And so it has arrived, the final weekend of games before the playoffs start. Some teams have, of course, already began to face off in playoff, play-in or crossover matchups, and they continue this weekend. So, yes, there are important games to be played, and here’s how to track them.
– Let’s start with last night’s games. O’Dea and Ballard kicked off the Metro crossover matchups at Memorial Stadium and the Irish won 49-0 to claim the No. 3 seed. That means O’Dea will host the 2-seed from the Greater Saint Helens League, which is the loser of tonight’s Columbia River-Kelso game. Ballard is the No. 4 Metro team, and draws a home game against the 3-seed from Narrows, the winner of tonight’s Central Kitsap-Wilson game.
– Emerald Ridge won its first SPSL South title with a 38-15 win over Spanaway Lake and will host KingCo No. 4, either Eastlake or Skyline.
– Gonzaga Prep clinched the Greater Spokane League title with a 29-21 4 OT win against Ferris last night. The Bullpups will host Walla Walla next week, while Ferris needs help to earn the right to travel to face defending state champions Chiawana. The Saxons could fall into a three-way tie for second place and have to play a tiebreaker next week.
– Tahoma beat Jefferson to capture the SPSL North’s fifth, and final, seed. The Bears’ reward is a trip to No. 2 Camas.
– Doug Drowley will be covering Lakes at Auburn, Terry Wood will be covering Eastlake at Skyline, Sandy Ringer will have the Game of the Week with Beamer-Kentwood and I’ll be at Memorial Stadium for Garfield-Bishop Blanchet (and Roosevelt-Eastside Catholic afterward).
– The News Tribune has this piece on Gig Harbor quarterback Davis Alexander, as the Tides try to wrap up their first No. 1 seed since 2005.
– The Olympian has three games to watch, including a winner-takes all in Narrows 4A between South Kitsap and Timberline.
– Previews and predictions from The Columbian.