We’re getting closer and closer to knowing the 16-team fields for the regional basketball tournaments.
Some teams have already clinched their berths, while a precious few others remain up for grabs.
So, I’m devoting this edition of Post-Ups, my girls basketball blog notebook, to taking a look at how things are shaping up in 4A, 3A and 2A.
Let me start by linking you to the brackets page posted at WPANetwork.com. Most, but not all, of the district tourney brackets are updated there. And as we go through these, if there are better sites I can send you to, I will.
As mentioned in an earlier post today, I’ll be covering the semifinals of the West Central District 4A tournament at Puyallup. Those should be two really good games. First it will be No. 3 Skyview vs. No. 5 Mount Rainier, then No. 6 Beamer takes on Bellarmine Prep, which nearly made my rankings this week and very well could crack that top-10 next week (and since the voting for the AP poll is on Wednesdays, I did vote Bellarmine in at No. 10, as Mead’s season is over with its Tuesday loss to Central Valley.
That’s a really good team — last year’s state champion — that is staying home.
At any rate, back to the WCD tourney. Those semifinalists have clinched regional berths. The winners play Saturday at PLU in the title game, while the losers square off at Auburn for third and fourth places.
Two more qualifiers will be determined tonight at Stadium, where Tahoma plays Puyallup and Kentwood meets Kentridge. The winners are in. The losers get one more chance and will square off Saturday at Auburn for the district’s seventh and final seed.
In the Northwest District tournament, No. 1 Lynnwood and No. 8 Arlington play for the title Friday Glacier Peak and are already assured of regional berths.
Edmonds-Woodway plays Monroe tonight at Mountlake Terrace to decide the No. 3 seed — when then plays at home Saturday in another loser-out game against the No. 3 KingCo qualifier for a last spot at regionals.
That third-place KingCo team will be determined tonight as Eastlake plays Woodinville at Juanita.
And that KingCo tournament is one where the bracket isn’t available on the WPA site, so you can find it here.
The championship game in that one features No. 4 Inglemoor against Newport Friday at Juanita. Both have qualified for regionals.
Two more qualifiers will come out of the “sub-regional” involving the GSL and MCC. And that’s just brutal that they get only two berths, but it’s all based on student populations in the member schools of those leagues.
Ever since schools spun off into the Big Nine last year, and have chosen not to pool their post-season berths, it has really limited the GSL and MCC opportunities.
But it’s been great for the Big Nine, which also gets two regional sports. Those will be decided Friday in loser-out games featuring Moses Lake against Eisenhower and Davis against Wenatchee. The winners play Saturday for seeding purposes.
So, back to the GSL/MCC sub-regional. No. 2 Gonzaga Prep plays No. 7 Chiawana Friday in a winner-to-regionals contest. The same night, No. 9 Central Valley faces Walla Walla in a loser-out game.
The GP-Chiawana loser then plays Saturday against the CV-Walla Walla winner for that second berth.
Are you keeping up?
Five of the 16 regional spots go to the ultra-tough Sea-King District, and four area already decided.
The district semifinals are today at Bellevue College, with No. 3 Bishop Blanchet taking on No. 7 Bellevue and No. 1 Cleveland facing Mercer Island — all with regional tickets in hand. The title game and contest for third and fourth are both Saturday, also at Bellevue College.
Four teams are still alive for the fifth and final slot and must survive two loser-out games. The first of those are Friday as No. 9 Holy Names plays Lakeside and West Seattle battles Liberty. The winners then play Saturday. All of those games are at Bellevue College.
Another five teams will come out of the West Central District and, again, four have punched their tickets by reaching Friday’s semifinals at Clover Park, where Kennedy Catholic plays Wilson and No. 2 Prairie meets Lincoln.
The title and consolation games are Saturday (winners at PLU, loses at CP).
The fifth spot will be decided Saturday at CP. Four teams are still alive and play loser-out contests Friday at Franklin Pierce — No. 10 Auburn Mountainview against Lakes and Bonney Lake against Columbia River.
Up in the Northwest District tourney, No. 5 Glacier Peak and and No. 8 Mountlake Terrace square off for the title Saturday at Lynnwood and both will be advancing.
Ferndale and Marysville-Pilchuck play for the third and final berth the same day at the same site.
The last three regional spots are up for grabs between four teams in the GSL/MCC sub-regional. Friday, No. 4 Kamiakin takes on University, while No. 6 Sunnyside meets Shadle Park. The winners are in, and play the title game Saturday. The losers go at it Saturday in a loser-out, winner-to-regional bout.
The top 2A teams, rankings-wise, all play down in the District 4 tournament — and only three of them can get to regionals.
No. 1 Mark Morris and No. 2 W.F. West are in, and play for the title Friday at Saint Martin’s University. No. 3 River Ridge battles No. 4 Black Hills Saturday for that final spot.
Again, a very good team staying home.
Five qualifiers will come out of the West Central District, and all but one have been decided as the semifinalists have clinched. No. 6 Sumner plays Port Angeles, while No. 7 White River takes on No. 10 Renton — both games are Friday at Curtis.
The championship game is Saturday at PLU, while the consolation final is the same day at Foss. A pair of loser-out games are set for Friday at Wilson as Fife plays Kingston and Franklin Pierce goes against Olympic. The winners go for that last berth Saturday at Foss.
It looks like the four qualifiers out of District 1/2 have been decided and all that’s left to sort out are the seeding games, set for Friday at Mount Vernon. Lynden and Burlington-Edison clash in the title game, while Lake Washington and Bellingham play for third and fourth places.
Two berths go to CWAC teams and four are battling for those. No. 5 Ellensburg faces No. 9 West Valley of Yakima Friday for the district title and automatic berth. East Valley of Yakima takes on Grandview Friday in a loser-out game, then the winner plays Saturday against the Ellensburg-West Valley loser for the other spot.
And that leaves the final two berths for the Great Northern League, and again four teams are still battling. No. 8 East Valley of Spokane takes on Clarkston for the top spot Friday, while Colville and West Valley of Spokane are in a loser-out bout. The EV-Clarkston loser then gets a second chance Saturday against the Colville-WV winner.
Class 1A, 2B, 1B
I believe you can find all of the tournament updates for the smaller-school tournaments on that original brackets page I linked you to at the start.
Sorry, I’m out of time for now.
Be sure to check in Sunday when we are supposed to have all of the regional pairings and sites from the WIAA.
Get out and see some games!