Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Four of the five fall sports teams at Sunnyside High School open postseason play later this week.
The lone exception is the Grizzly football team, which has already been eliminated from participating in the playoffs. Sunnyside's grid team went 0-4 in the four non-league games against 3A opponents early in the season, which keeps the 3A Grizzlies from entering postseason play. Sunnyside does, however, still have a chance to win the conference championship in Columbia Basin Big Nine League play. The Big Nine is comprised of six schools, five of them classified 4A with Sunnyside the lone 3A school in the league.
The 3A Lady Grizzlies, following their final CBBN league match of the season this coming Thursday at home against Wenatchee, are scheduled to open postseason play with a District/Regional pigtail match this coming Friday. Sunnyside's opponent will be Hanford. The loser-out match, to be played on the Falcons' home court, is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. The winner of that match will advance and travel to Spokane to play the following day (Saturday) at 4 p.m. at Mt. Spokane High School.
None of Sunnyside's opponents this season have been 3A schools. The Lady Grizzlies have compiled a 2-8 record against their 4A foes in the CBBN, and are 0-3 in their three non-league match-ups against 2A clubs.
Although the 3A SHS boys and girls cross-country squads had to face runners from larger 4A schools this fall in the CBBN league match-ups, the postseason won't get any easier for the Grizzly harriers. This coming Saturday's Regional meet, in which the runners will be attempting to secure berths to the 3A State meet, will feature an extremely strong contingent of long-distance runners from both the 3A Tri-Cities-based Mid-Columbia Conference and the Greater Spokane League.
Only the top two finishing teams at Regionals, plus the top five finishing individuals, will advance on to State.
Saturday's 3A Regional races for both the boys and girls will be staged at Richland's Carmichael Middle School. The girls will run at 1 p.m., the boys at 2 p.m.
Without a single match against a like-sized 3A team under its belt this fall, Sunnyside's Lady Grizzlies head into the playoffs not really knowing how they stack up against the postseason competition. In CBBN play this year, 3A Sunnyside has gone 2-7 against its 4A opponents, with one league match remaining, that scheduled for this Thursday at Wenatchee.
Postseason play for Sunnyside gets underway this coming Saturday, when the Lady Grizzlies host the Kennewick Lions. Game time on the Sunnyside pitch is slated for 11 a.m. The Regional tourney match will be a loser-out affair. The winner will move on to play next Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Spokane against the Greater Spokane League's top finishing team.
Central Washington University's pool in Ellensburg will be the venue for the 3A Regional swim meet this coming Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27. The top swimmer in each event will earn a trip to the 3A State meet, or athletes can advance to State by meeting or exceeding State meet-qualifying times.
Admission to all of the WIAA postseason competitions will be $6 for adults and $4 for students who have an ASB card.