Area teams in Classes 2A-4A learned their playoff destinations Thursday as the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Athletics Association released playoff assignments for those classes.
The playoffs will begin on Feb. 15-16 with the district round. Classes 3A and 4A will have two teams in each district, while most districts in Class 2A will have three.
Jay was placed in Area IV in Class 4A and will host Fort Gibson in the district round. The Tigers are ranked No. 7 in the class while the 18-0 Lady Tigers are ranked second in the state behind defending state champion Anadarko.
Regional games for Jay will be played in Fort Gibson Feb. 21-23 with area games held at the Muskogee Civic Center Feb. 28-Mar. 2. Jay will face either Poteau or Stilwell in the next round.
Other teams in the area include Roland, which is No. 1 in boys and No. 10 in girls as well as Muldrow, whose teams both have a ranking of 13th.
In Class 3A Kansas will be in Area III and will host Wyandotte in the district round. Regional games for Kansas will be played at the Muskogee Civic Center while area games will be at Fort Gibson, the same places the Comets and Lady Comets played in last year’s playoffs.
Kansas will face either Heavener or Hartshorne in the next round. The top seed in the area on the boys side is Sperry, ranked fourth in the state in 3A. The top seed for the girls will be Adair, ranked fourth in 3A, while Verdigris, ranked fifth in both boys and girls, will be the number two seed.
Also lurking in the area are the Keys Cougars, who defeated the Comets in last year’s area championship and are ranked 13th.
In Class 2A Ketchum will be in Area III and will host Afton and Fairland in the district round. Ketchum will receive a bye in the first round of districts and will play the winner between the other two teams in the district title game. The first round of regional games will be held at Hominy while the second round will be at Tulsa Rogers. Area games will be contested at Claremore.
Both teams from Northeast Academy of Oklahoma City are the top seeds in the area and are ranked number one in the state. The Vikings will host Dove Science of Tulsa in the district round. Another top-10 team in the area is the Tonkawa girls, who are ranked eighth and are a possible regional championship opponent for the Ketchum girls.
Colcord will also be in Area III, traveling to Chouteau along with Yale for the district round. The Hornets and Lady Hornets will host the first round of regional games, which will also have the two survivors of a district involving Quapaw, Commerce and Oklahoma Union. The second round of regional games will be at Mounds.
Playoff assignments for Classes 5A and 6A will be released next Thursday by the OSSAA.