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District 1 5A unofficial bracket released

02/11/2018, 11:15am EST
By Josh Verlin and Tyler Sandora

Tyler Norwood (above) and Penncrest won last year's District 1 5A championship. (Photo: Mark Jordan/CoBL)

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The District 1 5A bracket was released on Sunday morning, with the 16-team field "unofficially" set. The brackets become official on Monday at noon after district officials double-check out-of-area records.

Seven of these teams will make the PIAA Class 5A tournament; all but one of the teams that advance to the quarterfinals will see their postseasons extended into March.

The top seed is the defending District champion, Penncrest, which is led by high-scoring senior Tyler Norwood, but the Lions’ supporting cast all knows their roles, from junior forwards Matt Arbogast and Malcolm Williams to senior guard Justin Heidig, senior forward Chris Mills and more.

At No. 2 is a district semifinalist from a year ago, Bishop Shanahan, and a Chester squad that’s won 15 of its last 16 games nabs the No. 3 seed. This is a wide-open bracket, though, with no fewer than seven or eight teams will real title hopes.

Here’s how it breaks down (regular-season record in parenthesis); click here for the 6A bracket:

1) Penncrest (20-2)
16) Springfield Delco (8-14)

8) Chichester (14-8)
9) Holy Ghost Prep (13-9)

4) Wissahickon (16-6)
13) Strath Haven (10-12)

5) Great Valley (16-6)
12) Pottsgrove (12-10)

2) Bishop Shanahan (17-4)
15) West Chester East (9-13)

7) West Chester Rustin (14-8)
10) Upper Perkiomen (15-7)

3) Chester (16-6)
14) Academy Park (8-14)

6) Sun Valley (16-6)
11) Marple Newtown (13-9)

First-round action will take place on Wed., Feb. 21, with the quarterfinals three days later. The semifinals will be on Wed., Feb. 28, and the championship will be on Saturday, March 3.

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