Tuesday, February 5, 2008

WPIAL boys basketball playoffs forecast

Class AAAA
Top seeds: 1. McKeesport, 2. North Allegheny, 3. Moon, 4. Pittsburgh Central Catholic, 5. Canon-McMillan
Best first-round game: Canon-McMillan vs. Shaler. The Big Macs are good but they rarely blow teams out.
Best chance for upset: No. 11 Peters Township over No. 6 Franklin Regional.
Sleeper: Peters Township
Championship: McKeesport over Moon

Class AAA
Top seeds: 1. Chartiers Valley, 2. Hopewell, 3. Highlands, 4. Uniontown, 5. Blackhawk
Best first-round game: Greensburg-Salem vs. Montour. The Spartans are awfully athletic for a No. 11 seed.
Best chance for upset: Valley over Chartiers Valley
Sleeper: Indiana
Championship: Highlands over Blackhawk

Class AA
Top seeds: 1. Beaver Falls, 2. Jeannette, 3. Aliquippa, 4. North Catholic, 5. Riverside
Best first-round game: Washington vs. Greensburg Central Catholic (if GCC beats Northgate in prelims). When the Prexies are on, they're very good.
Best chance for upset: Burgettstown-Bishop Canevin winner over Aliquippa.
Sleeper: Monessen and Seton-La Salle
Championship: Beaver Falls over Jeannette

Class A
Top seeds: 1. Serra Catholic, 2. Wilkinsburg, 3. California, 4. Lincoln Park, 5. Union
Best first-round game: Sewickley Academy vs. Bentworth. Sewickley's Tom Droney and Bentworth's Jon Kennedy are two of the best in Class A.
Best chance for upset: Monaca over Clairton
Sleeper: Sewickley Academy
Championship: Serra Catholic over Wilkinsburg

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