Small clarification here. I posted this for Sandy Ringer, that’s why my byline showed up instead of hers. She picked the girls and I picked the boys.
I thought filling out the 4A girls bracket was tough heading into last week’s state tourney.
I found this even more challenging, in part because I’ve seen fewer 3A games this season. There are several first-round games I could see going either way.
For instance, I’ve picked Bonney Lake over Seattle Prep, but wouldn’t be surprised if Prep pulled that one out. Lakes/Shorecrest was a tough one, because Shorecrest is obviously playing well right now, but for some reason my gut instinct was to go with Lakes.
And White River could have its hands full with Cleveland.
Despite all my complaining about hating to predict games, I did pretty well last week. I had 7 of 8 first-round games right, missing on Issaquah over Lewis and Clark (Issaquah came from behind to get that one and had a great tournament). I had 2 of the quarterfinals right (Garfield was outstanding in the tourney and knocked off Bellarmine Prep in the quarters; I had L-C over Lake Stevens, but it was Issy in the spot). I had both semifinal winners right (even though it was Mead over Garfield, rather than Bellarmine, and that was a game Garfield could have had, for sure). Then I had Auburn Riverside over Mead in the championship game.
This week, I’m going with Holy Names over Kennedy in the final, although I nearly went the other way. Kennedy is the defending champion, but I’ve had Holy Names at No. 1 all season, so decided to stick that decision.
At any rate, you can have a look below, and I hope you’ll take your shot and vote in the poll posted a little earlier.