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Fan’s guide to WPIAL playoffs

It’s not March, but the first day of the WPIAL basketball playoffs could certainly qualify as madness.

Forty-five preliminary- and first-round games of the boys and girls WPIAL basketball playoffs tip off Saturday at 12 high schools across the area. Since the historic snowfall that hit the region this month pushed back the playoff start date by a day, most schools will be hosting quadruple-headers to make up the time lost with a dormant Friday night.

Four games in one gym, one after the other. Madness? Well, you be the judge.

Ten high schools are hosting four games apiece Saturday, and the full day’s schedule, broken down by site, is listed at the bottom of this post.

Here are the links to the brackets of each classification:

Boys

Class AAAA

Class AAA

Class AA

Class A

Girls

Class AAAA

Class AAA

Class AA

Class A

Too much hoops to comprehend? Here are some games to watch Saturday:

Boys Class AAAA No. 6 Gateway (15-4) vs. No. 11 Norwin (14-7), noon at North Allegheny — Gateway has as much talent and size as any team in the WPIAL with  sophomore G/F Tyler Scott (6-5), who averages 16 points per game, junior F Devon Cottrell (6-6) and senior G/F Mike Kromka (6-7). But which Gateway team will show up? The one that beat Central Catholic by 7 or the one that lost to Oliver by 10? Plus, this is a rematch. The Gators won their first game of the season at Norwin, 61-58.

Boys Class AAAA No. 8 Baldwin (14-7) vs. No. 9 McKeesport (14-6), 4 p.m. at Gateway — McKeesport guard Ty-Meer Brown, who signed to play football next year at Connecticut, is an athlete worth watching. Baldwin, meanwhile, won 9 of 11 games to end its season, finishing second to Mt. Lebanon in Section 4.

Girls Class AAAA No. 8 Norwin (17-5) vs. No. 9 Fox Chapel (17-3), 2 p.m. at North Allegheny — Fox Chapel F Jenny Papich (6-1) is one of the WPIAL’s top scorers, averaging 18 points per game, and will test Section 1 champion Norwin.

Girls Class AAAA No. 7 Bethel Park (16-5) vs. No. 10 McKeesport (16-4), 6 p.m. at Gateway — McKeesport was two points away from at least sharing the Section 2 title with Oakland Catholic. Two of the Tigers’ three section losses came to Fox Chapel, 51-50, in December and to Oakland Catholic, 34-33, in January. Bethel Park, meanwhile, nearly upset No. 1 Mt. Lebanon in a 50-47 loss on Feb. 12.

And here’s the full menu:

At Baldwin High School

Noon: Girls A prelims        Geibel (10-11) vs. Mt. Alvernia (9-10)
2 p.m.: Girls AA prelims    OLSH (11-10) vs. Brownsville (8-13)
4 p.m.: Girls AA prelims    Beaver Falls (7-15) vs. South Fayette (15-6)
6 p.m.: Boys AA prelims    Jeannette (14-7) vs. Brentwood (10-9)

At Butler High School

Noon: Girls A prelims        St. Joseph (8-14) vs. Western Beaver (3-14)
2 p.m.: Boys AA prelims        Freeport (14-2) vs. Summit Academy (9-11)
4 p.m.: Girls AAA prelims    West Mifflin (11-9) vs. Highlands (13-9)
6 p.m.: Boys AAA prelims    Highlands (12-9) vs. New Castle (6-14)

At Chartiers Valley High School

Noon: Boys AA prelims        New Brighton (10-8) vs. Burgettstown (11-9)
2 p.m.: Girls AAAA prelims    North Hills (10-11) vs. Woodland Hills (6-13)
4 p.m.: Girls AAAA 1st rd.    No. 5 Oakland Catholic (15-5) vs. No. 12 Peters Township (11-11)
6 p.m.: Boys AAAA 1st rd.    No. 7 Butler (16-4) vs. No. 10 Peters Township (12-9)

