Big Spring is back in the District 3 Class 5A playoffs for the second year in a row, continuing a bit of a rebirth in recent years, squeezing in as the No. 15 seed.
District 3 released its final official power rankings, the precursor to the official tournament brackets being published. And the Bulldogs (12-9), who flirted with the Top 16 all season, are back in.
They will face No. 2 New Oxford (19-3) on Feb. 17 in the first round. All 5A teams are guaranteed two games since the classification sends nine representatives to the PIAA tournament in March.
The 5A field is littered with Sentinel-area clubs. Northern (18-4) picked up the fourth seed, narrowly edging Shippensburg (17-5) despite the Greyhounds claiming the Mid-Penn Colonial title. The Polar Bears will face 13th-seed Lower Dauphin in the first round, and Ship takes on another local, No. 12 Cedar Cliff (13-9).
In 6A, Cumberland Valley (18-4) snared the sixth seed and will host 11th-ranked Harrisburg, a rubber match for the division rivals, on Feb. 18.
Wrapping up the local contingent is Trinity and Camp Hill at the head of the 2A class. The Shamrocks (18-2) are the top seed, and the Lions (15-6) are right behind. Trinity, the six-time defending champs, host eight-seed Annville-Cleona to start, while the Lions will host Hanover.
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