Tonight, the WPIAL bracket for 121 boys’ and 109 girls’ basketball teams for the 2021 WPIAL playoffs.
There are 12 separate brackets, as there are 6 different classifications based on class size for both the boys’ and girls’ side.
Amy Scheuneman, the WPIAL Executive Director spoke with TribLive HSSN to talk about the process in creating these brackets.
Scheuneman stated the games will allow up to 10% capacity of fans. Parents and those who want to buy tickets should contact the schools involved in each game to buy tickets. There will be an even number offered for each school. For instance, if there are 100 tickets being sold, each school will get 50 each.
Teams can choose to wear masks but are not forced to. Fans in attendance will have to wear masks.
Due to the inability to play the usual number of games in a season, most teams are in the playoffs for this year, but many teams on the boys’ and girls’ side opted out.
Therefore, the brackets were much more difficult to put together. Scheuneman expressed the talent in the 4A and 5A classifications made it tough and knows several games could go either way.
1A – This bracket features no preliminary round games. Rochester is the No. 1 seed earning a bye. West Greene and Eden Christian Academy are the second and third seeds, both also earning a bye.
2A – In the 2 A classification, Neshanneck at No. 1 and Sierra Catholic at the second seed, both earning home court advantage throughout the tournament if they advance. Both will face the winner of the preliminary round games. This bracket has five totals of those games.
3A – In Class-3A, North Catholic from Section 1 is the No. 1 seed. They and Mohawk (No. 2 seed) will be facing the preliminary round winners.
4A – Only one preliminary round game will be played between Burrell and Ambridge. That winner will become the 16th seed and take on the dominant Beaver High School No. 1 seed.
5A – This bracket was one of the toughest to put together as only six eams aren’t playing in an early round game. Trinity, Chartiers Valley, Hampton, Thomas Jefferson, Woodland Hills and Greater Latrobe are those six seeds in that order.
6A – The highest classification offers much simpler bracketology. North Allegheny and Upper St. Clair are the top two seeds and earned a bye. Peters Township is No. 7 in their new facility faces No. 10 Pine-Richland in the first round and the winner will face Upper St. Clair.
1A – In another straightforward bracket, Bishop Canevin is the lone team to get the bye. They’ll face the winner between St. Joseph’s and Avella. Just as they were high seeds in the girl’s brackets, Rochester and Eden Christian Academy are the second and third seed.
2A – This division has seven preliminary round games. OLSH earned the first seed once again. Greensburg Central Catholic at the second seed will look to add another WPIAL title as both their boys’ and girls’ soccer teams won this past fall.
3A – This bracket also has seven preliminary round games, featuring South Allegheny, Neshanneck, Shady Side Academy, and Aliquippa as the top four seeds.
4A – At five preliminary rounds, the Class-4A battle will be very tough. Belle Vernon, Lincoln Park, Montour, Quaker Valley and North Catholic will take on the winners of those first-round games.
5A – Under the McConnell dynasty, Chartiers Valley is the No. 1 seed once again. They’ll start their run against either Hampton or McKeesport. There will be five other preliminary round games.
6A – As the biggest class size, only 17 teams are in this bracket. The winner of Greensburg Salem and Canon-McMillan will move on to No. 1 Upper St. Clair.
The schedule for the playoff games is:
Preliminary Round: Feb. 27 & March 1
First Round: March 1-4
Quarterfinal: March 5,6 & 8
Semifinal: March 9, 10 & 11
Finals: March 12, 13 & 15
Trib HSSN is the exclusive broadcast streamer for all WPIAL boys’ and girls’ playoffs games. Check out their website during the postseason for live video and audio coverage.
Look forward to Pittsburgh Sports Now game stories, recaps, photos and more for all WPIAL basketball playoff games.