Let me begin with a sincere apology. I reported Thursday that Newport of Bellevue had clinched a playoff spot last weekend, and that’s not the case. There’s still a potential for a three-way tie for third in KingCo 3A, and the Knight could end up on the outside looking in if that’s the case. There’s no good excuse for the mistake. It doesn’t matter what I read or to whom I spoke, only that I try my best to not let it happen again. So that’s what I’ll do.
Moving on, we return the playoff watch today. Tonight, Ballard can take the last of KingCo 4A’s five playoff spots. And, yes, Newport can actually clinch tonight with a victory — or an Issaquah or Liberty loss — and it will be for real this time.
Should make for an interesting night. And next week should make for some messy scenarios, so we’ll brush up on our tie-breakers and try and make some sense of it.
Playoff spots: five.
In: No. 2 Bothell (6-0), No. 5 Eastlake (5-1), Inglemoor (5-1), Woodinville (5-2).
In the mix: Ballard (4-3), Juanita (2-4), Roosevelt (2-4), Redmond (2-4), Franklin (2-4).
Key games this week: Inglemoor at Bothell, Ballard at Garfield, Franklin at Roosevelt.
The skinny: Ballard can make this scenario much simpler with a victory. Then, the Beavers clinch. If not, there are plenty of tie-breaking scenarios for teams that match Ballard at 4-4. I’ll sum them up next week …quot; but only if I have to. Inglemoor, by the way, can potentially force a three-way tie with Eastlake and Bothell by winning the spaghetti bowl tonight at Pop Keeney.
SPSL 4A North
Playoff spots: three.
In: No. 10 Federal Way (6-0).
In the mix: Kentwood (4-1), Kentridge (4-2), Kent-Meridian (2-3), Kentlake (2-3), Tahoma (2-3).
Key games this week: , Kentwood at Tahoma.
The skinny: Kentwood clinches a playoff spot tonight with a win. Kent Meridian, Kentlake and Tahoma all must win to stay alive.
SPSL 4A South
Playoff spots: four
In the mix: Rogers (5-1), Puyallup (4-1), Graham-Kapowsin (4-2), Bethel (3-2), Emerald Ridge (3-2), Curtis (2-3).
Key games this week: Rogers 30, Graham-Kapowsin 12 (Thursday), Puyallup at Curtis, Bethel at Emerald Ridge.
The skinny: Bethel made this division far more interesting with its 40-19 victory against Graham-Kapowsin last weekend. Now Rogers and Puyallup are on top after Rogers’ victory against G-P last night. Curtis isn’t out of it yet, but could be with a loss. Just don’t think 3-4 can cut it in this division.
WesCo 4A North
Playoff spots: three.
In the mix: No. 4 Oak Harbor (6-0), Snohomish (5-1), Lake Stevens (4-2), Cascade (4-2) Marysville-Pilchuck (4-3).
Key games this week: Snohomish at Lake Stevens, Arlington at Cascade.
The skinny: Marysille-Pilchuck is playing a non-division game against Edmonds-Woodway. Cascade and Lake Stevens need to win to avoid falling into a tie with M-P. Shonomish is in with a win.
WesCo 4A South
Playoff spots: three.
In: No. 3 Edmonds-Woodway (7-0).
In the mix: Kamiak (5-1), Mariner (5-1), Jackson (3-3).
Key games this week: Meadowdale at Kamiak, Mariner at Mountlake Terrace.
The skinny: If Kamiak and Mariner win, the division is set. Edmonds-Woodway clinches last weekend with its seventh consecutive victory of 23 points or more.
Playoff spots: four.
In: No. 3 Skyline (7-0), No. 7 Bellevue (6-1),
In the mix: Newport (5-1), Issaquah (3-3), Liberty (3-3), Mount Si (2-4).
Key games this week: Newport at Bellevue, Mount Si at Liberty.
The skinny: I had previously reported that Newport had clinched a playoff spot; I had misread the standings (as had Newport). There’s still a potential for a three-way tie, so the Knights aren’t in just yet. But one Newport win or an Issaquah or Liberty loss, and the Knights will be officially in.
Playoff spots: four.
In: No. 4 O’Dea (5-0), Nathan Hale (4-0)
In the mix: No. 10 Eastside Catholic (4-1), Bainbridge (2-2), Bishop Blanchet (2-2), West Seattle (3-1), Chief Sealth (2-2), Rainier Beach (3-2).
Key games this week: Chief Sealth at West Seattle, Rainier Beach 37, Cleveland 6 (Thursday), Bainbridge at Bishop Blanchet (Saturday).
The skinny: After double-checking, here’s the deal. O’Dea and Hale are in. The other two spots will be up for grabs. Eastside Catholic will play the third-place team from the Sound Division. The winner of Bainbridge and Bishop Blanchet on Saturday gets the second-place team in the Sound. But the Sound could be facing a three-way tie for second if West Seattle, Chief Sealth and Rainier Beach all finish 3-2. Then a mini-playoff would be in order Monday night.
Playoff spots: two.
In: Meadowdale (4-2)
In the mix: Arlington (3-3), Lynnwood (2-5).
Key games this week: Arlington at Cascade, Lynnwood at Shorecrest.
The skinny: Meadowdale would be in the mix in Class 4A, too. An Arlington win or Lynnwood loss puts Arlington in.
Playoff spots: three, plus pigtail with SPSL 3A.
In: No. 8 Renton (5-0)
In the mix: Kennedy (5-1), No. 9 Evergreen (4-1), Lindbergh (3-2), Hazen (2-3).
Key games this week: Renton at Lindbergh, Hazen at Evergreen.
The skinny: When I say Renton’s in, it has at least clinched the pigtail spot. But a win against Lindbergh, and Renton will have a spot in the qualifying round. Tough task for Hazen: They only have to beat Evergreen, which pounded Kennedy 52-24 last week.
Playoff spots: three plus pigtail with Seamount.
In: No. 6 Franklin Pierce (5-0)
In the mix: Auburn (4-1), Auburn Riverside (3-2), Bonney Lake (3-2), Enumclaw (2-3), Auburn Mountainview (2-3).
Key games this week: Bonney Lake at Franklin Pierce, Auburn Riverside at Auburn Mountainview.
The skinny: Auburn clinches a playoff spot with a victory tonight. This division has the potential for four 3-3 teams heading into the last week with only two playoff spots available.
1. Sarah Lord, Redmond, girls cross-country. Won her second straight KingCo 4A girls championship with a personal-best time of 18 minutes, 7 seconds. Teammate Devin McMahon finished a close second at 18:11. Those two are a cut above.
2. Rob Webster Jr., Puyallup, boys cross-country. Won the SPSL 4A championships with time of 15:39 at Fort Steilacoom Park.
3. L.J. Jennings, Kennedy, football. Freshman steps in and goes for 158 yards and a touchdown in Kennedy’s rebound victory against Mount Rainier.
Tonight’s top games
1. Garfield at Ballard, girls swimming, 3:30 p.m. Undefeated teams looking for top honors in KingCo 4A.
2. Snohomish at Lake Stevens, football, 7 p.m. Lake Stevens just might need to win this to get in the playoffs. Snohomish can assure it’s in with a victory.
3. Newport at Bellevue, football, 7:30 p.m. The way these two teams run it, I wouldn’t be surprised if this one’s done by 9.