By Quint Turner
The playoff district brackets for the 3A Wesco/Northwest Conference leagues have been set, and Meadowdale’s girls and boys basketball teams begin play this week, both against Sedro-Woolley, starting with a girls’ game at home tonight at 7:30 and the boys game, also at home, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday
The districts are a two-loss elimination tournament, meaning that a team can only lose once in order to make it to state. For the boys, the number one-seeded Glacier Peak Grizzlies meet the number-eight Oak Harbor Wildcats, and it appears the Grizzlies have the advantage in this matchup. Not only do they have a home-court advantage, but the Grizzlies beat Oak Harbor both times the two teams met this year. The second match-up features the Mount Vernon Bulldogs hosting the Shorecrest Scots.
The number-three-seeded Mountlake Terrace Hawks face off against the number-seven seed Shorewood Thunderbirds. The Hawks beat the Thunderbirds 55-46 in the only meeting between the two teams this year. Finally, Meadowdale – seeded number four, meets number-six seed Sedro-Woolley Cubs. Although the two teams haven’t played this year, last year the Mavs beat the Cubs in the first round of the district playoffs.
On the girls side, number-one seed Shorecrest plays number-eight Shorewood on the Scots’ home court. The Scots have won both games vs. the T-Birds this year, including a two-point 43-41 nailbiter. The number-two Ferndale Golden Eagles go up against number-five seed Glacier Peak .
In the final two matchups, the Lynnwood Royals, seeded third, play the number-seven Everett Seagulls, and number-four Meadowdale meets Sedro-Woolley. The Royals have a commanding 2-0 lead in the season series against Everett, winning both games by double-digits. This will be the first meeting this year between Meadowdale and Sedro-Woolley.
You can see all Northwest District 1 basketball playoff brackets here: http://www.nwdist1.com/WinterBulletinsBrackets10-11.htm; under “Basketball.”
Sports correspondent Quint Turner is a student at Meadowdale High School.