WILKES-BARRE – The state field hockey playoffs don’t begin for a little more than two weeks. But two tournaments featuring some of the best the state has to offer get under way in just a few days.
Sixteen teams from the Wyoming Valley Conference – including defending Class 2A state champion Wyoming Seminary – will take part in the District 2 playoffs, which begin next week.
The 10-team Class 2A tournament will get started Tuesday with a pair of opening-round games. The six-team Class 3A tourney begins Wednesday with two quarterfinal games.
The Class 3A championship game is scheduled for Nov. 4, while the Class 2A title game is set for Nov. 5. The two champions advance to the PIAA state playoffs, which begin Nov. 10.
The three WVC division champions – Wyoming Seminary, Nanticoke and Meyers – will play their first district playoff game in the Class 2A quarterfinals.
All games are played at the higher seeded team until the finals, which will be played at neutral sites. The seeds are based on regular-season records in the WVC. There is no admission charge for opening round, quarterfinal or semifinal games. Tickets for the championship games are $5 for adults and $3 for students.
The tournament pairings were announced during seeding meeting Thursday night. Here’s a look at the pairings in the respective classifications:
Wyoming Seminary captured the WVC Division I championship with a perfect 15-0 record to earn the overall No. 1 seed. Crestwood finished with a 14-1 mark to earn the No. 2 seed.
Ten teams qualify for the playoffs, including all four 2A teams from Division I, all three 2A teams from Division II and three of the eight 2A teams from Division III.
The tournament will begin Tuesday with an opening round. Division II third seed Wyoming Area (6-8-1) will host Division III runner-up Northwest (11-2-1), while Division III third seed Tunkhannock (9-3-2) travels to Division II second seed Holy Redeemer (8-7). Both games will begin at 3:30 p.m.
The quarterfinals will be held Thursday with the Wyoming Area/Northwest winner facing host Wyoming Seminary at 6:30 p.m. In other quarterfinal action, Division II champion Nanticoke (9-5-1) hosts Division I fourth-seed Dallas (6-7-1) at 3:30 p.m.; Crestwood hosts Division III champion Meyers (14-0-1) at 4 p.m.; and the Holy Redeemer/Tunkhannock winner will play at Division I third-seed Lake-Lehman (13-2) at 6:30 p.m.
The semifinals will be held Nov. 3 with the winner of the Wyoming Seminary quarterfinal playing the Dallas/Nanticoke winner. In the other semifinal, the Crestwood/Meyers winner will square off against the Holy Redeemer/Tunkhannock winner.
The championship game will be played at Spartan Stadium in Kingston at a time to be determined. The district champion will host a first-round state playoff game.
Wyoming Valley West finished with an 11-4 record in Division I and earned the No. 1 seed. Lackawanna Trail posted an 8-6-1 record in Division I to earn the second seed.
In quarterfinal action, No. 5 seeded Delaware Valley (6-9) travels to No. 4 seed Honesdale (7-8), while third-seeded Coughlin (8-7) hosts No. 6 Wallenpaupack (4-10). Both games will begin at 3:30 p.m.
The semifinals are scheduled to be played Nov. 2. The Honesdale/Delaware Valley winner will play host Valley West at 7 p.m., while No. 2 Lackawanna Trail hosts the Coughlin/Wallenpaupack winner at 3:30 p.m.
The championship game will be played at a time and site to be determined. The district champion will host a first-round state playoff game