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George Wythe’s Antonio Bridy takes a shot against I.C. Norcom Thursday, February 23, 2017.

BOYS

5A

L.C. Bird won the 5A South region title, beating Varina and Bethel by double digits along the way. Bird has a cadre of talented guards, including Mario Haskett (Harvard), Johquin Wiley and Jaylen Dillard.

If Bird and Varina win their quarterfinal matchups, they’ll meet for a fourth time this season. Bird has won the previous three.

The top seed from the north is Potomac, a perennial state tournament contender. Potomac won the 5A title last year over L.C. Bird and in 2014 over Henrico. Wakefield also makes frequent appearances in the state tournament.

Friday’s quarterfinals at Hampton
L.C. Bird vs. Potomac Falls, 2:30
Varina vs. Albemarle, 4:15
Potomac vs. Hampton, 6
Bethel vs. Wakefield, 7:45
Saturday’s semifinals at Hampton
Upper-bracket winners, 4:15
Lower-bracket winners, 7:45
March 11 final at Siegel Center
Semifinal winners, 3

  

4A

Monacan is the No. 4 seed from 4A East, the same seed as last year when it made a surprise run and won the 4A state championship. To win a second title, Monacan will have to defeat the top seed from the West, Loudoun Valley and either Smithfield or George Washington. Monacan’s Greg Parham was named 4A East region player of the year.

Hanover got the third seed in 4A East by beating Monacan 81-72 in the consolation. Senior forward Ryan Payne had 19 points for the Hawks in the victory. Hanover faces John Handley (Winchester) in the quarterfinals.

Friday’s quarterfinals at Salem Civic Center
Jamestown vs. William Fleming, 2:30
John Handley vs. Hanover, 4:15
Loudoun Valley vs. Monacan, 6
Smithfield vs. George Washington, 7:45
Saturday’s semifinals at Salem
Upper-bracket winners, 4:15
Lower-bracket winners, 7:45
March 10 final at Siegel Center
Semifinal winners, 8:30

  

3A

3A might be the most competitive bracket among the six boys state tournaments. The past three state champions are all back — I.C. Norcom, George Wythe and John Marshall.

So is Spotswood, which has been perhaps the best team from 3A West each of the past three years.

All four of those schools seem capable of winning the state title. So does Phoebus, which beat John Marshall 79-73 in the region semifinals and George Wythe in the region final. Antwan Miles scored 33 points and hit five 3-pointers against Marshall.

Norcom, the defending state champion, lost to John Marshall in the consolation and fell all the way to the fourth seed in 3A West. That means Norcom and Spotswood face off in the first round, which makes for an intriguing state quarterfinal game.

Thursday’s quarterfinals at Siegel Center
Phoebus vs. Western Albemarle, 3:30
Northside vs. John Marshall, 5:15
Spotswood vs. I.C. Norcom, 7
George Wythe vs. Heritage-Lynchburg, 8:45
Friday’s semifinals at Siegel Center
Upper-bracket winners, 5:15
Lower-bracket winners, 8:45
March 10 final at Siegel Center
Semifinal winners, 4:30

  

GIRLS

5A

Princess Anne (Virginia Beach) has won the past three 5A state titles. But this year, the Cavaliers enter as the No. 3 seed from 5A South. They face Wakefield in the first round.

Highland Springs missed out on the region championship by losing to Salem in the final. It was the Springers’ first loss of the year.

Atlee got the third seed in 5A North and faces Highland Springs in the first round. These teams met in February, and Highland Springs won 73-48.

This bracket has three teams from one region with good shots at winning the state title: Salem, Highland Springs and Princess Anne. Thomas Edison is a frequently a contender in the 5A tournament, but has never reached the state title game.

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Highland Springs' Cam Gatling and Bird's Mya Coleman vie for a rebound during their 5A South region semifinal game at Hermitage High School Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

Thursday’s quarterfinals at Hampton University
Salem (Virginia Beach) vs. Tuscarora, 2:30
Wakefield vs. Princess Anne, 4:15
Thomas Edison vs. L.C. Bird, 6
Highland Springs vs. Atlee, 7:45
Saturday’s semifinals at Hampton
Upper-bracket winners, 2:30
Lower-bracket winners, 6
March 11 final at Siegel Center
Semifinal winners

  

4A

Monacan is going for a three-peat after winning 4A state titles in 2015 and 2016. Monacan has one of the country’s premier players in senior wing Megan Walker. The Chiefs face Charlottesville in the first round.

Monacan already has registered victories over Lake Taylor 81-54, and King’s Fork 74-65. Midlothian is the fourth seed from 4A East and faces the top seed from the west, Millbrook.

Thursday’s quarterfinals at Salem Civic Center
Monacan vs. Charlottesville, 2:30
Loudoun County vs. Lake Taylor, 4:15
Millbrook vs. Midlothian, 6
King’s Fork vs. Carroll County, 7:45
Saturday’s semifinals at Salem
Upper-bracket winners, 2:30
Lower-bracket winners, 6
March 10 final at Siegel Center
Semifinal winners, 6:30

  

3A

There will be a new state champion in 3A this year. Spotswood won the championship in 2014 and 2016. Turner Ashby got it in 2015. Neither team is back in the state tournament this year.

Hopewell is the top seed from 3A East and faces Magna Vista, last year’s runner-up, in the first round. Hopewell got 19 points apiece from Daijah Jefferson (Georgia Tech signee) and Tyah Hunter (Furman) in the 3A East region final against Culpeper.

Brookville is the top seed from 3A West.

Wednesday’s quarterfinals at Siegel Center
Hopewell vs. Manga Vista, 3:30
Hidden Valley vs. Tabb, 5:15
Brookville vs. Warhill, 7
Culpeper County vs. Broadway, 8:45
Friday’s semifinals at Siegel Center
Upper-bracket winners, 3:30
Lower-bracket winners, 7
March 10 final at Siegel Center
Semifinal winners, 2:30

  

1A

Last year Appomattox Regional GS reached the state final, but fell 57-52 to Northwood. ARGS sophomore Jada Boyd had 46 points and 21 rebounds in the region playoffs against Colonial Beach. Boyd is a Division I recruit.

ARGS is the No. 2 seed coming out of the East. Surry beat ARGS to get the East’s top seed. George Wythe (Wytheville) is the top seed from 1A West.

ARGS has to travel more than five hours to Virginia High School, which is on the Tennessee border in southwest Virginia, for the quarterfinals and semifinals.

Thursday’s quarterfinals at Virginia High
Surry County vs. Eastside, 3
Parry McCluer vs. Riverheads, 4:45
George Wythe (Wytheville) vs. Cumberland, 6:30
ARGS vs. Honaker, 8:15
Saturday’s semifinals at Virginia High
Upper-bracket winners, 2:30
Lower-bracket winners, 6
March 9 final at Siegel Center
Semifinal winners, 2:30

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