High School Sports

Girls notebook: Playoff seeds starting to emerge

The regular season is starting to wind down, leaving teams figuring where they sit in the playoff race with just a week or two to go before districts begin.

The CBBN 3A is the easiest to determine, because all three teams qualify.

West Valley has earned the No. 1 seed, the first-round bye and a regional berth.

Hanford and Sunnyside meet next Friday in Richland, with the winner getting the No. 2 seed and getting to host the rematch the following week.

Here's a look at the rest of the district races:

CBBN 4A: Seven of the eight qualifiers are already known -- Wenatchee, Southridge, Moses Lake and Pasco from the Columbia Division, and Chiawana, Richland and Walla Walla in the Cascade.

Eisenhower just needs one more win or one more loss by both Eastmont and Kamiakin to claim the Cascade's final berth, and the Cadets can take care of that tonight at Eastmont.

Chiawana is in the driver's seat for the Cascade's No. 1 seed. Richland can clinch no worse than the No. 2 seed by winning at Walla Walla tonight, while the Blue Devils' hopes of a first-round home game hinge on beating the Bombers.

Wenatchee and Southridge share the Columbia lead, with the Panthers owning the number draw for the top seed after splitting the season series. ML needs a win or a Pasco loss to secure the No. 3 seed.

CWAC: Five teams already have locked up district berths -- East Valley, Ellensburg, Prosser, Wapato and Ephrata, which earned its spot with Ellensburg's win over Toppenish on Thursday.

The Mustangs host Ellensburg tonight in a game that will go a long way toward deciding the No. 2 seed and a bye all the way to the district semifinals.

Othello has won four straight league games to dig itself out of an early hole and figures to qualify.

Grandview right now sits eighth and finishes the season at ninth-place Toppenish. The Hounds could use a win tonight at home over Quincy to get some breathing room.

SCAC East: Three of the four district qualifiers are known -- Columbia (Burbank), Connell and River View.

Kiona-Benton and Royal are the only teams still alive for the No. 4 seed, with the Knights traveling to Burbank tonight. Ki-Be faces the Connell-Burbank gauntlet this weekend but still has Wahluke, which has lost 45 straight league games, on its schedule.

Southeast 2B/1B South: The top four 2B teams automatically make the district field, with the fifth-place team playing the North 4 for the final spot.

Liberty Christian is the No. 1 district seed, with DeSales the likely 2 and Waitsburg-Prescott at No. 3.

With WWVA ending its 26-game division losing streak Tuesday against Dayton, that sets up a potential tie for fourth between the Knights and Bulldogs which would need to be played off.

Touchet and Tri-Cities Prep both will make the 1B field, with the Indians looking like the No. 4 seed and Prep the No. 6.

Notes:Hanford senior Laura Hughes was the only Mid-Columbia player nominated for the McDonald's All-America team. Hughes, who signed with Eastern Washington before the season, is one of 877 players nationwide competing to fill one of 24 spots in the March 31 game in Columbus, Ohio. ... Pasco senior Danielle Walter recently went over 1,000 points for her career. The Gonzaga signee has 1,118 with two games left in the regular season and at least two playoff games, leaving her within striking distance of Michelle Elliott (1,224 from 1999-2003) for fourth on the school's all-time list. ... Walter's senior project is coordinating Pasco's Breast Cancer Awareness Night at Saturday's home game against Wenatchee. Proceeds from the game will benefit breast cancer research in the region.