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State playoff brackets: Tough draw for defending champ Westlake boys

The region tournaments are done in Class AAAAAAA, and below are unofficial first-round matchups for the state tournament, which begins Friday.

In the boys’ bracket, defending champion Westlake is seeded to face third-ranked Newton in the second round. Playing in rugged Region 2, Westlake won the regular-seasons title, which included two impressive wins over Pebblebrook, but lost Saturday night in overtime to Pebblebrook, which got the No. 1 seed.

But Pebblebrook has no pleasure cruise ahead, either. The Falcons could face another top-five team, Norcross, in the quarterfinals.

The girls’ draw appears to be more balanced. No. 1 Norcross (top-10 national ranking) and No. 2 McEachern (three-time defending champion) are heavily favored and are in opposite halves.

The official draw, which the GHSA could set Monday, will include the awarding of wild cards, or at-large playoff bids, to one boys and one girls team. The wild card team will be the chosen based on the GHSA points power rating.

BOYS

R8/#3 Grayson at R6/#2 Collins Hill
R2/#4 Campbell at R4/#1 Etowah
R1/#3 Lowndes at R3/#2 Hillgrove
R7/#4 Brookwood at R5/#1 Milton

R6/#3 Duluth at R8/#2 Shiloh
R4/#4 Lassiter at R2/#1 Pebblebrook
R3/#3 Kennesaw Mountain at R1/#2 Colquitt County
R5/#4 West Forsyth at R7/#1 Norcross

R4/#3 Roswell at R2/#2 Westlake
R6/#4 Peachtree Ridge at R8/#1 Newton
R5/#3 South Forsyth at R7/#2 Berkmar
R3/#4 Marietta at R1/#1 Tift County

R2/#3 Wheeler at R4/#2 Cherokee
R8/#4 South Gwinnett at R6/#1 Mountain View
R7/#3 Meadowcreek at R5/#2 Lambert
WC at R3/#1 McEachern

GIRLS

R8/#3 Grayson at R6/#2 Collins Hill
R2/#4 Campbell at R4/#1 Cherokee
R1/#3 Tift County at R3/#2 Hillgrove
R7/#4 Central Gwinnett at R5/#1 Lambert

R6/#3 Duluth at R8/#2 Newton
R4/#4 Roswell at R2/#1 Westlake
R3/#3 Marietta at R1/#2 Lowndes
R5/#4 West Forsyth at R7/#1 Norcross

R4/#3 Woodstock at R2/#2 Pebblebrook
R6/#4 Mountain View at R8/#1 Archer
R5/#3 South Forsyth at R7/#2 Brookwood
R3/#4 North Cobb at R1/#1 Colquitt County

R2/#3 Wheeler at R4/#2 Etowah
R8/#4 Rockdale County at R6/#1 Mill Creek
R7/#3 Parkview at R5/#2 North Forsyth
WC at R3/#1 McEachern


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