Here’s a nod to all you sleepy-heads who stayed up until the wee hours of the morning crunching playoff numbers.
Your dedication and interest are part of what keeps high school sports afloat.
I covered Group AAA and Group AA as far as Timesland schools last night. Here’s what we know about the Group A scenarios heading into some big games today:
DIVISION 2 WEST SECTION
Fort Chiswell will be the No. 1 seed. Wilson Memorial will be No. 2 and Dan River will be No. 3. Giles could possibly pass John Battle for the No. 4 spot, but it’s not very likely. It would require at least two huge upsets today. Graham will be the No. 6 seed. Riverheads jumped all the way from 12th up to No. 7.
Grayson County’s huge comeback win over Galax moved the Blue Devils to the No. 8 spot. Floyd County and Gretna are tied for the No. 9 spot at the moment. If unbeaten Essex wins today against Rappahannock, then Gretna would grab the No. 9 seed. In that event, Gretna would play at Grayson County, while Floyd would play at No. 7 Riverheads. James River and Union will take the next two spots. The order likely will be determined by the VHSL tiebreaker that computes the average Rating Scale score of the 10 opponents each team has played. I’ll try to come up with that one later.
Virginia High will be the No. 13 seed. Look for a first-round rematch against Bristol rival John Battle. Stuarts Draft will be seeded No. 14. Glenvar is in, and the Highlanders will be No. 15 if Central-Wise loses today to J.I. Burton. If Central-Wise wins, Central will be No. 15 and Glenvar will be No. 16. Grundy still has a shot at the No. 16 spot if Central-Wise loses.
DIVISION 1 WEST SECTION
Honaker will get the No. 1 seed if the Tigers beat Haysi and if Richlands beats Tazewell today. If those things occur, George Wythe will be the No. 2 seed. Defending state champion Clintwood is No. 3 unless Honaker loses today.
Eastside will be seeded either No. 4 or No. 5. Haysi would move up to No. 4 with a win today over Honaker. J.I. Burton would be No. 5 with a win today and a loss by Haysi. Rural Retreat earned the No. 7 seed with its 7-3 record.
Galax, despite losing a big lead late to Grayson County on Friday, has the No. 8 spot locked up. Galax will host No. 9 Chilhowie next week. No. 10 Hurley will play at Rural Retreat. Castlewood will be No. 11 and play at the No. 6 seed. Holston is No. 12 and will play at the No. 5 seed.
The last four seeds in order are No. 13 Northwood, No. 14 Radford, No. 15 Eastern Montgomery and No. 16 Patrick Henry-Glade Spring. The school is located in Emory but that’s another story. Today’s games will determine the road trips for those four schools.
DIVISION 1 EAST SECTION
The East picture is still muddled, but it’s safe to say that unbeaten Franklin will be the No. 1 seed, Sussex Central is No. 2 and Central-Lunenburg is No. 3. Altavista will be either No. 4 or No. 5. West Point will be either No. 5 or No. 6.
There are so many games to be played today in the East that all sorts of shuffling is possible. No matter what, Parry McCluer will get a first-round game at home thanks to Friday’s shutout win over Covington. The Cougars face a road game and it’s possible the opponent could be Parry McCluer. We’ll know later today.
Bath County moved past Craig County last night into the No. 15 spot. The Chargers will travel to Sussex Central. Craig County will be No. 16 after losing five of its last six games. The Rockets will go to Franklin. How good is the East Section in Division 1? Don’t forget that last year Bath County made the long trip to Franklin and came back with an upset win over the Broncos.