It is the price which no District 3 team really wants to pay, but it has become Biglerville High's boys' soccer fate, complicating the Canners' return to the PIAA Class A tournament.
With its 3-1 loss to Greenwood on Saturday afternoon at Hershey, Biglerville has been sent into the West region bracket.
That means likely long bus trips to areas of Pennsylvania which most members of the team have probably never seen. In fact, Biglerville would not see another team from the East until the championship round at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Meanwhile, the path for Delone Catholic's girls' volleyball team will be considerably more convenient.
Sure, there is the trip to West Lawn, site of Delone's District 3 Class AA semifinal win over Palmyra, for the opening round of the PIAA Class AA tournament on Wednesday.
However, opposite of Biglerville's fate, the unbeaten Squirettes, winners of the YAIAA and District 3 Class A championships, would not see a Western team until a potential state title match at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Central York High School.
But first, there is the opening round of both tournaments.
While Biglerville High's boys journey to Somerset High School to face District 5 champion Windber at 7 p.m., Delone Catholic's girls will oppose District 12 runner-up Masterman in a 5:30 p.m. match one night later.
The Squirettes are coming off a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Berks Catholic in the District 3 Class AA final on Saturday. Delone was paced by Cambria Wierman, whose 24 digs and 20 kills in the match helped the Squirettes rally from a 2-0 deficit.
Masterman (14-3) is coming off a 25-14, 25-9, 25-9 loss to Lansdale Catholic on Friday in the District 12 Class AA championship match. The loss at Philadelphia Community College snapped a five-match win streak for the Philadelphia team.
Meanwhile, Biglerville returns to the PIAA boys' soccer tournament for the first time since 2009, when Benton took a 2-1 win in the opening round of the PIAA Class A bracket.
However, Tuesday offers a new experience for the Canners (15-7-1) against largely unknown competition, while Windber enters uncharted territory.
The Canners are paced by Harley Weigle, who has 16 goals and six assists, and Mario Ortega, who has tallied 10 goals and seven assists. However, 14 other Canners have tallied goals for Biglerville.
Greenwood's victory ended a two-game shutout streak for the Canner defense.
Hours later, Windber (16-4-1) clinched the school's first district boys' soccer crown with a 1-0 shootout triumph over Conemaugh Township at Somerset High School.
Defense has been the host Ramblers' calling card in 2012. Windber owns 11 wins by shutout behind the back line of Adam Feather, Nick Napora, Steven Thomas and Jake Forish and goalkeeper Garrett Walerysiak, a starter for more than two seasons.
Two Ramblers, Lucas Leitenberger and Jake Hanley, each have more than 20 goals.
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