Tuesday, February 5, 2008

WPIAL girls basketball playoffs forecast

Class AAAA
Top seeds: 1. Norwin, 2. Mt. Lebanon, 3. Butler, 4. New Castle, 5. Upper St. Clair
Best first-round game: Latrobe vs. Oakland Catholic. Hard to believe, Oakland Catholic is a No. 9 seed.
Best chance for upset: Peters Township over Fox Chapel.
Sleeper: Oakland Catholic
Championship: Mt. Lebanon over New Castle

Class AAA
Top seeds: 1. Hampton, 2. West Mifflin, 3. Hopewell, 4. Indiana, 5. Elizabeth Forward
Best first-round game: Ringgold vs. Blackhawk-Belle Vernon winner. The Rams haven't played their best basketball the last couple weeks.
Best chance for upset: Highlands-Steel Valley winner over Chartiers Valley.
Sleeper: Indiana
Championship: West Mifflin over Indiana

Class AA
Top seeds: 1. OLSH, 2. Washington, 3. Greensburg Central Catholic, 4. Riverside, 5. Beaver Falls
Best first-round game: Riverside vs. Wilkinsburg. If Wilkinsburg beats Charleroi, it puts scoring machine Darche Jackson in the first round.
Best chance for upset: Ford City over Beaver Falls, if FC beats Deer Lakes.
Sleeper: South Park
Championship: OLSH over Washington

Class A
Top seeds: 1. North Catholic, 2. Monessen, 3. Quigley Catholic, 4. Serra Catholic, 5. Mt. Alvernia
Best first-round game: Mt. Alvernia vs. Clairton. The Bears might be able to hang around.
Best chance for upset: Monaca over Geibel.
Sleeper: Vincentian Academy
Championship: North Catholic over Monessen

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