The state tournament draw was earlier today and I said earlier I would offer a few thoughts. I’ve posted the games below, with the first teams listed being considered home. The top two contest winners play each other in the semifinals and the same goes for the bottom pair.
We’ll have much more throughout the week, so these are just initial thoughts.
– The biggest buzz is around the top of the 4A bracket. The top four teams in the state could all be in the top half, with Garfield, Kentridge and Jackson all spending time in the top three of the rankings. Issaquah has been ranked for part of the season and gave Garfield its lone loss.
Of course, there are good teams in the bottom of the bracket, including undefeated Richland. The Bombers should be a favorite to come out of that side of the bracket, although I’m very interested to see if Beamer or Gonzaga Prep wins.
We’ll find out soon enough how tough the first two games are and how much energy it takes out of the winning teams as we move forward.
– Could we be facing an all-District 2 semifinal in 3A? You have to imagine Eastside Catholic and Rainier Beach are favorites to win their quarterfinal games against Greater Spokane League opponents. Stanwood has lost just one game, but Bellevue has been tested multiple times, and has mostly come out on top. That would leave O’Dea and Wilson, which is the most intriguing opening-round matchup in 3A, for me, at least.
3:45 pm: Garfield vs. Kentridge
5:30 pm: Jackson vs. Issaquah
7:15 pm: Beamer vs. Gonzaga Prep
9 pm: Wenatchee vs. Richland
9 am: O’Dea vs. Wilson
10:30 am: University vs. Eastside Catholic
12:15 pm: Bellevue vs. Stanwood
2 pm: Rainier Beach vs. Shadle Park