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State 4A soccer: Central Valley, Snohomish chase history

Central Valley isn’t the only team trying to make a little history this weekend in Puyallup.

In the other half of the bracket, defending champion Snohomish hopes to be the first 4A team in 13 years to repeat as state champion.

The Panthers, who defeated Ferris 2-1 in last year’s title game, face Inglemoor in tonight’s first match. Wins tonight and Saturday would make them the first repeat champs since Decatur did the trick in 2001 and 2002.

CV is pursuing its first title, but also hopes to become the first 4A school to win the girls’ and boys’ titles in the same year. That double has been accomplished three times – once at each classification except 4A. The most recent double title came in 3A, when Camas won in 2005-06.

In November, the CV girls routed Jackson of Everett 5-2 in title game rematch.

First up for the boys is tonight’s semifinal against Wenatchee, which the Bears beat 4-0 in the season opener on March 13.

“It’ll be a different dynamic this time,” said CV defender Gabe Grabowski, who added that the Bears are feeling no pressure despite their 18-0 record.

“We’ve we’ve gone in with the right mindset in each of these playoff games,” Grabowski said. “We’re not handling it any differently.”

Wenatchee (16-2) is coming off a 3-2 shootout win at Gig Harbor.

Jim Allen

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