1. METRO LEAGUE RETURN TO DOMINANCE?
Used to be, it seemed like the Class 3A boys basketball state tournament was an extension of the Metro League playoffs and teams from around the state were invited as fodder for early rounds in the tourney.
From 1997 to 2009, a Metro team won state 11 times and played in the finals the two years it didn’t win.
But since a Peyton Siva-led Franklin team was crowned in 2009, Metro teams haven’t been able to get past the semifinals. Can second-ranked Seattle Prep, No. 3 Rainier Beach or No. 4 O’Dea end that trend?
2. 4A BOYS FIELD ‘WIDE OPEN’
Remember when everyone could point to Ferris being the clear-cut favorite to win the Class 4A boys basketball championship in 2007 and 2008? Or Federal Way in 2009?
That’s not the case this week.
The consensus among coaches at the tournament draw on Sunday was the state trophy is up for grabs.
“It’s wide open,” Bellarmine Prep coach Bernie Salazar said.
Sure, Davis of Yakima and Bellarmine Prep have spent time atop the state rankings this season, but neither is a lock reach the finals. Strong cases can be made for all eight teams, including unranked Bothell and Union.
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