If you had been asked early last September to pinpoint two teams that would have strong chances to win state championships in this, the Catholic League's first year of full-fledged PIAA membership, you might have gone with St. Joseph's Prep in football and Ss. Neumann-Goretti in basketball.
Neither squad was able to succeed, but both schools - thank goodness for baseball - still have hopes.
Second-round games will be played today, weather permitting, and since the assorted diamond tourneys include just 16 teams per classification, they will be quarterfinals.
In AAA, N-G will meet Twin Valley in a noon contest at Spring-Ford High, in Royersford. The Prep, which competes in AAAA, will face West Chester East at 4 o'clock at Glen Mills, in Concordville.
N-G is expected to start junior lefty Mark Donato. The call for the Prep likely will go to senior righthander Kevin Gillen.
The semifinals in each class will take place Monday. *
- Ted Silary