By ED GOTWALS

@EdGotwalsPO

District 3 released its basketball tournament pairings on Sunday afternoon and Franklin County representation is pretty sparse.

Of the 10 teams in the county - five boys and five girls - only two teams qualified for the postseason. Chambersburg will play in the boys Class AAAA tourney and Greencastle-Antrim is in the boys Class AAA field.

It is the lowest number of county teams in the tournament in at least 15 years, and likely many more than that.

Chambersburg earned the No. 6 seed. The Trojans (14-8) will host No. 11 Cedar Crest (14-8) on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in a first-round game.

Greencastle (16-5) is the No. 8 seed in AAA and will host No. 9 Northeastern (16-6) in a first-round game on Feb. 19. Ironically, the Blue Devils were scheduled to play the Bobcats earlier, but the game was postponed and could not be made up because of Northeastern's league schedule.

The fact that there is more than a week until the teams play is looked at differently by the coaches.

"We seemed like we played tired at the end," said Chambersburg coach Beau Gantz, whose team played six games in the final 12 days of the regular season. "Actually, I thought a lot of teams did; there were too many back-to-back games. We couldn't practice properly, because it was all about scouting reports of the next team.

"But that's no excuse because everybody was in the same boat. We gave them off a couple of days and I hope we come back fresh.


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G-A coach Gary Martin would have preferred to keep right on playing.

"I thought we were rolling pretty good at the end, even though we lost twice," Martin said. "We met Chambersburg (in the Dunks for Drew event) and that was one of our better games of the season, then we played at Carlisle - a team that needed to win to get in the playoffs - and had it to two points near the end."

The Blue Devils participated in the Mid Penn Conference playoffs in each of the last two years, which was a bridge between the end of the regular season and districts.

Martin said, "The Mid Penn games gave us a chance to play a good team with good refs, and it was another opportunity for the kids to be seen by college scouts. We'll just have to play a couple of scrimmages to try to stay sharp."

Chambersburg is the defending champion in AAAA, something that Gantz is using as motivation.

"We're still the champions until somebody beats us," he said.

The Trojans were the 15th seed last year and had to win five games for the title.

This year, it appears that the top three seeds - Harrisburg, York and McCaskey (all 20-2) - are the clear favorites and everybody else is hoping for an upset. The top seven teams qualify for the PIAA Tournament.

Gantz said, "I think we're better than our 14-8 record. I think the kids were worrying too much toward the end about where they'd be seeded for the playoffs. Now that we're in, I wouldn't want to play us, because you never know which team will show up."

Cedar Crest was 12-6 in Section I of the Lancaster-Lebanon League and took second behind McCaskey.

Greencastle's opponent, Northeastern, won Division II in the York-Adams league (11-3) and features the league's top scorer in Khalid Nwandu, at 21.3 points per game. The Bobcats, on an eight-game winning streak, beat the Blue Devils twice last year, 75-66 in the regular season and 78-69 in the district consolation for fifth place.

"They are definitely a good team and we'll have to stay disciplined and contain (Nwandu)," Martin said. "But we do know them pretty well."

The top seven teams in AAA also qualify for the state tournament.

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Ed Gotwals can be reached at 262-4755 and egotwals@publicopinionnews.com.

District 3 track record

Only 2 boys teams, Chambersburg and Greencastle-Antrim, qualified for the District 3 basketball tournament this year, the lowest total for Franklin County in recent memory. Over the past 15 seasons, the previous low number was 2011 (3) and the highest was 2007 (10). Years since 2010 do not include Scotland School. Below are the number of appearances for each team in the last 15 years (11 for Scotland), and the last appearance:

Chambersburg - Boys 13 (2013); Girls 2 (2007)

Greencastle - Boys 8 (2013); Girls 1 (2012)

James Buchanan - Boys 3 (2007); Girls 6 (2006)

Shippensburg - Boys 8 (2010); Girls 12 (2012)

Waynesboro - Boys 6 (2009); Girls 3 (2009)

Scotland - Boys 11 (2009); Girls 7 (2008)

