Jaysen Jenks and I will be at the WIAA headquarters in Renton today for the state boys and girls basketball draws — at least for the top four classifications. I anticipate that we will keep you updated on the blog.
But you can also watch and listen through the WIAA Network/PlayOn! Sports here.
The 2B/1B draws are at 11 a.m., followed by 2A/1A at 1 p.m. and 4A/3A at 3 p.m. The girls draws are first (this rotates each year and coincides with which championship games are played first; the girls championship games will preceed the boys this year).
There are bound to be some eye-popping pairings for Thursday’s quarterfinals. The only criteria is that teams from the same regional will be drawn into opposite halves of the bracket.
So, for instance, on the girls side in 4A, these teams cannot be drawn as opponents: Inglemoor-Kentwood, Arlington-Mount Rainier, Gonzaga Prep-Skyline, Mead-Lake Stevens, since the teams each played at the same regional sites (I hope this is making sense — it’s been a long week!). In 3A, you won’t see Glacier Peak-Mercer Island, Seattle Prep-Cleveland, Bellevue-Wilson or University-Kamiakin.
But you could see Mount Rainier-Mead right out of the gate, or Cleveland-Wilson. It will be interesting and there’s usually some complaining and folks who don’t think something is fair. But, like they say, you’ve got to play the best to be the best, right? Even if it’s earlier in the tournament than coaches or fans would prefer.
And, rankings aside, we’ll find out Saturday just who the best teams are, or at least which ones play the best when it counts the most.