UPDATE: I’m looking into how I can put the brackets directly on the Web site, but until then, I will have to settle on linking them.
So to give you an idea of just how much still needs to be settled between now and next weekend, here are links to the Class 4A and Class 3A brackets (When the final brackets come out, we’ll also have the 2A and lower, so don’t panic). The files are PDFs, so you’ll need Acrobat Reader:
A look at some of Thursday night’s most meaningful games:
Kentridge 28, Kent-Meridian 0. Have to like Brandon Turner in a must-win game. He had a touchdown passing, another running and another on a punt return to lead Kentridge to the playoffs.
Kennedy 35, Renton 29. You get the feeling that Kennedy knew how much it needed to win this for the postseason. Get rid of the taste of that loss to Evergreen.
Issaquah 35, Newport 0. Newport has scored a total of 10 points against the KingCo 3A playoff teams (Skyine, Bellevue, Issaquah), but something tells me they weren’t as motivated as Issaquah, which needed to win to assure a playoff spot.
Graham-Kapowsin 42, Emerald Ridge 14. This was a winner advances, loser gets eliminated game, and Graham-Kapowsin shook out of its slump just in time.
Playoff spots: five.
In: No. 2 Bothell (8-0), No. 5 Eastlake (7-1), Woodinville (6-2), Inglemoor (5-3), Ballard (5-3).
Key games this week: Redmond 14, Inglemoor 13; Woodinville 48, Garfield 0; Eastlake 28, Franklin 13.
The skinny: It’s settled. Bothell’s the first seed and gets the Narrows’ league No. 4 in the preliminary round. Eastlake is the second seed and gets the SPSL South’s No. 3. Woodinville is the third seed and plays the Greater St. Helens League’s No. 2. Inglemoor, by beating Ballard during the season, gets the fourth seed and plays the SPSL South No. 1 (the winner of Rogers/Puyallup tonight). And Ballard, your prize for making the playoffs for the first time in four years: No. 3 Edmonds-Woodway.
SPSL 4A North
Playoff spots: three.
In: No. 10 Federal Way (6-0), Kentridge (5-2),
In the mix: Kentwood (4-2), Kentlake (3-3), Tahoma (3-3).
Key games this week: Kentridge 28, Kent-Meridian 0; Tahoma at Decatur (Friday), Kentwood at Kentlake (Friday).
The skinny: Kentridge is in. Kentwood is in with a victory tonight. But if Kentwood loses, either Tahoma or Kentlake will get that spot and the Conquerors will be out of luck. Tahoma gets in if it wins Kentwood loses. Kentlake, playing Kentwood, gets in if it wins and Tahoma loses. Federal Way has already clinched the division, and it will face the third seed from the WesCo 4A North in the qualifying round.
SPSL 4A South
Playoff spots: four
In: Rogers (5-1), Puyallup (5-1), Graham-Kapowsin (5-2), Bethel (4-2).
Key games this week: Graham-Kapowsin 42, Emerald Ridge 14; Rogers at Puyallup (Friday).
The skinny: There’s a significant amount of seeding scenarios left, but I’ll wait until after the games to sort those out. The important thing is that the four teams above are in.
WesCo 4A North
Playoff spots: three.
In: No. 4 Oak Harbor (7-0), Snohomish (6-1)
In the mix: Cascade (5-2), Lake Stevens (4-3), Marysville-Pilchuck (4-3).
Key games this week: Cascade at Oak Harbor, Marysville-Pilchuck at Arlington, Lake Stevens at Everett.
The skinny: If Cascade wins, it’s in. If it loses, one of three scenarios take place: 1) Lake Stevens wins, Marysville-Pilchuck loses and Lake Stevens is in. 2) Marysville-Pilchuck wins, Lake Stevens loses, and Cascade is in. 3) Lake Stevens and Marysville-Pilchuck win, creating a three-way tie decided by a three-way playoff next Tuesday at Marysville-Pilchuck High School at 5pm.
WesCo 4A South
Playoff spots: three.
In: No. 3 Edmonds-Woodway (7-0), Kamiak (6-1), Mariner (6-1.)
Key games this week: Kamiak at Mariner (Friday).