BOYS

BASKETBALL

District 3 Championships

CLASS AAAA

Feb. 15 Games

PRELIMINARY ROUND

(17) CD East (10-12) at (16) Lower Dauphin (14-8), 7

(20) Cocalico (12-10) at (13) Lampeter-Strasburg (15-7), 7

(18) Central Dauphin (9-13) at (15) Warwick (11-11), 7

(19) Dallastown (13-9) at (14) Hempfield (12-9), 7

Feb. 20 Games

FIRST ROUND

CD East-L.Dauphin winner at (1) Harrisburg (20-2), 7

(9) Cumberland Valley (13-9) at (8) South Western (15-6), 7

Cocalico-Lamp.-Strasburg winner at (4) Wilson (17-4), 7

(12) Carlisle (12-10) at (5) Exeter Township (18-4), 7

C.Dauphin-Warwick winner at (2) J.P. McCaskey (20-2), 7

(10) Reading (11-11) at (7) Elizabethtown (16-6), 7

Dallastown-Hempfield winner at (3) York (20-2), 7

(11) Cedar Crest (14-8) at (6) Chambersburg (14-8), 7

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CLASS AAA

Feb. 15 Games

PRELIMINARY ROUND

(17) Wyomissing (16-6) at (16) Manheim Central (14-8), 7

(18) Northern Lebanon (15-7) at (15) Lancaster Mennonite (15-7), 7

Feb. 19 Games

FIRST ROUND

Wyomissing-Man.Central winner at (1) Susquehanna Township (21-1), 7

(9) Northeastern (15-6) at (8) Greencastle-Antrim (16-5), 7

(13) Boiling Springs (15-6) at (4) Steel-High (18-4), 7

(12) Palmyra (15-7) at (5) Gettysburg (16-6), 7

N.Lebanon-Lanc. Mennonite winner at (2) Donegal (22-0), 7

(10) Milton Hershey (16-6) at (7) Lancaster Catholic (16-6), 7

(14) Bermudian Springs (16-5) at (3) Berks Catholic (19-3), 7

(11) Eastern York (16-6) at (6) Bishop McDevitt (16-6), 7

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CLASS AA

Feb. 20 Games

FIRST ROUND

(9) Brandywine Heights (7-14) at (8) Annville-Cleona (4-18), 7

(10) Tulpehocken (8-14) at (7) Hanover (13-9), 7

QUARTERFINALS

Feb. 23 Games

Brandywine-Ann.-Cleona winner at (1) Trinity (15-6), 7

(5) York Catholic (10-12) at (4) Columbia (10-12), 7

Tulpehocken-Hanover winner at (2) Delone Catholic (14-8), 7

(6) Upper Dauphin (14-6) at (3) Camp Hill (13-9), 7

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CLASS A

Feb. 19 Games

FIRST ROUND

(9) Harrisburg Academy (15-7) at (8) Lancaster County Christian (14-8), 7

(12) Harrisburg Christian (10-12) at (5) Mount Calvary (17-5), 7

(10) High Point Baptist (14-5) at (7) Antietam (12-10), 7

(11) Conestoga Christian (11-9) at (6) Bible Baptist (16-6), 7:30

QUARTERFINALS

Feb. 22 Games

Harr. Academy-Lanc. CC winner at (1) Greenwood (17-3), 7

Harr. Christian-Mt. Calvary winner at (4) Covenant Christian (13-3), 7

High Point-Antietam winner at (2) Lebanon Catholic (15-7), 7

Conestoga Chr.-Bible Baptist winner at (3) New Hope Academy (16-4), 7

GIRLS

BASKETBALL

District 3 Championships

CLASS AAAA

Feb. 15 Games

PRELIMINARY ROUND

(17) Solanco (13-9) at (16) Governor Mifflin (13-9), 6

(20) Cedar Crest (9-13) at (13) Red Lion (15-7), 7

(18) Harrisburg (12-10) at (15) Mechanicsburg (15-7), 6

(19) Lower Dauphin (13-9) at (14) Reading (14-6), 7

Feb. 19 Games

FIRST ROUND

Solanco-Gov. Mifflin winner at (1) Dover (22-0), 7

(9) Ephrata (17-5) at (8) Hershey (19-3), 7

Cedar Crest-Red Lion winner at (4) Central Dauphin (17-5), 7

(12) Dallastown (16-6) at (5) Manheim Township (19-2), 7

Harrisburg-Mechanicsburg winner at (2) Wilson (19-2), 7

(10) Cocalico (18-4) at (7) Lampeter-Strasburg (20-1), 7

L.Dauphin-Reading winner at (3) Cumberland Valley (18-4), 7

(11) Hempfield (17-5) at (6) CD East (17-5), 7

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CLASS AAA

Feb. 15 Games

PRELIMINARY ROUND

(17) East Pennsboro (13-9) at (16) Boiling Springs (13-8), 7

(18) Hamburg (14-8) at (15) Kennard-Dale (14-8), 7

Feb. 20 Games

FIRST ROUND

E.Pennsboro-Boiling Spr. winner at (1) Palmyra (22-0), 7

(9) Trinity (12-10) at (8) Eastern York (16-6), 7

(13) Big Spring (15-7) at (4) West Perry (20-2), 7

(12) Elco (14-8) at (5) Gettysburg (17-4), 7

Hamburg-Kennard-Dale winner at (2) West York (19-3), 7

(10) Fleetwood (17-4) at (7) Berks Catholic (17-5), 7

(14) Northern Lebanon (14-8) at (3) Lancaster Catholic (22-0), 7

(11) Conrad Weiser (11-5) at (6) Susquehannock (15-7), 7

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CLASS AA

Feb. 19 Games

FIRST ROUND

(9) Newport (14-6) at (8) Hanover (13-9), 7

(10) Tulpehocken (11-10) at (7) Biglerville (14-8), 7

QUARTERFINALS

Feb. 22 Games

Newport-Hanover winner at (1) York Catholic (21-1), 7

(5) Camp Hill (13-7) at (4) Annville-Cleona (14-8), 7

Tulpehocken-Biglerville winner at (2) Delone Catholic (17-5), 7

(6) Brandywine Heights (14-7) at (3) Oley Valley (17-5), 7

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CLASS A

Feb. 20 Games

FIRST ROUND

(9) Veritas Acdemy (13-9) at (8) Christian School of York (11-8), 7

(12) Upper Dauphin (9-11) at (5) Harrisburg Christian (14-7), 7

(10) Millersburg (11-11) at (7) Halifax (12-8), 7

Feb. 19, (11) Lititz Christian (12-10) at (6) Bible Baptist (13-8), 6

QUARTERFINALS

Feb. 23 Games

Veritas-CS York winner at (1) Steel-High (19-3), 7

U.Dauphin-Harr. Chr. winner at (4) Mount Calvary (15-6), 7

Millersburg-Halifax winner at (2) Lebanon Catholic (12-10), 7

Lititz Chr.-Bible Baptist winner at (3) High Point Baptist (12-4), 7