The District 8 4A/3A boys and girls basketball tournament games scheduled for Thursday were postponed another day due to winter weather in the Tri-Cities area.
Officials for the tournament announced the postponements early on Thursday after the school districts in Pasco, Richland and Kennewick canceled classes due to snow and freezing rain throughout the area.
Tri-Cities school districts have a strict policy of prohibiting after-school activities – including travel for out-of-town athletics – when school is canceled due to weather.
All of the semifinal and loser-out games, hosted by higher seeds, are now planned for Friday at the same times. As a result, games planned for the Spokane Arena on Friday are wiped out.
There are eight games scheduled for the Arena on Saturday – including all four championship games – while some loser-out 3A games will take place at higher seeds’ home gyms.
Monday will feature boys and girls 3A loser-out games, followed by the district second-place game, hosted by the loser of the Saturday’s championship games. In addition, the 4As will play their third-place games, hosted by the higher seed.
All state qualifiers need to be determined and submitted to the WIAA by the deadline of 5 p.m. on Monday.
Officials were still working on plans if games can’t be played on Friday due to weather. Options include playing on Sunday and determining berths to state by RPI ratings.
Friday (at higher seed)
Boys 4A: University at Gonzaga Prep (semifinal), 7 p.m.; Ferris at Richland (semi), 6 p.m.; Central Valley at Hanford (loser-out), 5 p.m.
Boys 3A: Shadle Park at Mt. Spokane (semi), 7 p.m.
Girls 4A: University at Central Valley (semi), 5 p.m.; Lewis and Clark at Chiawana (semi), 5 p.m.; Gonzaga Prep at Richland (loser-out), 4 p.m.
Girls 3A: North Central at Kamiakin (semi), 5 p.m.; Kennewick at Mt. Spokane (semi), 5 p.m.
Saturday (at Spokane Arena)
9 a.m.: Girls 4A loser-out
10:30 a.m.: Boys 4A loser-out
12 p.m.: Girls 4A loser-out
1:30 p.m.: Boys 4A loser-out
3 p.m.: Girls 3A championship game
4:30 p.m.: Boys 3A championship game
6 p.m.: Girls 4A championship game
7:30 p.m.: Boys 4A championship game
Saturday (at higher seed)
Boys 3A: Shadle Park/Mt. Spokane loser vs North Central (loser-out), time TBD at higher seed.
Girls 3A: Hermiston (OR) at Kennewick/Mt. Spokane loser (loser-out), time TBD; Shadle Park at NC/Kamiakin loser (loser-out), time TBD.
Boys 4A: Third-place game, time TBD at higher seed.
Boys 3A: Loser-out, time TBD; Second-place game, time TBD, both games at championship game loser.
Girls 4A: Third-place game, time TBD at higher seed.
Girls 3A: Loser-out, time TBD; Second-place game, time TBD, both games at championship game loser.
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