It’s probably been a while since a two-loss team earned the WIAA District 1-4 4A top seed, but that’s exactly what occurs after the Lake Stevens Vikings dispatched then-top ranked Glacier Peak 57-17 to win the Wesco title.
The WIAA committee seeds 22 qualifying teams from the west side of the state, while ten teams (led by 9-0 Chiawana) fight it out on the east side. This weekend’s winners are seeded into the round of 16 playoff bracket.
Lake Stevens (7-2, 3rd in WIAA RPI), by way of its top seed, gets a home game this Friday against a program (Bethel) that didn’t beat anyone with more than three wins this year. The Braves received the final ticket and the associated 22nd seed.
Taking a glance at the seeding reveals who the committee (comprised of coaches and administrators including the Vikings’ Tom Tri) sees as the heavyweights in 4A.
Interestingly, Sumner and Camas come in ahead of the AP Poll’s higher ranked Kennedy Catholic — and these two perennial powers likely count as the Vikings’ top threats along with reigning title holder G-K (out of respect — the title holder is the champ until they get knocked out).
Sumner lost only an early season battle against 7-seed Emerald Ridge and emerged as the SPSL champs.
Camas lost its first three games to opponents who have a total of two losses between them. The Papermakers list big at 3A top seed Yelm, then lost a close home game to Glacier Peak, before losing on the road at Lincoln - another 3A undefeated team. From there, the Papermakers won the GSHL crown.
Fourth seed Kennedy Catholic lost to Eastside Catholic but that’s it. They play Kamiak this week.
Fifth seed Skyline lost to 4-5 Woodinville. The sixth seed is GP, the seventh is Emerald Ridge, whom Kolton Matson and the Vikings routed in the playoffs last year.
The Vikings likely earned top seeding due to the fact that they knocked off two top ranked powerhouses: Glacier Peak and 3A reigning tithe winner Bellevue. All in all, Lake Stevens booked victories over four seeded teams, including the 11th, 8th and 6th seeds (Federal Way, Eastlake and Glacier Peak).
Lake Stevens defeated the four seeded opponents by 137,987 to 4. Or something similar. You can go do the math but Kamiak and the three aforementioned teams all got boat-raced.
No. 22 Bethel (4-5) vs. No. 1 Lake Stevens (7-2) No. 21 Kentridge (5-4) vs. No. 2 Sumner (8-1) No. 20 North Creek (4-4) vs. No. 3 Camas (6-3) No. 19 No. 19 Kamiak (3-6) vs. No. 4 Kennedy Catholic (8-1) No. 18 Mount Rainier (5-4) vs. No. 5 Skyline (6-2) No. 17 Woodinville (4-5) vs. No. 6 Glacier Peak (7-2) No. 16 Bothell (4-5) vs. No. 7 Emerald Ridge (7-2) No. 15 Tahoma (4-5) vs. No. 8 Eastlake (7-2) No. 14 Mount Si (4-4) vs. No. 9 Graham-Kapowsin (7-2) No. 13 Puyallup (6-3) vs. No. 10 Skyview (7-2) No. 12 Curtis (6-3) vs. No. 11 Federal Way (7-2)
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