South Florida District Playoffs Preview: 2a-4a
The FHSAA has turned to Maxpreps rankings to determine their playoff seeding and at large bids for the state playoffs. The new system only assures the district champion of a spot in the playoffs. The other four spots will go to the remaining four highest ranked teams. HoopMia will be breaking down the District Tournaments in South Florida which all take place next week. We will break down what teams will need to accomplish this week in order to clinch a spot in the regional playoffs.
District 16 (1. Schoolhouse Prep 2. Miami Christian 3. Hebrew Academy 4. Brito Miami Private 5. Westwood Christian)
Schedule: First Round 2/10 Semifinals 2/11 Finals 2/13 Site: @Gibson Bethel Community Center
Schoolhouse Prep is one of the favorites to capture the 2a state title and is a heavy favorite in District 16. Miami Christian has had a solid season and will advance to the regional playoffs no matter what transpires this week. Hebrew Academy, Brito Miami Private, and Westwood Christian are all in win or go home scenarios entering this week.
District 15 (1. Champagnat Catholic 2. Avant Garde 3. Northwest Christian 4. Sheridan Hills Christian)
Schedule: Semifinals 2/11 Finals 2/14 Site: @Northwest Christian
Champagnat Catholic has played a great schedule and they enter the playoffs as a big time favorite in District 15. Avant Garde has clinched spot in regionals already and will try to upset Champagnant to claim a top 4 seed. Northwest Christian and Sheridan Hills Christians must pull off a shocking district championship victory in order to advance to the regional playoffs.
District 14 (1. Grandview Prep 2. Village Academy 3. Somerset Academy Key 4. Highlands Christian 5. Donna Klein Jewish Academy 6. Boca Raton Christian)
Schedule: First Round 2/10 Semifinals 2/11 Finals 2/14 Site: @Boca Raton Christian
Grandview Prep is the favorite in District 14 and they have a talented young group. Village Academy has had a good season and will advance to the regional playoffs no matter what occurs this week. Somerset Academy Key is in position to advance to the playoffs, but they need a solid showing this week. Highlands Christian, Donna Klein Jewish Academy, and Boca Raton Christian all must pull off the monumental task of winning the district in order to advance to the regional playoffs.
District 13 (1. Lake Worth Christian 2. Atlantic Christian 3. Trinity Christian 4. Berean Christian 5. Glades Day 6. Pine School)
Schedule: First Round 2/10 Semifinals 2/11 Finals 2/13 Site: @Lake Worth Christian
District 13 is completely wide open heading into the tournament. No team in the district is ranked in the top 300 in the state. Lake Worth Christian is the only team with a chance of advancing without winning the district title. Atlantic Christian, Trinity Christian, Berean Christian, Glades Day, and Pine School all must win the district in order to advance to the playoffs and it is a task several of those teams are capable of accomplishing.
District 16 (1. Westminster Christian 2. Somerset Academy Silver Palms 3. Palmer Trinity 4. Everglades Prep 5. Somerset Academy South Homestead 6. Marathon 7. Palm Glades Prep)
Schedule: First Round 2/10 Semifinals 2/11 Finals 2/15 Site: @Palmer Trinity
Westminster is the heavy favorite in District 16 and will be a very tough out. Somerset Silver Palms has had a good year and will advance to the regional playoffs no matter what occurs this week. Palmer Trinity is on the bubble for the playoffs and needs at least a couple of wins and possibly the district title to clinch a regional playoff spot. Everglades, Somerset South Homestead, Marathon, and Palm Glades Prep will need to win the district in order to reach the playoffs and that seems like an impossible task.
District 15 (1. Riviera Prep 2. Florida Christian 3. Ransom Everglades 4. Archbishop Carroll 5. Archimedean 6. Pinecrest Prep)
Schedule: First Round 2/10 Semifinals 2/11 Finals 2/13 Site: @Riviera Prep
All three of the top teams in District 15 will be in the regional playoffs no matter what happens this week. Riviera seems to be the favorite entering this week, but they lost in their only match up against Florida Christian this season. Ransom had a great regular season, but is not as battle tested as Riviera and Florida Christian. Archbishop Carroll, Archimedean, and Pinecrest Prep will need to win the district in order to advance and that seems extremely unlikely with the amount of talented teams above them.
