By George Morse Sports and Outdoors
The brackets for the 2016 U. S. Bank State Basketball Tournament were announced Sunday. The opening games of the tournament will be played at the home of the higher seeds. The boys games will be played Saturday (3/5). The girls games will be played Friday (3/4). Some local teams will be hosting home games after being seeded among the top eight teams in their respective classes. Others will be facing long road trips because they were seeded 9th-16th in their class.
The Espanola Valley High School boys will host Piedra Vista High School. Espanola was seeded fifth in Class 5A with a record of 20-9. Piedra Vista is seeded 12th and has a record of 14-13.
Pojoaque Valley High School hosts Socorro High School. The Elks were seeded fourth in Class 4A with a record of 21-7. Socorro is seeded 13th with a record of 13-15
Dulce High School was seeded ninth in Class 3A and travels to Las Cruces to play eighth-seeded Mesilla Valley Christian School. The Hawks had a record of 17-6, while the SonBlazers were 15-12. Mesilla Valley is the defending Class 3A state champion.
Escalante High School received the fourth seed in Class 2A and will host 13th-seeded Navajo Pine High School. The Lobos have a record of 20-7. The Warriors are 17-10.
Mesa Vista High School was seeded sixth in Class 2A and will host 11th –seeded Logan High School. The Trojans were 15-12 on the year. The Longhorns were 11-15.
McCurdy Charter School was seeded 14th and will travel to third-seeded Magdalena High School. The Bobcats were 11-12 on the season. The Steers are the defending Class 2A state champions and were 22-5 this season.
Coronado High School received the 14th seed in Class A and will travel to Hondo Valley High School. The Leopards were 9-15 on the season. Hondo Valley is seeded third in Class A and is 26-2 this season
The Espanola Valley High School Lady Sundevils finished 23-4 on the season and received the foruth seed in Class 5A. They will host District 2AAAAA rival Del Norte High School, who had a record of 13-13. Espanola could face rival Los Alamos High School for the fourth time this season in the quarterfinals.
Pojoaque Valley High School was 12-15 on the season and received the 13th seed in Class 4A. They will travel to fourth-seeded Kirtland Central High School, which has a record of 20-8 this season.
Dulce High School was13-13 on the season, receiving the 13th seed in Class 3A. They will travel to Tohatci High School to face the fourth-seeded Lady Cougars, who are 24-3 this season
Escalante High School received the 12th seed in Class 2A and has a record of 17-9. The Lady Lobos will travel to Mora High School to play the fifth-seeded Rangerettes. Mora is 19-9 thisseason and defeated Escalante twice in District 5AA competition.
Mesa Vista High School was 17-11 on the season and was seeded 10th in Class 2A. They will travel to seventh-seeded Melrose High School. The Lady Buffaloes are 17-9 this season.
Coronado High School received the 16th and last seed in Class A. The Lady Leopards will have to travel and face top-seeded Elida High School, which is the five-time dfending Class A state champion.The Lady Tigers are 23-3 this season.