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13 hoop squads start postseason


District One revealed its basketball playoff brackets on Sunday. Eleven area teams extend their seasons while two more squads already participated in postseason action.

On the 6A boys side, No. 8 Pennridge (18-6) earned a first-round bye and faces a familiar foe in the second round – the winner of No. 9 Central Bucks West (15-8) vs. No. 24 North Penn (9-13), who will duel in a first-round Valentine’s Day game in Doylestown. Pennridge repeated as SOL Continental champs; West was the Continental runner-up.

Both No. 12 CB East (13-9) and No. 16 Council Rock South (15-7) earned Friday first-round home games with SOL foes. The Patriots host No. 21 William Tennent (12-10) while South hosts No. 17 Abington (12-10).

In 3A, No. 3 New Hope-Solebury (12-10) travels to District 11 No. 2 Notre Dame-Green Pond (13-9) on Feb. 26, with the winner clinching a PIAA state slot.

On the girls’ side in Class A, No. 2 Faith Christian (18-4) has already clinched a state berth; Faith makes its fourth trip to PIAA in six seasons. The Lions host No. 3 Chester Charter on Feb. 22 in the district semifinal. No. 2 New Hope-Solebury (17-4) hosts BAL rival No. 3 Calvary Christian in the 3A semifinal on Feb. 19.

SOL Continental champion No. 2 CB West (19-4) earned a first-round bye and will host Friday’s winner of No. 15 Neshaminy vs. No. 18 Pennridge (12-10) on Wednesday the 19th. In other girls’ 6A first-round action, No. 11 CB East (15-7) hosts No. 22 CR South (10-12) on Friday with the winner getting a Feb. 19 second-round date at No. 6 Ridley.

No. 2 Solebury (12-12) beat Community Academy of Philadelphia 68-35 in PJAA quarterfinals on Feb. 6. Troy McGregor’s 27 and Thierry Lokrou’s 14 points paced the Spartans. Life Center Academy topped the Spartans in overtime 84-80 four days later. On Tuesday, Solebury hosted Penn Charter in a PAISAA play-in game. The Spartans season ended with a 82-67 loss. McGregor earned the PJAA Blue Division Player of the Year.

The Solebury girls basketball team (7-8) ended its season with a loss to Barrack Hebrew Academy in last Wednesday’s PJAA quarterfinal, one day after the Spartans blitzed International Christian 51-13 in the first round. Solebury’s Paola Naughton earned the PJAA White Division Player of the Year.

The NJSIAA seeds their boys and girls sectional basketball tournaments on Thursday the 13th. At press time, both the South Hunterdon boys (10-8) and girls (11-8) were the sixth of 16 seeds in the Central Jersey Group 1 power points.