Today's games are both important for Fort Cherry and Chartiers-Houston, who are winding up their first seasons in Section 4-AA of the WPIAL. Both teams enter tonight's action with identical section records of 4-6. While the Rangers are visiting Bishop Canevin, Chartiers-Houston is hosting Brentwood.
Bishop Canevin is one of the top teams in the WPIAL with a 9-1 section mark and an overall record of 16-3. In the first meeting between the two schools, the Crusaders captured a 46-31 victory over the Rangers. A Fort Cherry loss tonight would not help, but it would not deal a mortal blow to the Rangers' playoff hopes. Conversely, Chartiers-Houston should be favored in its game with Brentwood. In the first game between the two teams, Chartiers-Houston earned a 54-40 victory.
So, if the results hold to form, the Bucs would have a section record of 5-6 and the Rangers would be 4-7 going into Thursday's section finale. That makes Thursday's game a must-win scenario for Fort Cherry, which swept both games last season over the Bucs (57-35, 60-38) when both were competing in Class A.
The result in the first game this season, though, showed how things have changed as the Bucs earned a 52-35 victory over the Rangers. If Chartiers-Houston beats Brentwood tonight, the Bucs have some wiggle room and could still qualify for the WPIAL tournament with a loss to Fort Cherry. The Rangers, however, are in a tough spot.
A loss to Bishop Canevin means the Rangers must beat the Bucs on Thursday night, and that scenario would mean both teams would qualify for the WPIAL playoffs with 5-7 section records. Teams finishing in fourth-place ties qualify for the tournament. Fort Cherry losses tonight and Thursday, though, knock the Rangers out of the postseason.