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The state playoff draw was announced Wednesday and here is a look at some of the regions and the match-ups in each. All records reflect just those games used for regional seeding consideration.

4A WestIn this all-inclusive Montgomery County region, Walt Whitman (15-2), Quince Orchard (13-4), Col. Zadok Magruder (11-4) and Walter Johnson (12-5) earned the top four seeds, respectively. Whitman, Quince Orchard and Magruder earned first round byes while Walter Johnson opens Friday against Bethesda-Chevy Chase (12-6) in what could be the best early match-up in this region.

The Barons would have been the fifth seed if all teams were seeded according to record instead of just the top four.

The other first round contests consist of Gaithersburg (7-10) at Clarksburg (1-15), Montgomery Blair (6-10) at Richard Montgomery (8-8), John F. Kennedy (2-13) at Northwest (10-6) and Thomas S. Wootton (10-6) at Winston Churchill (9-6).

Whitman faces the Clarksburg-Gaithersburg winner; Magruder competes against the Northwest-Kennedy winner; and Quince Orchard meets the Churchill-Wootton winner during Monday's quarterfinals. The winner of Walter Johnson-B-CC and Richard Montgomery-Blair games will also square off Monday.

4A NorthMontgomery County's other four 4A teams, Sherwood (8-7), James H. Blake (8-7), Springbrook (6-9) and Paint Branch (9-7) did not earn one of the top four seeds that were instead claimed by Baltimore's Poly (13-2), Dulaney (13-5), Westminster (12-6) and Mergenthaler (9-5), respectively.

Blake will host Perry Hall (10-6) Friday in a first-round contest with the winner taking on Westminster Monday. Paint Branch travels to Kenwood (8-9) and will face Dulaney Monday with a win. Springbrook will play at Catonsville (7-9) with the winner taking on top-seeded Poly. Sherwood received a first-round bye and will play Mergenthaler Monday.

4A SouthEleanor Roosevelt (17-1) captured the top seed in the 4A South with its 9-1 win against arch-rival and No. 2 seed Bowie (16-2) this past Friday. Both received a first-round bye as well as third-seeded High Point (13-5) and fourth-seeded Henry A. Wise (11-6-1).

The Raiders will play host to the winner of Bladensburg-Charles H. Flowers in a quarterfinal game Monday. The winner of Friday's first round game between Duval and Suitland will travel to Wise Monday. High Point waits for the winner of Oxon Hill-Laurel while Bowie will begin postseason play Monday against the Parkdale-Northwestern victor.

3A WestNorth Hagerstown (14-1), Rockville (11-5), Linganore (12-6) and Seneca Valley (9-5) landed the top four seeds in this region that includes teams form Montgomery, Frederick and Washington counties.

North Hagerstown, Rockville and Linganore all received first-round byes. The Hubs await the winner of Northwood (4-12) and Watkins Mill (2-13); the Rams will face the winner of Urbana (10-7) and South Hagerstown (6-12); and, the Lancers will play either Frederick (6-9) or Tuscarora (3-14) during Monday's quarterfinal round.

Seneca Valley opens postseason play Friday against Albert Einstein (6-9) and with a win, the Screaming Eagles would compete against the winner of Gov. Thomas Johnson (10-7) and Damascus (7-8), which should be the best first round game in the region.

3A SouthFriendly (13-5), largely through its 11-4 win against Gwynn Park Monday, secured this region's No. 3 seed and a bye into Monday's quarterfinals where the Patriots will play host to Westlake (1-15).

La Plata (15-5) and Huntingtown (13-5) secured the region's top two seeds, respectively, and a pair of first round byes. La Plata will face either Crossland or Potomac during quarterfinal play. Chopticon (12-6) is the region's No. 4 seed.

2A WestLiberty (14-4), Catoctin (13-4), Walkersville (12-5) and Poolesville (11-5) are this region's top four seeds, respectively, and as such, all four earned first round byes.

Liberty awaits the winner of Williamsport (7-9) and Wheaton (0-15); Catoctin will face either Winters Mill (7-11) or Middletown (12-6); Walkersville waits for the winner of Century (9-9) and Francis Scott Key (2-14); and Poolesville will host either Oakdale (2-15) or South Carroll (7-10).

2A SouthGwynn Park (14-1) garnered the top seed in this region and will play the winner of Marriotts Ridge (10-8) and Oakland Mills (9-9) while Frederick Douglass (16-2) earned the No. 2 seed and will face either McDonough (8-10) or Lackey (3-13) during Monday's quarterfinal round.

Patuxent (14-3) is the No. 3 seed and, like Gwynn Park and Douglass, earned a first round bye. It will then play the winner of Central (2-10) and Calvert (12-6). Glenelg (14-4) grabbed the No. 4 seed and will play Long Reach (2-12) during Friday's first round with the winner facing the winner of Largo (2-10-1) and Southern (3-16).

1A West, 1A South

Brunswick (10-6) earned the No. 2 seed in the East Sectional of the 1A West and a first round bye. It will face the winner of third-seeded Smithsburg and North Carroll during Monday's quarterfinals.

In the 1A South, Fairmount Heights will face Baltimore's Southside Academy in a first round game Friday with the winner facing fourth-seeded National Academy Foundation during quarterfinal play. Surrattsville will host Reginald Lewis in a first round game Friday and with a win, it would travel to third-seeded Benjamin Franklin.

Forestville hosts Knowledge and Success Academy Friday and would play No. 2 seed Maritime Academy in the quarterfinals.