Predictions: Wheeler boys, Norcross girls

Predictions. Here's how the boys and girls brackets of Class AAAAAA might play out.

BOYS: How about a rematch of the 2015 final, Wheeler vs. Pebblebrook? The most talented teams, IMO, are Wheeler and Westlake. They would meet in the seminals. The second quarter of the draw is unfairly stacked, no thanks to Norcross losing its Region 7 final to Collins Hill and getting a No. 2 seed. Sometimes an RPI and seeding committee might be a better idea. Norcross probably would have to beat Westlake, then Shiloh, to make the semifinals. Not likely. Pebblebrook is probably not among the best five teams in the state, but it’s a team that has played a tough schedule, making the Falcons potentially more battle-ready, and plays in the weaker half of the draw, although Tift County and McEachern are very good and just as likely to emerge from that side. Berkmar also could make a run. And just to protect against looking too stupid, I'll point out that Rockdale County can be tough as nails, and I wouldn't be shocked if Pebblebrook got picked off in the first round.

First round

R4#3 Kennesaw Mountain d. R1#2 Lee County

R5#1 Wheeler d. R8#4 Grayson

R7#3 Peachtree Ridge d. R6#2 Johns Creek

R2#1 Newton d. R3#4 Douglas County

R4#2 North Cobb d. R1#3 Colquitt County

R8#1 Shiloh d. R5#4 Woodstock

R7#2 Norcross d. R6#3 South Forsyth

R3#1 Westlake d.R2#4 Lovejoy

R5#2 Milton d. R8#3 Central Gwinnett

R1#1 Tift County d. R4#4 Hillgrove

R3#3 Campbell d. R2#2 Tucker

R6#1 Lambert d. R7#4 Mill Creek

R8#2 Berkmar d. R5#3 Pope

R4#1 McEachern d. R1#4 Lowndes

R3#2 Pebblebrook d. R2#3 Rockdale County

R7#1 Collins Hill d. R6#4 Alpharetta

Second round

Wheeler d. Kennesaw Mountain

Newton d. Peachtree Ridge

Shiloh d. North Cobb

Westlake d. Norcross

Tift County d. Milton

Campbell d. Lambert

McEachern d. Berkmar

Pebblebrook d. Collins Hill

Third round

Wheeler d. Newton

Westlake d. Shiloh

Tift County d. Campbell

Pebblebrook d. McEachern

Semifinals

Wheeler d. Westlake

Pebblebrook d. Tift County

Final

Wheeler d. Pebblebrook

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GIRLS: Norcross brought back most everybody from its 2015 runner-up team (lost to McEachern in the final) and was ranked nationally in preseason. Some early overtime losses and a couple of key injuries conspired to keep the Blue Devils out of the No. 1 ranking, but by March, this should be the best team. Norcross’ draw is pretty good. McEachern and Archer, two teams that surely could win the title, are likely to play in the second round, eliminating one of Norcross’s main contenders. Then it probably would be Norcross vs. the Archer/McEachern winner in the quarterfinals.  On the other side of the draw, No. 1-ranked Tucker is favored to get through, although Collins Hill and Douglas County are capable of getting to the final.

First round

R4#3 North Cobb d. R1#2 Colquitt County

R5#1 Woodstock d. R8#4 Grayson

R6#2 Northview d. R7#3 Mountain View

R2#1 Tucker d. R3#4 Campbell

R4#2 Harrison d. R1#3 Lowndes

R8#1 Parkview d. R5#4 Pope

R7#2 Collins Hill d. R6#3 Chattahoochee

R3#1 Douglas County d. R2#4 Rockdale County

R5#2 Cherokee d. R8#3 Dacula

R1#1 Tift County d. R4#4 Hillgrove

R2#2 Newton d. R3#3 Hughes

R6#1 West Forsyth d. R7#4 Mill Creek

R8#2 Archer d. R5#3 Etowah

R4#1 McEachern d. R1#4 Valdosta

R3#2 Westlake d. R2#3 Lovejoy

R7#1 Norcross d. R6#4 Centennial

Second round

Woodstock d. North Cobb

Tucker d. Northview

Parkview d. Harrison

Douglas County d. Collins Hill

Tift County d. Cherokee

West Forsyth d. Newton

McEachern d. Archer

Norcross d. Westlake

Third round

Tucker d. Woodstock

Douglas County d. Parkview

West Forsyth d. Tift County

Norcross d. McEachern

Semifinals

Tucker d. Douglas County

Norcross d. West Forsyth

Final

Norcross d. Tucker