Teams jockey for high seeds
As the local prep basketball districts enter the final round of competition, seven boys’ and six girls’ teams are within the 32-team playoff brackets. And the Academy of Our Lady is on the Class 4A bubble ranked at No. 34.
St. Augustine (17-4), which gained sole possession of the District 9-5A lead after beating Brother Martin, 49-46, on Jan. 23, is the highest-ranking seed this week at No. 5. Brother Martin (15-5) started the week at No. 10.
Jesuit (9-5) is a No. 19 seed, and Archbishop Rummel is No. 21 despite its attractive 16-4 record.
St. Paul’s (16-5) is looking to continue its 5-0 record in 6-5A and improve on its No. 13 ranking.
De La Salle (17-4) is ranked No. 7 in Class 3A, and Archbishop Hannan (16-5) has come a long way since its dismal showing in the CYO Classic. The Hawks, ranked No. 7 in Class 2A, are on a 14-1 run.
Defending 5A champion Mount Carmel (17-6) is currently a No. 8 seed, while Archbishop Chapelle (14-13) and Dominican (12-10) are seeded at Nos. 26 and 32, respectively.
At No. 4, Cabrini (19-4) and No. 20 St. Scholastica (16-3) are the highest local Catholic school seeds in Class 4A.
Brother Martin’s Vejon Wallis leaps over Kelvin Jackson of St. Augustine to grab a loose ball during a District 9-5A game on Jan. 23. Before a capacity crowd in Robert Conlin gym, St. Augustine won a close game, 49-46, to take over first place in the district (additional photos at www.clarionherald.org).
Mount Carmel senior Taylor Berry, left, and Dominican junior Gabby Sperber scored their 1,000th career points this season. The two guards shared a moment together at the end of their District 9-5A game on Jan. 22.