FINAL DISTRICT 3 RATINGS
March 16, 2008
By Middle Atlantic Sports News/LLHoops.com
1. Reading (30-1) (AAAA)
Red Knights became first team in schools storied history to win 30-consecutive games when they won their 19th District championship with wins over Carlisle 64-49, York 61-48, Elizabethtown 61-38 and Central Dauphin East 63-51. Then came out overconfident in first round of states and were upset by Souderton 66-58. In 30-years of rating, we never dumped a team who had a great season because of one upset (and we had plenty) so there was no reason to do it this time Jermaine Jackson will play for Rider next year and Jordan Burdine is being courted by such schools as Duquesne. Four key players return so they should be strong again next year and should build from this team.
2. Steelton-Highspire (28-6) (AAA)
Won their sixth overall state title when they avenged the loss to Susquehanna Township in district final and made it 2-1 vs. the Indians with a 65-62 victory. To get to the state final the Rollers rolled past Johnstown 71-33, Hershey 71-51, Bradford 72-41 and General McLane 58-43. Made it to the district championship game with wins over Shippensburg 67-44, Hershey 63-56 and Daniel Boone 85-50 before the heart-breaking 57-44 loss to Susquehanna Township.
3. Susquehanna Township (32-3) (AAA)
The Indians made it to the state final, where they lost to Steelton-Highspire 65-52 by beating Dallas 54-36, Great Valley 54-33, Philadelphia Communications Tech 57-44 and Scranton Prep 61-52. Won district title by avenging a Mid-Penn championship game loss to Steelton-Highspire when Ben Dupree hit a shot just inside half court for a 57-54 victory. To reach the final they defeated Dover 73-50, York Suburban 69-35 and Greencastle-Antrim 93-85 in four overtimes.
4. Central Dauphin East (24-6) (AAAA)
The Panthers rode all the way to the district championship game with wins over Wilson 49-40, Cedar Cliff 63-46 and Harrisburg, for a third time, 45-39. In the final they lost out to Reading 63-51. They won a first round state game with a 49-43 victory over Northampton, but then played with no intensity and lost to Ridley 71-42.
5. Harrisburg (17-12) (AAAA)
The Cougars finished third in the district tournament by knocking off Lancaster in the first round 50-41, after winning a play-in game over Chambersburg 58-52. Then beat Red Land 56-46 but lost to Central Dauphin East 45-39 in the semifinals. Took third place with a 52-41 win over Elizabethtown. Opened state tournament play by defeating Philadelphia Simon Gratz 50-42. Then pushed Chester before coming up short 61-51.
6. Red Land (22-7) (AAAA)
Defeated Dallastown 69-58 in first round of District play, then lost to Harrisburg 56 -46 in quarterfinals. Fought back to finish fifth with wins over Cedar Cliff 49-46 and Mechanicsburg 53-51. The Patriots then lost in first round of state play to Pennsbury 61-55.
7. Lancaster (22-5) (AAAA)
Red Tornado won their fourth consecutive Lancaster-Lebanon League title, then lost in first round of District play to Harrisburg 51-41.
8. Greencastle-Antrim (25-6) (AAA)
Blue Devils defeated Manheim Central 62-49 and Eastern York 70-52 to reach district semifinals where they pushed Susquehanna Township to four overtimes before losing 93-85. Then took third place with a 58-53 win over Daniel Boone. Opened state tournament with a 48-47 win over Philadelphia Franklin Learning Center before losing to Scranton Prep 46-43.
9. Mechanicsburg (21-11) (AAAA)
The Wildcats defeated Waynesboro 58-56 in a district play-in game and Red Lion 51-45 in the first round. Then was upset by Elizabethtown 67-53 in the quarterfinals. Defeated York 53-50 in a consolation semifinal game, but lost to Red Lion 53-51 to finish sixth. Opened state tournament play be defeating State College 46-45 but then lost to Norristown 66-50.
10. Trinity (20-9) (AA)
Won the district championship by beating Kutztown 68-49, York Catholic 55-52, Columbia 59-50 and Delone Catholic 51-41. In state tournament defeated Martinsburg Central 49-26 and Wilkes-Barre GAR 52-49. Then ran into powerful Philadelphia Strawberry Mansion and came up on the short end of a 71-53 game.
11. Columbia (26-5) (AA)
The Crimson Tide defeated Hanover 84-36 and Pequea Valley 72-43 to reach semifinals of district tournament. Then lost to eventual champion Trinity 59-50, but took third place with a 56-38 win over Milton Hershey. That put them in first round against powerful Philadelphia Strawberry Mansion. After a hard-fought game the Tide bowed out 79-71.
12. Delone Catholic (25-5) (AA)
The Squires made it to the district final with wins over Tulpehocken 66-49, Wyomissing 59-45, Milton Hershey 58-46. Then in the final they were beaten 51-41 by Trinity. Then defeated Southern Columbia 48-37 before losing to Scranton/Dunmore Holy Cross 49-45.
13. Cedar Cliff (16-11) (AAAA)
The Colts defeated Hempfield 67-59 in the first round of district play but then lost to Central Dauphin East 63-46 and Red Land 49-46 to finish their season.
14. York Catholic (19-8) (AA)
The Fighting Irish defeated Annville-Cleona 60-37 in first round of district play, but then lost to Trinity 55-52 in the quarterfinals, which ended their season.
15. York (18-9) (AAAA)
The Bearcats opened district play with a 73-65 win over Conestoga Valley. Then lost to Reading 61-47 and saw their season come up short when they lost to Mechanicsburg 53-50.
16. Hempfield (19-8) (AAAA)
Finished second to Lancaster in Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 1 and league playoffs, but the Black Knights saw their season end with a 67-59 first round district loss to Cedar Cliff.
17. Daniel Boone (25-8) (AAA)
In district tournament play, the Blazers defeated Lebanon 88-59 and Lancaster Catholic 60-53 to reach the semifinals. There they were belted by Steelton-Highspire 85-50. Finished fourth after a 58-53 loss to Greencastle-Antrim. Won twice in state tournament play defeating Southern Lehigh 73-51 and Eastern York 74-72. Then lost to Scranton Prep 49-42.
18. Scotland (21-5) (A)
The Cadets roared to the A district title with wins over York Country Day 74-5 (yes five points), Lancaster Christian 77-33, Millersburg 70-58 and Reading Central Catholic 64-33. In state play they opened with a 67-38 romp over Millville, but then were stopped by Philadelphia Freire Charter 50-46.
19. York Eastern (19-11) (AAA)
Upset West York 69-62 to begin district playoffs, then lost to Greencastle 62-49 in the quarterfinals. Beat York Suburban 63-56 in the consolation semifinals, but then lost to Lancaster Catholic 67-62 to finish sixth. Opened state tournament with a 72-43 blowout over Pottstown. Then saw season ended in a 74-72 loss to Daniel Boone.
20. West York (20-6) (AAA)
The Bulldogs won the York/Adams League championship. Then were upset in the first round of District play by York Eastern, 69-62.
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