A-K Valley HS lookahead: Week of May 13-18
Sunday, May 12, 2019 | 5:33 PM
Fox Chapel opens the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs with a game at Upper St. Clair. The Foxes advanced to the quarterfinals last season.
Back in the postseason, the Plum girls open the WPIAL Class AA playoffs with a game at Mars at 7:30 p.m.
The WPIAL committee meets and will release the 2019 postseason brackets, with preliminary matches expected to begin Tuesday. Deer Lakes qualified for the 14th consecutive season but will have a difficult task after finishing fourth in Section 2-AA this season.
The WPIAL softball postseason begins, and Springdale (12-3) will make its first playoff appearance since 2000 with a Class A first-round game against Quigley Catholic (3-8) at 3 p.m. at Shaler.
Freeport reached the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals last season, and the Yellowjackets (10-3) will see if they can make another run this postseason as they face Ellwood City (11-6) in a first-round game at 4 p.m. at North Allegheny. Ellwood City won the WPIAL title in 2017.
Deer Lakes is in the WPIAL playoffs for a ninth consecutive season, and the Lancers (9-8) will put their pedigree on the line against defending Class 3A champion Southmoreland (9-6) in a first-round game at 5 p.m. at Shaler.
Freeport and Knoch begin the WPIAL Class AA playoffs, with Freeport visiting Chartiers Valley and Knoch traveling to North Hills, both for 7 p.m. games. The Yellowjackets and Knights made the WPIAL quarterfinals last season.
Burrell qualified for the WPIAL playoffs for the 20th time in coach Mark Spohn’s 21 seasons, and the Bucs (11-4) will try to post a first-round win for the third straight year as they meet McGuffey in a Class 3A first-round game at 2 p.m. at West Mifflin.
Deer Lakes nearly claimed the Section 1-3A title, falling in walk-off fashion against Freeport, but the Lancers (11-8) will try to get a happy ending to their season as they begin the WPIAL playoffs against Ellwood City at 4 p.m. at Neshannock.
St. Joseph will play its first WPIAL playoff game since 2000 as the Spartans, the No. 11 seed in Class A, face No. 6 Monessen at 2 p.m. at Seton Hill.
Highlands gets its own long-awaited playoff game as the Golden Rams (10-8) face Thomas Jefferson in a Class 4A first-round game at 4 p.m. at West Mifflin.
Knoch clinched its eighth consecutive WPIAL playoff berth on the final day of the section season with a win over Highlands, and the Knights (10-7) will attempt to make it pay off as they play Blackhawk in a Class 4A first-round game at 6:30 p.m. at Neshannock.
Leechburg nearly pulled off an upset of Jeannette in the Class A first round last season, and the Blue Devils (7-9) will give it another shot as an underdog as they face Quigley Catholic at 7 p.m. at North Allegheny.
Apollo-Ridge makes its third WPIAL playoff appearance in as many seasons as the Vikings (9-4) face Frazier (14-3) in a Class 2A first-round game at 4 p.m. at Latrobe. Frazier won a WPIAL title in 2017 but lost in the championship game last season.
Riverview, in the WPIAL playoffs for a fifth consecutive season, opens with a Class 2A first-round game against Laurel at 4 p.m. at Hampton. The Raiders made it to the Class A quarterfinals last season. Laurel is the defending 2A champion.
Kiski Area qualified for the playoffs in thrilling fashion, clinching its spot on a walk-off win in extra innings. The Cavaliers will try to keep the storybook finishes coming as they face Laurel Highlands in the WPIAL Class 5A first round at 4 p.m. at Seton Hill.
Fox Chapel appears in the playoffs for a second consecutive season after a third-place finish in Section 1-5A, and the Foxes (10-7) will face Mars (10-8) in a first-round game at 4 p.m. at North Allegheny.
Track and field
The WPIAL individual championships move to a new venue, with Slippery Rock replacing longtime host Baldwin. The championships begin at 12:30 p.m. for field events. The Alle-Kiski Valley will be represented by two top seeds in Burrell senior hurdler Kaylen Sharrow and Deer Lakes senior distance runner Josh Yourish.
Fox Chapel, which received a first-round bye in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs, will open postseason play with a quarterfinal game against Mt. Lebanon or Seneca Valley.
— Doug Gulasy
Doug Gulasy is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Doug at 412-388-5830, email@example.com or via Twitter .
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