Some worthy GSL teams won’t make it
The Greater Spokane League doesn’t know which of its eight 4A basketball teams playing in the district tournaments will qualify for the Eastern Regionals. Two of the four berths will be determined tonight.
But we do know the 12 who have qualified from the Columbia Basin Big Nine.
Eisenhower boys (22-0) play Walla Walla (16-6) for No. 1 and 2 on Friday. The Pasco (21-0) and Moses Lake (18-4) girls do likewise.
The remaining boys teams that will fill the CBBN’s other regional seeds will come from these games: Pasco (14-8) vs. Wenatchee (14-8) and Richland (13-8) vs. Davis (10-12).
The remaining girls seeds will be determined by these games: Kamiakin (6-16) vs. Walla Walla (18-4) and Kennewick (10-12) vs. Richland (9-12). A look at those records kind of makes you think that Central Valley (14-7) and University (12-10) are worthy.
But they are on the GSL bubble in a loser-out game tonight. If one of those two does qualify, that means either Mead (17-4) or Lewis and Clark (21-0) didn’t.
That, sadly, is the way the cookie crumbles. State is about quantity, not necessarily quality.
This is how next week’s regional tournaments will shake out: The GSL’s No. 1 boys and girls teams are hosts to the CBBN No. 4 teams, and the GSL No. 2 teams travel to the CBBN’s No. 3 squads on Tuesday. The CBBN’s No. 1 and 2 teams are hosts to the CBBN’s No. 5 and 6 teams.
The tournament moves to Kennewick’s Toyota Center Feb. 27-28 for the remainder of the games that send three teams each in the boys and girls tournaments to the State 4A tournaments.
The girls tournament could be intriguing, with the possibility of five potential state placers in the field. Last year’s state runner-up to LC, Moses Lake, relies primarily on three players. But the Chiefs knocked off highly regarded No. 2 seed Walla Walla 50-35 in the district semifinals.
Like the GSL, behind the regular-season champions, things seem pretty much wide open.
Tuesday night’s Mead-LC boys game pretty much defined the GSL. Each team used a big first quarter a week apart to beat each other. The Tigers, who play Gonzaga Prep for a regional berth following the 59-55 win, last played in the tournament in 1999.
“This is new territory for us,” LC coach Jeff Norton said Tuesday night.
Gymnasts at state
Mead and Shadle Park’s teams join the wrestlers in the Tacoma Dome during state competition. Team competitions begin Friday at 9:40 a.m. for the 4A Panthers and at 6:35 p.m. for the 3A Highlanders.
Mead was led at regional by Taylor Gray, who finished third all-around at 35.175, winning balance beam and finishing second in vault and floor exercise. Other Panthers going are Lauren Budig, Sara Benson, Katie Miller, Kendra Sherman, Molly Sheahan, Kaitlyn Wilburn and Rachel Becker.
All-around 3A/1A champion Alana Norman leads Shadle’s team. She scored 35.8. Melissa Edmunds, Kali Young were top-eight finishers in every event and Janae DeJanovich was in all except floor exercise.
Individual rotations are also Friday during the day and will determine the top 10 for Saturday’s finals. Stacie Davis, Kaleigh Campbell and Tarah Chess from University, Brittney Szoke and Kyonia Hunt from Central Valley and Lily Hoch from Lewis and Clark are in the 4A field.
In 3A, NC’s Christy Grorud and Lexi Mitchell, Lakeside’s Anande Egland and Jenny Reeder, and Mt. Spokane’s Alisha Donais and Alexa Condron compete.
Local schools are represented among 34 boys and six girls teams participating this weekend in the State High School Varsity Bowling Championships in Seattle.
Shadle and Rogers are in Division II and Mt. Spokane in Division III boys competition. Shadle’s girls compete in Division I.
The event will be at ACME Bowling Billiards and Events across from Southcenter.