March 24, 2005


By Middle Atlantic Sports News/LLHoops.com


1. Harrisburg (28-2) (AAAA)


Defeated AAA state champion, Steelton-Highspire three times in winning Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division. Was upset in District final by Central Dauphin 56-55. Then ended season with 85-68 loss in second round of states to eventual AAAA state champion Chester after a first round win over Pocono Mountain East.


2. Steelton-Highspire (28-3) (AAA)


Won their fifth state championship with 70-48 rout of Johnstown. In the semifinals they were pushed to overtime before beating Oxford 68-62. In the quarterfinals they defeated Allentown Central Catholic 63-47. Tristan Crawford and Tramayne Hawthorne became the first teammates in Pennsylvania history to score 2,000 points in their career at the same time. Crawford scored 31, 26 and 30 in the three games to end his career with 2,141 and Hawthorne had 8, 14 and 11 to finish with 2,033 for his career.


3. Central Dauphin (22-7) (AAAA)


The Rams season ended when they lost to Lower Merion on a last-second 3-pointer, 53-52 in second round of AAAA state tournament. Their six previous losses were two apiece to Mid-Penn Commonwealth rivals, Harrisburg, Steelton-Highspire and Chambersburg. Won District AAAA title with 56-55 win over Harrisburg


4. Lancaster (21-5) (AAAA)


Won Lancaster-Lebanon Tournament with big win over Manheim Township. Was then upset in first round of District 3 tournament by Warwick 53-52.


5. Chambersburg (18-10) (AAAA)


Lost last three games of year to Central Dauphin in District 3 semifinals, then to Red Lion in an upset loss in third place game. Then lost to Philadelphia Central in first round of state play.


6. Ephrata (20-12) (AAAA)


In District playoffs the Mountaineers got wins over York 69-65, Reading 84-82 in double-overtime and Manheim Township 63-59. All were big wins over rated teams and move them up in final ratings. A 47-45 quarterfinal loss to Red Lion tarnished that somewhat, but not enough to offset the three wins. Lost in first round of state tournament play to State College 70-48.


7. Reading (20-9) (AAAA)


Berks County champions, defeated Hempfield in first round of District play but then lost to Harrisburg and Ephrata to end season on down note.


8. West York (22-3) (AAA)


York/Adams champions, lost to Steelton-Highspire 74-61 in district championship game. Then playing out of the west bracket in state tournament, they defeated Blue Mountian 63-51 and Milton 58-54 before losing to Johnstown 58-54 in state quarterfinals.


9. Manheim Township (23-8)


Blue Streaks lost four of their last six games, including the L-L title game to Lancaster. Finished sixth in district play losing to Ephrata in the last consolation game. Then lost in first round of states to Chester, 81-54..


10. Hempfield (16-9) (AAAA)


Lost in double-overtime to Reading 64-59 in first round of district play.


11. York (20-7) (AAAA)


Lost in first round of district play to Ephrata 69-65.


12. Lower Dauphin (20-6) (AAAA)


Lost in first round of district play to Chambersburg 50-48.


13. Mechanicsburg (20-8) (AAA)


Finished third in district playoffs, losing to Steelton-Highspire 67-56 in semifinals and beating Palmyra 47-37 for third. Lost in first round of state play, 59-48 to Bethlehem Catholic.


14. York Catholic (25-9) (AA)


After finishing third in district play, losing to Milton Hershey 56-51 in the semifinals, the Fighting Irish came back and swept through the state tournament with wins over Loyalsock 81-71, highly regarded Philadelphia Prep Charter 45-43, Milton Hershey 71-65 and Trinity 64-55 to reach the state finals. After leading much of the game, Beaver Falls used a 30-point outburst in the fourth quarter and defeated York Catholic 71-59.


14. Red Lion (23-7) (AAAA)


Not overly impressive during regular season this young team opened eyes in district tournament with wins over Ephrata 47-45 and Chambersburg 54-50 to take third place. They lost in district semifinals to Harrisburg 71-34, then to Conestoga 68-48 in first round of state tournament.


15. Milton Hershey (26-5) (AA)


Won district championship beating York Catholic 56-51 and Trinity 66-63. In state tournament the Spartans defeated Philadelphia Franklin Learning Center 53-29 and Dunmore 48-44 before losing to York Catholic 71-65 in eastern semifinals.


16. Trinity (20-9) (AA)


The Shamrocks finished second in the district playoffs after losing to Milton Hershey in the finals, 66-63. In the state tournament they reached the eastern final for the fourth straight year by defeating Mount Carmel 71-40, Riverside 54-31 and Wilkes-Barre Bishop Hoban 73-68 in double-overtime. In the final they were defeated by York Catholic 64-55.


17. Red Land (18-7) (AAAA)


After a strong regular season, the Patriots were routed in their Mid-Penn Conference quarterfinal game by Steelton-Highspire 86-56 and then in the district opener by Central Dauphin 81.60.


18. Columbia (19-10) (AA)


After playing second fiddle to Lancaster Catholic in the Lancaster-Lebanon League for several years, including this year, the Tide got the monkey off their back with a 73-63 win over the Crusaders in the district quarterfinals. They then lost to Trinity 47-44 in the semifinal and York Catholic 55-46 in the third place game. But those two both went on to the eastern state final. Columbia then finished their fine season by losing to Wilkes-Barre Bishop Hoban 65-56 in first round of state tournament.


19. Lancaster Catholic (20-6) (AA)


Lost in the district quarterfinals to Columbia 73-63.


20. Reading Central Catholic (21-6) (AA)


Lost in the district quarterfinal to Trinity 50-47.