PIAA first-round sites announced for qualifiers

From Mirror reports

Fans of area basketball have an opportunity to see three PIAA playoff games at one site Friday night, that is if they’re willing to travel.

Peters Township High School will host a tripleheader Friday featuring Class 3A first round girls games, all including local teams. Central Cambria will open the action when it plays WPIAL champion Bishop Canevin for the third consecutive year at 5 p.m. The Lady Red Devils lost the last two years, but both games were competitive.

Tyrone plays next in a matchup of District 6’s third seed against the WPIAL’s third-seeded Mohawk at 6:30. WPIAL runner-up East Allegheny will close the night against District 6 four-seed Central at 8.

The Bellwood-Antis girls, the third seed from District 6 in 2A will also be hitting the road, taking on District 9 runner-up Kane at Clarion High School at 6 p.m.

For fans wanting to stick closer to home, there are plenty of options Friday.

Altoona Area High School will be hosting a doubleheader featuring the District 6 Class 4A champion Huntingdon boys taking on Lancaster Catholic, District 3’s fifth seed, at 6 p.m. Following that game will be District 6 Class 5A champion Hollidaysburg against District 10 runner-up Carrick at 7:30.

The Altoona girls come back to Blair County after beating Erie at Slippery Rock University Saturday and will play Mount Lebanon (7-3), a team they have beaten twice already this season, at Tyrone Area High School at 6 p.m.

The District 6 Class 1A boys champion, Bishop Carroll, will play Imani Christian (7-4) at Central Cambria at 7:30 p.m., and the District 6 Class 3A runners-up Everett will play Neshannock (7-4) at Bedford High School in a girls game at 7 p.m.

If the Tussey Mountain girls defeat Westinghouse at Taylor Allderdice at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in their play-in game, the Lady Titans will take on Blairsville (6-2) in a 2A game at Central Cambria at 6 p.m.

Saturday’s games include four teams in the Mirror’s coverage area staying close to home, and possibly a fifth, with two more hitting the road.

A pair of District 6 champions will play in a doubleheader at Hollidaysburg beginning at 5:30 p.m. when the Juniata Valley girls play Otto-Eldred (9-3) in a 1A girls game. The Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic boys will play District 9’s third seed, Brockway, at 7.

Another district champion, the Hollidaysburg girls, won’t have far to go, either. The Lady Tigers take on Spring Grove (3-7) in a 5A game at Altoona Area High School at 4 p.m. Meanwhile, at the same time, the Bishop Carroll Catholic girls (6-2) will play a 1A game against Shanksville Stonycreek (5-2) at Forest Hills.

The Chestnut Ridge boys, if they beat Westinghouse at Taylor Allderdice at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in a play-in game, will play Burgettstown in a 3A boys game at Bedford.

Central Cambria’s boys team will play at the same site as its girls team, only a day later. The Red Devils take on Seton LaSalle, the WPIAL runner-up, at Peters Township High School at 4:30 p.m. in a 3A game. An hour later, the Portage girls will take on District 10 champion Kennedy Catholic in a 1A girls contest at Sharon High School.

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