The WIAA released its high school basketball state regionals brackets Sunday morning. Here are who locals play, and what they have to do to advance.
Times and locations will be updated when released.
Timberline (19-5) jumped to No. 5 in the RPI rankings after topping rival North Thurston for third place in the 3A West Central/Southwest bidistrict tournament.
The Blazers will play Kelso (20-4), which has upended the Rams and ended Lincoln’s undefeated season in the past week to win the district title.
Both Timberline and Kelso are guaranteed a spot in the Tacoma Dome, regardless of outcome, for finishing in the top eight.
Timberline plays Kelso at noon Saturday at Battle Ground High School.
Despite an impressive regular-season run that included a 19-game winning streak, North Thurston (21-3) finished at No. 12 in the RPI rankings, and was negatively impacted in part by nonleague opponents that finished with losing records.
That means the Rams will open against Seattle Prep (16-10) which has shocked two state powerhouses in Garfield and Rainier Beach in the past week. The Panthers finished third in the 3A SeaKing District tournament.
North Thurston plays Seattle Prep at 4 p.m. Saturday at Tumwater High School. The loser is out.
Both W.F. West teams will advance to the Yakima Valley SunDome regardless of regional outcome, but both drew perennial powerhouses in Lynden in the regional round.
The W.F. West boys (22-3) rallied from a loss in the 2A Southwest District semifinals, knocking out two 2A Evergreen Conference rivals to secure the final state regionals berth, and remain in the top eight in the RPI rankings.
The Bearcats finished at No. 8.
Lynden (18-6) was the runner-up in the 2A District 1/2 tournament up north.
W.F. West plays Lynden at 6 p.m. Saturday at Mount Vernon High School.
W.F. West (21-2) is the top-ranked team in the state, favorite to win a 2A title and hasn’t lost to a team in its classifcation this season.
And it hasn’t been close.
The Bearcats, who finished No. 2 in the RPI rankings, stampeded to a 2A Southwest District tournament title after finishing third at the Yakima Valley SunDome last March.
After all of that, they meet the defending state champions in the regional round — the same team that knocked them out of state-title contention last season.
Lynden (17-7), No. 7 in the RPI rankings, took third in the 2A District 1/2 tournament up north after losing in the semifinals to Archbishop Murphy, projected to be another state title contender.
W.F. West plays Lynden at 6 p.m. Friday at Tumwater High School. Both teams are guaranteed a trip to Yakima.
Black Hills (18-5) needs a win in the regional round to secure a third consecutive trip to Yakima.
The Wolves finished just outside of the guaranteed berths at No. 9 in the RPI rankings.
Black Hills, the 2A Southwest District runner-up, plays the No. 16 finisher in Liberty of Issaquah (14-11).
The Patriots secured the fourth and final state-regionals berth out of the 2A District 1/2 tournament.
Black Hills plays Liberty at 8 p.m. Friday at Tumwater High School. The loser is out.
Pope John Paul II (14-12) punched its ticket to the state regionals with a fifth-place finish in the 1B Tridistrict tournament.
The Eagles finished at No. 14 in the RPI rankings, and meet No. 11 finisher Tulalip Heritage (21-6).
The Eagles have played the Hawks once this season, losing 50-44.
PJP plays Tulalip Heritage at 2 p.m. Saturday at Jackson High School in Mill Creek. The loser of this game is out.