William Byrd’s appeal over the seeding its boys basketball basketball team received for this week’s Region III Division 4 tournament was denied Monday in a vote by the principals of the region’s 20 high schools.
Byrd will be seeded No. 3 in the six-team tournament, and the Terriers will host Harrisonburg in a first-round game Tuesday night. Heritage will be the No. 2 and will receive a bye until Thursday’s semifinals when the Pioneers will play the Byrd-Harrisonburg winner at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg.
Byrd appealed its seeding on the basis that the Seminole District should have been forced to declare a regular-season boys champion and No. 1 entry into the regional tournament after E.C. Glass and Heritage finished the season tied for first place. The Seminole did not hold a regular-season playoff between the two Division 4 teams.
William Byrd and Northside tied for the Blue Ridge District title. The Blue Ridge also did not hold a playoff, believing that since Byrd and Northside are in differerent divisions, they each would be declared the district’s No. 1 representative into their respective tournaments. Northside earned a No. 2 seeding in Region III Division 3.
Had the Blue Ridge held a regular-season playoff and had William Byrd won it, or if Byrd had won the Blue Ridge tournament final, the Terriers would have been seeded No. 2 in Region III Division 3.
NOTES: William Fleming’s opponent on the road in Tuesday’s Northwest Region boys quarterfinal — Mountain View — has a 21-game winning streak. … The site for Salem’s girls semifinal Wednesday in Region IV Division 4 will depend on the outcome of Tuesday’s first-round game. If the opponent is Blacksburg, the game will be at Christiansburg. If the opponent is Hidden Valley, the game will be at Cave Spring. Look for the site of the Region C Division 1 boys semifinal involving Parry McCluer to be moved from Galax. The Fighting Blues’ opponent will be either Covington or Bath County and the region will find a neutral site closer to both schools. The same goes for the Covington girls in their semifinal if the opponent turns out to be Parry McCluer.
The brackets as of 5:15 p.m. Monday are here.