Friday was the final night of WPIAL section play, and two games might have seriously altered the seedings in Class AAAA and Class A.
Hempfield lost to Latrobe in Class AAAA while Vincentian lost to Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic in Class A. Both Hempfield and Vincentian entered the game ranked No. 1 in their respective classes by the Post-Gazette. The WPIAL announces playoff pairings and seedings Tuesday night. The losses could cost Hempfield and Vincentian No. 1 seeds.
I probably would have made Hempfield the No. 1 seed before the loss to Latrobe. Now, I think the WPIAL drops Hempfield down to the No. 4 seed. Hempfield is a good team, but certainly not great. Hempfield is 19-2 and actually tied Latrobe for the Section 1 title.
The team now in line for the No. 1 seed is North Allegheny. The Tigers are 18-2. But wait. North Allegheny still has to play North Hills tonight in the final Section 3 game. Remember, North Hills beat North Allegheny the first time around. If North Allegheny wins, I say the Tigers get the No. 1 seed - and here's why: North Allegheny owns a victory against Mt. Lebanon, which tied Chartiers Valley for the Section 4 title.
So if North Allegheny wins tonight, I say the top four seeds are North Allegheny, Chartiers Valley, Mt. Lebanon and Hempfield. If the WPIAL wants to break up Chartiers Valley and Mt. Lebanon, the league could put Hempfield No. 3 and Mt. Lebanon No. 4. Now who goes to the fifth seed? Should it be Plum or McKeesport, who tied for the Section 2 title? But what about Pine-Richland, the second-place team in Section 3 that owns victories against North Allegheny and Mt. Lebanon? Also, what do you do with Latrobe? If they tied Hempfield for the section title, shouldn't Latrobe be seeded near Hempfield? Also, remember that Hempfield beat both Plum and McKeesport. But Latrobe lost to Plum.
There is no doubt Class AAAA will be the toughest for the WPIAL to seed. In Class A, a major question is who gets the No. 1 seed, Vincentian or Sewickely Academy? Vincentian is 14-8, but seven of the Royals' losses are to teams in higher classifications, including AAA and AAAA teams. The Royals played a tremendous schedule and shouldn't get penalized for playing tough teams. Sewickley Academy's non-section schedule wasn't even close to Vincentian's. But Sewickley Academy made it through the season undefeated and beat all Class A teams it faced. That should count for something. But the thing is, Sewickley Academy didn't play a Class A team as good as Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic.
I say the No. 1 seed goes to Sewickely Academy.
Tomorrow, I will give you more seeds and predicted first-round pairings. But for today, here are the predicted top four seeds in each class:
QUAD-A - 1. North Allegheny. 2. Chartiers Valley. 3. Mt. Lebanon. 4. Hempfield. This is based on North Allegheny beating North Hills tonight. If North Hills wins, it should be: 1. Chartiers Valley. 2. North Allegheny. 3. Mt. Lebanon. 4. Hempfield.
CLASS AAA - 1. Mars. 2. Beaver Falls. 3. Indiana. 4. West Mifflin.
CLASS AA - 1. Aliquippa. 2. Lincoln Park. 3. Seton-LaSalle. 4. Greensburg Central Catholic.
CLASS A - 1. Sewickley Academy. 2. Vincentian. 3. Monessen. 4. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic.