PIAA Update: Saints still in the state title hunt

The Ss. Neumann-Goretti boys basketball team, the defending Class 3A state champion, is one victory away from returning to the PIAA Final Four. First, the Saints will need to get past a familiar foe — fellow Philadelphia Catholic member Bishop McDevitt. The game is being played at Jefferson University on Saturday at 1 p.m. Neumann-Goretti won the regular-season meeting, 81–48.

The local team advanced to the quarterfinal round with victories over Wyoming Seminary, 62–44, and Steelton-Highspire, 80–59.

The Neumann-Goretti girls basketball team is looking for a repeat of its own, and like their male counterparts, the squad is two victories away from making a return trip to the championship game. For now, the focus is on the quarterfinals, more specifically St. Basil. The game will take place Friday night (March 16) at 8 p.m. The Saints opened the postseason with victories over Loyalsock Township, 79–31, and Pine Grove, 69–32.

Several other South Philadelphia-based teams were eliminated in last week’s first-round action. In boys basketball Class 3A action, Mastery Charter South lost to the previously mentioned Wyoming Seminary, 62–47.

In other Class 3A news, the Mastery Charter South girls basketball team was defeated by York Catholic, 62–40.

The Prep Charter girls basketball team fell to Bishop McDevitt, 78–26, in the first round of the Class 4A tournament.

Universal Audenried competed in the same bracket. While the result was much closer, 44–42, Lower Moreland is the team that advanced to the second round.

In the girls 5A bracket, Southern Lehigh defeated the Academy at Palumbo, 76–20.