Follow us:

High School Sports Blog

The latest news and analysis on high-school sports around the Seattle area

January 29, 2008 at 12:16 PM

Is Going to State Undefeated A Good Thing?

It’s a debate you hear frequently in high-school and college hoops: is getting to the postseason undefeated a good thing or is it beneficial to get tagged with a regular season loss?

In Class 3A and 4A, there are six undefeated teams. (Boys: Ferris of Spokane and Auburn; Girls: Lewis and Clark of Spokane, Lake Stevens, Lakes of Lakewood and Kennedy of Burien).

Last year, the Meadowdale girls team entered the Class 3A state tournament with a flawless record. Despite being tested in a good league, the Mavericks lost two games at state.

There seems to be two schools of thought on this:

1. Losing a late regular-season game (a loss that doesn’t affect standings/seedings) is a good thing in that it exposes some weaknesses and lets the team feel the sting of a loss.

2. Losing is never good. C’mon, who wants to lose?

So, what are your thoughts on this? Is a loss late in the season beneficial or is getting to the playoffs undefeated preferred?

Tonight’s top games:

1. Franklin at Inglemoor, 7:30 p.m.

2. Kentridge at Federal Way, 7:30 p.m.

3. Seattle Prep at O’Dea, 7:30 p.m.

Comments

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►