The seventh annual Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex tournament gets under way on Saturday with six preliminary round games.
Here's is this year's complete schedule:
Prelims on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the higher seeds, with the winners advancing to the four pre-quarterfinal round contests on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the higher seeds. The quarterfinals are slated for Saturday, Oct. 10 at the higher seeds with the semifinals to be played on Saturday, Oct. 17.
The championship game will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 on the turf at Hackettstown's Morrison Field. Warren Hills posted a 5-0 win over Voorhees in last year's title game, the Warren County school's fourth HWS championship and second in a row.
In a new twist this season, all schools were seeded strictly on power points and housed in one 18-team bracket. Power points through a team's first six games, or if fewer than six, played up to and including Wednesday's cutoff were used in seeding process. In two head-to-head cases, teams jumped only the school directly above or below.
Warren Hills and Voorhees, originally the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds, traded spots based on the Vikings' 2-1 win on Sept. 15. In addition, Phillipsburg jumped over Delaware Valley for the No. 11 seed due to the Stateliners' 6-0 victory on Sept. 8.
The top four seeds receive byes into the quarterfinals.
Preliminary matchups for Saturday
17-North Hunterdon (1-3) at 8-Hunterdon Central (4-0)
16-Vernon (1-5) at 9-Wallkill Valley (4-3-1)
13-South Hunterdon (2-4) at 12-Delaware Valley (2-5)
14-High Point (1-5) at 11-Phillipsburg (3-2)
15-North Warren (2-2) at 10-Lenape Valley (3-3)
18-Pope John (1-6) at 7-Sparta (3-2-1)
First-round matchups for Oct. 3
North Hunterdon-Hunterdon Central winner vs. Vernon-Wallkill Valley winner
South Hunterdon-Delaware Valley winner at 5-Belvidere (5-2)
High Point-Phillipsburg winner at 6-Kittatinny (4-2)
North Warren-Lenape Valley winner at Pope John-Sparta winner
Quarterfinal matchups for Oct. 10
North Hunterdon/Hunterdon Central/Vernon/Wallkill Valley at 1-Newton (5-0)
South Hunterdon/Delaware Valley/Belvidere at 4-Hackettstown (5-0)
High Point/Phillipsburg/Kittatinny at 3-Warren Hills (5-1)
North Warren/Lenape Valley/Pope John/Sparta at 2-Voorhees (5-1)