PIAA District 1 Class AAAA and AAA hoops brackets

By Rick O’BrienINQUIRER STAFF WRITER             Plymouth Whitemarsh, Penn Wood, Souderton and Coatesville are the top seeds in the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA boys’ basketball tournament.            The Colonials were seeded first in the 32-team tournament by a steering committee yesterday at Council Rock South. The defending state-champion Patriots were awarded the No. 2 spot, followed by the Indians and Red Raiders.            In the district’s Class AAA boys’ tournament, Holy Ghost Prep is the top seed, followed by Octorara, Springfield (Delaware County) and Pottsgrove.            On the girls’ side, Cheltenham is the No. 1 seed in the 32-team Class AAAA playoffs for the second straight year. The Panthers are followed by Council Rock North, Central Bucks East and Downingtown East.            In the girls’ AAA tourney, Springfield (Delaware County) took the top spot, followed by Mount St. Joseph, Radnor and St. Basil.            For boys and girls, the district’s Class AA and A seeds have yet to be determined.            Basketball Pairings            Here are the pairings, with seeding in parentheses, for the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA and AAA tournaments.            Class AAAA boys (nine teams advance)            Friday: West Chester East (32) at Plymouth Whitemarsh (1); Upper Dublin (17) at Spring-Ford (16); Owen J. Roberts (25) at Penncrest (8); Downingtown West (24) at Lower Merion (9); Hatboro-Horsham (29) at Coatesville (4); North Penn (20) at Pennsbury (13); Cheltenham (28) at West Chester Rustin (5); Boyertown (21) at Norristown (12); Oxford (31) at Penn Wood (2); West Chester Henderson (18) at Bensalem (15); Abington (26) at Neshaminy (7); Central Bucks West (23) at Wissahickon (10); Glen Mills (30) at Souderton (3); Ridley (19) at Central Bucks South (14); Quakertown (27) at Council Rock North (6); Conestoga (22) at Chester (11);             Feb. 23: Second round.            Feb. 26: Quarterfinals and consolations.            Mar. 2: Semifinals and consolations.            Mar. 5: Finals and consolations.            Class AAA boys (three teams advance)            Feb. 24: Harriton (9) at Marple Newtown (8); Upper Merion (12) at Upper Perkiomen (5); Pottstown (10) at Lower Moreland (7); Phoenixville (11) at Strath Haven (6).            Feb. 27: Harriton-Marple Newtown winner at Holy Ghost Prep (1); Upper Merion-Upper Perkiomen winner at Pottsgrove (4); Pottstown-Lower Moreland winner at Octorara (2); Phoenixville-Strath Haven winner at Springfield-Delco (3).            Mar. 3: Semifinals.            Mar. 6: Finals and consolation.            Class AAAA girls (nine teams advance)            Saturday: Owen J. Roberts (32) at Cheltenham (1); Central Bucks South (17) at Wissahickon (16); Perkiomen Valley (25) at Council Rock South (8); Pennridge (24) at Methacton (9); Neshaminy (29) at Downingtown East (4); Unionville (20) at North Penn (13); Strath Haven (28) at Downingtown West (5); Upper Darby (21) at West Chester Rustin (12); Academy Park (31) at Council Rock North (2); Chester (18) at Upper Dublin (15); Avon Grove (26) at Boyertown (7); Conestoga (23) at Great Valley (10); William Tennent (30) at Central Bucks East (3); Garnet Valley (19) at Spring-Ford (14); Ridley (27) at Abington (6); Souderton (22) at Lower Merion (11).            Feb. 24: Second round.            Feb. 27: Quarterfinals and consolations.            Mar. 3: Semifinals and consolations.            Mar. 5: Finals and consolations.            Class AAA girls (three teams advance)            Feb. 23: Merion Mercy (9) at Oxford (8); Pottsgrove (12) at Nazareth (5); Villa Joseph Marie (10) at Sun Valley (7); Upper Merion (11) at Villa Maria (6).            Feb. 26: Merion Mercy-Oxford winner at Springfield-Delco (1); Pottsgrove-Nazareth winner at St. Basil; Villa Joseph Marie-Sun Valley winner at Mount St. Joseph (2); Upper Merion-Villa Maria winner at Radnor (3).            Mar. 2: Semifinals.            Mar. 6: Finals and consolation.Contact staff writer Rick O’Brien at 610-313-8019 or robrien@phillynews.com.