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Vikings earn No. 2 seed at Grand Valley district tournament

Villa Angela-St. Joseph will open the charge to Columbus by hosting a sectional semifinal Feb. 25 against Whitney Young.

VASJ is a No. 2 seed at the Division IV Orwell Grand Valley District tournament. Last year, the Vikings finished as district runner-up at Grand Valley to Cuyahoga Heights. The Redskins are a No. 1 seed at he district this year and the teams would only meet again if both reached the district title game on March 7.

If the Vikings advance past Whitney Young, they will host the winner of Fairport and Newbury in a sectional title game on Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. at Viking Village. The district semifinals and finals will be held at Grand Valley.

The district was split for seeding purposes into a North and South sectional and then blended into the district bracket, so there are two No. 1 seeds (Windham and Cuyahoga Heights), two No. 2 seeds (VASJ and Cortland Maplewood), etc. Two No. 4 seeds are on the bottom of the bracket while two No. 6 seeds are on the top.

VASJ is 16-3 and has three games remaining in the regular season, starting with a road game at Padua on Feb. 11.

Steve Hare
Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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