PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – District 9 released its 2022 basketball playoff brackets Friday, Feb. 18.
Earning top seeds were Elk County Catholic (1A boys and 1A girls), Redbank Valley (2A boys), Brockway (2A girls), Punxsutawney (3A girls), Clearfield (4A boys), and St. Marys (4A girls).
Brookville is the lone team to enter in Class 3A boys and will go straight to a subregional game against either District 5 or District 8. DuBois, meanwhile, is in subregionals on the boys and girls sides with the boys in a subregional with District 8 and District 10 and the girls in a subregional with Districts 6 and 8.
Games get underway Monday, Feb. 21, with the DuBois girls traveling to Hollidaysburg in a 5A semifinal.
Action inside District 9 starts Tuesday, Feb. 22, when Sheffield travels to Clarion in 1A boys action and three 1A girls’ preliminary games takes place with Smethport at Northern Potter, Clarion at Coudersport, and Port Allegany at Union.
In all, 41 District 9 boys’ and girls’ basketball teams have entered the postseason.
The largest bracket is the Class 1A girls with 11 teams followed by the 1A boys with nine teams. The 2A boys’ bracket has seven teams. All other brackets are four teams or fewer including in Class 2A girls where only two teams have entered and Class 4A girls where only two teams have entered.
District 9 is guaranteed 18 PIAA playoff spots with an opportunity to gain four more spots.
Both 1A girls and boys have five PIAA berths awaiting them with a consolation tournament to be played amongst the quarterfinal losers to determine the fifth spot.
Three 2A boys’ teams and two 2A girls’ teams advance to the PIAA playoffs. Brookville is assured of a PIAA playoff spot in Class 3A boys, while the Class 3A girls’ champion will also get a spot in the PIAA Tournament. DuBois’ boys are also guaranteed a state playoff berth.
Both District 9 4A champions will go to subregionals with a chance to earn PIAA berths, while the DuBois girls would need to win once to gain a spot.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this story said that DuBois’ boys had to win one game to earn a PIAA playoff spot. The Beavers are already guaranteed a spot.