Class 4A boys
Arlington Eagles vs. Richland Bombers
12:15 p.m. today, Tacoma Dome
Radio: KONA 610 AM
Records: Arlington 21-3, Richland 19-4
Key players: Arlington, 6-5 junior guard Terry Dawn, 19.5 points; 6-5 junior post Noah Jones, 11.6 points; 6-0 junior point guard Kaleb Bryson, 10.1 points; 6-0 junior guard Bradley Brummel, 8.6 points. Richland, 6-7 junior F/P Nathan Streufert, 16.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists; 5-10 junior guard Payton Radliff, 14.6 points, 3.0 steals; 6-0 junior guard Jacob DeVries 11.7 points, 5 rebounds; 2.0 steals; 6-2 freshman guard Steven Beo 9.0 points.
Last state appearance: Arlington, 2011, did not place; Richland, 2008, eighth place.
Deepest state advancement: Arlington, second round 1962; Richland, state championship, def. Lewis and Clark 58-52 in 1958; def. Hazen 54-53 in 1972; def. Pasco 72-59 in 1979.
Arlington has won 8 of its last 9. Two of its losses came to second-ranked Jackson (64-50 road, 58-42 home) but the Eagles upset Bellarmine Prep 58-47 at regionals. Richland lost three games in December but has won 13 of its last 14 games since, including a 66-54 home win over then No. 2 Central Valley in the District 5/8 tournament. ... Dawn, who had 29 points and 11 rebounds against Bellarmine Prep, is part of a unique family legacy with the Eagles. His dad won a state football title with Arlington, and his mom won state championships in softball and basketball. ... The Eagles play a lot of man defense with a 2-2-1 press to create points off turnovers. They play with high energy all the time, Streufert said. Theyre not run-and-gun, but they play hard on every loose ball. ... Richland is a remarkably young team with only four seniors. Of the five starters, only one Hilty (6.5 points, 4.5 rebounds) is a senior. ... The Bombers swept the Mid-Columbia Conference league, district and regional championships for the first time since 1981.
Class 3A girls
Kamiakin Braves vs. Seattle Prep Panthers
9 a.m. today, Tacoma Dome Radio: KONA 610 AM
Records: Kamiakin 18-5, Seattle Prep 21-5
Key players: Kamiakin, Courtney Nelson, 5-10 senior forward, 17.3 points; Sira Toure, 5-7 junior guard, 14.7 points; Lindsey Schauble 5-11 sophomore post, 10.4 points; Seattle Prep, Mary Ann Santucci, 5-9 junior guard, 11 points; Michaela Carew, 6-2 senior post, 10.3 points; Quinn Glosniak, 6-0 senior post, 8.4 points.
Last state appearance: Kamiakin, 2012, did not place; Seattle Prep, 2012, sixth
Deepest state advancement: Kamiakin, state championship, def. Auburn 54-50 (OT) in 1985, lost to Mead 44-41 in 1996. Seattle Prep, state championship, def. Eastside Catholic 50-40 in 2002, lost to Lakeside (Seattle) 55-48 in 2003.
This will be a clash of styles. The Braves like to play up-tempo offensively, creating points off of their pressure defense. They also run a strong full-court press. The Panthers will be the tallest team the Braves have faced this season, starting three players over 6-feet tall. How Seattle Prep handles the pressure will likely determine who wins this game. In last weeks regional victory over Lakes, the Braves got huge rebounding efforts from Schauble and center Amanda Miller. They will need both players to rebound well again today. Kamiakin will have to exorcise some demons from last year, when the Braves entered with a 23-0 record and promptly went two-and-out. They have used that as motivation this season, and hope to bring home a trophy this weekend. Sophomore guard Holly Ellison scored a career-high 17 points in the regional win against Lakes and will need to be hitting her outside shots again today if the Braves are to advance.
Class 1A girls
Connell Eagles vs. Castle Rock Rockets
9 a.m. today, SunDome, Yakima
Records: Connell 21-4, Castle Rock 24-0
Key players: Connell, Michelle Schultz, 5-9 senior post, 15 points, 12 rebounds; MarciAnne Hawkins, 5-6 senior guard, 11 points, 5 assists, 5 steals, 6 rebounds; Kody Easterday, 5-9 senior wing, 9.8 points, 5 rebounds. Castle Rock, Maddi Seidl, senior, wing; Macee Utecht, senior, point guard; Tierney Uhlenkott, senior post.
Last state appearance: Connell, 2011, sixth place; Castle Rock, 2012, fifth place
Deepest state advancement: Connell, state championship, def. Omak 53-47 in 1994; lost to Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) 53-36 in 1998; lost to Cle Elum/Roslyn 57-40 in 1983; lost to Lynden Christian 32-29 in 1979. Castle Rock, state championship, lost to Cle Elum/Roslyn 43-30 in 1982.
Notes The Eagles are back at state after missing last season. They feature seven seniors and are a talented group that is hoping to better the sixth place finishes of their freshmen and sophomore years. Connell relies on posts Schultz and Ashley Thompson to generate a lot of their offense. To make a deep run, though, the Eagles will need to make outside shots to keep defenses honest. Look for Hawkins to take the lions share of those 3-pointers. Seidl is one of the best rebounders to ever come out of the Longview area, averaging nearly 20 rebounds a night. She has a career-high of 31. As Seidl, Utecht and Uhlenkott go, so do the Rockets. If the Eagles can slow them down, then they should advance. Castle Rock went undefeated and won the Class 1A state volleyball title this season. The entire starting basketball lineup was on that team. In both sports, they are 50-0 this season so far. Utecht is the closest thing the Rockets have to a pure scorer, while Uhlenkott is their main post presence.