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North Allegheny clinches spot in WPIAL playoffs

Football: North teams clinch playoff berths

Written by John D’Abruzzo

Eight teams from the Post-Gazette’s North coverage area already have clinched spots in either the WPIAL or City League playoffs. This week, however, still presents an opportunity for a handful of other teams to punch their postseason ticket.

In Class AAAA, Pine-Richland (6-0), North Allegheny (4-2) and North Hills (3-2) have secured playoff berths out of the Northern Eight Conference. Pine-Richland has a chance Friday night to steal a conference crown away from top-seeded Central Catholic. Fox Chapel can make the playoffs if the Foxes beat Butler this week. However, Butler (1-4) as well as Seneca Valley (1-5) and Shaler (0-5) are technically still alive in the Quad-A wild card race.

In Class AAA, Hampton (6-0) has secured a top seed out of the Greater Allegheny Conference. The Talbots also clinched a share of the conference crown and can win it outright with one more win. Mars (3-3) and Knoch (3-3) are both still alive. Each need two more wins or some help from around the league in order to play past the regular season.

In Class AA, Highlands (7-0) is in and needs one more win to clinch at least of a share of the Allegheny Conference championship. Shady Side Academy (5-2) can lock up a playoff spot as well as third place in the conference with a win this Friday against Kittanning.

In Class A, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (6-0) has clinched the top seed out of the Black Hills Conference and can secure an outright conference title this week against Bishop Canevin. Avonworth (5-1) also is in with the second seed out of the conference.

In the six-team City League, Perry (2-3) earned its spot and will be the fourth seed when the playoffs start next week.

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