The skinny: Edmonds-Woodway, by beating both Kamiak and Mariner this season, has clinched the top seed. Kamiak and Mariner will play to determine the second seed.
Playoff spots: four.
In: No. 3 Skyline (8-0), No. 7 Bellevue (7-1), Issaquah (5-3, Newport (5-3).
Key games this week: Issaquah 35, Newport 0.
The skinny: Issaquah gets the third seed over Newport, but it comes with this prize: top-ranked Lakes in the preliminary round. Skyline will face the winner of the SPSL 3A/Seamount pigtail, Bellevue will play the Western Cascade No. 2, and Newport faces the GHSL No. 1.
Playoff spots: four.
In: No. 4 O’Dea (5-0), Nathan Hale (5-0).
In the mix: No. 10 Eastside Catholic (4-1), West Seattle (4-1), Rainier Beach (3-2), Bishop Blanchet (3-2).
Key games: O’Dea vs. Nathan Hale (Friday), Eastside Catholic vs. Rainier Beach (Saturday), West Seattle vs. Bishop Blanchet (Saturday).
The skinny: O’Dea and Hale have already clinched the top two spots. The winners of Saturday’s games are in. The losers are out.
Playoff spots: two.
In: Meadowdale (4-3)
In the mix: Arlington (3-4), Shorecrest (2-5), Everett (2-5).
Key games: Meadowdale at Shorewood (Friday), Marysville-Pilchuck at Arlington (Friday), Mountlake Terrace at Shorecrest (Friday).
The skinny: Let me amend my earlier interpretation. If Arlington wins, it’s in. If Arlington loses, these are the scenarios: 1) Shorecrest wins, Everett loses: Arlington and Shorecrest play a full playoff game to decide who moves on. 2) Everett wins, Shorecrest loses: Arlington’s in. 3) Everett wins, Shorecrest wins: Arlington, Everett and Shorecrest play a three-way playoff, hosted by Everett, with Arlington receiving first-round bye. Meadowdale, which almost upset Kamiak last week, can clinch top 3A seed with a win Friday night.
Playoff spots: three, plus pigtail with SPSL 3A.
In: Kennedy (6-1), No. 8 Renton (6-1), No. 9 Evergreen (5-1).
In the mix: Lindbergh (3-3), Highline (2-4).
Key games this week: Kennedy 35, Renton 29. Lindbergh at Highline (Friday).
The skinny: The winner of Friday’s Lindbergh-Highline game gets the pigtail spot and a date early next week with Bonney Lake. With a win tonight, Evergreen would claim the top seed, with Renton No. 2 and Kennedy third.
Playoff spots: three plus pigtail with Seamount.
In: No. 6 Franklin Pierce (6-0), Auburn (5-1), Auburn Riverside (4-2), Bonney Lake (4-3).
Key games this week: Bonney Lake 41, Sumner 6; Auburn Riverside at Auburn.
The skinny: Bonney Lake clinches with its victory tonight and plays the fourth-place Seamount team early next week in the pigtail game.
1. Marcel Smith, Graham Kapowsin, football. The area’s leading rusher keeps at it. Smith ran for 259 yards and four touchdowns in a must-win game that G-K won 42-14.
2. Laura Sauvage, Seattle Prep, girls cross-country. A year ago, she was 88th in the Sea-King 3A district meet. This time around, she won the whole thing with a time of 18:49. On the boys’ side, Skyline’s Simon Sorenson won with a time of 16:12.
3. Melissa Lauer, Marysville-Pilchuck, girls soccer. Had a hat trick in 6-1 victory against Oak Harbor. Teammate Kassandra Riozzi added two goals and three assists.
Tonight’s top games
1. O’Dea vs. Nathan Hale, football, 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Nathan Hale’s been undefeated so far in the Metro League, but it’s about to face the best teams it’s played all season. Can it upset the Irish for the title?
2. Rogers vs. Puyallup, football, 7 p.m. at Sparks Stadium. The SPSL 4A South title comes down to who wins between these Puyallup rivals.
3. Cascade at Oak Harbor, football, 7 p.m. Cascade needs a win to assure a playoff berth. Oak Harbor needs a win to assure a perfect regular season.