Lo­cal teams pre­pare to make their play­off run

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Sports - By John Brewer jbrewer@onei­dadis­patch.com @dis­patch­brewer on Twit­ter

Sev­eral lo­cal teams in both girls and boys hoops have proven them­selves this sea­son and have made the play­offs. See who our lo­cal teams will be fac­ing off against.

When the Madi­son Blue Devils won the Sec­tion III Class D ban­ner in 2017, they did so as the No. 1 over­all seed in the bracket.

As this sea­son’s play­offs be­gin, Madi­son will have a slightly dif­fer­ent path to re­peat as champs af­ter post­ing a 17-3 record and go­ing un­de­feated in Cen­tral Coun­ties League play for an­other league ti­tle.

The Blue Devils, cur­rently ranked No. 12 in the state by the New York State Sportswrit­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, will be­gin their ti­tle de­fense as the 3-seed and will host Faith Her­itage at home for an open­ing round clash in Madi­son at 8 p.m. on Fri­day

Else­where in Class D, Tom Black­ford’s Hamil­ton Emer­ald Knights closed the sea­son with a 16- 4 over­all record, plac­ing sec­ond in the CSC-IV be­hind state-ranked Oriskany. Hamil­ton earned an open­ing round home game the No. 5 seed in Class for its ef­forts and will host Copen­hagen at 7:30 p.m. on Fri­day.

Four Dis­patch- area teams will com­pete in the Class B bracket, and once again, all of them will be chas­ing No. 1 seed and de­fend­ing state cham­pion Westhill.

The Ver­non-Verona-Sher- rill Red Devils closed the sea­son with a 15-4 over­all record and the Tri-Val­ley Pioneer Di­vi­sion ban­ner, good for the No. 2 seed. With the 2-seed, Andy Cosette’s side will take on No. 15 Clin­ton at home at 7 p.m.

The No. 3 seed Chit­te­nango Bears will face a fa­mil­iar foe in their sec­ond round con­test at home on Fri­day. John Clancy’s 14-5 Bears will tip-off against No. 14 seed In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Syra­cuse Cen­tral, a team they beat 6052 less than a week ago on Mon­day, Feb. 12. Start time is sched­ule for 7 p.m. in Chit­te­nango,

As late as Fri­day, Jan. 26, Jeff Didio’s Oneida side was on the out­side of the play­off bracket look­ing in, but Oneida fin­ished the sea­son on a 5-2 run with three straight wins over TVL op­po­nents to wrap up with a 4-5 mark in league play, good for the No. 13 seed and an away game against Hol­land Patennt on Fri­day, Feb. 16.

The No. 8 vs. No. 9 seed matchup in the Class B bracket will pit the top two teams from the OHSL Lib­erty Na­tional. Cazenovia, own­ers of a 10-2 over­all record and di­vi­sion ti­tle, will take the sec­ond-place fin­isher in the OHSL Lib­erty Na­tional, Jor­dan-El­bridge. The No. 8 Lak­ers won a sea­son-opener reg­u­lar sea­son con­test against J-E 58-42 in Novem­ber.

JOHN BREWER - ONEIDA DAILY DIS­PATCH

In this file photo, Madi­son point guard Colton Stone brings the ball up the court against Hamil­ton dur­ing the Madi­son Christ­mas Tour­na­ment. Stone and the Blue Devils will host Faith Her­itage at home for an open­ing round clash in Madi­son at 8 p.m. on Fri­day

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