By The Daily Item
After Saturday's District 4 championship and consolation round, a total seven area schools are set to play in the PIAA state tournament for basketball.
On the boys side, Lewisburg earned the final berth for the District 4 Class AA field thanks to a lopsided win over East Juniata on Saturday, 71-35. Milton and Shikellamy earned berths as well in the Class AAA field, as Milton defeated Shikellamy, 58-45.
No area schools made it out of the District 4 Class A field, as Lourdes lost the consolation game on Friday night to Muncy, 51-46. However, Greenwood advanced in District 3 Class A after losing the championship.
The Wildcats (19-4) face District 4 runner-up Sullivan County (21-3) at Milton Hershey High School on Friday at 5 p.m.
The Green Dragons (23-4) have been led by four different players in their starting five who average double-digit scoring, including senior Travis Conrad who is averaging 14.5 ppg. That talented offense will look to knock off District 2 champion Holy Cross (23-5) at Carbondale High School on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Lewisburg is in the same upper bracket as District 4 champion Loyalsock, who the Green Dragons' four losses all came to.
Milton (16-9) won its first District 4 Class AAA title since 2007 and is looking to keep the success going in the PIAA tournament on Friday. The Black Panthers face District 2 third-place finisher Scranton Prep at the Shamokin "Purple Palace" at 7:30 p.m.
Despite not earning its first District 4 title since 1979 on Saturday, the Shikellamy Braves (14-11) are still state-bound for a second consecutive year.
The Braves, led by brothers Ernie and C.J. Tyler, will face District 2 champion Abington Heights (25-2) at Lackawanna College on Friday night at 7:30.
Between Shikellamy, Milton and Lewisburg, only the Braves saw time in the state tournament last year, as Shikellamy lost in the first round to Allentown Central Catholic, 50-47.