Beyond the Scoreboard: High school playoffs begin Wednesday

Eden Hawkins, Hendersonville High soccer
Eden Hawkins (left) will lead the Hendersonville High soccer team into the state 2A playoffs on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Hawkins)

The chase for a state title begins Wednesday with 46 WNC teams competing in the playoffs in baseball, soccer and softball.

This area has 17 softball teams, 15 baseball squads and 14 girls soccer teams in postseason play.

Six 1A schools received first-round byes, but 42 games are on tap Wednesday in first-round play in the three sports.

Despite some sterling records, no area teams got No. 1 seeds. And overall, there seems to be a lack of respect for mountain sports in the seedings that are determined by conference finish and rankings by national prep service MaxPreps.

For example, undefeated and perennial softball power Madison (19-0) is a sixth seed. The team directly ahead of the Patriots in the 2A bracket is No. 5 West Wilkes (19-5).

Overall, 31 of the area’s 46 playoff teams have seeds of No. 10 or higher.

Just nine local schools received seeds of No. 5 or lower.

Another undefeated team – 22-0 Murphy baseball – received a No. 2 seed. Franklin’s unbeaten softball team (18-0) also received a No. 2 slot.

Reynolds soccer, another traditional contender for a state title, is a No. 8 seed despite an 18-1-2 mark.

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