Strath Haven High School
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Greater Latrobe's Joelle Kissell needed three sets to beat Strath Haven's Tessa Lyons in the PIAA State Class AAA singles tennis championship match at the Hershey Racquet Club on Saturday.
Kissell, the District 7 champion, dropped the first set, 4-6, then roared back to win the next two, 6-2, 6-3.
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Matt GelbGoing into the District 1 soccer playoffs, the field was fairly wide open. Few teams had distinguished themselves from the rest and the tight competition was something that characterized the entire season.
And after two rounds in the AAA boys' tournament, we have a pretty good idea of the parity in the area. Upsets are aplenty.
No. 1 Pennsbury and No. 3 Council Rock North -- two teams that were nationally ranked entering the playoffs -- are both done. That means no state tournament for two teams who played some of the best soccer all season long in the area.
This is the talk of most e-mailers and commenters here in the days leading up to the District 1 selections on Sunday for the 21-team girls' soccer tournament.
The Central League is incredibly deep, with more than a few teams deserving of a bid to the playoffs.
We're less than a week away from the playoffs and the debate about the top teams will only intensify leading up to Sunday's seeding meeting for District 1.
One note: I appreciate all the comments and e-mails from last week's rankings. I hope we can get the pot stirring again as the playoffs begin.
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By Matt Gelb
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The regular season wraps up this week. And on Sunday, District 1 teams will learn their postseason situation.
The District 1 seeding committee meets Sunday morning to determine the matchups for the A, AA, AAA boys’ and the AA and AAA girls’ tournaments.
The news of District 1's ruling of a forfeit against Villa Joseph Marie girls' soccer is all covered here. But a few more thoughts before we finally put this controversy to bed...
Mainly, what this all boils down to is a series of unfortunate events. Consider:
-- Strath Haven usually has a certified athletic trainer at every event. This time, there was none because the trainer was attending a funeral for his grandmother.
Madison Cohen’s trophy case got another piece of impressive hardware Saturday.
The Lower Moreland sophomore added a second District 1 Class AA title to her trophy case with a 6-1, 1-0 (retired) win over Harriton’s Jen Shulkin at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center.
That comes one year after Cohen, the top seed, won that title as a freshman and followed it with a state Class AA singles championship.