Two years after the WIAA moved the Class 3A basketball tournament back to Seattle, attendance has not seen the kind of spike that many people thought was possible. In fact, this year, it even went down.
When I spoke with Mike Colbrese, the WIAA executive director, on the last day of the tournament, he said the WIAA really wants to know what people think about the two-site system (Edmundson Pavilion and KeyArena) in Seattle. So here’s your chance to voice why you like or don’t like the system. If you’re not going to the tournaments, what’s keeping you away?
A couple things to consider:
-There is no site in the city of Seattle that allows simultaneous boys and girls games to be played, like they are in Tacoma. Therefore, as long as the tournament is in Seattle, it will be at two sites. That is, as long as the WIAA continues with a 16-team, double-elimination format.
-If the tournament wasn’t in Seattle, it would likely have to move to Yakima or Tacoma. The SunDome and Tacoma Dome are the two sites that can host the tournament with simultaneous games.
1. Jordan Birch, Monroe, softball. Struck out 17 in a perfect game against Edmonds-Woodway.
2. Jessica Razonka, Redmond, softball. Also struck out 17 in a no-hitter in a 2-0 win against Inglemoor.
3. Ian Parmley, Monroe, baseball. In addition to a pair of hits, Parmley struck out 10 in six shutout innings.
Tonight’s top games
-An important note about this section for spring sports: between when this blog is published and the game time, weather could postpone the softball and baseball games listed. Always check with the school to make sure a game is still on.
Hazen vs. Kennedy, boys soccer, 6 p.m. at StarFire Complex in Tukwila. Defending 3A champ Hazen looks good so far at 2-0 and takes on a league rival.
Ballard vs. Redmond, baseball, 3:45 p.m. at Whitman Field. An early KingCo matchup of teams projected to be among the conference’s contenders.