Should the state basketball tournaments be cutting down to eight — or even four — teams? And single-elimination at that? That’s what one WIAA district official in Spokane is suggesting, according to the Spokane Spokesman-Review’s Mike Vlahovich (click on the second link under “Thursday Prep Page Stuff”). It’s not a shock that many teams East of the Cascades have difficulty affording the four or five-day trip to Seattle or Tacoma for state tournaments (and likewise for smaller Seattle schools going to Yakima or Spokane), and dwindling profits, partly resulting from decreases in attendance numbers, mean that the WIAA cannot help these schools out the way it would like.
Spokane district secretary Randy Ryan has suggested to the Spokesman-Review that two eight- or four-team tournaments could be combined at a single facility (so there would be the 1B-2B tournaments the same week, along with the 1A-2A and 3A-4A) over the course of two or three days. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.
-Any change to the tournaments’ structure could be a long way away, but there are plenty of possible changes coming in the next month. The WIAA Rep Assembly will meet April 25 to discuss 19 ammendments, and the Tacoma News Tribune’s Doug Pacey has summed up the important ones rather nicely here. The most interesting ones to me are No. 8 — which would make WIAA districts, not school districts, in charge of athletic eligibility for transfers — and No. 12 — which hopes to prevent future Archbishop Murphy-esque fiascos.
-EA Sports named Garfield freshman Tony Wroten its freshman basketball player of the year.
-Also, a note on rankings, because many of you have asked about it this spring. Here at The Seattle Times, we do rankings for three sports: football, girls basketball and boys basketball. We do these because the Associated Press runs polls for these three sports, and so it makes sense that if we are going to vote in the poll each week, we might as well publish the top 10 as we see it.
As for other sports, I publish outside rankings on the blog, as long as they come from a credible source. I have done this with volleyball and now with Lem Elway’s baseball poll. I’m open to all sports, too, but the Times doesn’t publish its own rankings for every sport.
1. Kori Seidlitz, Mountlake Terrace, softball. Struck out 17 in a no-hitter against Mariner.
2. Derek Jones, Snohomish, baseball. Wazzu recruit threw a three-hit shutout, and the Panthers needed it in a 2-0 win.
3. Jordan Birch, Monroe, softball. Threw a one-hitter for a 1-0 win against Snohomish, whose Janelle Kash allowed only three hits and an unearned run.
Today’s top games
Mercer Island at Newport, boys soccer, 6:30 p.m. The top two teams in KingCo 3A (22 points apiece, with Sammamish and Skyline one point back).
Mountlake Terrace at Jackson, baseball, 4 p.m. The winner takes an important step toward the WesCo South title.