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October 15, 2008 at 12:00 PM

Playoff watch: week seven.

This weekend’s schedule definitely isn’t suffering from a lack of compelling games. Skyline and Issaquah will decide the KingCo Crest Division. Bothell could clinch the KingCo Crown in its biggest rivalry game. Kennedy or Lindbergh will get its first Seamount loss when the two teams meet Thursday. O’Dea and Eastside Catholic finally clash in the Metro Mountain, and West Seattle and Rainier Beach meet for the Metro Sound title.

But those aren’t the only important games this week. Most of those teams already know they’re going to the postseason. But there are a lot of playoff spots still up for grabs, and the games between the teams in the middle of the standings will decide who gets them. The playoff watch aims to isolate those games and look at each area league’s standings to see who will be playing this November.

Class 4A

KingCo 4A

Playoff spots: six.

Who went last year: Bothell (league champ), Eastlake, Woodinville, Inglemoor, Ballard. (Skyline, Issaquah and Newport advanced in 3A).

In the mix: Skyline (3-0), Issaquah (3-0), Bothell (3-0), Woodinville (2-1), Inglemoor (2-1), Newport (2-1), Roosevelt (1-2), Eastlake (1-2), Lake Washington (1-2).

Key games this week: Skyline at Issaquah; Bothell vs. Inglemoor; Newport at Eastlake; Woodinville at Lake Washington.

The skinny: KingCo 4A gets six playoff spots this year, four in 2009. So this season, the top two in each division are automatically in, and the ones and twos from each division will play for seeding in week nine. That same week, the third-place team from each division will play the fourth-place team from the other division in winner-to-state games. So essentially, eight of the 12 teams will head into the ninth week with a shot at the playoffs. Every team is technically still alive right now, so if Redmond, Garfield or Ballard gets a win, we’ll possibly throw them in the mix, too. Skyline or Issaquah can clinch a playoff spot with a win on Friday. Bothell can clinch a playoff spot and the top seed from the WesCo Crown with a win against Inglemoor.

All other area leagues after the jump…

WesCo North

Playoff spots: three.

Who went last year: Oak Harbor (league champ), Snohomish, Cascade (moved to WesCo South this season).

In the mix: Marysville-Pilchuck (4-0), Lake Stevens (2-1), Snohomish (2-1), Stanwood (2-2), Arlington (1-2), Oak Harbor (1-2).

Key games this week: Stanwood at Snohomish; Arlington at Oak Harbor.

The skinny: That Marysville-Pilchuck win against Lake Stevens last week gave the Tommies a strong hold on this division. Assuming the Tommies don’t slip, that leaves two spots for the next five teams, and the Arlington-Oak Harbor game on Friday might as well be an elimination game. The Snohomish-Stanwood winner will be in good position.

WesCo South

Playoff spots: three.

Who went last year: Edmonds-Woodway (league champ), Mariner, Kamiak. (Cascade advanced from WesCo North).

In the mix: Jackson (3-0), Mariner (3-1), Cascade (2-1), Edmonds-Woodway (2-1), Mountlake Terrace (1-2).

Key games this week: Mariner at Jackson; Edmonds-Woodway at Mountlake Terrace.

The skinny: Jackson’s win against Edmonds-Woodway gave it the edge in the league, and this weekend it can really take the upper hand with a win at home against Mariner. The defending division champion Warriors have a road game at Mountlake Terrace, which has already shocked Meadowdale this season. Both teams could really use a win to help their chances.

SPSL North

Playoff spots: four.

Who went last year: Federal Way (league champ), Kentwood, Kentridge.

In the mix: Auburn (6-0), Federal Way (4-1), Tahoma (4-2), Kentlake (3-2), Kentwood (3-2), Auburn Riverside (2-3), Kentridge (2-3).

Key games this week: Federal Way at Kentwood; Kentlake at Tahoma; Kentridge at Auburn Riverside.

The skinny: Auburn and Federal Way have clearly stuck out as the class of this league so far, but there are five more teams each with the chance of moving on to week 10. Kentwood’s looking at a tough game against Federal Way this weekend, Tahoma can break free from the pack a bit with a win against Kentlake, and the two 2-3 teams — Auburn Riverside and Kentridge — will face off this week. The loser of that one is looking at an unenviable road to the postseason.

SPSL South

Playoff spots: three, plus pigtail with Narrows League (which means the fourth-place teams plays a Narrows team — the fifth-place Narrows in this example — for one spot in the round of 32. Basically a play-in game.).

Who went last year: Rogers (league champ), Puyallup, Graham-Kapowsin, Bethel.

In the mix: Curtis (5-1), Graham-Kapowsin (5-1), Rogers (4-1), Bethel (3-2), Puyallup (3-2), Emerald Ridge (2-3), Spanaway Lake (2-3).

Key games this week: Rogers at Graham-Kapowsin; Curtis at Spanaway Lake; Emerald Ridge at Puyallup.

