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Now that the District 2 playoffs are done, there needs to be a few fixes prior to the next two-year cycle.


First, if the district keeps the same format, it needs to seed the teams in Class 3A and 2A regardless of whether they play in the Wyoming Valley Conference or Lackawanna League. There is absolutely no way GAR and Riverside should have played in the first round of the 2A playoffs.


By getting the WVC No. 2 seed, GAR drew a tougher opening-round opponent than WVC No. 3 seed Hanover Area, which played Lakeland out of the Lackawanna League.


Class 4A also needs some tinkering. District 4's Williamsport was seeded fourth because it had a worst overall record than Delaware Valley, the third seed. That made top-seeded Scranton, considered District 2's best team, face Williamsport in the semifinals where it lost in overtime.


Williamsport went on to demolish DelVal 54-22 in the title game.


A possible change could be making Williamsport no lower than the third seed as long as its overall record is above .500. The Millionaires play an independent schedule that is much tougher than many around here.


After talking with and listening to several WVC coaches about district playoffs, as well as diatribe by one coach on why his team missed the playoffs while another made it, let's just say they're not a happy bunch overall.


ANOTHER REMINDER

Once again, Meyers' Class 2A first-round game with Athens has been moved to Pittston Area High School.


Tipoff is 3:30 p.m. Saturday.


STATE RANKINGS

Only three District 2 teams are ranked in the latest state rankings by The Patriot-News in Harrisburg.


Meyers moved up from seventh to fifth in Class 2A. Holy Cross dropped from ninth to 10th. Riverside is an honorable mention.


The only glaring omission is GAR. Although the Grenadiers' season is over, their only losses were to Meyers twice and to Riverside in overtime.


THE BLACK HOLE

Scranton Prep's consolation prize for finishing second in the D2-3A playoffs? A trip to Shamokin High School for a 7:30 p.m. game on Friday.


Shamokin has an excellent facility and ample parking. The problem is the high school may be the hardest place on earth to find. And the hardest to leave because of a maze of one-way streets around the school.


The stories of lost travelers to this school are too many to mention.


BEST AND WORST

There are only three unbeaten teams among the 128 in the state playoffs' four classifications.


District 1 champion Chester (27-0) is the only unbeaten in Class 4A. In 3A, there are two – D7 champ New Castle (26-0) and D10 champ General McLane (24-0).


As for the worst record, it belongs to D2-A champion Susquehanna (8-15). The only other sub-.500 teams are D2-A second seed Old Forge, D3-A third seed Camp Hill (12-14), D7-A fifth seed Sewickley Academy (11-12) and D12-4A second seed John Bartrum (11-15).


To put that number in perspective, there have been four sub-.500 teams in the state tournament in the past five seasons combined. Oddly, two of them – Clairton in 2011 and Camp Hill in 2007 – won opening-round games.


STATE PREDICTIONS

Taking a stab at this season's state champions: Class 4A, Chester; 3A, Neumann-Goretti; 2A, Imhotep Charter; and A, Constitution.


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