Syracuse – The Section 3 boys and girls Section 3 basketball tournaments were mapped out on Wednesday night with several Utica-Rome and Mohawk Valley teams receiving berths, with several more being highly seeded for the single elimination tournament that begins today.
On the girls side, the New Hartford Spartans are seeded #2 in Class A, behind state ranked #6 Jamesville-DeWitt. The Spartans will host the winner of Central Square and CBA at home on Tuesday, 2/19. Whitesboro is the #6 seed in Class A and will host 10th seeded Watertown on 2/15.
In Class B, the Oneida Indians enter the tournament as the #2 seed, while the VVS Red Devils join the fray seeded 4th. Oneida will open the tournament on 2/16 against the winner of today’s game between Holland Patent and Homer.
VVS opens tournament play against 13th seeded Central Valley Academy on Friday. Adirondack is seeded #8, Cazenovia is seeded 12th and Utica Notre Dame is seeded 14th in this year’s Class B field.
In the huge Class C bracket, the Little Falls Mounties are seeded second, with Waterville at #8, Sauquoit Valley at #9, West Canada Valley at #10, Dolgeville at #11, Frankfort-Schuyler at #12, Mount Markham at #13 and Herkimer at #14.
The Class D bracket has the rival Madison Blue Devils and Brookfield Beavers seeded 2nd and 3rd respectively, with Hamilton at #5 and Poland at #7.
The Rome Free Academy Black Knights are the lone local AA entrant, seeded #8. Rome will travel to top seeded Cicero-North Syracuse on 2/19 for an opening round matchup.
Over on the boys side, the Whitesboro Warriors received the top seed in Class A and will await the winner of Fulton (9) and Auburn (8), for a home game on Tuesday, 2/19. From all indicators, the Auburn Maroons may be the most dangerous #8 seed in the entire tournament. Whitesboro’s side of the A bracket is no picnic as the Warriors may also have to face 4th seeded Bishop Grimes or 5th seeded ES-M before reaching the semifinal round.
In Class “AA” the Rome Free Academy Black Knights enter the big dance as the #3 seed after winning the outright Tri-Valley League Championship. Rome will face the 6th seeded Bishop Ludden Gaelic Knights at home on 2/19 in the opening round.
The Utica Notre Dame Jugglers are seeded 4th and will open tournament at home against 5th seeded Cicero-North Syracuse on 2/19. That game can be heard live on ESPN Radio 96.5 FM.
The Proctor Raiders received the 10th seed in Class AA and will travel to 7th seeded Baldwinsville on 2/15 for an opening round battle.
The Class B bracket is topped locally by the Holland Patent Golden Knights, who received the #5 seed. HP will open tournament play against 12th seeded Marcellus on Friday night, 2/15 at 6 pm. Also, in Class B, Central Valley Academy is seeded 13th, Adirondack comes in at 15th, Oneida is #18 and VVS enters as the #19 seed.
The massive Class C bracket is topped by The Utica Academy of Science Atoms and Cooperstown Hawkeyes, seeded at numbers 1 and 2 respectively. The Atoms and Hawkeyes split their regular season series and many expect these two dynamic squads to meet in the Class C Final in the Carrier Dome on March 3rd.
A whole batch of other local teams in Class C are ready and waiting to upset UAS and Cooperstown, including West Canada Valley lurking at #4, Oriskany at #7, Waterville at #9, Mount Markham at #10, Herkimer at #12, and Frankfort-Schuyler at #16.
A huge early round matchup features #10 Mount Markham at #7 Oriskany on Friday. That game can be heard live on ESPN Radio Utica Rome 96.5 FM. We’ll have a full story on that one right here after the game!
In Class D, the Hamilton Emerald Knights are the top local seed at #5, followed by New York Mills at #6. The Old Forge Eskimos, on the heels of an excellent regular season are seeded 8th, followed by Brookfield at #11 and Remsen at #12.
Be sure to check the interactive scoreboard here at midyorksportsreport.com often to stay up to date on your favorite team’s progress!