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Upper Dublin boys, Souderton girls among Reporter/Times Herald/Montgomery Media teams to earn District 1 playoff spots

The 2021 basketball regular season is over and the District 1 playoffs are set to begin this weekend. The Reporter/Times Herald/Montgomery Media area is well-represented on both the boys and girls sides across all six classifications.

District 1 champions will be crowned by Friday March 19. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, every playoff game is win-or-go-home and only the district champs will advance to states.

Here is a look at which area teams are in and which are out of the District 1 playoffs in each classification:

Boys 6A

Cheltenham earned the top seed in the District 1-6A playoffs. No. 3 Plymouth Whitemarsh and No. 12 Pennridge also earned first-round byes and will begin their postseason journey in the second round Tuesday. No. 14 Abington, No. 16 Methacton, No. 18 North Penn and No. 20 Upper Dublin will play in the first round Saturday. The Cardinals won two of their final three games to edge out Great Valley for the final playoff spot.

Wissahickon finished just outside the playoff field at No. 22.

Girls 6A

No. 2 Plymouth Whitemarsh, No. 4 Upper Dublin and No. 8 Abington represent the Suburban One League Liberty Division well, earning three of the top eight seeds. No. 9 Methacton and No. 10 CB West also earned first-round byes in the 20-team playoff field. Souderton won its season finale Wednesday night to help earn the No. 18 spot in the playoff field.

Hatboro-Horsham lost three of its final four games and missed the playoffs as the No. 21 seed.

Boys 5A

Upper Moreland is the No. 1 seed in the District 1-5A playoffs and earned a first-round bye. Upper Merion lost its final four games of the season, but still finished No. 9 to earn a spot in the 10-team playoff field. The Vikings will play Saturday.

Lower Moreland just missed the cut at No. 12.

Girls 5A

Upper Moreland earned the No. 4 seed and a first-round bye. Mount St. Joseph Academy finished No. 9 and will open the playoffs Saturday.

Boys 4A

Pope John Paul II earned the No. 1 seed in District 1-4A and will meet No. 2 New Hope-Solebury in the championship game Wednesday.

Springfield Montco finished No. 3.

Girls 4A

Gwynedd Mercy Academy and Pope John Paul II both earned spots in the four-team District 1-4A playoff field. GMA is the No. 1 seed and PJP No. 3. The semifinals are set for Tuesday.

Lower Moreland finished just outside the playoff field at No. 5.

Boys 3A

Dock Mennonite is the No. 1 seed in District 1-3A and will face the District 11 winner in a regional championship game March 17.

Girls 3A

St. Basil Academy is the No. 1 seed in District 1-3A. The AACA champs will face No. 2 MaST Charter Wednesday for a spot in the regional qualifier against the District 11 champion March 16.

Girls 2A

Dock Mennonite will compete for the District 1-2A championship Tuesday. The second-seeded Pioneers will face No. 1 Sacred Heart for a spot in the state playoffs.

Boys A

No. 2 Jenkintown and No. 3 Faith Christian Academy will face each other in the first round of the District 1-A playoffs Monday. The winner will advance to Thursday’s district title game.

Girls A

No. 1 Jenkintown and No. 2 Faith Christian Academy will meet for the third time this season in the District 1-A championship game Tuesday. The winner will face the District 12 champion next Friday for a spot in the state playoffs.

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