It was back to business as usual for the Elk County Catholic Crusaders on Saturday afternoon at Clarion University. Three days after falling to Clarion-Limestone in the District 9 Class A semifinals, the Crusaders got back into the win column after battling the Venango Catholic Vikings throughout a close game, winning by eight, 56-48, to enter the PIAA Class A playoffs as the third seed from District 9.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders defeated the Cameron County Lady Raiders by a 61-45 score Friday night in the District 9 Class A girls consolation game played at the St. Marys Area Dutch Oven.
Both teams will advance to the PIAA Class A Tournament which opens next Saturday, March 7. Elk Catholic will meet the District 10 champion while Cameron County will meet the District 6 champion.
The Clarion-Limestone Lions advanced to the District 9 Class A boys championship game by defeating the Elk County Catholic Crusaders by a 49-40 score in overtime Wednesday night at Clarion University's Waldo Tippin Gymnasium.