The skinny: This could be the most interesting race down the stretch of the last three weeks. If Graham-Kapowsin can beat Rogers this week, it will hold onto the division lead because of its win against Curtis. But Bethel’s win against G-K surely made this division more interesting. Both 2-3 teams need wins to keep their playoff hopes from diminishing from possible to highly improbable.

Class 3A

KingCo 3A

Playoff spots: three.

Who went last year: Skyline (league champ, moved to 4A this year), Bellevue, Issaquah (moved to 4A this year) and Newport (moved to 4A this year).

In the mix: Bellevue (3-0), Liberty (3-0), Mount Si (2-1), Juanita (2-1).

Key game this week: Bellevue at Juanita

The skinny: Interlake has dropped down to 2A and the other two teams in this league are 0-4, so it comes down to these four teams battling for the three spots. Bellevue, with a win against Mount Si, and Liberty, with a win against Juanita, are in the best positions. But after this week, things really get interesting. Liberty closes the season against Bellevue and Mount Si. Mount Si closes with Juanita and Liberty. So it looks like this division will go down to the final week.

WesCo 3A

Playoff spots: two, plus pigtail with Northwest League

Who went last year: Meadowdale, Arlington (moved to Class 4A this season).

In the mix: Everett (1-0), Shorecrest (1-0), Glacier Peak (1-1), Meadowdale (1-1).

Key game this week: Glacier Peak at Everett.

The skinny: Another league that could come down to the very end. Shorecrest’s upset of Meadowdale last week certainly mixed things up. Glacier Peak, in its first year, will definitely have a shot at going to the playoffs. Interestingly enough, Meadowdale plays Mount Vernon this weekend. If Meadowdale finishes third in the league and Mt. Vernon second among Northwest 3A teams, they could play again in a pigtail game.

Metro Mountain

Playoff spots: three.

Who went last year: O’Dea (league champ), Eastside Catholic

In the mix: O’Dea (3-0), Eastside Catholic (3-0), Bainbridge (1-2), Bishop Blanchet (1-2), Seattle Prep (1-2).

Key games this week: Eastside Catholic at O’Dea, Seattle Prep at Bishop Blanchet.

The skinny: The Irish and Crusaders meet at West Seattle Stadium on Friday to decide who gets the top seed in the division (with no other one-loss teams, the winner could lose next week and still finish on top). The loser of Prep and Blanchet will essentially be knocked out of the race.

Metro Sound

Playoff spots: three.

Who went last year: Nathan Hale (division champ), West Seattle.

In the mix: West Seattle (4-0), Rainier Beach (4-0), Franklin (2-2), Nathan Hale (2-2), Cleveland (2-3).

Key games this week: Rainier Beach at West Seattle; Cleveland at Nathan Hale.

The skinny: West Seattle has been the Metro’s best team to date, with convincing wins against O’Dea and Nathan Hale that show the Wildcats are ready for Class 3A’s best. But first, it must beat the team that has dominated this division for most of the decade: Rainier Beach. The winner gets the top seed and plays the O’Dea-Eastside Catholic winner in two weeks for the league title. Franklin, in its first year in Metro, plays winless Chief Sealth this weekend, but a game against Rainier Beach looms. The Quakers might need that one to qualify for the playoffs.


Playoff spots: four.

Who went last year: Franklin Pierce (league champ), Auburn (moved to 4A this year), Auburn Riverside (moved to 4A this year), Bonney Lake. (Lakes went as a member of the Western Cascade Conference, and Peninsula advanced from the Olympic League).

In the mix: Lakes (6-0), Peninsula (4-1), Bonney Lake (3-2), Enumclaw (3-2), Sumner (3-2), Auburn Mountainview (3-3).

Key games this week: Enumclaw at Bonney Lake; Sumner at Auburn Mountainview.

The skinny: It’s hard to keep Franklin Pierce, last year’s champ and 3A semifinalist, out of this discussion, but at 1-4, the Cardinals appear to be out of the race. Lakes, meanwhile, looks to have a good girp on the division, having beaten Peninsula, Enumclaw, Bonney Lake and Sumner. So there’s five more teams battling for three spots. The two key games listed should accomplish a lot toward seeing who’s going to emerge.


Playoff spots: four.

Who went last year: Kennedy, Renton and Evergreen (co-league champs).

In the mix: Kennedy (5-0), Lindbergh (5-0), Hazen (3-2), Renton (3-2), Highline (3-3), Mt. Rainier (3-3).

Key games this week: Kennedy at Lindbergh (Thursday), Mt. Rainier at Hazen.

The skinny: This week’s Kennedy-Lindbergh game should decide the league champion, but both those teams are looking good for the postseason. I’m not sure 4-4 will get the job done in this league, so Mt. Rainier has an important road game at Hazen this weekend. Win, and the Rams can breathe a little easier.



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