District 1 field hockey seedings Thursday

By Don Beideman

Seeding for the District 1 Class AAA and AA playoffs will be held Thursday night. The Class AAA playoffs begin Monday, with class A starting Tuesday. The finals for both classes will be held Nov. 7. The PIAA championship games in both classes are set for Nov. 21 at the Zephyr Sports Center at Whitehall High School.

A maximum of 27 teams will receive bids for the district AAA playoffs. A maximum of 13 teams will make it in class A.

The top five teams in AAA will receive first-round byes. The top four seeds will receive byes in AA.

Unbeaten Villa Maria Academy (17-0) is expected to be the top seed in class A, followed by Springfield (Montco) (11-3). Other expected high seeds are Merion Mercy (12-5) and Upper Perkiomen (12-4-1).

In Class AAA, Wissahickon (15-0) and Great Valley (15-0) are the lone unbeaten teams in the district, but some observers say they have not been tested. Council Rock North (12-4-1), which took an eight-game winning streak into its regular season finale yesterday, and Pennsbury (11-4-1) are also expected to be among the top seeds, along with Owen J. Roberts (14-2-1), Central Bucks South (12-3-1) and Downingtown West (16-2).

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