On the boys side, Atholton earned the top seed in Section I of 3A East after finishing the regular season 19-2 overall and claiming sole possession of the program’s first county championship since 2014. The Raiders, along with Reservoir (14-8 overall) and Centennial (13-9), have an opening-round bye.
Oakland Mills earned the top seed in Section I of 2A South after finishing the regular season with an overall record of 17-5. River Hill (15-7), courtesy of finishing with one more win than Wilde Lake (14-7), secures the second seed in the section and joins the Scorpions with a first-round bye.
Howard (5-17) is the county’s lone team in 4A North, earning a No. 4 seed in Section I.
In 3A East, Long Reach (15-4) is the top seed in Section I after earning a piece of the county championship crown for a second straight year. The Lightning, along with Reservoir (16-6) and Mt. Hebron (14-8), have an opening round bye.
Oakland Mills (17-5) earned the top seed in Section I of 2A South for a second consecutive winter. The Scorpions and River Hill (15-7), which is seeded second in the same section, each have opening-round byes.
The opening round of the playoffs is scheduled to tip off on Friday night, with the better seed serving as the home team. For the schools that have home games for both their boys and girls teams to begin the playoffs, there is the potential for double headers.
First round matchups involving Howard County teams include: Catonsville boys at Howard (4A North); Long Reach boys at Mt. Hebron (3A East); Hammond boys at Wilde Lake (2A South); Glenelg boys at Marriotts Ridge (2A South); Centennial girls at Atholton (3A East); Wilde Lake girls at Hammond (2A South); and Glenelg girls at Marriotts Ridge (2A South).
The state semifinals for the boys are scheduled for March 14 (3A and 4A) and March 15 (1A and 2A) at the Xfinity Center on the campus of the University of Maryland. The state finals will follow on March 16.