tigers won 74-48.
Mansfield has three players averaging double figures with Molly Wood (13.2), Emily James (12.8) and Jackie Hillson (10.3). All three are seniors and have been to districts their entire careers.
Northeast's Angelia Laudermilch (15.2) leads her team in scoring while Calla Martin (10.1) can also put points up on the board.
Both teams are guard dominated and like to run so it should be a high scoring game.
Galeton (14-8) earned the sixth seed and will face third seed Lourdes (17-5) Thursday at Montoursville with a 6 p.m. tip off.
Latascia Shadle (14.4) and Andi Leach (11.7) will take on a the defending District IV champions.
Both teams are young with few seniors on either roster.
Benton (18-4) secured the second seed and will take on seventh seed East Juniata (12-10) on Friday at Montoursville with a 6 p.m. tip.
Defending champions Mt. Carmel (19-3) are once again the top seed.
They will play the winner of eighth seed Warrior Run (14-8) and Wellsboro (11-11) on Tuesday with a 5 p.m. start at Montoursville.
The young Hornets are led by Mackenzie Marple (17.2).
Fourth seed Williamson (17-5) will take on fifth seed Muncy (16-6) on Tuesday with a 6:30 p.m. start at Williamsport.
The Warriors are led by Lori Horton (16.6) inside while seniors Kim Daugherty (16.0) and Cheyenne Jones (13.0) round out their scoring.
Muncy boasts wins over St. John Neumann but losses to South Williamsport, Lourdes and Millville.
With their win over Williamson last Friday Wyalusing (17-5) vaulted all the way up to the second seed and will face the winner of Lewisburg (15-7) and Bloomsburg (11-11).
The Rams have three players averaging double digits with MacKenzie Martin (13.3), Kasey DeVoir (11.3) and Arielle Kneller (10.6). They will play on Friday at Montoursville with a 5 p.m. start.
Lewisburg only lost to Mt. Carmel by three earlier in the season.
Third seed Southern Columbia (17-5) will take on sixth seed Montoursville (16-6) on Friday at Danville with a 6 p.m. start.
The Wildcats (19-3) earned the top seed and bye into the semi-finals.
There they will face the winner of fourth seed Shamokin (12-10) and fifth seed Milton (12-10).
Athens is led by Christin Dunkling (15.1) inside and Monica Dougherty (11.4) outside. They also boast one of the best defenses in the area allowing just 31.3 points per game.
Emily Baker (9.5) leads Milton in scoring while MacKenna Miller (8.8) is second on the team.
Second seed Danville (18-4) will take on the winner of third seed Shikellamy (15-7) and sixth seed Selinsgrove (12-10).
Despite going undefeated Waverly (17-0) nearly missed out on having a home game to a .500 team.
The fourth seeded Wolverines will host fifth seed Chenango Forks (8-8) on Tuesday with a 7 p.m. start.
Waverly is led by scorer Sabrina Bowman (19.8) and post player Reylyn Schwartzhoff (12.5). The Wolverines are a deep team, especially at the guard position.
Despite being .500 Chenango boasts wins over Ithaca (44-39) and Athens (51-41).
Notre Dame (14-3) is the second seed and earned a bye into the quarterfinals. They will play the winner of seventh seed Groton (12-4) and 10th seed Bainbridge-Guilford (10-7) on Friday at Notre Dame with a 7 p.m. start.
Olivia May (15.4) leads the Crusaders in scoring while Sheridan Heine (14.2) has had a strong second half to the season.
Groton recently got beat by Tioga 50-20 in the Small School IAC championship game.
Speaking of the Tigers (14-4) they boast the fourth seed and will welcome 13th seed Edison (7-10) on Tuesday with a 7 p.m. start.
Hannah Manwaring (13.0) and Callie Patsellis (12.3) lead Tioga in scoring while Emily Schweiger can also hit in double figures.
Tioga defeated Edison both times when they face off this season.
If they win the Tigers will play the winner of fifth seed Unatego (14-3) and 12th seed Moravia (9-8) on Friday at Tioga.
GIRLS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Arielle Kneller, Wyalusing
The Ram had 20 points and eight boards in Wyalusing's big win over Williamson last Thursday. The victory allowed the Rams to go from the fourth seed to the second in the Class AA tournament.
Kneller also had 17 points and 19 boards in a win over Towanda earlier in the week.
BOYS' PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Garrett Clark, Athens
The senior led the Wildcats to three wins this week, including two crucial ones of Sayre and Canton.
In their 40-31 win over the Redskins Clark had 14 points and eight boards while in a 50-37 victory over Canton he had 15 points, seven boards and six steals.
Sandwiched in between that was a 52-22 win over Northeast Bradford where Clark scored eight points and had four assists.
With the three wins Athens will get one more chance to defend their NTL East Title.
GIRLS' TEAM OF THE WEEK
Waverly Wolverines, Tioga Tigers, Athens Wildcats
Waverly and Tioga won their overall IAC championships this week while Athens clinched the NTL East title.
The Wolverines defeated Lansing 49-31 and Tioga beat Groton 50-20 in their playoff games.
Athens defeated Northeast Bradford and Canton to secure their league championship.
BOYS' TEAM OF THE WEEK
The Trojans threw the NTL East into flux with their 53-38 win over Towanda last Friday.
Jed Wright scored 20 while Evan Polly added 11 as the upset will now force a playoff game for the NTL East title between Towanda and Athens on Tuesday.