Thursday, September 22, 2016

Field hockey: HWS Tournament seeds, pairings

The eighth 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. 24 at the higher seeds, with the winners advancing to the four pre-quarterfinal round contests on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the higher seeds. The quarterfinals are slated for Saturday, Oct. 8 at the higher seeds with the semifinals to be played on Saturday, Oct. 15.

The championship game will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 on the turf at Hackettstown's Morrison Field. Warren Hills posted a 2-1 win over Hunterdon Central in last year's title game, the Warren County school's fifth HWS championship and third in a row.

For the second straight year, all teams 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.

The top four seeds receive byes into the quarterfinals.

Preliminary matchups for Saturday

17-North Hunterdon (0-5) at 8-Newton (4-0)

16-Vernon (1-3) at 9-Wallkill Valley (3-2)

13-Lenape Valley (1-1-1) at 12-Sparta (2-3)

14-Pope John (1-6) at 11-Phillipsburg (1-3-1)

15-North Warren (1-4) at 10-South Hunterdon (2-3)

18-Kittatinny (0-3) at 7-Hackettstown (3-2)

First-round matchups for Oct. 1

North Hunterdon-Newton winner vs. Vernon-Wallkill Valley winner

Lenape Valley-Sparta winner at 5-High Point (3-2-1)

Pope John-Phillipsburg winner at 6-Belvidere (4-0-1)

North Warren-South Hunterdon winner vs. Kittatinny-Hackettstown winner

Quarterfinal matchups for Oct. 8

North Hunterdon/Newton/Vernon/Wallkill Valley at 1-Warren Hills (5-0)

Lenape Valley/Sparta/High Point at 4-Delaware Valley (5-1)

Pope John/Phillipsburg/Belvidere at 3-Hunterdon Central (4-2)

North Warren/South Hunterdon/Kittatinny/Hackettstown at 2-Voorhees (5-1)

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