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October 22, 2008 at 4:38 PM

Playoff watch: week eight

With two weeks left in the season, each team’s playoff prospects have become more clear. So I thought we’d have a little more fun with the playoff watch this week by trying to pick what teams would come out of each league, and then putting together a bracket that would show the first-round matchups for each league.

The results made for a compelling week 10. In our mock brackets, we could see Woodville play at Marysvill-Pilchuck, Federal Way at Gig Harbor, Meadowdale at O’Dea, Tahoma at Jackson, and Eastlake at Auburn. I’d pay to see any of those games. You can see the brackets here: 4A and 3A.

You can see our look at each league after the jump.

League records are in parentheses. Our picks for who will come out are in bold.

KingCo 4A

Playoff spots: six.

In: Skyline (4-0), Bothell (4-0).

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

Key games this week: Bothell at Roosevelt, Newport at Issaquah.

The skinny: Skyline and Bothell, regardless of this week’s results, will play in the league championship game Oct. 30 at Skyline. Issaquah and Woodinville are guaranteed spots in the four week 9 crossover games, but haven’t clinched playoff spots yet. Should Newport beat Issaquah and Eastlake beat Garfield, there would be a three-way tie for second decided by a coin toss. Lake Washington and Redmond are very much long shots.

WesCo North

Playoff spots: three.

In the mix: Marysville-Pilchuck (4-0), Lake Stevens (3-1), Snohomish (3-1), Oak Harbor (2-2), Stanwood (2-3).

Key game this week: Oak Harbor at Lake Stevens.

The skinny: The Oak Harbor stayin’ alive tour makes a stop at Lake Stevens this week, and the defending WesCo North champs need a win again. If Lake Stevens and Snohomish win this weekend, both Oak Harbor and Stanwood will be eliminated. Then it will just be a battle for seeding, one in which Marysville-Pilchuck would have a large upper hand because it has beaten both the Vikings and Panthers.

WesCo South

Playoff spots: three

In the mix: Jackson (4-0), Cascade (3-1), Edmonds-Woodway (3-1), Mariner (3-2).

Key games this week: Edmonds-Woodway at Cascade; Mariner at Kamiak.

The skinny: With a win at Kamiak this week, Mariner can enter the clubhouse at 4-2. Jackson’s in the playoffs with a win. Cascade finishes with the toughest slate of all of them: with Edmonds-Woodway and Jackson. The Bruins have already lost to Mariner, which makes this weekend’s home game against Edmonds-Woodway even more important.

SPSL North 4A

Playoff spots: four.

In: Auburn (6-0)

In the mix: Tahoma (5-2), Federal Way (4-2), Kentwood (4-2), Kentlake (3-3), Kentridge (3-3).

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

The skinny: Auburn clinched with its win last week, and it’s shown no reason to believe it won’t sweep right through this league and enter the playoffs undefeated. But the biggest inner in the league last week was Kentwood, which greatly improved its position with a win against Federal Way. But the Conks can’t rest; a loss to Kentridge could place them right back in danger of missing the postseason.

SPSL South 4A

Playoff spots: three plus pigtail with the Narrows League.

In the mix: Curtis (6-1), Rogers (6-1), Graham-Kapowsin (5-2), Bethel (4-2), Puyallup (4-2).

Key game this weekend: Puyallup at Bethel.

The skinny: Extremely difficult finish for Puyallup, which goes to Bethel and then faces Rogers in the final game. But what matters most is this week’s game against Bethel, which is actually in good position to take the third seed — and avoid the pigtail game — if it wins this weekend. Its 29-28 win against Graham-Kapowsin could be extremely valuable. It could be the difference between going automatically to the postseason or facing a play-in game with the Narrows League. That’s the difference a point makes.

Class 3A

KingCo 3A

Playoff spots: three

In the mix: Bellevue (4-0), Liberty (4-0), Mount Si (3-1), Juanita (2-2)

Key games this week: Liberty at Bellevue; Juanita at Mount Si.

The skinny: The game of the week happens in Bellevue, where the Wolverines can reclaim the KingCo 3A (won by Skyline last year) with a win against Liberty; Bellevue already has wins against Mount Si and Juanita. But there’s still a lot of action happening in the final two weeks. Liberty closes with Bellevue and Mount Si, and Mount Si closes with Juanita and Liberty. Mount Si can clear everything up with a win against Juanita this weekend; that would but Bellevue, Liberty and Mount Si automatically in.

Metro Mountain

Playoff spots: three.

In: Eastside Catholic (4-0), O’Dea (3-1)

In the mix: Bishop Blanchet (2-2), Bainbridge (2-2).

Key game this week: Bishop Blanchet at Bainbridge.

The skinny: Eastside Catholic has clinched the division’s first seed, O’Dea the second. So all that’s left to decide is the third team, and Friday night’s game at Bainbridge will do that. Neither team was in the postseason a year ago.

Metro Sound

Playoff spots: three

In: West Seattle (5-0)

In the mix: Rainier Beach (4-1), Nathan Hale (3-2), Franklin (3-2).

Key games this week: Franklin at Rainier Beach (Thursday); Ingraham at Nathan Hale (Thursday).

The skinny: A lot on the line Thursday for Rainier Beach and Franklin. If Franklin wins, we could be looking at a three-way tie for second. If Rainier Beach wins, the Vikes are in, and the Quakers would be out. West Seattle has the division clinched, and the Wildcats will play Eastside Catholic for the Metro title next week.

WesCo 3A

Playoff spots: two plus pigtail with Northwest League.

In the mix: Shorecrest (2-0), Glacier Peak (2-1), Everett (1-1), Meadowdale (1-1).

Key game this week: Everett at Shorecrest.

The skinny: First-year school Glacier Peak took a strong step toward a playoff berth on Friday night with its win against Everett, which could be huge in a head-to-head tie-breaker if they need it. I wouldn’t count out Meadowdale, which was surprised by Shorecrest but won’t be a team anyone will want to face in November. Shorecrest clinches a playoff birth with a win against Everett.

Seamount

Playoff spots: four.

In: Kennedy (6-0)

In the mix: Lindbergh (5-1), Mt. Rainier (4-3), Renton (3-3), Hazen (3-3), Highline (3-3).

Key game this week: Hazen at Kennedy.

The skinny: The top two teams head into the last two weeks looking comfortable, and Kennedy has all but clinched the division. The Lancers will do it with a win against Hazen. We could have quite the fight for third and fourth place, though. Mt. Rainier, Hazen and Highline have beaten each other up, and Renton’s forfeit loss because of its fight against Tyee (which also took a forfeit loss) drops the Indians to 3-3. The Indians still can win out, if they can survive this week’s suspensions and beat Evergreen.

SPSL 3A

Playoff spots: four.

In: Lakes (6-0)

In the mix: Peninsula (5-1), Enumclaw (4-2), Auburn Mountainview (4-3), Bonney Lake (3-3), Sumner (3-3).

Key game this week: Auburn Mountanview at Lakes; Bonney Lake at Franklin Pierce.

The skinny: Unless Auburn Mountainview, which has lost to Bonney Lake but beaten Sumner, pulls off an upset of Lakes this weekend, the Lions will finish 4-4. That makes things clear for Sumner, which must sweep its final two games to make the postseason. That includes the season finale against Bonney Lake, which lost to Enumclaw last week and goes into Franklin Pierce this weekend.

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