Oct 23, 201208:57 AMDaily News
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HS Sports Roundup: Few upsets in first round of District 3 soccer tournaments
As the final days of October go by, high school sports kick off their conference, district and state playoffs.
With most conference championships in the books (excluding football), many sports are beginning their district tournaments, which will determine who advances to states.
Each sport is divided up by size of school, with bigger schools getting a higher classification (Class AAAA or Class AAA, depending on the sport). Yesterday was the first round of three of the girls and boys soccer tournaments, and it started this year’s playoffs out with excitement right out the gate.
There were no upsets in the first round of the District 3 Class AAA girls soccer tournament, but there were quite a few nail-biters.
Cedar Crest, Conestoga Valley and Hershey each needed overtime to down their opponents, while Red Land had to rally late for a 2-1 win. Top-seeded Wilson won by rout, and Lower Dauphin and Governor Mifflin each won by two goals or more. Two-time defending state and District 3 champion Cumberland Valley also advanced with a 2-0 win over cross-town rival Mechanicsburg.
In the Class A tournament, Camp Hill, Lancaster Country Day, York Catholic and Halifax each advanced to the quarterfinals.
The Class AA tournament continues today, while the AAA and A tournaments pick up again Thursday.
The District 3 Class AA boys soccer tournament had a pair of upsets as No. 13 Lancaster Mennonite and No. 12 Annville-Cleona topped Manheim Central and Boiling Springs, respectively. The teams will play each other in the next round.
Top-seeded Gettysburg withstood a tough Lancaster Catholic effort for a 2-1 win. Fleetwood needed two overtimes to down East Pennsboro, and Tulpehocken edged Hamburg in penalty kicks.
York Suburban and Pequea Valley each advanced to the quarterfinals, as well as Greencastle-Antrim, 2-1 winners in overtime against Mid-Penn Conference foe Bishop McDevitt.
The Class AA tournament continues Thursday, while the Class AAA and A tournaments begin today.
In addition to soccer, the Class AAA and AA field hockey championships begin throughout the area. The District 3 cross country championships will be Wednesday in Hershey.