Independent Schools Playoffs Preview

The states of North Carolina and Virginia boast a dynamic set of private schools with successful, long-established programs. The result is that the playoff rounds should feature epic battles and eye-opening individual performances.

Where: Asheville, N.C. & Petersburg, Va.

When: Feb. 26-28

Reporting Staff: Rob Harrington

Top Teams: High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian, Fayetteville (N.C.) Trinity Christian, Cape Henry (Va.) Collegiate, Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI, Dyke (Va.) Blue Ridge, Martinsville (Va.) Carlisle, Lynchburg (Va.) Virginia Episcopal.

Top Players: Harry Giles, Dennis Smith, Jalen Johnson, Brandon Childress, Chris Clarke, Franklin Howard, V.J. King, Corey Manigault, Mamadi Diakite (pictured above), Sacha Killeya-Jones, Justice Kithcart, Quentin Jackson.

Looking Forward To: I’ll begin my week at the NCISAA quarterfinals, featuring Giles, Smith and others. Wesleyan and Trinity compete in different divisions and thus won’t play each other — Wesleyan is 3A (largest) while Trinity is 1A — but the festivities should feature other talented prospects as well.

I’ll then ship out for southern Virginia and the VISAA championships. The results will determine exactly which teams I get to see, but the field is absolutely loaded and key matchups are guaranteed, one way or the other.

Well, weather permitting. A winter storm continues to trundle through the Mid-Atlantic, but at this moment all games are scheduled to be played. Fingers crossed!

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