Bracket season is here.

We're not talking about March Madness. High school playoff season officially kicks off Friday with the girls tennis state championship, and looking at the singles bracket, picking a state champion is going to be as easy as winning an NCAA pool.

There's no official regions or titles, and there's barely an actual bracket. Just a PDF picture of a bracket hand-written by John Jasionowski, who does yeoman's working getting Interscholastic League tennis to function in a somewhat respectable manner.

The top four seeds are La Salle's undefeated No. 1 Kennedy May, Moses Brown No. 1 Candice Ballarin, East Greenwich No. 1 Bayley Sheinin and Sarah Curran, the No. 1 from Bay View. Those four are clearly the odds-on favorites to reach the semifinals. But there's a reason you play the matches, so let's not engrave trophies quite yet.

For an overall No. 1, May's quadrant looks stacked. She's playing North Providence No. 2 Olivia Kooloian in the first round and Kooloian is no stranger to upsets after what she did in the divisional qualifier. The winner of that match will play either Moses Brown No. 2 Kinara Gasper, the No. 11 Division I seed, or Classical No. 1 Jillian Brosofsky, the No. 3 seed from Division II.

Westerly No. 1 Gianna Ferraro has a match with Middletown No. 1 Reagan McEnroe, who I'd pick as a favorite on surname alone. The winner there will play the winner of Wheeler No. 1 Giuliana Mardo, the D-I eight seed, and Tiverton No. 1 Jaimi Vaillancourt, the fourth seed from Division III.

Moving down to Curran's quadrant, she'll open with North Smithfield Brianna Venditti, a No. 2 singles player for the Northmen who upset her way to qualify for states. Whoever wins will play either Barrington No. 1 Beth Wang, the D-I 14 seed after her upset win in her qualifier, and Mary-Catherine Fornaro of North Providence, the No. 2 seed from Division III.

Also in the quadrant is new East Greenwich No. 2 Sophie Fulghum, who surprised the field last season to make All-State and was an upset winner in the division qualifier this year. As the No. 16 seed from D-I, she'll take on Brianna Boudreau-Smith of North Smithfield, the top seed from Division II. The winner there will play either Erin McClusker, La Salle's No. 2 and the overall No. 5 seed, or St. Raphael No. 2 Emily Fournier, another upset winner in the D-III qualifer.

Ballarin's quadrant starts with a match again Victoria Chmielinski, the No. 2 from Tolman who was also a surprise winner in the D-III qualifier. Whoever wins plays either Chariho No. 1 Gabi Huzyk, the No. 4 seed from D-II, or Isabella Corso, the D-I No. 10 seed who plays for Cranston West.

Elizabeth Duffy from Prout is also in the quadrant. She'll play Meagan Dolan, the Mt. Hope No. 1 which has the makings of a three setter. The survivor there gets either Central's No. 1 Alicia Sanchez, the fifth seed from D-III, or Jenna Lisi, La Salle's No. 4 who is seeded seventh from the 16 players in D-I after her upsets in the D-I qualifier.

Sheinin, who has one loss this season, opens against Alexus Phommachanh, Lincoln's No. 2 who was an upset winner in the D-II qualifier. The winner there will play either Zeah Pivorunas, Wheeler's No. 2, or Jenna Gustafson, the No. 1 from Pilgrim who's the No. 3 seed from Division III.

Also in Sheinin's quadrant is La Salle No. 3 Lauren May, the No. 6 overall seed in D-I. She'll face Delaney Lippert, Portsmouth's No. 1 player. Whoever wins there plays either Moses Brown No. 3 Chloe Devaney or Shea No. 1 Sophia Panzo.

It's a lot of names and a lot of good players. It'll be really hard to pick against any of those top four seeds, which would set up a terrific semifinal and final, but you don't win tourneys on paper.

There will be some three-set battles that determine all-state and all-division selections, and one or two wins at the state tournament will go a long way in creating lifelong memories for those who don't end up with the big trophy at the end.

The original doubles bracket had an error and a corrected version was sent late on Saturday. For a full breakdown of the doubles state tournament, go to providencejournal.com.

Net change needed

Now all that said, I think it's time we change the tennis bracket up.

I have the utmost respect for what Jasionowski does for the state because nobody, and I mean nobody, wants to handle all the stuff he deals with behind the scenes.

But I disagree with how the state tournament is set up.

Let's simplify everything. First, we reward kids who earn upsets in the divisional tournament by taking the seed of the player they upset.

Second, we draw up a bracket like every other sport. D-I players get the 1-16 seeds, D-II gets 17-24 and D-III gets 25-32. It's not hard. I literally did it myself and I'll tell you what — it is primed for upsets. Would be fun.

The argument is, well what if someone like a Pam Emery from North Providence or Jared Donaldson from Ponaganset shows up? My 6-year old niece Scarlett told it to me best one day.

“You get what you get and you don't get upset.”

If that's the way the bracket falls, so be it. It's a small thing, but I really think it would be better for the sport.