Section 1 really didn't get much respect from the WPIAL when the tournament pairings were announced.
Then again, considering that the last time a team from the section won a title was Gateway in 1988 and that, since shifting from divisions to classifications in 2000, no team has made it to the semifinals, the section has a lot to prove to the committee.
Franklin Regional was the highest seed from the section this year and the No. 7 Panthers pulled No. 10 Allderdice in the first round. The Dragons have a solid player at No. 1 in sophomore Marcus Mitchell, who will give senior Rochan Ramesh a run for his money in the opening match.
Penn-Trafford's two sophomores, Turner Price and Kevin Lee will lead the Warriors into the tournament as the No. 11 seed and will take on a Mt. Lebanon team with Charlie Strohl and Christian Vietmeier, the WPIAL Class AAA third-place doubles team, at the top of its lineup.