District 14 (1. Divine Savior 2. Miami Country Day 3. Hialeah Educational 4. Doctors Charter 5. SLAM Academy 6. International Studies)
Schedule: First Round 2/10 Semifinals 2/12 Finals 2/14 Site: @SLAM Academy
Divine Savior enters the tournament as the district favorite. They beat Miami Country Day in a very competitive game earlier this season and we seem to be headed to a rematch of those teams in the district final. Miami Country Day is right on the cut line for the playoffs and may need to knock off Divine Savior to reach the playoffs. Hialeah Educational, Doctors Charter, SLAM, and International Studies all enter this week in a win or go home scenario.
District 13 (1. Chaminade Madonna 2. Hillel 3. Posnack 4. Somerset Central 5. Ben Gamla)
Schedule: First Round 2/10 Semifinals 2/11 Finals 2/13 Site: @Posnack
Chaminade is the most talented team in this region and is an overwhelming favorite to win District 13. Hillel, Posnack, Ben Gamla, and Somerset Central will have to shock the state and knock off the superior team in Chaminade in order to win the district and reach the regional playoffs.
District 12 (1. Westminster Academy 2. Calvary Christian 3. Sagemont 4. Somerset Prep 5. Yeshiva 6. FAU)
Schedule: First Round 2/10 Semifinals 2/12 Finals 2/15 Site: @Westminster Academy
This is an absolutely loaded district. Westminster Academy and Calvary Christian are true state title contenders and will be battling for a district title and seeding this week. Sagemont has had a great season and has clinched a spot in the regional playoffs already. Somerset Prep, Yeshiva, and FAU will all have to achieve the extremely unlikely task of capturing a district championship in order to advance.
District 11 (1. St. Andrews 2. Cardinal Newman 3. Jupiter Christian 4. Kings Academy 5. Benjamin 6. St. John Paul II 7. Oxbridge Academy)
Schedule: First Round 2/10 Semifinals 2/12 Finals 2/14 Site: First Round at Higher Seed then at St. Andrews
St. Andrews is the heavy favorite to capture the district crown. Cardinal Newman has had a solid season and will advance to the regional playoffs no matter what transpires this week. Jupiter Christian, who was a state semifinalist last season, is on the bubble and may need to win the district in order to advance to the regional playoffs. Kings Academy, Benjamin, St John Paul II, and Oxbridge will have to overcome insurmountable odds and win the district if they are going to advance to the playoffs.
District 16 (1. Gulliver 2. Key West 3. Keys Gate 4. Sunset 5. LaSalle 6. St. Brendan)
Schedule: First Round 2/12 Semifinals 2/14 Finals 2/15 Site: @Gulliver
Gulliver enters this week as the favorite to capture the district title and is a true state championship contender. They will be in the regional playoffs no matter what transpires this week. Key West, Keys Gate, Sunset, LaSalle, and St. Brendan will all have to win the district in order to advance. It is tough to envision that one of those teams will be able to knock off Gulliver, but crazier things have happened in the past.
District 15 (1. Miami Springs 2. Monsignor Pace 3. iMater 4. North Miami Beach 5. Booker T 6. North Miami Beach)
Schedule: First Round 2/10 Semifinals 2/12 Finals 2/14 Site: @North Miami Beach
Miami Springs enters as the clear district favorite, but if they lose this week they mind find themselves out of the playoffs entirely. They dominated district play throughout the regular season, but anything can happen this time of the year. Monsignor Pace, iMater, North Miami Beach, Booker T Washington, and North Miami Beach will all need to capture the district crown to advance to the regional playoffs.
District 14 (1. University School 2. Stranahan 3. Hallandale 4. Mater Lakes 5. Carol City 6. Somerset Academy)
Schedule: First Round 2/11 Semifinals 2/12 Finals 2/15 Site: @Hallandale
District 14 is the best district in the region and features University School, Stranahan, and Hallandale which have all clinched a spot in the regional playoffs already. University and Stranahan are both defending state champions and will be looking to capture the district title and a top 4 seed in order to create an easier path to repeat. Mater Lakes is on the bubble of making the playoffs and will need a solid week. Carol City and Somerset will both have the monumental task of having to win it all this week in order to reach the regional playoffs.
District 13 (1. Pinecrest 2. North Broward Prep 3. Cardinal Gibbons 4. American Heritage Delray 5. Coral Springs Charter 6. Somerset Canyons
Schedule: First Round 2/11 Semifinals 2/12 Finals 2/14 Site: @Cardinal Gibbons
Pinecrest and North Broward Prep will both advance to regional playoffs no matter what occurs this week. Both teams are favored to meet in the district championship game and will be looking to capture the title and a top 4 seed. Cardinal Gibbons, American Heritage Delray, Coral Springs Charter and Somerset Canyons will need to overcome long odds to capture the district title in order to advance to the playoffs.