What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Oct. 18, 2023: Football playoff pairings to be revealed at noon

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Tuesday, October 17, 2023 | 11:01 p.m


The first edition of bracketology for the WPIAL fall sports season comes Wednesday when the district releases the 2023 boys and girls soccer playoff brackets.

Not only did the four defending girls soccer champions advance to this year’s postseason to defend their crowns, but North Allegheny, Moon, Avonworth and Freedom also won their section titles this season.

There will be a new Class 4A boys soccer champion.

Pine-Richland, the 2022 champion, finished fifth in Section 1-4A and missed the postseason.

The other boys soccer district champions from a year ago – Moon, Deer Lakes and Winchester Thurston – are back and ready to go for more gold.

Two area teams will try to make it three each over the next few weeks as the Winchester Thurston boys and Avonworth girls try to win a third straight WPIAL title.

Also, the Seneca Valley boys and girls are the defending PIAA state soccer champions heading into the district playoffs.

Check out Trib HSSN’s Noon Wednesday Football Playoff Show at TribHSSN.TribLive.com.

Driving for PIAA Gold

With the state individual golf championships in the books, four WPIAL teams will battle for PIAA gold on Wednesday at the Penn State Golf Course in State College.

Peters Township will have a chance to sweep state gold as both the Indians’ boys and girls teams will be in the PIAA Class 3A team playoffs.

In Class 2A, WPIAL boys champions Belle Vernon and Greensburg Central Catholic girls will look to double up on district and state gold.

The Seneca Valley girls in 3A and the Central Valley girls in 2A will also be part of the six-team playoff format.

One WPIAL team won a state championship a year ago when Central Catholic won PIAA boys 3A gold.

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The 2023 WPIAL Girls Tennis Team Championships are set for Wednesday at the Janet L. Swanson Tennis Center at Washington and Jefferson College.

The top two seeds in the Class 3A battle when the No. 1 Bethel Park faces No. 1 North Allegheny at 2:30 p.m

Black Hawks defeated Norwin, Upper St. Clair and Shady Side Academy to advance to the finals, while North Allegheny knocked off Baldwin, Pine-Richland and defending champion Mt. Lebanon to reach the title game.

Bethel Park is trying to win its first WPIAL girls tennis team crown, while North Allegheny is looking for No. 7 after winning six straight district championships between 2013-2018.

The top two seeds also face each other in Class 2A, with defending champion and top-seeded Knoch battling against No. 2 Sewickley Academy at 1 p.m

After a first-round bye, the Knights swept Winchester Thurston and Hampton en route to the finals, while the Panthers eliminated McGuffey, Quaker Valley and North Catholic en route to the title game.

Knoch is trying to make it two straight and three titles in four years, while Sewickley Academy hopes to win its ninth district crown, second in three years and fifth since 2017.

Also on Wednesday are the two consolation games for North Allegheny.

In Class 3A, Mount Lebanon faces Shady Side Academy, and in 2A, Hampton battles North Catholic. The winner of those matches joins the two finalists as District 7 representatives in the upcoming PIAA girls team tennis playoffs.

Fight for second

Pine-Richland won first place in WPIAL Class 3A field hockey.

The battle for second place could be decided Wednesday when Mount Lebanon visits Peters Township in the regular season finale.

Both the Blue Devils and Indians enter the game with identical 3A records of 7-2-2.

While Pine-Richland is No. 1 in both offense and defense in 3A, Mount Lebanon is No. 2 in goals scored, while Peters Township is No. 2 in goals allowed.

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