Here are the boys’ district basketball brackets from across the state.

First, the PIAA brackets are here.

The districts:

Class AAAA
Class AAA
Class AA (combined with District 12)
Class A

Class AAAA
Class AAA
Class AA
Class A

Class AAAA
Class AAA
Class AA
Class A

All classes

Class AA
Class A

Class AAAA
Class AAA
Class AA
Class A

Class AAAA
Class AAA
Class AA
Class A

Class AAAA
Class AAA
Class AA
Class A

All classes

All classes

All classes

DISTRICT 12 (to be added shortly)
Class AAAA
Class AAA
Class AA
Class A


OK, is a Pennsylvania scholastic sports site, which means it has absolutely nothing to do with 99.9 percent other subjects. I won’t talk about cooking here. I won’t talk about automobile transmissions. I won’t talk about NASA or woodchucks (except maybe those two hilarious ones from the Geico commercial) or cubism or even the NFL.

For starters, I know very little about all of those subjects, including the NFL. And the folks who have been kind enough to visit this site just might delete their bookmark if I swerved into those areas. So, there’s no point in going there.

But I’m going to step off the porch for one post to comment on the Arizona shootings, not because there is any sports connection, but because the shooting crashed headlong into one of my other great passions: the free flow of information.

First, let me get the following out of the way: I am pretty much a doctrinaire political conservative, have been so now for the better part of 30 years, although I have a very wide libertarian band in my thick skull. I grew up in a union Democratic household, love my Democratic parents to pieces and disagree with them on just about everything political, especially unions. (Want some irony? I once served on the negotiating committee of the Patriot-News’ editorial union, although I really sucked at the job. Also, I accept flag-burning as protected free speech, albeit through clenched teeth; my dad, who probably never flicked an “R” lever in his life, has made just one political donation of which I’m aware … to an organization promoting an anti-flag burning amendment. But just so we’re clear, although I would not support an anti-flag burning amendment, I do support burning flag burners.)

Now that you know my political stripe, you can easily imagine how disgusted I am with all of the over-the-top and completely disingenuous, um, rhetoric that has erupted since the shootings. But it’s not because so many in the national media desperately wanted to force the story into a preferred political template; it’s because so many people were so damn wrong.

I wouldn’t be upset if the evidence, more of which comes to light daily as scrupulous journalists continue to do excellent work, showed that the Arizona shooter was in fact a hard-core, Earl Gray-swigging Tea Partier who pulled the trigger just a foot from Arizona Congressman Gabrielle Giffords’ head because Sarah Palin gave him an explicit green light. Dismayed, certainly, but not upset.

Some of the braying that cropped up almost immediately after the shooting became national news was the direct result of way too many megaphones in one place and everyone trying to be the loudest. That, indeed, results in very harsh rhetoric.

But let it be known I am in complete favor of an abundance of megaphones and harsh rhetoric. I’m a John Stossel guy when it come to this: More speech, not less.

The net result is that (a) some people will just not have the facts in order and (b) a number of other won’t give a damn about the facts. Both are problematic, of course.

But the bigger problem was that pure, factual information was overrun by pure partisan shrieking. In this case, my side was whacked on the side of the head and left to play defense. Pissed me off, to be sure, as the growing body evidence showed that the template was simply wrong.

Let it be said I made my share of errors in print during my 37 years of print journalism (grrrr) and my one year as a high school sports blogger. But despite those flubs, it wasn’t because I treated facts as collateral damage. Sadly, that is what’s happened here. It’s been the inverse of good journalism.

And that, friends, is sad for us all.


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Playoffs. Thank goodness.

Don’t get me wrong, I love regular-season football, even the bad games. But I really love playoffs.

Well, until it comes to predictions. That famous 79 percent usually takes a beating in the post-season. I swear my Lab pups could do better sometimes.

But these are for amusement, right? Right?

