By Lynn Saternow
Herald Sports Editor
THERE IS ONE thing that proves true every year: The District 10 Class A and AA Championships run through Mercer County.
Our area teams flexed their muscles last weekend as all 8 county area clubs won their playoff starts, most in dominating fashion. That sets up all area semifinals for this weekend in the two divisions.
Following are the semifinal pairings:
Class A — Both games are at 7 p.m. Friday with West Middlesex vs. Farrell at Wilmington High and Sharpsville vs. Lakeview at Grove City High.
Class AA — Both games will be held Saturday at Slippery Rock University with Grove City vs. Hickory and 1 p.m. and Wilmington vs. Greenville at 7 p.m.
In Class AAA on Friday, Slippery Rock will make it’s playoff debut after an opening round bye. The Rockets will take on Gen. McLane at 7 p.m. at Slippery Rock U., while Warren will tangle with Cathedral Prep at 7 p.m. at Erie Vets Stadium.
In Class AAAA, the D-10 champ McDowell will play a PIAA Sub-Region game against Pittsburgh City League (District 8) winner Perry at 7 p.m. Friday at Fairview High.
Over in Ohio, the Brookfield Warriors will take on defending state champion Norwayne at 7:30 p.m. Friday for the Region 13 Division IV championship at Munroe Falls High School in Stow. Both the Warriors and Bobcats are 12-0.
ä There is no doubt that it is a great time to be a local football fan. Our area teams are ready to go head-to-head. But, hey District 10 officials, how about being a little more fan friendly?
On Saturday, both Class AA games are scheduled at Slippery Rock University. But one is set for 1 p.m. and the other for 7 p.m. Why not package them close together because there are fans who would love to see both games.
The WPIAL plays all their championship games back-to-back and it is a treat for fans. Why can’t D-10 do the same with these AA semifinal games. There is still time to change.
Make one at 1 p.m. and the other at 4:30 or 5. It would give you an hour or so to have people leave the stadium and then come back in (and pay, which I’m sure is a major consideration). Or you could sell a higher priced ticket good for both games. D-10 could also ask for a small cut on the concessions that way since fans could “dine in” between games.
The same idea could go for the D-10 championships. Put both the AA and A title games at SRU under the same format on Saturday. And if Slippery Rock makes the finals, add the AAA finals there as well. Just alter the times to noon, 3:30 and 7.
District 10 officials have done a good job in recent years of trying to slate playoff games closer to the teams involved.
Many of us can remember when two Mercer County teams who were only a few miles apart had to travel to Erie Veterans Stadium to play for a D-10 championship.
But If you really want to make these playoffs special and give the fans a great time this year and in future seasons, package some of these games together.
Lynn Saternow is sports editor of The Herald.