The WPIAL rifle regular season is over and now the remaining six WPIAL teams that have qualified for the playoffs are taking aim for the title.
The top four teams from last season all return to the postseason including defending WPIAL team champion Woodland Hills. The Wolverines are favorites to repeat. Their 13-1 overall record was best in the WPIAL and they went 11-1 in Section 2 to claim the crown ahead of Trinity (10-3, 9-3) the other Section 2 team headed to the postseason.
While the Hillers did not win Section 2, they enter the WPIAL team championships on a high note. Trinity shot an 800.62 this week in a win over Mt. Lebanon, it was the highest recorded score by a WPIAL team this week.
Last year's WPIAL runner-up Hempfield enters the WPIAL team championship as the Section 3 champion. The Spartans went 11-2 overall to rank third in the WPIAL and 10-2 in section to win Section 3.
The final spot in the WPIAL team championship from Section 3 came down to the final day of the regular season on Tuesday. Plum outpointed Indiana 795.55-792.41 while Butler ran into a tough Hempfield team and lost 800.60-799.59. By virtue of those results, Plum (8-6, 7-5) reaches the WPIAL team championships ahead of Butler (9-6, 6-6).
In Section 1 there is a pair of dark horses. McGuffey did not reach the WPIAL team championships last year but this year it boasts the second-best overall record in the WPIAL at 12-2 and the only perfect section record at 12-0. Avella finished second in the section this year with an 8-6 overall record and 8-4 Section 1 record. The Eagles finished third at the WPIAL team championships last season.
The WPIAL team championships will be held on Tuesday at noon at the Dormont/Mt. Lebanon Sportsman’s Club in Canonsburg.