After one round of the PIAA boys and girls basketball playoffs, two local teams remain - the Washington boys and girls. First round losses claimed the seasons of WPIAL Class AAAA champions Peters Township as well as Class AA's Monessen, South Fayette boys and South Fayette girls.
All four enjoyed excellent and, in a couple cases, surprising seasons.
But doesn't it seem a little fitting that the only teams remaining are from Wash High.
"It's been an awful lot of fun. It really rings back to the 80s when that type of thing happened," Washington boys coach Ron Faust said. Faust is nearing the end of his 28th, and final, season as basketball coach. He also serves as Wash High's athletic director.
"It's been a good winter to support and compete with each other. It's a shame we can't play on the same night but the support has been great and that has spilled over into the community."
Faust will be at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown tonight as the Washington girls (19-5) play Southern Huntingdon (26-1) at 6 p.m. On Wednesday, the Washington boys (23-3) face Quaker Valley (18-6) at the Palumbo Center at 5 p.m.
"I think it's pretty big. You don't see that many schools sending both teams into the second round," Washington girls coach Mike Maltony said. "Having both adds to the enthusiasm in both locker rooms. It's a little bit of school history."