The Meadville Bulldogs completed the regular season 14-8 overall, placing second in Region 5.

Their District 10 Class AAA quarterfinal draw is Region 6 third-place winner General McLane (14-7).

The Bulldogs and Lancers will face off Friday at 6 p.m. at Edinboro University’s McComb Fieldhouse.

Meadville coach Norm Price was not surprised at the matchup but was mostly relieved at his team’s ability to get into the playoffs in such a tough season for D-10 AAA hoops.

“I figured we were second and they were third, so I figured that’s who we would play,” Price said. “It’s no real surprise.

“I just was happy to get there. I think all of our kids were the same way. We really didn’t care. We were just happy to be there this season.”

No. 1-seed East (20-2) takes on region 5 No. 3 Grove City (16-6) immediately after Meadville game at EUP to determine the semifinal matchup.

In the other half of the AAA bracket, No. 2-seed Farrell (17-4) draws Central Tech (11-10), and Region 6 runner-up Girard (15-7) will meet Region 5 No. 4 Hickory (14-8).

“Any one of the teams that are in can win the district,” Price said. “East and Farrell go in as the No. 1-seeds, and they are good but I think anyone can win. Hopefully it will give the fans something good to see.”

In the girls Class AA bracket, Sharpsville (17-5), Greenville (20-2), Wilmington (13-9) and Mercer (12-10) were chosen to represent Region 2, while Linesville (16-5) was the line selection from Region 3.

Cambridge Springs (12-10), along with Region 4’s Fairview (12-10) and Seneca (11-11), will be sitting home for the postseason.

Mercer defeated Cambridge Springs at home, 44-39, Dec. 23. That likely was the tiebreaker in leaving the Blue Devils out.

“It’s typical District 10,” Cambridge coach Clint Rauscher said. “It’s frustrating. But I always say, ‘Don’t put yourself in that position, just win more games.’”

Rauscher added that he’s heard several times that the district tries to represent all areas but could not understand why there were so many teams from the south and no option of a play-in game.

“It’s like it’s arbitrary the way they pick,” he said. “I know it’s not politically-correct, but you can only take so much of this. I don’t know how you could just take one team out of a five-team conference.”

The Linesville girls are 16-5 overall, 13-1 in Region 3 and the region champs. They will take on Region 4 No. 3 Girard (15-7, 12-4) in the opening round Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at General McLane High School.

“I think overall all eight were pretty good,” Linesville coach Bill Stevenson said. “It was pretty predictable. I was a little surprised to see they picked four from the south and not four from the north. But our three-seed and Girard’s sixth-seed was pretty much what I thought.

“We’re excited. The kids are getting ready. We’re thrilled to be in the playoffs.”

Stevenson said he did not have much information on Girard and had not yet seen any film on the Yellow Jackets. But he did add that he was surprised old French Creek Valley Conference rival Cambridge did not make the list.

“I was a little surprised Mercer and Wilmington instead of those guys,” he said. “I was kind of surprised they didn’t take Cambridge. I guess they didn’t have a whole lot of AA wins and decided to take Mercer instead.”



T.J. Turrisi can be reached at 724-6370, ext. 276 or by e-mail at tjturrisi@meadvilletribune.com.

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