A bunch of basketball: District tourneys head into Week 2

Six Clark County teams have earned spots to state and plenty more are hoping to join them

There was at least one shocking result in one tournament, and a buzzer-beater in another tournament that determined a trip to the state regionals.

That was just the first week of the bi-district and district basketball tournaments.

In all, six teams from Clark County have already clinched berths to the state regionals, three boys and three girls. There are nine boys teams and eight girls teams still alive, hoping to make it to state.

We will find out this week.

Here’s where the boys and girls basketball teams from the county stand heading into the second week of the postseason.

Class 4A boys:

The Union Titans, No. 1 in RPI, improved to 22-0 with two wins in the bi-district tournament. They advanced to the semifinals and have clinched a trip to the state regionals.

Tanner Toolson has helped the Union Titans to a 22-0 record and a top spot in the Class 4A RPI. Photo by Mike Schultz
Tanner Toolson has helped the Union Titans to a 22-0 record and a top spot in the Class 4A RPI. Photo by Mike Schultz

Joining them in the semifinals and a berth to state are the Battle Ground Tigers, who took down league-rival Skyview 69-67 on Friday behind Kaden Perry’s 38-point performance. Perry hit the game-winner at the buzzer, too.

Kaden Perry of Battle Ground, shown here earlier this season, has helped the Tigers muscle their way to the state regional round. Photo by Mike Schultz
Kaden Perry of Battle Ground, shown here earlier this season, has helped the Tigers muscle their way to the state regional round. Photo by Mike Schultz

Battle Ground will face Kentwood at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma in one semifinal. Union will face Sumner after that first semi. Win or lose, both have qualified for state and will play either for the bi-district tournament or in the third-place game on Saturday.

Skyview, meanwhile, is still alive. The Storm will play Monday night at Wilson High School in Tacoma against Mount Rainier. This is a winner-to-state, loser-out game. 

Class 4A girls: 

The Class 4A Greater St. Helens League is guaranteed to get two teams to state regionals. Union already earned its berth, winning two games in the bi-district to advance to the semifinals. The Titans, who finished second in the 4A GSHL, will take on Decatur on Thursday in the semifinals at Foss High School.

Meanwhile, the brackets have given local basketball fans an Clark County elimination game. Skyview lost in the bi-district quarterfinals, falling into the consolation bracket and finding Camas as its opponent. Camas, which lost in the opening round, won Saturday to stay alive. Skyview and Camas will play each other at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Heritage High School. Winners go to state. Loser has its season come to an end. 

Class 3A boys:

The Evergreen Plainsmen’s magical season will continue beyond this week. They qualified for the state regionals, the first time Evergreen has made the Sweet 16 since 2012. Evergreen rolled past Peninsula 77-54 on Saturday to advance to the bi-district semifinals and assure a state berth. Evergreen will face Mount Tahoma at 6 p.m. Thursday at Puyallup High School.

Prairie, meanwhile, lost in the quarterfinals and fell into the consolation bracket. The Falcons must win two in a row to make it to state. Prairie will take on Central Kitsap in its next game, 6 p.m. Wednesday at Foss High School. 

Class 3A girls: 

The Prairie Falcons have done it once again. They are going to state for the 23rd consecutive season.

Dayna Vera and the Prairie Falcons celebrate another trip to the state round of 16. This makes for 23 consecutive seasons. Photo by Mike Schultz
Dayna Vera and the Prairie Falcons celebrate another trip to the state round of 16. This makes for 23 consecutive seasons. Photo by Mike Schultz

The Hudson’s Bay Eagles are going back to state, too. This will be the second appearance in a row.

Oh, and for good measure, these two teams get to play each other (at least) one more time. 

Prairie and Hudson’s Bay will play in a bi-district semifinal at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Columbia River High School. Win or lose, both are going to state, but both would love a shot at a bi-district title, too. 

Class 2A boys:

No one has clinched a state berth yet from District 4’s tournament, but one thing is certain: The 2A Greater St. Helens League champion will have to win three in a row to make it to state.

Woodland stunned Southwest Washington by beating Columbia River on Saturday night. The Beavers had to win a play-in game just to get in the tournament. 

Woodland will take on W.F. West in a semifinal at Ridgefield High School at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The winner of that game is assured of a trip to state. The loser falls into the consolation bracket.

And right now, that consolation bracket also includes Columbia River, Washougal, and Hockinson.

River and Washougal play at 6 p.m. Tuesday in one elimination game. In another, Hockinson takes on R.A. Long, at 7:45 Tuesday. Both of those games are at Woodland High School. 

Class 2A girls:

The defending state champion Washougal Panthers have advanced to the district semifinals. They will take on W.F. West at 6 p.m. Monday, with the winner earning a trip to state regionals. 

Meanwhile, three other Clark County teams are in the consolation bracket.

Woodland and Hockinson will play each other in a loser-out game at 6 p.m. Monday at Ridgefield High School. Following that game, Columbia River will play R.A. Long. 

Class 1A boys:

Absolutely no surprises for the three Clark County teams in the opening round of the 1A District 4 tournament. They all won. 

La Center will take on Stevenson in one semifinal (at 6 p.m. Tuesday). Seton Catholic will play King’s Way Christian in the other semi (7:45 p.m.) Both games are at King’s Way Christian. The winners will qualify for state regionals. The losers will still have life. 

Class 1A girls:

La Center advanced to the district championship game with a win over Montesano on Friday. La Center will play Elma for the district crown and a berth to the state regionals. The loser does not finish second, though. At least not yet. The loser of the championship game will take on the winner of the King’s Way Christian-Montesano game for the second and final berth from the district.

King’s Way Christian and Montesano play at 6 p.m. Wednesday, with the district title game following at 7:45 p.m. Those games are at Rochester High School. 

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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