Early Sunday morning, the state basketball seeding committees met up and announced the seeding pairings in the afternoon, with tons of local schools earning outright trips to Spokane, while others must win to advance in loser-out contests.
Read the full list of local teams playing in the opening round of state — otherwise known as regionals — below.
2A Boys: No. 11 Tumwater v. No. 14 Foss — Loser-out
After falling in the 2A District 4 semifinals to No. 8 R.A. Long, the Thunderbirds — ranked in the top-10 for the entire season in the AP Poll — fell to No. 11, and will play No. 14 Foss in a loser-out game next weekend. If Tumwater wins, they would play No. 6 Lynden or No. 3 Renton in the Round of 12 in Yakima.
2A Girls: No. 5 Tumwater v. No. 4 Prosser — both to state
Rolling all the way through the 2A District 4 bracket, the district champion Thunderbirds were the highest-seeded D4 team and will head across the mountains to play No. 4 Prosser. It’s not loser-out, so if the T-Birds win they would advance to the quarterfinals while a loss would put them in a loser-out Round of 12 game against Columbia River or Enumclaw.
2A Girls: No. 6 W.F. West v. No. 3 Burlington-Edison — both to state
The 2A District 4 runners-up also earned a guaranteed trip to state and the SunDome, and will take on No. 3 Burlington-Edison up north with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line. A loss would put the Bearcats in a Round of 12 loser-out game against the winner of Port Angeles and Renton.
2B Boys: No. 2 Morton-White Pass v. No. 7 Northwest Christian (Colbert) — both to state
The 2B District 4 champs, Morton-White Pass will play close to home against No. 7 Northwest Christian (Colbert) in the opening round, with a trip to the quarterfinals on the line. A loss would match the Timberwolves up against Chief Leschi or La Conner in the Round of 12 in Spokane.
The Timberwolves knocked Northwest Christian in the Round of 12 in last season’s state tournament.
2B Boys: No. 6 Napavine v. No. 3 Lake Roosevelt — both to state
Though a 2B District 4 quarterfinal loss knocked Napavine out of district title contention, the Tigers battled back to win four straight and finish third in districts, and will play No. 3 Lake Roosevelt in the opening round next weekend with a trip to Spokane locked in.
A win vaults the Tigers into the quarterfinals, a loss means a loser-out matchup against Wahkiakum or Cle Elum-Roslyn.
2B Boys: No. 8 Adna v. No. 1 Davenport — both to state
A magic run through the 2B District 4 tournament ended in a loss in the district title, but the Pirates were rewarded for their strong run with an automatic berth into the state tournament in Spokane and the 8-seed.
The Pirates will get the honor of taking on No. 1 Davenport and star forward Tennessee Rainwater in the opening round with a trip to the quarterfinals on the line. A loss would put Adna into a matchup against Dayton-Waitsburg or Lind-Ritzville/Sprague in the Round of 12.
2B Girls: No. 3 Napavine v. No. 6 La Conner — both to state
The 2B District 4 champions in dramatic fashion, the Tigers haven’t lost a game since early December, and will play close to home against No. 6 La Conner in the first round of state next weekend.
If the Tigers win, they move on to the quarterfinals, if they lose, they’ll take on the winner of Forks and Northwest Christian (Colbert) in Spokane.
2B Girls: No. 5 Adna v. No. 4 Warden — both to state
Falling in the 2B District 4 title game, the Pirates will make a long trip for the opening round of state against the defending state champs, No. 4 Warden, but with a guaranteed trip to the big dance.
A loss would knock them into a Round of 12 loser-out game against Davenport or Raymond.
2B Girls: No. 7 Rainier v. No. 2 Okanogan — both to state
The 2B District 4 third-place Mountaineers have also locked in a trip to Spokane, and will play No. 2 Okanogan east of the mountains in the opening round of state.
A loss would put Rainier into a do-or-die matchup against Upper Columbia Academy or Cle Elum-Roslyn in the Round of 12.
1B Boys: No. 8 Oakville v. No. 1 Wellpinit — both to state
The Acorns — win or lose — will be making their first trip out of the regional round since 2010 as the No. 8 seed, and will play No. 1 Wellpinit in the opening round next weekend.
A win means a quarterfinal trip, a loss means a game against either Orcas Island, Inchelium, or Neah Bay.
1B Boys: No. 11 Mossyrock v. Columbia Adventist/Summit Classical Christian School — loser-out
Coming in at No. 11, the Mossyrock boys basketball team will have to win an opening round game to make the trip to Spokane, and will take on either Columbia Adventist or Summit Classical Christian School.
If the Vikings win, they would play Lummi Nation or DeSales in the Round of 12 in Spokane.
1B Girls: No. 2 Mossyrock v. No. 7 Oakesdale — both to state
A familiar foe awaits the No. 2 Vikings in the first round of state close to home in No. 7 Oakesdale. If Mossy defeats Oakesdale, they would advance to the quarterfinals, and a loss would put them into a matchup against Evergreen Lutheran and Wellpinit in the Round of 12 in Spokane.