Central Valley captured the first WPIAL championship in the short four-year history of the school. The program hopes it is not done making history this fall. The Warriors will begin the PIAA playoffs on Tuesday when they play District 5 champion Somerset at Moon Area High School at 6 p.m.
The setting is fitting because if Central Valley were to win it could face Moon in the PIAA quarterfinals. Central Valley defeated Moon 3-2 in the WPIAL semifinals. First thing is first and for Central Valley that is a date with Somerset, a 19-2 team with a 25-player roster that features only one senior.
"They are a very young team," Central Valley coach Mark Perry said. "I looked back at the history of that district playing against the WPIAL, and the WPIAL has had a lot of success but they are the district champions. The concern I have is after such a high in winning the WPIALs and then two days later you have to try to do it all over again. Teams who lose in the finals, still want to achieve something. We have to turn our focus back and forget about the WPIAL, there are 16 teams and this is one game at a time trying to get to Hershey. The first game actually scares me more because we are worried about a little bit of a hangover."
Central Valley enjoyed its WPIAL championship and on Sunday the team was back on the field at practice preparing for the PIAA playoffs.