EAST SYRACUSE — With the Section 3 boys and girls basketball tournament set to tip-off this Thursday, the seeds for each class were released Wednesday morning. Twenty-three Frontier League teams are set to participate.
Lowville boys and South Jefferson girls locked up the highest seeds among area teams and both are looking to repeat as Section 3 Class B champions. The Red Raiders, the No. 1 Class B team in the state, are listed as the No. 1 seed in the Class B sectional tournament. At 18-1, their only loss this season came against Albany Academy on Dec. 14. They are currently riding a 16-game win streak including a 53-28 win over General Brown in the Frontier League final.
No. 1 Lowville, the only local team to be seeded No. 1, will host the winner of Camden vs. Mexico on Saturday at 2 p.m.; No. 3 General Brown (16-4) will host the winner of Homer and Hannibal on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the boys Class B tournament.
In boys Class A: No. 10 Watertown (11-9) will play at No. 7 Fulton (12-8) on Friday at 7 p.m.; No. 11 Indian River (9-11) will play at No. 6 New Hartford (13-7) on Friday at 6:30 p.m.; No. 12 Carthage (8-12) will play at No. 5 Central Square (14-6) on Friday at 6 p.m.
In boys Class C: No. 6 Beaver River (14-6) will host No. 11 Sherburne-Earlville on Friday at 6 p.m.; No. 12 Thousand Islands (10-10) will play at No. 5 Onondaga (15-5) on Friday at 7 p.m.; No. 14 South Lewis (8-12) will play at No. 3 West Canada Valley (14-6) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
In boys Class D: No. 2 Lyme (18-1) will host No. 15 LaFargeville (7-12) on Friday at 7:45 p.m. — the Indians are trying to win their second consecutive Section 3 Class D title. No. 5 Copenhagen (15-5) — on the opposite side of the bracket from Lyme — will host No. 12 Manlius-Pebble Hill (9-11) on Friday at 7 p.m.; No. 9 Sackets Harbor (13-7) will play at No. 8 Oriskany (12-8) on Friday at 7 p.m.; No. 16 Belleville Henderson (7-12) will play at No. 1 DeRuyter (20-0) on Friday at 7 p.m.
The South Jefferson girls’ only two losses this season came to nonleague Class AA opponents, Saratoga and Our Lady of Mercy. The Spartans have won six straight games defeating Indian River 67-43 in the Frontier League finals then Jamesville-DeWitt 56-53 in a nonleague game to close out the regular season.
No. 2 South Jefferson (18-2) will host the winner of Homer vs. Camden on Saturday at 6 p.m., No. 8 Lowville (15-5) will host No. 9 Cazenovia (14-6) on Friday at 6 p.m. and No. 11 General Brown (13-7) will host No. 22 Skaneateles (7-13) on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the girls Class B tournament.
In girls Class A: No. 8 Indian River (10-10) will host No. 9 Fulton (9-11) at noon on Saturday.
In girls Class C: No. 5 Thousand Islands (12-6) will host No. 12 Sherburne-Earlville (8-12) on Friday at 7 p.m.
In girls Class D: No. 11 LaFargeville (9-10) will play at No. 6 Madison (14-6) on Friday at 6 p.m. with the winner going on to play No. 3 Copenhagen (18-2) at Copenhagen on Tuesday at 7 p.m.; No. 4 Lyme (15-4) will host No. 13 Stockbridge Valley (5-13) on Friday at 6 p.m.; No. 8 Sandy Creek (12-7) will host No. 9 New York Mills (11-9) on Friday at 6 p.m.; No. 10 Immaculate Heart (10-9) will play at No. 7 McGraw (12-7) on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The semifinals will be played at the SRC Arena and Allyn Hall at Onondaga Community College on Feb. 28 — March 1, with the finals being played at the same locations on March 7.
FOUR EARN WILD CARDS
Four Frontier League wrestlers earned at-large spots in the upcoming NYSPHSAA Division II tournament as wild cards were announced Tuesday.
Chase Nevills (99 pounds) of Copenhagen, Andrew Walseman (120) and David O’Neil (138) of General Brown and Branton Carpenter (152) of South Lewis each received berths into the state tournament. They join the eight wrestlers from the league that qualified by winning their respective weight classes at the Section 3 tournament. Five wrestlers won spots in Division I while three earned places in Division II.
The state wrestling tournament is Feb. 28 and 29 at the Times Union Center in Albany.