District berths up for grabs as GSL completes regular season
The Greater Spokane League boys and girls basketball teams play their final regular-season games tonight.
While most of the top seeds for the District 8 4A and 3A tournaments have been decided, some jockeying remains.
The most critical games are among 4A boys battling for the fourth and fifth seeds. Mt. Spokane (3-14 league) is at Mead (6-11) and Lewis and Clark (5-12) goes to Rogers (6-11).
We’ll try to cover all possible scenarios here.
If Mead wins, it secures the 4A No. 4 seed outright. If Rogers wins, it would be the fifth seed and LC’s season would conclude. If Mead loses and LC wins, there would be a three-way tie. In that scenario, LC would be No. 4 with the best record among the three teams. Mead and Rogers would face off in a tiebreaker game, either Friday or Saturday. A coin flip would determine where the game is played. The final possibility has Mead losing and Rogers beating LC. That would mean Rogers is the fourth seed and Mead would be No. 5.
The District 8 3A boys and girls tournaments begin Saturday. The District 8 4A boys and girls tourneys begin Monday with No. 5 at No. 4 loser-out games.
Just the 3A district title winners advance to state. Under a new district format, the No. 1 and 2 seeds play right away while the third and fourth seeds play loser-out games.
Most of the 3A and 4A district matchups should be cleared up tonight. All boys games are at 5:30 followed by the girls at 7.
• The Lake City girls (16-6) will be at Coeur d’Alene (17-5) on Friday in a 5A Region I loser-out game deciding a second state berth. Tipoff is at 7.
Lewiston (19-3) defeated Lake City 52-50 to capture the regional title Tuesday. In first-round games last Friday, LC defeated CdA 41-35.
Lewis and Clark’s Kenji Bierig, who captured the State 4A boys cross country championship, has signed to run at the University of Arizona.
• Sarah Wood, a senior goalie from LC, has signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Cleveland State University. She was named first-team all-GSL last fall.
• Ferris senior defensive back Cody Sorensen and Coeur d’Alene senior running back Zach Keiser have agreed to preferred walk-on opportunities.
Sorensen, part of the Saxons’ run to the State 4A championship, is headed to Idaho State University. Keiser, who bounced back from an early-season injury to help lead the Vikings to the 5A state title, is going to Boise State.
State berths on line
The 4A regional wrestling tournament is Saturday at Ferris.
The top three in each weight (not four, as previously reported) advance to state. Action begins at 9 a.m. with finals at 4.
• The 3A regional is Saturday at Pasco. The top three advance to state.
• The 2A regional is Friday and Saturday at Ellensburg. The top four advance to state.
• The 1A regional is Friday and Saturday in Tonasket. The top four go to state.
• The 2B/1B regional is Friday and Saturday in Reardan. The top five go to state.
Regional gym meets
The 3A/2A regional gymnastics meet is Friday at University and the 4A regional is Saturday, also at U-Hi.
In 3A/2A, the winning team advances to state. The top two all-arounds and top five individuals not on the winning team also go to state. The meet begins at 5:30 p.m.
In 4A, the winning team goes to state. The top all-around and top five individuals not on the winning team also qualify for state. That meet begins at 10:30 a.m.