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January 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM

The Fifth Quarter — Looking ahead to district tournaments

District tournaments start soon.

There. I thought I’d just put it out there. The first district tournament tips off on Tuesday, Feb. 11 and they will run through Saturday, Feb. 22. On this week’s The Fifth Quarter, I thought it would be a good time to look at the 4A and 3A area district tournaments. We’ll take a look at some league races, as well, since those determine seeding.

4A

*****District 1 (Wesco): Feb. 12-21 – top two teams advance to regionals

Jackson has already clinched the South Division and Arlington can wrap up the North with a win on Tuesday, which will make them No. 1 seeds on opposite sides of the bracket.

The top four teams in each division make the district tournament, which means three teams will be left out. Monroe can all but eliminate Lake Stevens with a win against Mount Vernon on Tuesday. That would be a huge win for the Bearcats because it would tie them with Mount Vernon in the standings, but they would owe the tiebreaker with a season sweep.

The No. 3 seed avoids a matchup with Jackson in the first round. If a team loses its first game of the tournament, it was to win four straight to advance to regionals.

*****District 2 (KingCo): Feb. 11-21 – top two teams advance to regionals

- Wesco third-place finisher and KingCo third-place finisher face each other for a third spot in regionals

The Crest Division should see an interesting finish down the stretch. Bothell, Eastlake, Inglemoor and Redmond are all 5-5 and in good position to get to the district tournament. How the seeding ends up breaking down will be something to watch. Of course, avoiding the state’s top-ranked team, Garfield, would be preferable. The No. 1 and 3 seeds would not face the Bulldogs until the finals, at which point both teams are guaranteed regional tournament.

*****District 3/4 (SPSL combines with Narrows and GSHL): Feb. 13-22 – top seven teams advance to regionals

The top five teams from both the SPSL North and South face off to send nine teams to the district tournament. The format is a bit different, as the No. 1 seed from the North faces the No. 1 seed from the South, the No. 2 faces the No. 2 and so. Most of the games are for seeding, while the No. 5 teams play each other in a loser-out scenario.

The nine teams then filter into a 16-team field that includes squads from Narrows and GSHL with the top seven teams advancing to regionals.

3A

*****District 1 (Wesco): Feb. 11-21 – top three teams advance to regionals

Same setup as Wesco 4A. Stanwood has clinched top seed in North Division, while Glacier Peak and Mountlake Terrace are battling it out for the South’s No. 1 seed (both are 7-2 in conference). The two end their regular season against each other.

*****District 2 (Metro and KingCo): Feb. 15-22 – top five teams advance to regionals

The six KingCo 3A teams play each other in a league tournament that sends the top four teams to districts. The top two teams can are assured a berth due to how the bracket shapes up. Bellevue (10-0) and Mercer Island (9-2) are guaranteed those two slots.

The Metro sends 10 of its 13 teams to a league tournament, which then produces seedings for the top eight teams. The eight Metro and the four KingCo teams then play each other in districts to find out which five teams qualify for the regional tournament.

*****Sub-District 3 (SPSL): Feb. 12-14 – top five teams advance to districts

*****District 3/4 (SPSL combines with Narrows and GSHL): Feb. 19-22 – top four teams advance to regionals

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