Flyers Cup: 16 teams from area earn spots in tournament

West Chester Rustin, Flyers Cup ‘A’ Champion in 2015, will try to three-peat this year as they enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed. (Candice Monhollan)

West Chester Rustin, Flyers Cup ‘A’ Champion in 2015, will try to three-peat this year as they enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed. (Candice Monhollan)

WEST CHESTER — The Flyers Cup, the tournament to decide eastern Pennsylvania’s top teams, released its selections and rankings for the four-bracket tournament on Sunday afternoon. The eventual winner of each individual boys bracket earns the right to play for the state title at Penn State in mid-March.

Several of the local high school teams were selected to compete in the tournament.

Flyers Cup A

The Flyers Cup A tournament shrunk from 20 teams to just 14 this season, but that didn’t limit the number of local teams selected to participate.

West Chester East, which finished first in the Ches-Mont this season, will come into the tournament as the No. 1 seed for the second year in a row, followed again by West Chester Rustin at No. 2.

Third this year is Unionville, who had a so-so start to the season, but really turned things around in the second half and made a strong push to finish out the regular season.

West Chester Henderson rounds out the top five, moving up from its ninth-place ranking last year.

New to the tournament this year, and the first selection in about a decade, is Kennett, which was selected as the No. 6 seed.

Flyers Cup AA

The Flyers Cup AA tournament stayed the largest this year with 20 teams, featuring two local teams who did not participate last season.

Both Downingtowns were selected for the tournament again with Downingtown West coming in at No. 15 again. Downingtown East, however, was selected as a No. 13 seed last year, but skyrocketed to a No. 2 ranking this year, a credit to its regular season success.

Back in the tournament is Conestoga, which did a full 360 from 2014-15 where the Pioneers won only two games all season. Conestoga finished first in the Central North division this year, which was enough for a No. 19 seed.

Avon Grove is a new kid on the block with the No. 16 seed.

Flyers Cup AAA

The Flyers Cup AAA tournament also expanded this year from eight to 10 teams.

Malvern Prep, a perennial selection in the tournament, is a No. 3 seed, up one from last year.

Bishop Shanahan, which has had a few stumbles this season and finished with only three wins, but fought back for four ties, caps the tournament selections at the No. 10 seed.

Flyers Cup Girls

The Flyers Cup Girls tournament also grew, but just by one team.

Staying as a No. 1 seed is Unionville, who is firing on all cylinders with an undefeated season so far.

West Chester East, a No. 2 seed, and Downingtown East, a No. 3 seed, are in again, though the two swapped rankings this year.

Also back again in the tournament are Conestoga at No. 5 and Avon Grove at No. 6, both down one from the previous year.

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