The high school postseason is just around the corner, but the area roads for the state tournament were paved Sunday afternoon during the 2019 OHSAA Southeast District boys basketball tournament selection meeting.
Six area schools — Gallia Academy, Meigs, River Valley, Southern, South Gallia and Eastern — now know where their opening games will be and who they will be facing in their respective sectional matchups.
Two of the six local teams need a single win to advance to the district tournament, while a quartet of other squads are searching for two victories to get out of their respective sectionals.
Eastern came away with the Ohio Valley Publishing area’s highest seed in Division IV as the Eagles enter the postseason as a five seed and will play fourth seeded South Webster in a sectional final at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Meigs High School.
Southern earned the six seed and will face third seeded Waterford in a sectional final at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Meigs High School.
South Gallia earned the seven seed and takes on 10th seeded Miller in a sectional semifinal at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Meigs High School.
The winner advances to the sectional final and will take on second seeded Trimble at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Meigs High School.
Switching to Division II, Gallia Academy earned a seven seed and will face 10th seeded River Valley in a sectional semifinal at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Southeastern High School.
The winner advances to face second seeded Jackson in a sectional final at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Southeastern High School.
Meigs came away with the eight seed in Division III and faces ninth seeded South Point in a sectional semifinal at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at Jackson High School.
The winner advances to face top seeded Wheelersburg in a sectional final at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Jackson High School.
Visit ohsaa.org for complete pairings of the 2019 OHSAA Southeast District boys basketball tournament.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.