Here are the previews of today's 3A state boys playoffs:
Mercer Island vs. Southridge
Time, date, place: 6 p.m. today, Spokane Falls Community College
Head coaches: Mercer Island, Gavin Cree (second season); Southridge, Jason DeVere (seventh season)
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Records: Mercer Island, 20-5; Southridge, 13-10.
Last State appearance: Mercer Island, 2008 (did not place); Southridge, 2007 (sixth).
Mercer Island leaders: G Derek Newhof, sr., 6-0; F Quinn Sterling, sr., 6-5, 11.5 pts; F Brian Miller, jr., 6-7, 11.1 pts; C Kaj Sherman, sr., 7-0, 8.6 pts; G Jeff Lindquist, jr., 6-3, 7.7 pts.
Southridge leaders: P Derek Porter, sr., 6-6, 17.4 pts; G Matt Mendenhall, jr., 16.2 pts; P Brad Scott, jr., 6-6, 6.4 pts; G Dallin Palmer, sr., 5.5 pts.
Notes: The Islanders have made 24 state tournament appearances since 1958 with 21 trophies and 4A state championships in 1985, 1993 and 1997 plus a 3A title in 1999. ... Southridge is still building some history -- the school's first year was 1998 -- but has two state appearances, finishing sixth in 2007. ... Cree is a 2000 graduate of Mercer, winning a state title in 1999 under legendary coach Ed Pepple, the all-time winningest coach in Washington State history with 952 career coaching wins. ... The Islanders beat second-ranked Rainier Beach 50-43 at districts, ending Rainier's 14-year streak of going to state. It was believed to be Mercer Island's first victory over the Vikings. ... Porter leads the Suns in scoring, but Mendenhall is averaging 20.1 points over his last seven games. ... 7-footer Sherman was listed as a senior last season but received another year of eligibility by the WIAA. ... Southridge has avoided injuries, but Sterling missed much of the regular season with a broken leg.
Kamiakin vs. North Central
Time, date, place: 8:30 p.m. today, Spokane Falls CC
Head coaches: Kamiakin, Brian Meneely (fifth season); North Central, Jay Webber (10th season)
Records: Kamiakin, 21-1; North Central, 11-12.
Last state appearance: Kamiakin 2000 (did not place); North Central 2010 (did not place)
Kamiakin leaders: G Case Rada, sr., 6-2, 13.1 pts; G Tyler Holle, sr., 6-2, 13.0 pts; P Justin Pedley, jr., 6-6, 11.7 pts; G Riley Hayfield, sr., 5-11, 7.1 pts
North Central leaders: P Zac Hill, sr., 6-4, 12.9 pts; G Gunnar Swagger, sr., 5-11, 12.9 pts; G Chase McDuffie, jr., 5-10; F Isaiah Hollister, sr., 6-5; G Jonathon Smith, sr., 6-2.
Notes: The Indians are making their 11th trip to state since 1928. They have nine trophies, including state titles in 1928, 1939 and 1948. ... The Braves have made six appearances at state with four trophies, the last one coming in 1995 (fourth). ... Kamiakin's only loss came at home to 4A CBBN co-champion Chiawana in mid-December. Since then, the Braves have won 16 straight games. ... Indians are streaky, with three three-game losing streaks this year. But they have won three straight heading into regionals. ... Rada was named the CBBN 3A MVP and was also named to the CBBN 3A all-defensive team. Shad Fletcher was named CBBN 3A defensive MVP. ... The Braves are undefeated on the road this season at 10-0.