The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 21, 2013

H.S. field hockey: Nearly an all-Valley first round in districts

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It's nearly an all-Valley district playoffs in the opening round the District 4 field hockey playoffs.

Eight teams earned Class AA berths, six of which are from the Valley.

The playoffs begin on Thursday at the site of the highest seeds.

The semifinals are scheduled for next Monday, Oct. 28, while the final is set for Wednesday, Oct. 30.

The semifinals and finals will be played at Bucknell University.

Selinsgrove (17-1) earned the No. 1 seed and was one of three teams from the Heartland Athletic Conference Division-I to make the post season. The Seals went undefeated in HAC-I play (12-0) and hosts No. 8 Danville (8-8-2) at 3:30 p.m.

The Ironmen earned their first district berth since 2004 and have a win over district qualifier Central Columbia.

Emily Klinger leads the Seals with 18 goals this year while Lexi Horst has 15 goals.

Selinsgrove, which is seeking its ninth consecutive district title, won the Heartland Conference title last week for the fifth time since the HAC's inception in 2008. The Seals beat Greenwood -- the Tri-Valley League's top team -- 4-2 on Oct. 16.

Mifflinburg (14-4), who has won eight of its last 10 games, earned the fifth seed. Two of their four losses came to Lewisburg, 7-0, and Selinsgrove, 3-2. They travel to fourth-seed East Juniata (13-3-1) at 4 p.m.

The Tigers tied six-time Tri-Valley League champion Greenwood with a 6-1-1 league record but fell to the Wildcats 2-0 in the TVL championship game.

On the bottom half of the bracket, No. 2 seeded Bloomsburg (15-3), a district semi-finalist a year ago when they lost to the Seals in overtime, hosts No. 7 Southern Columbia (9-9-0) which won three of its last four games to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Lewisburg (11-3-1) is the No. 3 seed, has won 12 of its last 13 games after getting off to a 1-2-1 start.

The Green Dragons will host No. 6 Central Columbia (13-5) who is 7-1 in their last eight games with the loss coming to Bloomsburg.

Both games are scheduled for 4 p.m. starts.

Line Mountain, last year's district runner-up, missed qualifying for the playoffsthis year by a single win at 7-8-3.

The top two finishers in the tournament earn a birth in the state playoffs which begin on Nov. 2.