Saturday, March 6, 2010

District playoffs are over

The District Three basketball playoffs are history and despite having four teams in the finals, the Lancaster-Lebanon League came away without a gold medal.
The final L-L team to fall in the finals happened at the Giant Center this afternnoon when previously unbeaten Hempfield lost in the Boys' 4-A finals to the Red Knights of Reading, 54-46.
It was the first loss of the season for coach Warren Goodling's club and the third 4-A title for the Red Knights.
Prediction wise, I went 14-6 for the 4-A tournament, which also also has Warwick (sixth place) and Penn Manor (seventh place) heading to states.
The Boys 3-A title as previously reported went to unbeaten Eastern, who scored late to beat Lancaster Catholic, 55-53. It was the Knights first 3-A title and first since they won a 2-A title in 1988.
Prediction wise, I was 13-5.
In 2-A, the beat goes on. Trinity turned back Lancaster Mennonite, 77-65 for their third straight title and 11 since Columbia was the last public school to win at the 2-A level in 1990.
Prediction wise, I was 8-4.
Reading Central Catholic, won its first Class A title in four seasons with a 51-32 domination of Greenwood.
Prediction wise, I was 13-2.

Girls winners were: Central Dauphin in 4-A for the second straight year; Trinity in 3-A for the second straight year; York Catholic in 2-A for the fifth straight year and Steel-High for the first time in 1-A.
Prediction wise overall in girls I was 49-16.

All the district champs along with others will play in the state playoffs that start on Friday. More on those later.