BY JAMES YODICE / JOURNAL STAFF WRITER
It’s not March yet, but we’ve arrived at the Madness.
The 160 participants in New Mexico’s high school basketball playoffs were revealed on Sunday, setting the stage for the state’s premier sporting event — best event period — which will unfold over the next two weeks.
The first round will be Friday (girls) and Saturday (boys), with Week 2 beginning the following Tuesday, March 7.
The top three seeds in 4A are from Albuquerque: Academy, Highland and St. Pius.
The inclusion of Albuquerque Academyis a terrific story. The Chargers played their way into the 4A field as an automatic qualifier by upsetting Hope in the District 6-4A tournament final on Saturday.