The wait is over for several local teams wondering if they’ll get to continue their seasons.
On Sunday, the FHSAA released regional brackets for both boys and girls soccer, as well as girls basketball following the conclusion of district tournaments this past week. Unlike in years past, when district champions and runners-up automatically advanced, each region contains four district champs and four at-large qualifiers based on state rankings.
It was good news for the Citrus boys soccer team, which was on the bubble after dropping the District 4A-5 final to South Sumter on Friday. The Hurricanes were still ranked high enough to grab the eighth and final seed in the region, and will travel to top seed Mariner on Wednesday. All games start at 7 p.m.
On the girls side, both Lecanto and Seven Rivers Christian qualified, as expected based on their rankings heading into districts.
The Panthers, seeded fifth, visit fourth-seeded Robinson in Tampa in Tuesday’s Region 5A-2 quarterfinals. The Warriors are at Oak Hall in Gainesville for a Region 2A-1 quarterfinal that same night.
In girls basketball, district champion Crystal River will be seeded third in Region 4A-2 and host Eustis on Thursday. Seven Rivers, also a district winner, welcomes North Florida Educational Institute on Thursday.