Now that the regular season is over, I thought it would be a good time to recognize the teams that have gone undefeated up until this point. It’s not an easy feat, no matter what league. So, that’s exactly how we’ll start this week’s The Fifth Quarter.
In the 4A ranks, both Kentridge and Richland managed to avoid a loss. Richland, which plays in the Mid-Columbia Conference, has two nine-point wins, which is the closest margin of victory thus far.
Kentridge is led by Jawan Stepney’s 21.0 points per game and rolled through the SPSL with a 15-0 record. The Chargers will have a challenging crossover game against Beamer on Tuesday.
In the 3A ranks, Rainier Beach and Stanwood are both undefeated. The Vikings have serious national title considerations and have beat multiple teams in prestigious events. The Spartans, on the other hand, have navigated Wesco 3A successfully, setting themselves up for a deep postseason run.
League tournaments begin in earnest Tuesday. Some teams will be fighting to keep their season alive with each game, some will merely be working for the best seed possible.
The Metro League is an interesting example. Let’s use it as an example. Cleveland-Nathan Hale and West Seattle-Lakeside face off tonight in loser-out games. The winner, meanwhile, is guaranteed a spot in districts. Where seeding gets important is with the top four. Rainier Beach, Eastside Catholic, Franklin and O’Dea will have their own mini-tournament to battle it out for the league championship. The Vikings and Quakers will face each other, while the Crusaders and the Irish will rematch a thrilling matchup from last week.
The two teams that come out as winners of that first game are not only able to play for the title, but are guaranteed a bye in the first round of the District 2 Tournament. That is a huge deal, considering all it would take from that point is winning the first game of districts to move on to regionals.
“This game tomorrow against O’Dea gives you an unbelievable opportunity to advance a ways in the tournament,” Eastside Catholic coach Bill Liley said.
Some people have inquired about where to find brackets for the tournaments this week. If you’re interested in any from District 1 (Wesco, for instance), you can find them here. If you want to look at anything from District 2 (Metro, KingCo), you can find them here. Finally, if you want to see a District 3 (SPSL, Seamount), you can find them here.