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Region 3 – The Full Who’s In/Who’s Out Bracket as of the End of the Regular Season

A quick reminder of what you are looking at in these charts. Each region has four brackets; Boys 1A and 2A, and Girls 1A and 2A (for those new to this, the 1A vs 2A distinction is by school enrollment). Should a smaller school decide they want to play with larger schools, they are allowed to do so if they apply prior to the year.

The #1 to #8 is based on the Power Rankings for that Region and they no longer need to be the four District winners lining up at #1-#4, although a District winner is guaranteed a place in the bracket. There are a couple of brackets throughout the state where a projected District winner is as low as an 8-seed.

The home games in the first round are slotted as follows: A District winner will host unless they are matched with a fellow District winner that is ranked higher than them. An 8-seed can not host. But if, for example, a 2-seed is not a District winner and they face a 7-seed that is, the 7-seed gets the home game. Reseeding occurs after each round of games.

Next to the school is their District number. There are four District winners and 4 at-large bids, making up the 8 teams. We have also listed the First Four Teams Out, plus their districts. You will also see two other sets of numbers; the FHSAA ranking IN CLASS, and a comparable Laxnumbers ranking, as a third-party system, for comparison/information purposes. The FHSAA number is the only one that matters for bracket creation.

Where it gets very interesting at this stage is when the FHSAA rankings are close between where a team is seeded and where the First Four Out are ranked. The closer the numbers are to each other, the better the possibility that District results will alter these current rankings.

Here’s the current situation:

FHSAA Rankings for 04/07/23
Projected Regional rankings if the current rankings are assumed to produce the District champs and 4 At-Large Bids
Region 3Comparison in ClassComparison in Class
Boys 1ASeeded District WinnersDistrict #4 At-Large BidsDistrict #FHSAALaxNumbFHSAALaxNumb
#1Jesuit of Tampa9#8Osceola10663040
#2Community School12#7Canterbury12882220
#3Cardinal Mooney11#6St Stephen’s111091615
#4Bishop Verot12#5Calvary Christian Clear1011161528
First Four Out:  Barron Collier (12), Estero (12), Out of Door (11), Northeast (48)31/34/42/4835/54/47/60
Boys 2ASeeded District WinnersDistrict #4 At-Large BidsDistrict #
#2Plant9#7Palm Harbor111563245
#3Gulf Coast12#6Lakeland918173042
First Four Out:    Wiregrass Ranch (10), Riverview (12), Sarasota (11), Bartow (9)40/41/44/4540/44/38/55
Girls 1ASeeded District WinnersDistrict #4 At-Large BidsDistrict #
#1St Stephens10#8Canterbury11354270
#2Community School12#7Barron Collier12983226
#3Acad of Holy Names9#6Naples1215253018
#4St Petersburg Catholic10#5Calvary Christian Clear921282631
First Four Out:  Lely (12), Cape Coral (11), Estero (12), Bishop Verot (11)36/45/48/4968/87/79/60
Girls 2ASeeded District WinnersDistrict #4 At-Large BidsDistrict #
#1Plant10#8Palm Harbor10482126
#2Steinbrenner9#7Lakewood Ranch11531928
#3Gulf Coast12#6Newsome10612147
First Four Out:   Sickles (10), Mitchell (9), Bloomingdale (10), Sarasota (11)26/32/39/4522/31/39/50