Tim Martinez: Some unfinished business before playoffs start

Tim Martinez: High School Sports

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant sports editor

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This week, we'll see April to turn May and the playoffs begin.

But before we talk about that, we'll first talk about some other league seasons that are scheduled to end this week, including 4A, 3A, 2A Greater St. Helens soccer, 1A Trico soccer, as well as 2A GSHL and 1A Trico baseball.

Let's start with soccer.

4A GSHL: Union got a huge win over Skyview on Friday, pushing the Titans to 6-0-2 in league with two games to play. However, Union finishes league on Thursday against Camas at McKenzie Stadium. If both teams win Tuesday, a Camas victory on Thursday would give the Papermakers the league title. For Skyview (5-2-1), the defending state champion, second place may be the best the Storm can do, barring upsets.

3A GSHL: The league title is Columbia River's to win as the Chieftains enter the week at 6-0-2. Mountain View (5-1-2) is hoping for a River stumble. Mountain View and River already have faced off twice this spring and don't meet the rest of the regular season.

2A GSHL: Hockinson and Ridgefield are headed to a potential tiebreaker. Both teams have one league loss — having beaten each other — entering the final round of league matches.

1A TRICO: Seton Catholic hosts White Salmon at Luke Jensen Park in Hazel Dell on Tuesday. A win for the Cougars would create a tie for first place. A loss would send Seton to the district playoffs as the Trico's No. 2 seed.

And now for baseball.

2A GSHL: Mark Morris (8-1) is assured of at least a share of the league title, and one more win gives the crown to the Monarchs. R.A. Long (6-5), Hockinson (5-4) and Ridgefield (5-4) are battling it out for the remaining two berths to district. R.A. Long plays at Hockinson on Monday. A win and the Lumberjacks are in. A loss and R.A. Long must hope Mark Morris sweeps Hockinson in a doubleheader Wednesday. A split could give the last two playoff berths to Hockinson and Ridgefield, which finishes league with a doubleheader Wednesday at home against last-place Washougal.

1A TRICO: The league championship could be decided Tuesday with a doubleheader between Castle Rock and La Center.

And let's not forget about golf.

Mountain View has clinched the 3A GSHL regular-season title, but the 4A GSHL remains tight heading into the final matches.

Union (3-0) plays Battle Ground (3-1) on Tuesday, and Camas (3-1) faces Skyview (2-1). Then Union meets Skyview on Thursday. Any four of these teams could win the title. You could even have a three-way tie if Battle Ground and Camas win on Tuesday and Union wins on Thursday.

And then there's track and field where drama still remains in the 4A GSHL.

The Skyview boys can wrap up a 5-0 dual season by beating Union. But a Union win could set up a three-way tie with Skyview, Union and Camas. Similarly, the Union girls can make it 5-0 against Skyview. But a Skyview win could set up a three-way tie with Union, Skyview and Camas.

Less drama in the 3A GSHL where the Kelso girls figure to cap a 5-0 season against Fort Vancouver. The Prairie boys will look to do the same against Mountain View.

Playoffs

The district baseball playoffs in 4A and 3A will be held this week.

The 3A tournament begins Tuesday in Kelso where Columbia River faces Prairie in an elimination game. The winner of that game will take on Kelso on Wednesday, and Wednesday's winner will play Mountain View on Thursday for the district title. The top three teams will advance to the bi-district tournament.

The 4A tournament will be played over two days at Propstra Stadium. Battle Ground will play Union in an elimination game at 4 p.m. Wednesday with the winner meeting Heritage at 7 p.m.

Wednesday's survivor will play Skyview at 5 p.m. Thursday in the district final. Like the 3A, the top four 4A teams will advance to the bi-district tournament.

Tim Martinez is the assistant sports editor for The Columbian. He can be reached at 360-735-4538, tim.martinez@columbian.com or follow his Twitter handle @360TMart.