Monday, October 31, 2011

WPIAL Class AA playoffs preview

Top seeds: 1. Aliquippa (9-0), 2. Jeannette (9-0), 3. Seton-La Salle (9-0), 4. Freeport (7-2)
Defending champion: South Fayette
Best first-round game: South Fayette at Beaver Falls
Sleeper: Washington
Players to watch: Shai McKenzie (Wash High) pictured, Jaylin Kelly (Wash High), Zach Challingsworth (South Fayette), Kevin Hart (Seton-La Salle), Scott Orndoff (Seton-La Salle), Mikal Hall (Aliquippa), Dontez Williams (Steel Valley), Trey Hall (Aliquippa), Demetrious Cox (Jeannette), Jordan McCrae (Greensburg C.C.)
Noteworthy: South Fayette topped 50 points in the WPIAL semifinals last year against Beaver Falls. The Lions offense isn't as potent this year but the talented Challingsworth is a challenge for any defense.
Washington deserved better than the No. 8 seed. Anyone who feels otherwise, feel free to explain. That said, the road to a WPIAL Class AA championship always runs through Aliquippa. If the Prexies beat Mt. Pleasant in the first round, it sets up a matchup with the Quips.
One thing is certain, Wash High, which should be bolstered by the return of Kelly this week, won't be intimidated.
Two years ago, Aliquippa - as the No. 8 seed - knocked off top-seeded South Fayette in an epic quarterfinal.
Quotable: "It doesn't matter who we play or where we're seeded," Prexies lineman Jalen Morris said. "We just need to worry about ourselves."
Championship: Seton-La Salle over Greensburg Central Catholic


soldierboy said...

Wash High might have deserved better, but that is how the WPIAL works and it should surprise nobody. Plain and simple, they take care of Beaver and Allegheny County ever year. While I am here, let's give a shout out to the Waynesburg faithful for running out another coach. Word is Kuhns submitted his resignation. I think they will find out very quickly that he was doing a great job.

Anonymous said...

8 wins in three years. Hardly a good job

TBM said...

1 win in 2 years before he got there. anonymous tough guy.

Anonymous said...

Greensburg CC in the finals? They won't even win in the first round! Wash Hi has a much better chance than GCC. The Quips got served the easiest road to Heinz in years, the bottom half of the bracket is loaded with ALL of the tough teams.