At Fox Chapel High School

Noon: Boys AAAA 1st rd.     No. 2 North Allegheny (17-4) vs. No. 15 Canon-McMillan (9-11)
2 p.m.: GYM A    Girls AAAA 1st rd. No. 6 North Allegheny (17-5) vs. No. 11 Kiski Area (15-6)
GYM B    Girls AAAA prelims    Penn Hills (8-13) vs. Penn-Trafford (13-9)
4 p.m.: Boys AAAA 1st Rd.      No. 3 Central Catholic (16-4) vs. No. 14 Kiski Area (15-6)

At Gateway High School

Noon: Boys AAAA 1st rd.    No. 4 Plum (18-4) vs. No. 13 Latrobe (13-8)
2 p.m.: Girls AAAA 1st rd.    No. 3 Baldwin (17-4) vs. No. 14 Plum (8-14)
4 p.m.: Boys AAAA 1st rd.    No. 8 Baldwin (14-7) vs. No. 9 McKeesport (14-6)
6 p.m.: Girls AAAA 1st rd.    No. 7 Bethel Park (16-5) vs. No. 10 McKeesport (16-4)

At Hempfield High School

Noon: Girls AA prelims    Washington (12-8) vs. Springdale (10-10)
2 p.m.: Girls AA prelims    Riverview (11-8) vs. West Shamokin (11-8)
4 p.m.: Boys AA prelims        California (15-6) vs. Apollo-Ridge (13-8)
6 p.m.: Boys AAA prelims    Valley (9-13) vs. Indiana (10-11)

At Keystone Oaks High School

Noon: Boys AAA prelims    Mars (12-7) vs. West Allegheny (12-8)
2 p.m.: Girls AAA prelims    Mars (12-10) vs. Belle Vernon (14-8)
4 p.m.: Boys AAA prelims    Deer Lakes (12-7) vs. Belle Vernon (15-6)
6 p.m.: Girls AA prelims    Deer Lakes (16-4) vs. Riverside (15-7)

At Northgate High School

Noon: Girls A prelims        Monaca (4-15) vs. Avella (13-7)
2 p.m.: Boys A prelims        Monaca (4-16) vs. Mapletown (7-12)
4 p.m.: Girls AA prelims    Ford City (14-7) vs. Mohawk (15-7)
6 p.m.: Boys AA prelims        Quaker Valley (19-3) vs. Ford City (7-14)

At North Allegheny High School:

Noon: Boys AAAA 1st rd.    No. 6 Gateway (15-4) vs. No. 11 Norwin (14-7)
2 p.m.: Girls AAAA 1st rd.    No. 8 Norwin (17-5) vs. No. 9 Fox Chapel (17-3)
4 p.m.: Boys AAAA prelims    Fox Chapel (9-11) vs. Shaler (10-10)
6 p.m.: Girls AAAA 1st rd.    No. 4 Shaler (17-4) vs. No. 13 Hempfield (14-6)

At North Hills High School:

Noon: Girls AAA prelims    Kittanning (16-6) vs. McGuffey (6-12)
2 p.m.: Boys AA prelims        Wilkinsburg (13-5) vs. Sto-Rox (11-10)
4 p.m.: Girls AA prelims      Bishop Canevin (15-5) vs. Aliquippa (9-13)
6 p.m.: Boys AA prelims        Burrell (14-7) vs. Bishop Canevin (11-11)

At Ringgold High School:

1 p.m.: Boys AAA prelims    Elizabeth Forward (7-12) vs. Mt. Pleasant (12-8)
3 p.m.: Girls AAA prelims    Elizabeth Forward (4-15) vs. Laurel Highlands (14-8)
5 p.m.: Girls AAA prelims    Yough (11-7) vs. Montour (10-10)

At West Allegheny High School:

3 p.m.: Girls AA prelims    Charleroi (12-6) vs. Neshannock (12-8)
5 p.m.: Boys AA prelims        Monessen (16-4) vs. Laurel (12-7)

— By Pat Mitsch

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