If you’re a fan of any of the teams in the Class 3A semifinals, get your coffee ready.
Fourth-ranked O’Dea and seventh-ranked Bellevue will play at 9 a.m. Friday at the Tacoma Dome. And Saturday morning, second-ranked Skyline will play sixth-ranked Franklin Pierce at the same time.
The WIAA has released this statement on the timing of the two games:
“In order to provide an opportunity for all Westside bracketed contests to be played in the Tacoma Dome the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) is using a game format similar to the Emerald City Kickoff Classic with a schedule of five games at 9:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
With ten semi-final games scheduled in the Tacoma Dome, and only two games with both teams from western Washington and both of those games are in the 3A classification. There are eight games with a western Washington and an eastern Washington team. To give the eastern Washington schools the choice to not have to stay overnight, the two western Washington games will be played at 9:00 a.m. each day. A coin was flipped to determine which of the 3A games would be played on Friday and which would play on Saturday.
The high number of games in western Washington is a result of a decision three years ago at the request of WIAA member schools to put the #1 and #2 from the same WIAA district in the opposite half of the bracket. Schools were aware that this may result in greater travel either east to west or west to east. In the 2007 semi-final games, seven WIAA districts have two teams in one of the classification games.”
I went back the last two years to find Woodinville played a 10 a.m. semifinal game against Cascade in 2005 and Kennedy played a 10 a.m. semifinal against Kamiakin in 2006.
I’m sure many of you will have your own thoughts.
Here’s the full slate of semifinal games this weekend:
Bothell vs. Ferris, 1 p.m. Saturday at Albi Stadium, Spokane
Edmonds-Woodway vs. Lewis & Clark, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Tacoma Dome
Class 3A at the Tacoma Dome
O’Dea vs. Bellevue, 9 a.m. Friday
Skyline vs. Franklin Pierce, 9 a.m. Saturday
Class 2A at the Tacoma Dome
Othello vs. Burlington-Edison, 8 p.m. Friday
Prosser vs. Lynden, 5 p.m. Friday
Class 1A at the Tacoma Dome
Royal vs. Cascade Christian, 11:30 a.m. Friday
Connell vs. Montesano, 2:30 p.m. Friday
Class 2B at the Tacoma Dome
DeSales vs. Life Christian, 5 p.m. Saturday
Asotin vs. Toutle Lake, 2:30 p.m. Saturday
Tri-Cities Prep vs. Odessa, 4 p.m. Saturday at Albi Stadium, Spokane
Almira-Coulee-Hartline vs. Lummi, 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Tacoma Dome