Local teams could bring home a boat load of hardware from the District 3 basketball playoffs.
That's if the seedings hold up.
Three York County schools were seeded No. 1 when the playoff pairings were released on Sunday — Hanover in Class AA boys, Susquehannock in AAA girls and York Catholic in AA girls.
But the high seedings don't stop there for the York-Adams League.
Central York (AAAA boys), West York (AAA boys) and Delone Catholic (AA girls) garnered No. 2 seedings, while Dover nabbed a No. 3 seed in AAA girls. Grabbing No. 4 seeds were Delone (AA boys), New Hope Academy (A boys) and Christian School of York (A girls).
That's a total of nine area teams which earned top-four seedings, which were based on a power-ranking formula.
Of course, recent district success is nothing new for some of the area teams.
The York Catholic girls will be chasing their ninth-straight District 3-AA championship. The Lady Irish already hold the record for most consecutive district titles. The last three Lady Irish district crowns came at the expense of Delone in the finals. The two longtime parochial school powers will meet again in the finals, if the seedings hold up. They split two regular-season matchups this season, with each winning on its home floor.
The Delone boys, meanwhile, will try to earn their third-straight AA crown. Hanover won the AA championship in the season before Delone started its run, meaning the AA boys' championship has stayed in the Hanover area for three-straight seasons. Delone, however, won't have its legendary head coach on the bench this season. Jim Dooley, who piled up more than 700 career victories, died in the offseason after leading the Squires to their back-to-back district crowns.
The Suquehannock girls and York High boys will each try to move up a notch from last year's runner-up finishes. The Warriors lost in the AAA girls' final to Palmyra, while York High suffered an 78-76 overtime loss to Harrisburg in AAAA boys' title game. York High, which won the AAAA boys' title in 2011, is seeded No. 8 in AAAA boys this season, while Harrisburg is No. 5.
Palmyra, which topped Susquehannock 46-30 in the 2013 district AAA girls' final, is seeded No. 2 in AAA girls this season, meaning another Susquehannock-Palmyra final could be in the offing.
The other No. 1 seeds in this year's district tournament are: Wilson (AAAA boys), Bishop McDevitt (AAA boys), Lebanon Catholic (A boys), Manheim Twp. (AAAA girls) and Harrisburg Christian (A girls).
A high seed, of course, is no guarantee of a success, but last season it was a pretty good barometer. The eight district titles in 2013 went to four No. 1 seeds, three No. 2 seeds and a No. 3 seed.
The 2014 district playoffs start Friday night with play-in games in AAAA and AAA in both boys' and girls' action.
— Reach Steve Heiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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