PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – District 9 released its 2021 basketball playoff brackets Thursday.
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Earning top seeds in the boys’ competition were Elk County Catholic (Class 1A), Karns City (Class 2A), Brookville (Class 3A), and Clearfield (Class 4A).
The top seeds in the girls’ competition are Coudersport (Class 1A), Keystone (Class 2A), Punxsutawney (Class 3A), and St. Marys (Class 4A).
Both the DuBois boys’ and girls’ squads will be competing in subregional Class 5A tournaments. The girls’ will play as part of a District 6-9 tournament and the boys’ will await the winner of the District 10 championship game between top-seeded Meadville and second-seeded Cathedral Prep in a PIAA play-in game.
The boys’ Class 1A bracket is a nine-team bracket with Cameron County, Johnsonburg, and Clarion rounding out the Top 4 seeds, the Class 2A boys’ bracket is a seven-team bracket with Coudersport checking in as the No. 2 seed, the Class 3A boys’ bracket is a three-team bracket with Kane in at No. 2, and the Class 4A boys’ bracket is a four-team bracket with St. Marys in at No. 2.
The girls’ Class 1A bracket is a 10-team bracket with Otto-Eldred, Elk County Catholic, and Port Allegany filling out the rest of the top four seeds. The girls’ Class 2A bracket has four teams in it with Brockway checking in as the No. 2 seed, the Class 3A girls’ bracket is a four-team bracket with Redbank Valley in at No. 2, and the Class 4A girls’ bracket is a two-team bracket with Clearfield in at No. 2.
All games, including the championship contest, are currently slated for the home court of the higher seed unless that school declines to host the game for any reason. There is a chance that championship games will be changed.
Games get underway Monday, March 8, with a boys’ first-round game in Class 1A between Sheffield and Otto-Eldred, while the girls’ are slated to start in Class 1A with a pair of first-round games Tuesday, March 9.
The tournament will continue with games for the remainder of next week with some championship games next weekend. Other championship games will be played early in the following week, which starts Sunday, March 14.