The first official South Carolina High School League boys and girls state lacrosse playoffs begin on Thursday with first-round games around the state.
Sixteen boys and girls teams have qualified to take part in the all-classification scramble to emerge with the first sanctioned state championship in the Palmetto State. White Knoll will serve as the host site for the Final Four next Friday and Saturday.
Irmo is the highest Midlands qualifier on the boys side. The No. 4 seed Yellow Jackets host No. 5 Ridge View in the Lower State bracket opener. Blythewood, the No. 7 seed in the Lower State, travels to face No. 2 seed Fort Mill. Hilton Head in the No. 1 seed on the Lower State side.
In the Upper State bracket, White Knoll has a tough road test on tap against top-seeded Greenville.
The Blythewood girls enter the playoffs as the top seed in the Lower State. The Bengals host A.C. Flora in the first round. Ridge View, the only other Midlands qualifier, hits to road as the No. 5 Lower State seed to take on No. 4. Fort Mill.
The winners advance to second-round play on April 13.
All first and second round games are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.