We’re down to the final eight in seven state tournament brackets. Here’s a class-by-class look at those.
Note that four of the five state champions from 2012 still have a shot at repeating. McEachern, which won AAAAA last year, was eliminated in the first round by Colquitt County, but Miller Grove, Columbia, Lovett and Wesleyan are still alive.
AAAAAA – Valdosta and Tift County of Region 1, both unranked, are within one victory of the semifinals. The last time two south Georgia teams advanced to the final four in the highest classification was in 2001, when Lowndes and Valdosta did it in AAAAA. Both teams lost in the semifinals. The last south Georgia team to win the championship in the highest classification was Beach, which won Class AAAA in 2000. … North Gwinnett and Norcross, the teams to beat, were in the semifinals last season. Most of the rest aren’t accustomed to going this far. It’s been a while for the rest of them — Cherokee (1987), Alpharetta (never),