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January 31, 2013 at 6:28 PM

The quick guide to league races and their playoff implications

I’ve heard from a number of people lately how confusing the playoff system can be. And I agree: It can be difficult to keep track of how things work, especially when it comes to dealing with various leagues and classifications.

I hope, in some small way, what I’ve done below helps alleviate some of that confusion. I’ve included the top couple of seeds coming out the different leagues. I’ve also tried to include how many teams advance to regionals out of leagues that don’t have a conference tournament that filters into a district tournament.

If there is anything that is confusing or that I left out or that needs clarification, please leave a comment.

KingCo 4A
*Only two teams that play in the championship game advance to regionals; winner of the loser bracket plays the winner of the loser’s bracket from WesCo 3A in a win-or-go-home game.

Crest Division:
No. 1 seed: Bothell (18-2, 13-1)
No. 2 seed: Inglemoor (8-11, 5-8) OR Eastlake (8-11, 4-9)…Both play on Friday

Crown Division:
No. 1 seed: Garfield (18-1, 14-0)
No. 2 seed: Issaquah (14-5, 10-4)


KingCo 3A:
*First through fourth place teams from conference tournament advance to Sea-King 3A District tournament.

No. 1 seed: Mercer Island (17-2, 12-1)
No. 2 seed: Mount Si (13-6, 10-3) OR Bellevue (12-7, 10-3)…Both play on Thursday, although Mount Si beat Bellevue twice during the regular season
Metro League:
*Only the top four seeds in Metro have a chance at winning the league title. The four teams are locked in: Rainier Beach, Seattle Prep, Lakeside and Franklin. Only the seeding could vary. Metro gets eight teams in the Sea-King 3A District tournament.

1. Rainier Beach (16-3, 13-1)
2. Lakeside (16-3, 12-3) OR Seattle Prep (14-5, 12-3)
3. Lakeside (16-3, 12-3) OR Seattle Prep (14-5, 12-3)
4. Franklin (14-5, 11-3)
SPSL 4A:
*Top five finishers from each division face off against their counterpart from the other division (North No. 1 vs. South No. 1, etc.). All but the loser from the game between fifth-place teams advances to the district tournament.

North:
1. Tahoma (15-4, 12-3)
2. Auburn (12-7, 11-4)

South:
1. Curtis (18-2, 14-2)
2. Federal Way (16-3, 12-3) OR Beamer (15-4, 12-3)
WesCo 3A:
*Two teams that advance to the championship game advance to regionals while the winner of the loser’s bracket also advances to regionals.

North:
1. Stanwood (14-5, 11-1)
2. Oak Harbor (11-9, 7-6)

South: 
1. Mountlake Terrace (17-2, 11-1) OR Glacier Peak (16-3, 10-2)…The two play each other on Thursday. Glacier Peak beat Mountlake Terrace earlier in the season.
2. Mountlake Terrace (17-2, 11-1) OR Glacier Peak (16-3, 10-2) OR Shorewood (14-5, 9-3).
SPSL 3A:
1. Auburn Mountainview (13-6, 7-2) OR Enumclaw (11-8, 6-3)…Both play on Friday.
2. Enumclaw (11-8, 6-3) OR Lakes (12-7, 6-3)…Both play on Friday.
Seamount:
1. Renton (2A) (19-0, 13-0)
2. Kennedy Catholic (3A) (14-4, 11-2)
3. Lindbergh (2A) (10-9, 8-5)


SPSL 2A:

1. White River (16-3, 12-1)
2. Clover Park (13-6, 11-2)

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