High School Sports

Boys state preview: Burbank, Liberty Christian, W-P capsules

Here is a look at the Mid-Columbia entries in the boys 1A and 2B state basketball tournaments:

1A boys

Columbia (Burbank) Coyotes (15-9) vs. Onalaska Loggers (24-0)

5:30 p.m., Yakima SunDome

Last state appearance: Burbank, 2009; Onalaska, 2007.

Burbank leaders: G Trevor Lott (6-0 sr.) 10.9 ppg; G Nathan Roberts (5-8 soph.) 9.0 ppg; F Chad Davis (6-2 sr.) 8.6 ppg.

Onalaska leaders: F Dalton Ritchey (6-0 jr.) 11.8 ppg; G Cody Naillon (5-11 sr.) 9.2 ppg; G Steven Nedven (5-11 jr.) 8.8 ppg.

The Coyotes are back at state for the fifth time in six years, knocking off archrival River View in the winner-to-state game at SCAC districts. Onalaska romped to the Evergreen Division and Southwest District titles led by Ritchey, who has been named league MVP in both football and basketball this year.

2B boys

Waitsburg-Prescott Cardinals (16-7) vs. Napavine Tigers (13-11)

12:30 p.m., Spokane Arena

Last state appearance: W-P, 2004; Napavine, 2009 (placed fourth).

Waitsburg-Prescott leaders: P Ben Kiefel (6-4 sr.) 11.9 ppg; G Wyatt Withers (6-0 sr.) 8.9 ppg; G Zach Bartlow (6-1 soph.) 7.8 ppg.

Napavine leaders: W Colton Brown (5-11 jr.) 11.7 ppg; W Micah Brown (6-2 sr.) 9.7 ppg; F Jordan Brown (6-4 jr.) 8.3 ppg.

The Cardinals last won a state tournament game in 1985, going 0-2 in 1996 and 2004. Napavine lost five of its last six regular-season games and was a No. 4 seed into districts, then upset Naselle and Pe Ell to clinch a berth before losing in the title game to Toutle Lake.

Colfax Bulldogs (18-8) vs. Liberty Christian Patriots (21-2)

9 p.m., Spokane Arena

Last state appearance: Colfax, 2006; LC, 2009 (placed fifth).

Colfax leaders: G James Robinson (6-1 sr.) 13.5 ppg; P Caleb Bravard (6-5 sr.) 9.2 ppg.

Liberty Christian leaders: F Cody Brockman (6-3 sr.) 16.1 ppg; G Jake Siefken (5-8 soph.) 13.6 ppg; F Bryan Corrigan (6-5 jr.) 9.9 ppg.

One of the marquee matchups of the first round. The Bulldogs beat Lind-Ritzville twice in the playoffs, the second time in a winner-to-state game in the Northeast Districts, to return to state for just the third time since 1994.