With one week to go, here are the prep playoff possibilities
Tim Martinez: High Schools
Monday, October 24, 2011
This week marks the end of the fall sports regular season. So it’s time to look at where teams stand in their drive to the postseason.
4A GSHL: Skyview clinched at least a share of the league title and will take the league’s No. 1 seed to the bi-district tournament in Kent. The Storm will face the Narrows League No. 4 team on Nov. 4. Union is the No. 2 seed and will face the South Puget Sound League’s No. 3 team at the bi-district. Heritage has all but secured the No. 3 seed, which must face the SPSL’s No. 10 team for the final spot into the 16-team bi-district bracket.
3A GSHL: The five-team district tournament, which will be held Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at Columbia River, is pretty much set. It appears No. 5 Mountain View will face No. 4 Kelso in a loser-out match. The winner will face No. 3 Columbia River. On Nov. 1, No. 2 Camas awaits the survivor of the Oct. 31 matches, and No. 1 Prairie will play in the district final.
Prairie, Camas and Columbia River are assured three of the four berths to the bi-district tournament in Auburn.
2A GSHL: Mark Morris has clinched the league championship and No. 1 seed to the district tournament at Black Hills HS in Tumwater. Hockinson is headed for the No. 2 seed. A win over R.A. Long on Thursday would seal the deal. Woodland needs to knock off Mark Morris on Thursday to have a shot at the No. 2 seed. Otherwise, the Beavers will head to district as the No. 3 seed.
1A TRICO: Castle Rock has locked up the No. 1 seed to district, and Ridgefield is No. 2. But Kalama (7-5), Stevenson (7-5) and La Center (6-6) are battling it out for the final two berths to district. Stevenson plays at Kalama on Tuesday, and La Center plays at Kalama on Thursday.
4A GSHL: Skyview clinched its sixth consecutive league title with its win over Union on Thursday. The Storm will host the Narrows League No. 4 team at Kiggins Bowl in the bi-district playoff on Nov. 5. Evergreen will be the No. 2 team and will play the SPSL’s No. 3 team in Spanaway. Union takes a two-point lead over Battle Ground into the final week of league play. Union has only one league game left. So even if the Titans win that game, Battle Ground can take the No. 3 seed by winning both of its matches this week. The GSHL’s No. 3 team must win two bi-district games to reach state.
3A GSHL: Friday’s loss by Prairie to Mountain View opened the door for Camas to clinch the league title with a win Tuesday at home against Kelso. Prairie has clinched no worse than the No. 2 seed to the bi-district playoffs. A Kelso loss Tuesday also could create a situation in which Mountain View and Columbia River could play for the No. 3 seed on Thursday. And that would set up for Kelso to play the Mountain View-Columbia River loser in a district playoff on Nov. 1 for the fourth and final berth to the bi-district playoffs.
2A GSHL: Hockinson’s 1-0 win over Mark Morris on Saturday put the Hawks one win (or one Mark Morris loss) away from a league title and No. 1 seed. If the Hawks finish No. 1 or 2, they will host a district playoff game on Saturday. Washougal is the No. 3 seed and will play at the Evergreen Conference’s No. 2 team on Saturday in the district playoffs.
1A TRICO: Ridgefield is the No. 1 seed and La Center is the No. 2 seed to the district playoffs that will be held Nov. 1 and 3 in Kalama.
4A GSHL: Skyview plays Union on Friday at Kiggins Bowl for the league championship and the No. 1 and 2 seeds to the state preliminary round. Both teams will be home to open the playoffs. Heritage can claim the third and final playoff berth with a win over Evergreen. But if the Plainsmen win, Heritage, Evergreen and Battle Ground would finished tied for third, and would need a tiebreaker.
3A GSHL: Camas has clinched another league title and No. 1 seed to the state preliminary round. Mountain View can lock down the No. 2 and a home playoff game by beating Columbia River at home on Friday. If Mountain View wins, Prairie takes the No. 3 seed. However, if River wins, River, Mountain View and Prairie finish tied for second place and would need a tiebreaker to decide the No. 2 and 3 seeds to the playoffs.
2A GSHL: Regardless of what happens this week, Hockinson is the No. 1 seed to the district playoffs and would play at home on Nov. 4 against the loser of Friday’s W.F. West-North Thurston game. Woodland is the No. 2 team and will travel to play the winner of the W.F. West-North Thurston game.
1A TRICO: This league could finish in an orderly fashion or we could have tiebreaker-a-rama. Kalama plays at La Center on Friday. If Kalama wins, then Kalama would be No. 1 to the district playoffs, Toledo No. 2 and La Center No. 3. Ridgefield would be the No. 4 team if the Spudders win at Ilwaco.
But if La Center wins, we could have a three-way tie for first between La Center, Kalama and Toledo. If Ilwaco beats Ridgefield, we could have a three-way tie for fourth between Ilwaco, Ridgefield and Castle Rock.
Tim Martinez is the assistant sports editor/prep coordinator for The Columbian. He can be reached at (360) 735-4538 or email at email@example.com