JACKSON, Ohio — The high school postseason is just around the corner, but the roads for the southeast district tournament were paved Sunday afternoon at Jackson High School during the 2013 OHSAA Southeast District Boys Basketball Tournament selection meeting in the Apple City.
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 those matchups.
Four of the six programs will start the 2013 postseason needing one win to advance to districts, while the two others will need to win twice to advance to the Ohio University Convocation Center in Athens.
The Ohio Valley Publishing area had only one Ohio high school earn a seed higher than five, as Southern (9-11) came away with the four seed in the Division IV Meigs bracket. The Tornadoes will face county rival and fifth-seeded Eastern (7-13) in a sectional final at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium.
South Gallia (5-14) earned a nine-seed and will face eighth-seeded Ironton Saint Joseph (6-13) at 7 p.m. in a D-4 sectional semifinal at Meigs High School on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The winner advances to take on top-seeded Pike Eastern (15-3) in a sectional final at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Meigs High School.
In Division III, Meigs (9-9) picked up the sixth-seed and will face Federal Hocking (15-5) in a sectional final at Athens High School on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.
Also in D-3, River Valley (3-17) earned a 10-seed and will face seventh-seeded Belpre (10-9) at 6:15 p.m. in a sectional semifinal at Athens High School on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The winner will face second-seeded Zane Trace (13-5) at 3 p.m. in the sectional final on Saturday, Feb. 23.
Gallia Academy (7-13) — the lone Division II school from the Ohio Valley Publishing area — came away with the seven-seed and will face second-seeded Athens (17-3) at 6 p.m. in a D-2 sectional final at Logan High School on Friday, Feb. 22.
Complete results of the 2013 OHSAA Southeast District Boys Basketball Tournament brackets are available on the web at seodab.org