Claysburg-Kimmel will face a tall order in the state Class A softball quarterfinals on Thursday, but at least the Lady Bulldogs won't have to travel very far to tackle it.
Claysburg's next game will be at Everett Elementary School at 12:30 p.m. The 20-3 District 6 champions will be taking on Neshannock, the team that won in Class AA last season.
Neshannock is 19-2 this year and the champion from District 7 (WPIAL).
C-K is in the state second round for the first time since 2010, when the Lady Bulldogs made it all the way to the PIAA semifinals.
The only other team from the Mirror coverage area still alive in either softball or baseball - the Philipsburg-Osceola softball team - also will be in action in Bedford County on Thursday afternoon against a WPIAL power: The Lady Mounties face Deer Lakes at Bedford Area High School at 2 p.m.
P-O raised its record to 22-1 by beating Chartiers-Houston in the PIAA Class AA first round.
Four other softball teams from the region will be in action on Thursday, too. District 6 Class A runner-up Southern Huntingdon also will be at Everett to play Carmichaels at 3 p.m., while District 5 Class A champion H.O.P.E. for Hyndman is at Lebanon Valley College at 2 p.m. for its game with Williams Valley. In Class AA, Ligonier Valley, which lost to Philipsburg-Osceola in the District 6 final, meets Riverview at McKees Rocks at 4 p.m.
Several of the region's baseball teams still are in the running for state gold and will play quarterfinal games on Thursday. In Class AA, Mount Union battles District 7 champion Beaver at 4 p.m. at Somerset. District 6 Class AAAA champ State College heads to Scotland to play Lower Dauphin at noon followed by a Class AAA contest between District 9 champion Punxsutawney and Upper Moreland.
Defending PIAA Class A champ Bishop McCort meets up with Johnsonburg at Punxsutawney at 4 p.m.