HS PLAYOFFS: Who's in, who's out and when will they play

Feb. 22, 2014 @ 11:10 PM

The N.C. High School Athletic Association on Saturday announced its brackets for the state 1-A/2-A/3-A/4-A boys’ basketball tournaments which begin Monday night.

No. 1 seeds went to the Chapel Hill (3-A) and Granville Central (1-A) girls and to the Orange (3-A) boys.

The regionals include 32-team brackets in East and West 2-A/3-A/4-A and 16-team brackets in East, Mideast, Midwest and West 1-A. The brackets were released Saturday evening after several revisions as submitted records were corrected.

Seeds were based on a maximum 22-game record, and broken down by winning percentage. Many teams played more than 22 games, some fewer. The 22-game mark was arrived at by dropping non-conference wins or losses to get down to the 22-game limit. Conference losses could not be excluded.

Northern High School, which finished 24-2 and 9-1 while winning the PAC-6 4-A regular-season and tournament titles, shared an identical East Region best 21-1 22-game mark with Wilmington New Hanover (in reality 23-2, 11-0), but New Hanover apparently got the No. 1 seed based on its 11-0 conference record. New Hanover did not complete its 12th conference game and had to keep a non-conference loss in its 22-game mark to make up for it.

Northern coach Ronnie Russell said Saturday that he wasn’t sure exactly what the tiebreaker was that gave New Hanover the No. 1 seed and that he’d been expecting to receive that seeding.

With the No. 2 seed, Northern is assured of playing at home — as long as it wins — in the second round Wednesday, the third round Friday and the fourth round Tuesday, March 4.

Northern, the East’s No. 2 4-A seed, will host No. 31 Holly Springs (10-12) at 7 p.m. Monday. Times for Monday games were set by the NCHSAA. If only one game is being played at a site, it begins at 7 p.m. If both a boys’ and girls’ game are played at the same site, the girls’ game will start at 6:30 and the boys’ game at 8 p.m.

Also from the PAC-6, No. 19 Hillside (14-8) will play at No. 14 Greenville Rose and No. 12 Jordan (16-6) will host No. 21 Raleigh Leesville Road.

Also from the PAC-6, Riverside and Roxboro Person got in as wild card picks. Riverside is the No. 26 seed and will play at No. 7 Apex while No. 29 Person will play at No. 4 Raleigh Millbrook.

Despite an upset loss to Southern in the Big Eight 3-A Conference Tournament Friday night, regular-season champ Orange (20-2) got the No. 1 seed in the 3-A East Region and will host No. 32 South Brunswick.

No. 13 Southern and No. 16 Chapel Hill will also host home games Monday, Chapel Hill playing after its top-seeded, undefeated girls’ program completes its own first-round home game.

The 2-A East will feature No. 22 Carrboro and No. 31 N.C. Science & Math, both opening on the road.

Three 1-A entries — No. 4 Voyager Academy, No. 6 Kestrel Heights and No. 8 Granville Central — from the area will host opening round boys’ games Monday as well.

In the girls’ bracket, Chapel Hill (22-0) was an obvious No. 1 seed in the 3-A East Regional and will host No. 32 Topsail Monday. Three other Big Eight area teams also made the field, including No. 29 Southern as a wild card. Southern, No. 17 Cedar Ridge and No. 22 Northwood will all open on the road Monday.

In the 4-A field, PAC-6 Tournament and regular-season champion Hillside (18-4) is the top area seed at No. 5. Hillside will host Wilmington Hoggard and No. 15 Jordan (15-7) will host No. 18 Knightdale Monday.

No. 19 Riverside and No. 31 wild card Northern will open on the road.

In 2-A, No. 24 Carrboro and No. 27 Durham School of the Arts will open on the road.

Four 1-A girls’ teams made the field, including No. 1 Granville Central (19-0) and No. 12 Kestrel Heights in the Mideast and No. 15 Voyager Academy and No. 16 Roxboro Community School in the Midwest.

Only Granville Central will host a 1-A opener as No. 16 North Edgecombe comes to Stem Monday night in the opener of a doubleheader with the boys in the nightcap.



Girls’ 1st Round Seedings/Matchups


4-A East Regional

No. 28 Wilmington Hoggard (13-9) at No. 5 Hillside (18-4)

No. 18 Knightdale (17-5) at No. 15 Jordan (15-7)

No. 19 Riverside (16-6) at No. 14 Greenville Conley (16-6)

No. 31 Northern (10-11) at No. 2 Southeast Raleigh (21-1)


3-A East Regional

No. 32 Topsail (6-15) at No. 1 Chapel Hill (22-0)

No. 17 Cedar Ridge (14-8) at No. 16 Swansboro (15-6)

No. 22 Northwood (16-6) at No. 11 Fayetteville Terry Sanford (17-5)

No. 29 Southern (10-12) at No. 4 Cameron Union Pines (20-2)


2-A East Regional

No. 24 Carrboro (6-16) at No. 9 Red Springs (12-10)

No. 27 Durham School of the Arts (11-9) at No. 6 Kinston (18-2)


1-A Mideast Regional

No. 16 North Edgecombe (8-13) at No. 1 Granville Central (19-0)

No. 12 Kestrel Heights (13-9) at No. 5 Wallace-Rose Hill (6-15)


1-A Midwest Regional

No. 15 Voyager Academy (9-13) at No. 2 Kernersville Bishop McGuinness (20-2)

No. 16 Roxboro Community (9-13) at No. 2 Albemarle (20-2)



Boys’ 1st Round Seedings/Matchups


4-A East Regional

No. 21 Raleigh Leesville Road (13-9) at No. 12 Jordan (16-6)

No. 19 Hillside (14-8) at No. 14 Greenville Rose (14-6)

No. 29 Roxboro Person (12-10) at No. 4 Raleigh Millbrook (20-2)

No. 26 Riverside (12-10) at No. 7 Apex (17-5)

No. 31 Holly Springs (10-12) at No. 2 Northern (21-1)


3-A East Regional

No. 17 Western Guilford (15-7) at No. 16 Chapel Hill (17-5)

No. 20 Southern Nash (10-12) at No. 13 Southern (13-9)

No. 31 South Brunswick (4-18) at No. 1 Orange (20-2)


2-A East Regional

No. 22 Carrboro (14-8) at No. 11 Warrenton Warren Co. (18-4)

No. 31 N.C. Science & Math (11-11) at No. 2 Bunn (20-2)


1-A East Regional

Seed, team, 22-game record

No. 9 Warsaw James Kenan (14-6) at No. 8 Granville Central (18-4)

No. 13 Wallace-Rose Hill (10-12) at No. 4 Voyager Academy (14-8)

No. 11 Raleigh Charter (11-11) at No. 6 Kestrel Heights (14-7)


1-A Midwest Regional

No. 9 Roxboro Community (16-6) at No. 8 Kernersville Bishop McGuinness (18-4)