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Carbondale News - Carbondale, PA
  • Final Fours in district playoffs

  • The state tournament is a few days away. Securing state berths and scouting reports are the teams' focus this week.
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  • They've survived the first two rounds. State Tournament basketball berths are within reach.
    This week, teams will punch their tickets to The Dance.
    No doubt, their will be some tears of joy and tears of sorrow. Everyone wants to go to The Dance.
    In Class AA Boys, tonight's scheduled games feature No. 4 Mid Valley (22-4) facing No. 1 W-B Meyers (22-2) and No. 2 Holy Cross (21-5) battling No. 3 Elk Lake (20-4).
    Three of these teams will survive and advance, one will be eliminated on Saturday.
    Mid Valley is a dangerous team in this mix. Add to the fact that Meyers has yet to play at full strength due to an injury to Tyreek Steward, this game could be the most intriguing of any semi-final in the entire district.
    Meyers does boast one of the top guards in the entire district in Ryan Krawczeniuk and an equally athletic center in Rasheed Moore.
    Mid Valley's deep rotation, including lightning-quick guard, Matt Tanner and physical inside player, Ronny Tomasetti may give MV an advantage in depth since Meyers usually has a set five or six player rotation.
    Holy Cross hasn't been at full-strength for any significant time all year.
    Since the Crusaders have still managed to win, including a heart-pounding special playoff win against Mid Valley for the Lackawanna League D-III title just one night after dropping an equally nerve-racking game to Mid Valley in a second half playoff game, they've turned a negative into a positive.
    A few players have stepped up and now given Holy Cross solid depth to this point. With two convincing wins in districts, HC has been able to play a number of players and rest their starters. Whether Holy Cross is at full strength tonight remains to be seen.
    Elk Lake has posted a whopping 74.5 points per game average in their two wins in the tournament and buried 17 treys.
    The challenge for Elk Lake may be stopping HC center, Josh Kosin and the Warriors getting open looks on the perimeter.
    The winners advance to Saturday's district title game while the losers also play on Saturday for the third and final state slot.
    Meyers, HC, Mid Valley and Elk Lake could make some noise in the state tournament.
    In Class AA girls, Lakeland will be either playing for a district title on Friday night or for the third and final state berth. During the last few years, the teams that survive this tournament have gone deep into the state tournament.
    In Class 3A boys, Abington Heights, GAR, Crestwood and Scranton Prep could also make plenty of state noise if they survive districts. AH faced SP and GAR battled Crestwood last night (Tuesday). The district crown and third slot will be at stake on Friday.
    Page 2 of 2 - In Class A girls, Old Forge was 23-0 heading into last night's district title game with Forest City. The Lady Foresters were looking to stun the Lady Blue Devils.
    The state tournament is a few days away. Securing state berths and scouting reports are the teams' focus this week.
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