Howard is the No. 2 seed in 4A North, Section II behind Sherwood and also has a first-round bye.
Second-round games are set for May 13 and sectional finals are on May 16. Regional finals are May 19; state semifinals May 23; and state championship games May 26 or 27.
In softball, Glenelg earned a No. 1 seed and has a first-round by in 3A East, Section I while Marriotts Ridge has the top spot in 2A West, Section II.
Centennial is the No. 2 seed in 3A East, Section I and will host No. 7 Wilde Lake, while No. 3 Reservoir will host No. 6 Long Reach in the opening round set for May 11. No. 4 River Hill will see No. 5 Mt. Hebron at home.