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The basketball tournament draws have something for everyone


Nobody came out of the State 2B basketball draw complaining of outrageous fortune, but there are some interesting early round matchups.

Jessica Brown takes a look at the first-ever tournament, which starts Wednesday in the Arena.

She also has a report on the 1A draw, which features just one Northeast A school: defending girls' champion Colfax.

Mike Vlahovich covers the 4A draw in this story, as the Greater Spokane League girls teams drew the first game (Lewis and Clark) and the last (U-Hi).

For more on Washington preps, check Mike's Prep Report blog. For Idaho boys' basketball tournament information, check Greg Lee's Idaho Prep Sports blog.

• The Tri-City Herald has this story on the Pasco boys' first-round 4A matchup with Curtis, who made the state tournament despite the preseason transfer of UW-bound Isaiah Thomas.

• The Eisenhower boys open the 4A tournament at 7 p.m. and will face always tough Bethel.

• Here is Tacoma's coverage of the boys' draw. Kentwood, Ferris' first-round opponent, features a 6-foot-9 freshman center. The girls' bracket is covered here, with the consensus being the top half of the bracket, where Lewis and Clark resides, is tougher. The Tigers have a second-round matchup with undefeated Roosevelt looming.

• The Decatur-Snohomish first-round battle seems to be the one with the most interest on the 4A boys' side, while the girls bracket, though top-heavy, is loaded, according to these two Times' stories.

• The P-I has an overall review of both 4A draws, the Everett Herald covers the 4A draw and the 1A and 2B brackets in this story and the Bellingham Herald piece focuses on the 1A.

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