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Tuesday tiebreaker on tap for GSL’s third 4A football seed

The football regular season is over, yet the 4A Greater Spokane League playoff seedings still have not been completely settled.

Yes, by finishing undefeated in league for the first time since 1995, Central Valley earned its first title since 2008 with an emphatic 44-15 win over Lewis and Clark at Albi Stadium on Friday.

That was the first domino to fall that day.

Later, Gonzaga Prep thumped visiting Mead 48-6 to solidity its hold on the second seed to the district playoffs. Domino No. 2.

Finally, University topped visiting Ferris 31-12 to set up a three-way tiebreaker for the third seed to the district playoffs between LC, U-Hi and Mead, all 2-3 in league, on Tuesday at Albi Stadium.

It will be the seventh tiebreaker of this nature in league history and the first since 2009.

The teams will meet in “mini-games,” two 10-minute halves with a 10-minute halftime. Each team will have two timeouts at its disposal.

If the game is tied after two halves, the teams will trade possessions starting at the 25-yard line. If it still tied following the first overtime possession, the team will have another possession from the 25. After that, the tiebreaker moves to the 10-yard line until a winner is determined.

The first game pits University against Lewis and Clark at 4 p.m. The winner will then face Mead and the winner of that game will be awarded the third seed.

The prize: play again three days later against Mid-Columbia Conference champion Richland (9-0, 7-0), which has outscored its opponents 370-83.

The other District 8 matchups for Friday: Central Valley (8-1, 6-0) hosts MCC third-place Hanford (5-4, 4-3) and Gonzaga Prep (7-2, 4-1) hosts Chiawana (7-2, 5-2). The three winners move on to the State 4A playoffs, starting Nov. 10-11.

The GSL 3A isn’t quite set, either.

Mt. Spokane (7-2, 3-0) earned the league title and a date against 3A Metro Sound Division champ Bishop Blanchet (7-2, 6-0) on Saturday at Albi at 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, second-place finisher Shadle Park (3-5, 2-1) hosts a play-in game on Tuesday against Kennewick (3-6, 2-5), the 3A MCC third-place team. The winner of that travels to 3A Metro Mountain Division third-place O’Dea (7-1, 2-1) in the 3A Week 10 playoffs on Saturday at 3 p.m.

In 2A, Great Northern League teams crossover against Central Washington Athletic Conference representatives. GNL champ West Valley (9-0, 4-0) hosts Ephrata, while second-place Pullman (5-3, 3-1) hosts Prosser, with the winners moving on to state.

The 1A crossovers against Caribou Trail League teams are on Friday as well. NEA third-place Freeman (5-3, 4-2) travels to Cashmere and second-place Newport (7-1, 6-1) hosts Cascade with berths to state at stake. League champ Colville (8-1, 7-0) is already through to state.

All Idaho football brackets are in state quarterfinals. In 5A, Coeur d’Alene (7-2, 3-0) hosts Madison (7-1, 4-0) on Friday at 7 p.m. 4A Sandpoint (3-6, 2-0) hosts Middleton (7-3, 6-1) on Friday, 3A Kellogg (6-2, 3-0) travels to Gooding (8-1, 3-0) on Saturday and 2A St. Maries (5-4, 0-2) plays West Side (7-2, 3-1) at the Kibbie Dome on Friday.

Got all that?


The District 8 4A title game is Saturday, with No. 1 seed Mead hosting second-seeded Richland. Both teams move on to state. No. 7 Central Valley faces fourth-seeded Walla Walla and fifth-seeded University plays No. 3 Gonzaga Prep earlier Saturday. The winners will face off later in the day for the third berth to state.

In 3A, No. 1 seed Mt. Spokane hosts sixth-seeded Kamiakin in the title match on Saturday. On Thursday, third-seeded Shadle Park hosts No. 4 Southridge and No. 5 Rogers travels to No. 2 Kennewick, with the winners playing on Saturday at Mt. Spokane. The winner of that match plays the loser of Mt. Spokane/Kamiakin later that day for the second berth to state.

Girls soccer

In GSL 4A, No. 1 seed Central Valley hosts ninth-seeded University on Saturday to determine district champ, with both teams through to state. No.5 Lewis and Clark plays at No. 3 Mead on Tuesday, with the winner facing an MCC team for third place and a berth to state on Saturday.

In 3A, No. 4 Southridge plays No. 2 Kamiakin for the championship on Thursday. Top-seeded Mt. Spokane hosts No. 6 Kennewick on Tuesday, while No. 5 Shadle Park plays at No. 3 North Central. The winners play on Thursday, and the winner of that game plays the loser of the title game on Saturday for the second berth to state.

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