I thought I'd go out on a limb and see how I could do picking the 16-team fields for the various state tournaments. If your team isn't in my draw, don't get mad, step it up a notch and prove me wrong. Feel free to use this as motivation. You can thank me later.
So for all those mommies who get mad, and mad mommies are almost as dangerous as mad cows, here's your chance to spit and stomp.
In 4A the District breakdown goes like this:
District, Member League(s), Teams to State
District 1, WesCo, 2 berths
And the survey says… Lake Stevens and Mountlake Terrace. Mariner, Edmonds-Woodway, Snohomish, Kamiak and Mount Vernon could be in if…
District 2, KingCo, 2 berths
Franklin and Redmond. But dang, Bothell, Inglemoor, Lake Washington and Roosevelt could be there as well
And I'll inject here, the KingCo and WesCo athletic directors need to get off their butts, work out their petty differences and get back to a Bi- District format. It is time for the four best teams in these two Districts to get to state. That has not happened since their feud started several years ago.
District 3/4, Narrows/SPSL/Greater St. Helens, 8 berths
Kentwood, Bethel, Mount Tahoma, Evergreen, Prairie, Olympia, Auburn, Bellarmine Prep. But there are always surprises in this mother of all District tournaments. Kent-Meridian, Puyallup, South Kitsap, Enumclaw, Rogers and a few others will have a big say in who goes, who sits at home.
District 5/6/8, Big Nine/Greater Spokane, 4 berths
Davis, Walla Walla, Richland, Lewis and Clark. This could be a Big Nine sweep kinda year depending on how the GSL playoffs go.
In 3A the crystal ball says:
District 1, WesCo, Northwest, 3 berths
Bellingham, Squalicum and Meadowdale. For those three keep in mind Sehome is there if you come to District not ready to play. And beware of Sedro-Woolley…
District 2, KingCo, Metro, 4 berths
Rainier Beach, Mercer Island, O'Dea and Seattle Prep if Martel Webster is back and healthy. If he is not, Cleveland goes to state.
District 3, Seamount, 3 berths
Renton, Clover Park and Sequim.
District 4, Greater St. Helens, PAC-9, 3 berths
Mark Morris, Columbia River and North Thurston. A GSHL sweep at Districts would not be a huge surprise..
District 5/8, Mid Valley, Greater Spokane, 3 berths
Clarkston, West Valley (Yak) and West Valley (Spo). Grandview, Selah and Ellensburg wait of either of the big three falters.
In Class 2A is goes:
District 1, North Cascades, 3 berths
Blaine, Meridian and Mount Baker. No wait; make that Nooksack, Meridian and Lynden Christian. Oh hell, how about Blaine, Nooksack and LC? Get your tickets for District now, it's going to be out-freakin'-standing. But for real, I'll say Blaine, Nooksack and Mount Baker.
District 3, Nisqually, 3 berths
Steilacoom, Eatonville and Foster.
And I'll take a shot here…Why the heck did they quit playing Bi- District between the Nisqually and NCC? What a great year this would have been for them to get it back together. Arrrrgh!!!!
District 4, SW Washington, 4 berths
Hoquiam, Ilwaco, Ridgefield and Castle Rock.
District 5/6, CWAC , 4 berths
Cashmere, Chelan, Kiona-Benton and Connell.
District 7, Great Northern, 2 berths
Chewelah and Medical Lake. Pullman's there so be careful. And maybe this is a year when the CWAC or SW Washington could give up a berth to the GNL…or NCC
And in Class 1A it's looking like:
District 1/2/3, Northwest,Emerald City, Chinook, 6 berths
Bellevue Christian, Seattle Christian, King's, University Prep, Archbishop Murphy and Coupeville
District 4, SW Washington, 4 berths
Onalaska, Napavine, Toledo and North Beach
District 5, SCAC, 3 berths
Zillah, Granger and White Swan
District 6/7, Caribou Trail, Northeast, 3 berths
Brewster, Freeman and Northwest Christian.
And in Class B it's:
District 1/2/3, Northwest, Sea-Tac, North Olympic, 4 berths
Darrington, Shoreline Christian, Lummi and Clallam Bay.
District 4, Central, Pacific, 2 berths
Wahkiakum and Willapa Valley.
District 5/6, Columbia, North Central WA, 4 berths
Riverside Christian, Trout Lake, La Salle and Waterville.
District 7, Panorama, Bi-County, 3 berths
Selkirk, Republic and Wellpinit.
District 9, Blue Mountain, Whitman County, 3 berths
Liberty Christian, LaCrosse-Washtucna and Waitsburg.
Don't blame me, it's Mother Nature's fault. She's snowed me in and I'm having cabin fever…. See ya at state.