If you’re like me, you like to look ahead.
And so, while we are just about ready to jump into the league and district basketball playoffs for both boys and girls, I thought I’d get you thinking about the regional pairings.
They are posted on the WIAA website. Go here, and under “DRAWS” just click on the classification you are interested in.
You might need a refresher course on which leagues are in which district.
In 4A: District 1 is WesCo, District 2 is KingCo, District 3/4 is West Central/Southwest, District 5/8 is Mid-Columbia/Greater Spokane League and District 6 is the new Big Nine (Davis, Eastmont, Eisenhower, Moses Lake and Wenatchee; note that 3A Sunnyside is plays in the league until the playoffs). Also, where you see District 1/2 No. 5, that’s the winner of the playoff between the No. 3 finisher out of the District 1 tournament vs. the No. 3 team out of District 2 (in other words, WesCo vs. KingCo).
And in 3A: againt District 1 is WesCo (plus Ferndale out of the Northwest League, if applicable), District 2 is KingCo and Metro, District 3/4 is Seamount, SPSL, Narrows and Greater St. Helen’s and District 5/8 are the Mid-Columbia and Greater Spokane teams, plus Sunnyside).
Hopefully you can figure the other classifications out as I’m a little short on time right now.
Go to the 4A bracket and look at Region I at Jackson for 2013 (the draws are also there for 2014). So Game 1 is the No. 5 team out of West Central vs. the No. 1 team out of KingCo. Game 2 is the No. 6 team out of West Central vs. the No. 1 WesCo team.
These are all loser-out, winner-to-state (Tacoma Dome for the quarterfinals).
My eyes just about popped out when I saw this pairing in Game 1 at Puyallup: the No. 2 team out of WesCo vs. the No. 2 team out of West Central.
The second-place team in both of those tournaments is going to be very good. On the girls side, both Lynnwood and Arlington are ranked in the top-10 and could be 1 or 2 out of the WesCo (District 1) tourney. Or it could be Jackson or Lake Stevens, which have been ranked at some point. And the West Central tourney includes No. 1 Mount Rainier and No. 10 Federal Way along with Beamer (the SPSL South champ), Kentwoood and Auburn Riverside. Plus there will be some quality teams from the Narrows and Greater St. Helen’s as well.
I can’t help but think of how Lake Stevens had to play Skyview at regionals last year and a very good Vikings team stayed home, while Skyview went on to win the state title.
On the boys side, three ranked teams likely will be in the West Central hunt — No. 4 Curtis, No. 6 Federal Way and No. 9 Union — and one likely will finish second, facing a good WesCo team.
And because I know you are going to ask, you can read all about how the regional pairings were decided here. Scroll about halftime down and you’ll see the criteria.
Have a look at all of the pairings, then sound off!