The Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School girls basketball team is the team to beat in the District 6 Class A playoffs, once again.
The Lady Marauders are the top seed in their bracket as they shoot for an unprecedented seventh straight 6-A crown. District chairman T.J. Kakabar announced the seedings and early-round sites for Class AAA, AA and A on Tuesday morning.
The Bishop Carroll boys are the only other team from the Mirror coverage area to be seeding first in the classes that were released, garnering the top spot in Class A. The Class AAAA seedings will be announced at a later date.
The 20-2 BG girls will get a first-round bye and then will meet the winner of the United/Williamsburg game in the quarterfinals late next week at a site to be determined - six of the 11 teams in the 6-A girls field are from the area, including second-seeded Portage and No. 3 Claysburg-Kimmel.
Fifty-five teams entered in the six classifications, 53 from District 6 and two from the Pittsburgh City League, which will compete in the 6-AAA girls tournament to try to make it to states.
Twenty-four of those teams are area squads.
Carroll, the runner-up in 6-A boys last season, overcame diocesan and Laurel Highlands Conference Section 1 rival Bishop Guilfoyle for the No. 1 seed in Class A boys.
In addition to BG boys and Portage girls, two other area teams are second seeds. The Bellwood-Antis girls and the Penn Cambria boys, both in Class AA.
The 6-AA boys bracket has a strong area flavor with the second through fifth seeds all being local schools. After Penn Cambria, Bellwood-Antis is ranked third, Tyrone fourth and defending 6-A champion Northern Cambria fifth. Cambria Heights and Central also entered; Bald Eagle Area is the top seed.
Despite only having one loss, the B-A girls checked in behind BEA.
Johnstown boys and Forest Hills girls are the top seeds in Class AAA.
(Please see complete list of the seedings and early-round pairings on Page B5.)