SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A wild final weekend shuffled Section III’s Class D football playoffs and the section also set schedules for soccer and field hockey Sunday.
Losses at home by Beaver River and Frankfort-Schuyler, then top two teams entering the weekend, forged a four-way first-place tie with Dolgeville and Waterville/Hamilton. All four will play at home in the quarterfinals with all eight teams in the playoffs, and tie-breakers established Dolgeville as the No. 1 seed. Dolgeville plays at home Saturday against Sandy Creek, Frankfort-Schuyler hosts Onondaga Friday, and the Herkimer County schools could meet again in the semifinals the following weekend.
Herkimer, playoff bound in a tie-breaker of its own, is the fifth seed in Class C and plays at Clinton in Saturday’s quarterfinals. Mt. Markham, a wild card, is seeded eighth and plays at No. 1 Cato-Meridian Friday as the prospective semifinal opponent for Herkimer.
Central Valley Academy is the fifth seed in Class B – the third team from Class B East – and plays at Marcellus, the second-place team in Class B East and No. 4 seed. Unbeaten Oneida and Solvay are seeded first and second.
Utica’s Proctor Raiders are seeded first for Class AA football and Class A seeds a four-team field next week.
Eleven field hockey qualifiers are split into classes C and D this fall. Mt. Markham/Cooperstown in the No. 5 seed among six teams in Class C and plays a quarterfinal Tuesday at Cazenovia with winner advancing to meet No. 1 Camden Sunday at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill.
In Class D field hockey, Morrisville-Eaton and Little Falls are seeded second and third behind Weedsport and will meet in semifinal play after a week off.
The Poland Tornadoes are the area’s top seed for boys’ soccer and play at home Wednesday against LaFargeville as No. 3 in Class D. Remsen plays at Lyme in Class D and Old Forge has a bye as the No. 1 seed. West Canada Valley is seeded ninth in Class C and plays at Sauquoit Valley Wednesday with the winner advancing to meet No. 1 South Lewis. Herkimer is seeded ninth and will travel to Thousand Islands.
Poland and Central Valley Academy are No. 1 seeds for girls in classes D and B. Central Valley Academy awaits the winner of Tuesday’s match between Cazenovia and South Jefferson, while Poland takes on Stockbridge Valley Tuesday in a full 16-team bracket. In Class C, defending champion Little Falls is seeded second between No. 1 Waterville and No. 3 Dolgeville. Little Falls plays at home Tuesday against Sauquoit Valley while Dolgeville hosts West Canada Valley, and Frankfort-Schuyler travels to Cooperstown.