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All matches are Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Class 5A

Northeast (17-4) at Clearwater (21-6)

OUTLOOK: The Vikings' five-game loss to Seminole in the district final was costly in many ways. If Northeast won the district title, it would have played East Lake, a team it beat earlier this season, and had a chance to host the region semifinals and final on Saturday. Instead, the Vikings have to travel to Clearwater in a rematch of the past two Pinellas County Athletic Conference championship matches. The Tornadoes swept Northeast both times.

East Lake (19-4) at Seminole (12-5)

OUTLOOK: The Eagles, a state final four participant the past two seasons, were swept by Clearwater in the district final. But being the runner-up has its rewards. If East Lake wins, it will host the region semifinals and final and avoid playing No. 1 ranked Venice in the final. The Warhawks won their second straight district title and are trying to win a playoff match for the first time.

Class 2A

Northside Christian (18-9) at Fort Myers Canterbury (21-6)

OUTLOOK: The Mustangs were bumped up to Class 2A this season because they were nine students above the cutoff to stay in Class A. What a difference a new classification makes. Had Northside remained in Class A, it would be making plans for a state title run. In 2A, the Mustangs will be lucky to get out of a region that includes Tampa Prep, Berkeley Prep and Fort Myers Canterbury, three teams that advanced to the state finals last season. Northside, though, has played well against good competition and beat three-time defending state champion Fort Myers Canterbury at a tournament last month.

Class A

Sarasota Christian (13-9) at Keswick Christian (13-13)

OUTLOOK: After a one-year absence, the Crusaders are back in the playoffs for the eighth time in the past nine seasons thanks to a five-game victory over Canterbury in the district final. Keswick took advantage of a loud home crowd to win two matches in the district tournament to even its record. Expect the Crusaders to feed off the crowd again tonight.

Canterbury (22-3) at Bradenton Christian (23-4)

OUTLOOK: The Crusaders are in the playoffs for the first time but not the way they expected. Canterbury, which was undefeated against its district counterparts during the regular season, failed to beat rival Keswick for the third time in the district final. Now Canterbury must go on the road to play Bradenton Christian to keep its dream season alive.

_ Compiled by Bob Putnam.