Last week: 104-26 (80.0%)
Season: 843-222 (79.2%)


No. 1 La Salle College 38, Roman Catholic 7 (Solid Roman team put up 17 reg-season, not this time)
No. 2 Pittsburgh Central Catholic 24, Gateway 14 (Gateway has buffed up as season has progressed, but PCC still wins)
No. 3 Lansdale North Penn 34, Penn Wood 7 (Yeah, Penn Wood is 9-1, but it takes more than record to knock off NP)
No. 4 Ridley 28, Henderson 7 (Could be a ticklish spot – well, not literally – for unbeaten Green Raiders)
No. 5 Mount Lebanon 20, Woodland Hills 16 (Wouldn’t be surprised if rolling Woody High picks off Lebo, though)
No. 6 North Hills 21, Upper St. Clair 14 (Both teams are grinders; expect a real battle)
No. 7 North Allegheny 34, Bethel Park 7 (BP pulled off first round shocker, but can’t see two in a row)
No. 8 Easton 38, Delaware Valley 6 (DV coming off a terrible loss to Wallenpaupack)
No. 9 Wilson 35, Manheim Twp. 7 (Township put up a big fight in league game, but Wilson dominates Friday)
No. 10 Neshaminy 31, Upper Dublin 6 (UD is a nice team, but won’t keep up with the ‘Skins)

No. 1 Allentown Central Catholic 41, Blue Mountain 14 (BM has had a little trouble holding back quality offenses)
No. 2 Archbishop Wood 33, No. 5 Cardinal O’Hara 27 (Simply put, the No. 1 game in the state this weekend)
No. 3 Abington Heights 28, North Pocono 17 (No easy touch for Heights in playoff opener)
No. 4 Montour 40, Indiana 13 (Indiana played two winning teams, lost badly to both)
No. 6 Thomas Jefferson 35, Hopewell 27 (Intriguing. Very intriguing)
No. 7 Grove City, idle (Hey, one I won’t miss!)
No. 8 Bishop McDevitt 42, Kennard-Dale 9 (McDevitt seems to be back into the flow)
No. 9 Greencastle-Antrim 35, Hamburg 14 (G-A’s had an unpleasant playoff history. This makes it feel a little better)
West Scranton 28, No. 10 Dallas 21 (Why do I pick against my own top ten teams? Because I can)

No. 1 West Catholic 48, Delaware Valley Charter 12 (New No. 1 has no trouble in 12-AA opener)
No. 2 Lancaster Catholic 48, Schuylkill Valley 6 (LC has been tested in recent weeks. Passed ’em all, but tested just the same)
No. 3 Aliquippa 22, Beaver Area 14 (OT the last time and could end up in extra time again)
No. 4 North Schuylkill 27, Pen Argyl 24 (Maybe the No. 2 game in the state this weekend)
No. 5 South Fayette 28, Freeport 13 (Lions very aware this is where they checked out in ’09)
No. 6 Northern Lehigh 33, Jim Thorpe 19 (Thorpe a nice team, but Bulldogs win these kinds of games)
No. 7 Forest Hills 34, Central Cambria 20 (Rangers rattled last week by AAA tough guy Johnstown, but strike back)
No. 8 Lewisburg 23, Bloomsburg 20 (Terrific way to start the D-4 playoffs)
No. 9 Littlestown 41, Bermudian Springs 19 (Bolts get out to early lead, unlike reg-season win)
No. 10 Danville 43, Wyalusing 14 (Ironmen have been dominant, continue the trend)

No. 1 Clairton 37, Bishop Canevin 6 (Canevin pretty good outfit, but good enough to take out the Bears?)
No. 2 Rochester 36, Beth-Center 12 (Rams keep marching toward showdown with Clairton)
No. 3 Mercyhurst Prep 44, Mercer 15 (Look for Lakers to blast against team that knocked it out of ’09 playoffs)
No. 4 Southern Columbia 52, Canton 6 (Will be quite surprised if Canton gives the Tigers a run)
No. 5 Taylor Riverside 34, Northwest Area 8 (Northwest faced a tough sked this year. It ends pretty tough)
No. 6 Farrell 52, Union City 6 (Farrell seems to be a bit angry lately …)
No. 7 Sharpsville 35, Cambridge Springs 0 (Expect the Blue Devils to be, um, sharp)
No. 8 Bellwood-Antis 15, Bishop McCort 14 (Superior schedule gives McCort a real shot at the presumed uppie)
Monessen 28, No. 9 Springdale 20 (Solid first round playoff wins tilts this game toward the ‘Hounds)
No. 10 Line Mountain 27, Muncy 14 (Muncy pretty good for 6-4 squad, but Eagles get the drop on Muncy at home)

