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February 15, 2008 at 12:04 PM

On to state

You probably don’t need me to tell you this is a huge weekend, but here I am, telling you anyway: this is a huge weekend for high-school sports. It might just be the most significant weekend of the school year.

Consider this: not only will we determine our state champions in gymnastics, wrestling and boys swimming (I’m writing this from the 2A/3A prelims), half of the field for the 4A state basketball tournaments will be determined this weekend. Meanwhile, the Metro League and KingCo 3A will determine their league champions tonight, and the SPSL 3A and Seamount will have first-place showdowns on Saturday night.

See what I told you? Huge weekend.

So get ready, because we’ve got a lot of action ahead of us. I’ll try to keep you posted with updates as often as I can.

Morning stars

1. Candace Chambers, Seattle Prep, girls basketball. Came up big with 25 points in a win against Ingraham, sewing up Metro’s third seed in the Sea-King tournament.

2. Jae Shin, Mercer Island, girls basketball. Scored 20 points, including 9 in the last two minutes, to lead the Islanders to a shocking upset of fourth-ranked Issaquah, 61-60.

3. Leroy Lutu, Mercer Island, boys basketball. Led the Islanders with 22 points in a 52-49 overtime victory against Skyline (another tough overtime loss for the Spartans, who should at least go to Sea-King knowing they can play with anyone).

Today’s top games (extended “This day is awesome” edition)

1. State meets: Boys swimming, at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way; Gymnastics, at the Tacoma Dome; Mat Classic, at the Tacoma Dome. The question is: how do you decide which one?

2. Kentridge vs. Kentwood, boys basketball, 8 p.m. at Puyallup. Round three between these two SPSL North rivals, this time with a trip to state on the line. There are three other West Central District winner-to-state games tonight, including this beauty: No. 3 Bellarmine Prep vs. No. 6 Decatur, which is 8 p.m. at Mt. Tahoma.

3. Rainier Beach vs. Seattle Prep, boys basketball, 6:30 p.m. at Roosevelt. Metro League championship game between the two first-place finishers in each division. Beach won in their first meet, 96-82.

4. Garfield vs. Roosevelt, boys basketball, 6:30 p.m. at Juanita. The winner between these two goes to state, the loser enters a long fight for the spot that KingCo 4A shares with the Greater St. Helens League. Franklin and Bothell play in the other winner-to-state game.

5. Jackson vs. Snohomish, girls basketball, 8 p.m. at Marysville-Pilchuck. The winner between these top-10 teams goes to state. When they met in December at Bellevue Community College, Snohomish handed Jackson its only loss of the season. Lake Stevens plays Marysville-Pilchuck in the other winner-to-state game.

6. Bellevue vs. Mercer Island, boys basketball, 6:30 p.m. at Bellevue Community College. The KingCo 3A championship game. These two teams met twice in the regular season, with Mercer Island sweeping both. The same two teams will meet in the girls final, at 8:15 p.m.

7. Enumclaw vs. Mt. Rainier. How packed is tonight’s schedule? This game between 3A contenders is seventh on the list.

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