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States begin starting Tuesday night

From Mirror reports

The Portage boys and girls will play a doubleheader at Mount Aloysius on Wednesday in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.

The local District 6 champions, the girls in 1A and the boys in 2A, are the only area teams playing at the same location as the state playoffs begin Tuesday and Wednesday. The girls will start by taking on WPIAL fifth-place finisher West Greene at 6 p.m., and the boys — who made it to the PIAA semifinals last year — will take on WPIAL fifth-place finisher Sto-Rox at 7:30.

There will be seven teams from the Mirror’s core coverage area in action on Tuesday.

District 6 Class 1A boys champion Bishop Carroll will host District 9 fourth-place finisher North Clarion at 7 p.m., but no other area teams will be playing in their home gym that night.

The District 6 1A boys runner-up Williamsburg will play District 9 third-place finisher Otto-Eldred at Hollidaysburg at 6 p.m. District 6 Class 4A champion Penn Cambria will also stay close to home at Central Cambria High School against WPIAL fifth-place finisher Deer Lakes at 7, and the Northern Bedford girls will return to the site of their District 5 Class 2A championship win when they play WPIAL fifth-place finisher Shenango at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown at 6 p.m.

Three area teams have long road trips on Tuesday.

The Bellwood-Antis girls, third-place finishers in District 6 2A, travel to WPIAL runner-up Our Lady of Sacred Heart for a 7 p.m. tip. The Penn Cambria girls, District 6 Class 3A fourth-place finishers, will be playing at North Catholic, the WPIAL champion, at the same time.

The Central boys, the District 6 Class 4A runner-up, will travel to Midland to take on Lincoln Park, the WPIAL third-place finisher.

On Wednesday, there are eight games for the Mirror’s core area, including the Portage doubleheader.

The Tyrone and Hollidaysburg girls and Bishop Guilfoyle boys will play on their home courts. The District 5-6 4A champion Lady Eagles will host WPIAL fourth-place finisher Southmoreland at 7 p.m., and the Marauders, the District 6 Class 3A runner-up will host District 10 third-place team Girard. Hollidaysburg will host WPIAL fifth-place finisher Latrobe at 7 p.m.

The Williamsburg girls, the District 6 Class 1A runner-up, will take on District 9 fourth-place finisher Ridgway at Claysburg-Kimmel at 7 p.m.

Two teams will be making long trips.

The Cambria Heights boys, who finished third in District 6 Class 3A, will take on Avonworth, the WPIAL runner-up, at North Allegheny in Wexford at 7:30 p.m. The Bishop Carroll girls, the District 6 Class 1A third-place finisher, will travel to Otto-Eldred for a 6 p.m. game.

All of Tuesday’s winners will play in the second round on Friday, and Wednesday’s winners will play Saturday.

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