District 1 first round

Bayard Rustin 39, Boyertown 20
Abington 31, Cheltenham 26
Owen J. Roberts 34, Downingtown East 31
Coatesville 16, Central Bucks West 13

District 3 first round
Dallastown 28, Conestoga Valley 20
J.P. McCaskey 28, Red Lion 14
Cedar Cliff 28, Daniel Boone 27
Harrisburg 14, Penn Manor 7
Governor Mifflin 33, William Penn 14
Central Dauphin 28, Warwick 14
Cumberland Valley 35, Spring Grove 6

District 6-9-10 semifinals
State College 33, Strong Vincent 12

District 7 quarterfinals
All games listed in top ten predictions

District 8 semifinals
Perry Traditional Academy 38, Schenley 18
Brashear 20, Allderdice 8

District 2-4-11
East Stroudsburg South 19, Pleasant Valley 13
Whitehall 28, Wyoming Valley West 7
Nazareth 31, Williamsport 20

District 12 semifinals (Public League Championship)
George Washington 32, Northeast Philadelphia 18

District 1 first round

Strath Haven 47, Upper Perkiomen 19
Bishop Shanahan 26, Springfield-Delco 25
Upper Moreland 10, Interboro 7
Pottsgrove 37, Academy Park 19

District 2 semifinals
Both games listed in top ten predictions

District 3 first round
Conrad Weiser 28, East Pennsboro 16
Susquehanna Twp. 27, Gettysburg 14
West York 30, Cocalico 24
Hershey 28, Shippensburg 21
Manheim Central 34, Dover 14
Lampeter-Strasburg 38, Big Spring 12

District 4 semifinals
Selinsgrove 44, Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech 6
Shikellamy 35, Shamokin 7

District 6 championship
Johnstown 42, Bellefonte 14

District 7 quarterfinals
West Allegheny 27, Mars 25
Central Valley 22, Knoch 16

District 9 championship
Clearfield 27, Punxsutawney 21 (had to)

District 10 quarterfinals
Corry 41, Meadville 21
Oil City 23, Warren 19

District 11 semifinals
Pottsville 34, Southern Lehigh 16

District 12 semifinals (Public League Championship)
Dobbins 32, Roxborough 16

District 2 semifinals

GAR Memorial 22, Lake-Lehman 14
Lakeland 36, Susquehanna Community 12

District 3 quarterfinals
Delone Catholic 35, Wyomissing 13
Trinity 41, Boiling Springs 13

District 4 quarterfinals
Mount Carmel 29, Blossburg North Penn 7
Hughesville 19, Towanda 16

District 5-6 quarterfinals
Tyrone 31, Penn Cambria 15
Martinsburg Central 7, Ligonier Valley 0
Huntingdon 34, Chestnut Ridge 30

District 7 quarterfinals
Seton-LaSalle 27, Ford City 24
Beaver Falls 18, Keystone Oaks 7

District 9 semifinals
Brookville 26, Moniteau 12

District 10 quarterfinals
Sharon 24, Girard 8
Wilmington 20, North East 14
General McLane 28, Greenville 0
Fairview 29, Hickory 16

District 11 semifinals
Both games listed in top ten predictions

District 12 semifinals
Bok Vo-Tech 30, Communications Tech 20

District 1 championship

Calvary Christian 16, Morrisville 8

District 2 semifinals
Dunmore 34, Old Forge 23

District 3 quarterfinals
Steelton-Highspire 36, Columbia 32

District 4 semifinals
Both games listed in the top ten

District 5 semifinals
Berlin-Brothersvalley 32, North Star 28
Nortehrn Bedford 20, Conemaugh Twp. 13

District 6 quarterfinals
Bishop Carroll 28, Homer-Center 13
Penns Manor 22, United 12
Juniata Valley 20, Portage 6

District 7 quarterfinals
Avonworth 7, North Catholic 6

District 9 quarterfinals
Curwensville 44, Smethport 20
Cameron County 14, Clarion 12
Elk County Catholic 19, Port Allegany 14
Redbank Valley 21, Kane 18

District 10 quarterfinals
Lakeview 25, Saegertown 19

District 11 semifinals
Schuylkill Haven 42, Shenandoah Valley 13
Williams Valley 28, Pius X 26

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