Mo-Beard awarded county's No. 1 seed
Undefeated Morristown-Beard was awarded the top seed for the Morris County Tournament, ahead of Morris Knolls and four-time defending champion Mendham at Sunday’s seeding meeting at Morris Catholic in Denville.
Morristown Beard (12-0), led by Brian Bartner, Chris Jenkins and Harrison Rosemond, opens play next week against the winner of the preliminary game between 17th-seeded Butler and 16th-seeded Morris Hills to be completed by Saturday. The top seven seeds, which all gain byes until the first round, is rounded out by 4-Chatham, 5-Madison, 6-Mount Olive and 7-Mountain Lakes.
Mendham, the only school with three consecutive titles, will seek a fifth straight championship, but must do so without Tore Vicarisi, who graduated last spring after helping the Minutemen to those crowns as a freshman contributor and a three-year starter the following seasons.
First-round games, all at the court of the higher seed, are to be completed by Feb. 4. Subsequent rounds will be played on a neutral site starting with the Feb. 11 quarterfinals at Randolph High. The Feb. 18 semifinals and Feb. 25 championship will be half at the County College of Morris in Randolph.
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(to be completed by Saturday)
25-Boonton at 8-Randolph
24-Dover at 9-Whippany Park
23-Parsippany Hills at 10-Jefferson; winner at 7-Mountain Lakes
22-Parsippany at 11-Hanover Park; winner at 6-Mount Olive
21-Morris Catholic at 12-Morristown; winner at 5-Medison
20-West Morris at 13-Kinnelon; winner at 4-Chatham
19-Delbarton at 14-Montville; winner at 3-Mendham
18-Roxbury at 15-Pequannock; winner at 2-Morris Knolls
17-Butler at 16-Morris Hills; winner at 1-Morristown-Beard