Barring upsets tonight, the Greater Spokane League basketball season will end with no tiebreaker games before the District 8 tournament begins next Tuesday.
That allows attention to focus on a showdown between second-ranked Mead and No. 5 Shadle Park in a Coliseum girls game at 7:45.
The Panthers have a 32-game GSL winning streak, one longer than the record established by Central Valley through the early part of last season. Mead has won 20 straight overall.
The only potential tiebreaker game would come about if eighth-place North Central upsets second-place Lewis and Clark in a boys game. Then, if Gonzaga Prep beats Central Valley and/or Ferris beats University there would be a two- or three-way tie for second.
Prep will be without leading scorer Paul Sweeny, who will sit out the second of a two-game suspension for breaking a team rule.
Since the top two teams among the six qualifying for district get an automatic berth in the regional, a tiebreaker would be needed.
The district tournament has No. 3 playing No. 6 and No. 3 playing No. 5 in loser-out games. The winners advance to regional but playoff the top two teams for seeding.
League champion Mead is the top district seed. Rogers, the No. 6 seed, is guaranteed a spot in regional. Any other ties - Prep and Ferris could tie for third or be tied for third by CV - are go to the team that won the second matchup of the season.
On the girls side, Ferris had third locked up going into tonight’s game with University. U-Hi, CV and Prep could tie for fourth if Prep beats CV tonight and U-Hi loses. Prep would get the fourth seed, CV would be fifth. A CV win would make Prep sixth.
Paul Mencke has scored 280 points for an 18.7 average to lead the boys. Shadle Park’s Rob Debeaumont is second at 18.1 (271) and LC’s Mike Homer is third at 17.5 (263).
Brains and brawn
Jim Salter, an All-Greater Spokane League first-team linebacker and 4.0 student at Gonzaga Prep, has accepted at football scholarship at Princeton.
He narrowed his decision to Princeton and Yale, both of the Ivy League, because Princeton has an engineering school.
“I liked the town better, I liked the football coaches and facilities,” Salter said. “I wanted to go to a really good school and play football. To get that I had to go to the Ivy League.”
After a sports weekend that zipped by like a shooting star, it’s time to slow down and tip a cap to some deserving sorts.
Colville senior Brandon LaLonde allowed just one point during the 158-pound classification at the Region IV-AAA wrestling tournament. LaLonde, 24-2, joins teammate Jeremiah Divis as the Frontier League’s lone No. 1 seeds to Mat Classic VII in the Tacoma Dome.
Newport senior wrestler Terry Haney won his second consecutive Region IV-A/B title. Haney won at 141 last year and 148 this year. This year’s 141-pound regional title went to Chewelah’s Glenn Hume, who beat defending state champion Jeremy Price of Tonasket in the final.
Senior Severin Walsh of Almira/ Coulee Hartline is 31-0, including 23 pins, after his Region IV-A/B title at 275.
Speaking of ACH, Warriors senior Pat Andersen had quite a week in Bi-County League basketball tournament wins over Valley Christian and Reardan. Andersen made 15 of 20 field goals, hit 10 of 12 free throws and had 18 rebounds.
Senior Chad Mitchell just passed 1,000 career points for the Castle Rock boys basketball team.
Senior Kathleen Cooper of Lake Quinault’s girls basketball team is averaging 32 points per game. She and Jennifer Stinson of Davenport are the only Washington high school players averaging more than 30 ppg.
Aaron Stewart of Renton is probably the boys leader with an average near 27.5.
Justin Adams set a school record with 46 points in Washington’s 64-59 win over Fife last week. Adams hit 8 of 14 3-pointers, 13 of 26 overall, and 12 of 13 free throws with four rebounds and three steals.
The high-point nights are GSL scorers are 31 for the girls by Emily Ireland of Ferris in a league game and 35 for the boys by Paul Sweeny of Prep in a league game and Jason Smith of Mead in a non-league game.
xxxx SPOKANE HEADLINE: No. 2 Mead puts streak on line against No. 5 Shadle Park girls