The Daniel Boone and Schuylkill Valley softball teams are anxious to begin their march towards a District III softball championship. The top-seeded Blazers are looking to reassert their dominance following a disappointing county final. The Panthers are out to prove that they can be the team that many in the preseason predicted them to be.

The Blazers suffered their first loss of the season last week. It came to Brandywine Heights in the county championship game. That could mean bad news for Central Dauphin East.

The Panthers will face top-seeded Daniel Boone in their first round AAAA matchup Tuesday night at Muhlenberg.

While the Blazers were disappointed with the county outcome, the week off has given the team a chance to reflect and refocus. They even received some encouragement from their alumni and fans over the week.

This has armed the Blazers with renewed confidence as they begin the push for District gold. That starts with CD East.

The Blazers were Berks I champions this year. Schuylkill Valley thought it had a real good chance to take home the Berks II championship.

But that ended up being the most competitive division in Berks County and the Panthers finished middle of the pack.

Schuylkill Valley earned the eighth seed in the AA field and will play Littlestown in the first round Tuesday night at Manheim Central.

The Panthers were the definition of hot and cold, especially on offense. They know that if they can dial it up with the bats, they could do some damage.