And with just three games remaining on the regular season schedule, the fight should go wire-to-wire.

Currently, St. Pius X, Lansdale Catholic and Pottsgrove are tied for first place with identical 12-3 records. The Winged Lions, Crusaders and Falcons have taken turns knocking each other off to create the deadlock at the top of the standings.

While that uncertainty remains for seeding purposes, the race for the fourth and final spot is between Owen J. Roberts (11-4) and Spring-Ford (10-5).

The excitement keeps building with several head-to-head matchups left which will decide the issue once and for all.

Owen J. Roberts, coached by John McCormick, must face Perkiomen Valley (7-8) at home in a makeup Saturday night. The Wildcats have Phoenixville (1-14) away Friday night and Spring-Ford at home Tuesday evening to conclude the season. The four slots could be decided by that time.

"At this point, we control our own destiny," McCormick said. "We have to try to keep it that way.

"There is no such thing as a freebie. We have been playing pretty well after the Christmas tournament. We have to keep working hard."

He said the Wildcats are as healthy as they have been all season with only Kristi Grandy nursing a knee injury.

Coach Jeff Rinehimer's Rams have the most difficult chore in terms of qualifying for the playoffs. The Rams have difficult games remaining against three contenders for the title - Lansdale Catholic at home Friday, St. Pius X away Saturday afternoon in a makeup game and Owen J. Roberts away Tuesday night in the regular season finale.

"That's the way it worked out playing three of the teams ahead of us," Rinehimer said. "Any time we've been fighting for Final Four spots in the past, we tell the girls it is a bad feeling when you hope for help.

"It will be tough. Every team is playing well down the stretch. Everybody is getting better. We are going Friday, Saturday, Tuesday because of the snow. We're going right to it."

Like most teams, the Rams missed some players during the second half of the season. But as of now they are OK, according to Rinehimer.

"We are not missing anybody," he said. "Everybody is back and we're ready to go now."

In the Final Four, the first-place squad will take on the No. 4 team in the semifinals, while the No. 2 and No. 3 teams will collide in the other semifinal.

St. Pius X, coached by Joe Masleh, has games left against Upper Perkiomen (3-12) at home Thursday, Spring-Ford and Lansdale Catholic.

Coach Maggie deMarteleire's Crusaders must face Spring-Ford on the road on Friday, Phoenixville in a home makeup game Saturday, and St. Pius X at home Tuesday.

At Pottsgrove, coach Mike Brendlinger is staring at a slate that includes Boyertown (5-10) at home, Perkiomen Valley away and Phoenixville at home.

The girls semifinals are slated for Ursinus College Saturday night, Feb. 7.

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