With the spring sports’ regular season and conference tournaments disappearing in the rear-view mirror, the NCHSAA released its brackets for the softball, baseball and girls soccer playoffs on Monday.
Eight teams from Surry County qualified for the postseason tournaments this spring, and below is information on first round opponents for local teams.
East Surry (19-6) will be the No. 9 seed in the 1A West division and open play at home against No. 24 Swain County (10-9) on Tuesday at 5:30 pm. Only two other teams from the Northwest Conference reached the playoffs. North Stokes (19-1) is the No. 3 seed and will host No. 30 Highland Tech (6-10) while No. 19 Walkertown (10-15) qualified and will travel to No. 14 Rosman (14-7) in the first round.
In the 2A west, Surry Central is one of four teams in the WPAC that will partake in playoff softball. The Lady Eagles (12-13) are the No. 3 seed and will travel to No. 3 Madison (20-1) in the first round. First pitch is scheduled for 7 pm on Tuesday. No. 16 South Stokes (11-12) will host county rival No. 17 West Stokes (13-8) in the first round, and No. 2 Forbush (21-2) opens play at home against No. 31 East Lincoln (11-11).
The 1A West will have four representatives from the Northwest Conference in its baseball bracket. No. 17 East Surry (14-10) was one seed away from hosting its first round game, but the Cardinals must now travel to No. 16 West Montgomery (13-7) Tuesday at 6 pm in the first round. No. 2 Walkertown (20-3) opens at home against No. 31 Union Academy (8-14), and No. 11 North Stokes (17-10) hosts No. 22 Bishop McGuinness (14-9) in a conference rematch to kick things off.
The WPAC got five teams into the tournament this spring, but at least two squads will be headed home in the first round thanks to a pair of conference rematches in the first round. No. 18 North Surry (16-9) faces No. 15 South Stokes (15-11) in the first round while No. 7 Forbush (16-8) opens against No. 26 Surry Central (12-13), with both games scheduled for Tuesday at 7 pm. West Stokes was the final team to qualify for the tournament, and the No. 32 Wildcats (10-13) will take on the defending Western Regional Champion, No. 1 Randleman (22-3) in the first round.
Just like baseball, four teams from the Northwest Conference qualified for the state tournament on Monday. No. 11 East Surry (10-9-1) will host No. 22 Highland Tech (8-12) on Tuesday at 6 pm. No. 16 Mount Airy (10-10-2) will open the tournament at home against No. 17 Cherokee (2-9-1) on Wednesday at 5:30 pm. No. 4 Bishop McGuinness (14-4-2) hosts No. 29 Cherryville (0-19-1) while No. 31 Walkertown (0-17) travels to No. 2 Gray Stone Day (18-1) to round out the Northwest Conference.
The WPAC was one of the toughest 2A girls soccer conferences in 2016, and the league was rewarded with four bids in the NCHSAA playoffs. No. 17 Surry Central (14-6-2) will hit the road in the first round and take on No. 16 Salisbury (17-3-1) on Tuesday at 6 pm. No. 1 Forbush (21-0-1) will host No. 32 North Wilkes (6-13-2); No. 11 West Stokes (15-4-2) opens at home against No. 22 Cramer, Stuart W. (13-9); and No. 29 South Stokes (7-12-1) travels to No. 4 Hendersonville (17-3-1).
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