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State volleyball, lacrosse opens

While baseball and softball move to district and subregional championship games Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state tournaments are set to begin in boys volleyball and boys and girls lacrosse.

State play ended during the weekend in boys tennis and boys and girls track and field. Baseball and softball state tournaments begin next week.

Two district 2 teams remain in boys volleyball while two each also advanced to the state tournament in boys and girls lacrosse.

Unbeaten Lackawanna League and District 2 champion Abington Heights opens the state Class 3A boys volleyball tournament against District 2 runner-up Parkland (15-5) at the University of Scranton at 7 p.m.

Parkland earned the top seed in the District 11 Class 3A tournament by upsetting first-place Northampton in the East Penn Conference playoffs. Northampton then beat Parkland in the district final.

Parkland is no stranger to the state tournament. The 2015 state champions have 10 District 11 titles and 11 runner-up finishes since 1994. They have also won 13 EPC titles since 1991.

Matt Bauer, a senior outside hitter, was a first-team EPC all-star. Juniors Chase Robbins and Lukas Dashukewich made the second team while senior libero Ahzar Sumar made the third team.

Blue Ridge (14-3) made the state tournament by claiming the third and final berth from the District 1-2-11 Class 2A Subregional. The Raiders, who are District 2 champions as the district’s highest-finishing team in the subregional, face Palumbo at Lincoln High School in Philadelphia at 5 p.m.

Both Crestwood teams are in the lacrosse playoffs.

The Wyoming Valley Conference and District 2 champion Crestwood girls begin a doubleheader at Lake-Lehman at 4 against District 1 third-place finisher Mount St. Joseph (15-6).

The Crestwood boys play at District 1 champion Marple Newtown (17-4) at 7. The third seed going into the District 1 tournament, Marple Newtown knocked off the two higher-seeded teams in one- and two-goal games in the last two rounds.

District 2 champion Wyoming Seminary faces District 4 champion Lewisburg (16-1) at Lake-Lehman at 6.

Lewisburg avenged its only loss, 16-14, to Selinsgrove late in the regular season, by beating the Seals, 10-7, in the district final.

Lewisburg is no stranger to District 2 competition. It has beaten Wyoming Area (14-1), Crestwood (14-1), Dallas (18-3) and Lake-Lehman (15-9).

The Wyoming Area girls play at District 1 champion Bishop Shanahan (17-4) at 7.

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