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LOOKING AHEAD

This is a big week for the University Titans wrestling squad. The Greater Spokane League champs have an excellent chance to win the State 4A title and the chance increases the more wrestlers the Titans can qualify from this weekend’s regional, which they host. East Valley is in the same situation with the 3A regional at Ellensburg High. Upsets happen in such events. For the favorites, it’s a matter of limiting them or making sure they happen at a time where recovery is possible.

Mead’s chances in the State 4A gymnastics tournament next week took a blow with the injury to GSL all-around champion Kaila Evenoff. With her, the GSL champs had a chance to make some noise in Tacoma. Without her? We’ll know more after Saturday’s regional at Central Valley.

There are two games left in the basketball races and a little has been decided, including who will be league champions. On the boys side, Ferris holds a one-game lead over three teams: U-Hi, West Valley and G-Prep. On the girls side, U-Hi and Lewis and Clark will decide the title next Thursday night at U-Hi, the only game on the schedule that night.

District participants and their seedings are still up in the air in 3A and 4A, no matter the gender. Six teams make the 4A districts, with playoffs mandated for any tie for the second seed (and its automatic regional berth) and sixth (the last spot). Any tiebreakers would be played Feb. 18, probably at U-Hi or CV. Four of the five 3A teams make the district, with ties broken not by playoffs (because of time constraints), but by who won the league game between the tied teams.

Basketball

GSL games

Friday

Girls games at 5:45 p.m., boys games at 7:30: Gonzaga Prep at Clarkston; Mt. Spokane at Mead; Lewis and Clark at North

Central; East Valley at University; Central Valley at West Valley. Boys game at 5:45, girls game at 7:30: Ferris at Shadle Park. Girls game at 3:45, boys game at 5:45: Cheney vs. Rogers at Martin Center (Gonzaga University).

Tuesday

Girls game at 5:45 p.m., boys game at 7:30: Gonzaga Prep at Cheney; Central Valley at North Central. Boys game at 5:45, girls game at 7:30: Mead at East Valley; Rogers at Ferris; Shadle Park at Mt. Spokane; Clarkston at West Valley. Boys game at 7:30: Lewis and Clark at University.

Wrestling

Friday, 7 p.m.

4A regional first round at University.

Saturday, 10 a.m.

4A regional continue all day with finals scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.; 3A regionals at Ellensburg High, continue all day.

Gymnastics

Friday

3A regional at Federal Way High.

Saturday, 1 p.m.

4A regional at Central Valley High.

LOOKING AROUND

The Big Nine basketball races look eerily similar heading into the final two weeks, with three teams having broken from the pack in both genders. On the girls’ side, Richland’s 51-41 win over Eisenhower on Tuesday night put the two in a virtual tie atop the league standings with one loss – to each other. Kennewick, with three losses, has locked up the third district seed, but there are four teams (Moses Lake, Kamiakin, Davis and Walla Walla) within a game of each other for the final three spots. On the boys side, Eisenhower has a half-game lead on Davis, though they both have two losses. Pasco is third with three losses. Again four schools (Richland, Kamiakin, Moses Lake and Southridge) are fighting for three district spots. Usual power Walla Walla, at 6-10, still has a shot as well, with three of its last four games against the four schools directly above it. Four teams in each gender will survive to face the GSL’s representatives in three weeks. … Two out-of-area girl soccer stars have signed letters of intent to attend Gonzaga University. Lauren Dascenzo, from Issaquah High, and Richland’s Lori Conrad, who played last summer for a Shadow traveling team, both have picked the Zags. … Bellevue High’s football team next fall will once again meet a California powerhouse at Qwest Field. The Wolverines, who snapped Concord De LeSalle’s national-record winning streak last September, will face Long Beach Poly, the CIF Southern Section Division I champion, on Sept. 16.

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