Beaver, Rochester girls and OLSH boys grab top seeds in WPIAL basketball playoffs

Blackhawk's Piper Romigh guards Beaver's Emma Pavelek during Monday night's game at Blackhawk High School.  The Bobcats won the game 34-32.

In a normal year, the WPIAL pairings meeting would be held in a crowded, standing room only ballroom with coaches straining to get a good look at the screen to see who their team will be playing. Eventually, the opposing coaches would have to meet and exchange films. 

As everyone knows, though, this is not a normal year. The meeting was done virtually and, for more reasons than one, that was advantageous. Because of the compressed schedule, many of the teams whose postseason schedules were announced were actually playing at the same time. 

One of them was the Beaver girls, who hosted Ambridge on senior night, and could play their first playoff game against those same Bridgers. Beaver’s unbeaten season was rewarded with the top seed in Class 4A while Ambridge is seeded 17th.