Volcano Vista’s Sean Alter tries to dam the shot of West Mesa’s Elijah Brody through the metro match semifinals in January. Volcano Vista is the No. 1 seed for the Class 5A highschool basketball playoffs beginning this week. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

It’s not March but, however we’ve arrived on the Insanity.

The 160 individuals in New Mexico’s highschool basketball playoffs have been revealed on Sunday, setting the stage for the state’s premier sporting occasion — finest occasion interval — which is able to unfold over the following two weeks.

The primary spherical can be Friday (ladies) and Saturday (boys), with Week 2 starting the next Tuesday, March 7.


Magdalena is the state’s solely undefeated workforce remaining in any class, boys or ladies, and the Steers have been an apparent selection for No. 1 in Class 1A.

The one motive Volcano Vista shouldn’t be additionally unbeaten is that second-half comeback by Cleveland just a few weeks in the past, when the Hawks blew a 22-point lead in opposition to the Storm.

In any other case, Volcano (25-1), the No. 1 seed for the Class 5A playoffs, had an incredible common season. The Hawks will open in opposition to No. 16 Capital, a workforce that had a few good victories — together with one over No. 3 seed Los Lunas — down the stretch within the common season.

District 1 was, naturally, given a lot love (4 of the highest 9 seeds), which stands to motive. Additionally, that league has produced the state champion in six of the final seven seasons.

Cleveland, Rio Rancho and Atrisco Heritage have been seeded 7-9; the Jaguars are on the Rams on Saturday within the first spherical. The Storm performs host to No. 10 Eldorado.

Los Lunas is dwelling to Las Cruces, the 14 seed.

Sandia, the No, 2, will play Rio Grande — making its first playoff look in seven years — on Saturday. West Mesa, at No. 4, is dwelling to Santa Fe.

The one metro-area college with a official street journey within the first spherical is Eleventh-seeded La Cueva, which visits No. 6 Carlsbad.

The highest three seeds in 4A are from Albuquerque: Academy, Highland and St. Pius.

The defending state champion Hornets misplaced six of their seven video games to robust 5A groups; the one loss Highland needed to a 4A opponent was a 53-52 loss to St. Pius. The high-powered Chargers (23-3) solely misplaced one recreation to a 4A workforce: Highland.

Del Norte has performed within the final two state finals in 4A; Del Norte is the 9, going through a roadie Saturday at Deming.

Valley and Valencia are also hitting the street within the first spherical, however Hope Christian — a workforce flying beneath the radar — is at No. 6.

The northern half of the state confirmed nicely within the 3A bracket, with St. Michael’s, Navajo Prep and Robertson seeded 1-2-3, and Sandia Prep at No. 4. The Sundevils are dwelling to Newcomb.

Bosque Faculty at No. 6 can be at dwelling, because the Bobcats face Ruidoso.

Pecos is the highest seed in 2A; Menaul, the defending state champion, is at No. 4 and the Panthers play host to Lordsburg on Saturday.

Coach Marty Zeller’s Legacy Academy is a No. 9 seed in Class 1A; the Silverbacks are on the street at Logan. Evangel/Oak Grove can be on the street in 1A, at Cliff. Magdalena is looking for a 3rd consecutive blue trophy.


You need to hand it to Hobbs coach Joe Carpenter.

The Eagles misplaced star guard Knowledge Anthony early within the season to harm, and this younger Hobbs workforce — which was the champion of the Albuquerque metro match — barely skipped a beat en path to the No. 1 seed within the 5A bracket.

Volcano Vista, the two-time defending 5A state champ, is seeded third, and if type holds, the Hawks may run into No. 2 Farmington within the semifinals. These groups cut up a pair of video games within the common season.

Bella Hines, the state’s main scorer, and the Eldorado Eagles are at Volcano Vista within the first spherical.

Albuquerque Excessive hoped a 25-win season would earn the Bulldogs a house recreation within the first spherical. It didn’t. However the information was not all dangerous. The Bulldogs, seeded No. 9, solely must journey just a few miles as they’ll play No. 8 Sandia on Friday. And the Matadors have been one of many two groups to beat AHS — which has a 5A-best 25-2 document — within the common season.

Kirtland Central, the defending champ, and Gallup have been 1-2 in Class 4A, with St. Pius seeded third. The Sartans open with No. 14 Portales. Hope Christian is true behind St. Pius at No. 4.

The inclusion of Albuquerque Academyis a terrific story. The Chargers performed their manner into the 4A area as an computerized qualifier by upsetting Hope within the District 6-4A match ultimate on Saturday.

The truth is, each Academy and Deming have been shock district match champs, and people two victories mixed to knock Goddard out.

For as a lot as I rail in opposition to the uselessness of district tournaments, right here we had two examples of the way it can transfer the needle within the different course.

Academy, the 15 seed, is at Gallup within the first spherical. Highland, Valencia, Valley and Moriarty are metro-area groups on the street Friday.

Reigning state champ Robertson (26-1 with a lone defeat to 5A’s Centennial) has the highest seed in 3A, adopted by Navajo Prep, which solely misplaced to Hobbs, Farmington and Kirtland Central. Which means each of the highest two seeds are undefeated in opposition to 3A competitors.

Up to now.

The metro space may have Menaul within the 2A area, and the co-op of Evangel Christian and Oak Grove Classical Academy in 1A. Escalante (2A) and Melrose – 1A’s powerhouse program and in search of a seventh straight look within the state ultimate; the Buffaloes have been runners-up in 5 of the final six seasons — are No. 1 seeds.


A take a look at the New Mexico’s highschool basketball playoffs brackets, as offered on the New Mexico Actions Affiliation Twitter account.

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