The merits of the new state basketball format and seeding system for Washington high schools have been grilled since the WIAA announced the changes in late September.
Criticism continued when the season began and intensified when the first Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings were rolled out in early January.
And comments were all over Twitter on Sunday when the WIAA released matchups for state games at regional sites this weekend for all classifications except 3A.
The 3A matchups won’t be announced until Wednesday after glue-in games involving Greater Spokane League, Mid-Columbia Conference and SeaKing (District 2) teams are completed Tuesday. The Mt. Spokane girls trek to Rainier Beach for a 5 p.m. tipoff and the Shadle Park boys travel to Eastside Catholic at 6.
Two Spokane-area schools will be sites for the regional games – University and Cheney.
Gonzaga Prep, ranked second in the final RPI rankings in 4A, takes on No. 7 Glacier Peak on Friday at U-Hi. Tipoff is at 6.
Defending 4A girls state champion and No. 5 Central Valley travels to meet No. 4 Sunnyside on Saturday at Richland High at 6.
In matchups at Cheney on Friday, seven-time defending 1B girls state champ and No. 1 Colton take on No. 8 Selkirk at 6.
In matchups at Cheney on Saturday, No. 3 Pullman boys face No. 6 North Kitsap at noon; No. 2 Oakesdale girls go against No. 7 Evergreen Lutheran at 2; No. 9 Medical Lake boys face No. 16 Hoquiam at 4; No. 14 La Salle girls go against No. 11 Medical Lake at 6; and No. 13 Colton boys meet No. 12 Wellpinit at 8.
In matchups at U-Hi on Friday, No. 3 Republic girls go against No. 6 Almira/Coulee-Hartline at 8.
In other matchups at U-Hi on Saturday, No. 13 White Swan boys face No. 12 Liberty at 2; No. 15 Port Angeles girls go against No. 10 East Valley at 4; and No. 14 Kalama boys take on No. 11 St. George’s at 6.
A handful of other area teams travel.
No teams have longer road trips than the Davenport and St. George’s girls. They trek to Mark Morris High School in Longview.
St. George’s, a No. 6 seed, takes on No. 3 Kalama on Friday at 6 and No. 7 Davenport meets No. 2 Wahkiakum on Saturday at 4.
The defending State 2B boys champs and No. 5 Northwest Christian takes on No. 4 Brewster on Friday at Wenatchee, beginning at 6. Also on Friday, the No. 15 Odessa-Harrington boys meet No. 10 Cedar Park Christian at Mountlake Terrace High at 6.
In other games Saturday, the No. 8 ACH boys take on No. 1 Neah Bay at Mount Tahoma High in Tacoma at 10 and the No. 8 Colfax girls go against No. 1 Dayton at Richland at 4.
The games involving the nine through 16 seeds are loser-out. The games involving the top eight seeds are double-elimination. That means 12 teams advance to all the final state sites the following week with the losers of the double-elimination games taking on the survivors of the loser-out games on Wednesday.
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