GRANGER Three local basketball teams — the Granger girls, and Zillah boys and girls — are headed to the SunDome this week for the state 1A tournament.
The 21-3 Spartans are ranked No. 5 in girls 1A hoops.
The girls recently beat the Montesano Bulldogs, 54-39, to secure their state berth.
They will face Kalama at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the tournament.
This is the third consecutive appearance in the state A1 tournament after placing sixth in 2014 and 2015.
The Zillah boys posted a near perfect record with a 23-1 season.
Their only loss was to the Lynden Lions, 58-60, in the beginning of the season.
Zillah, the No. 2 ranked team in 1A, dunked top-ranked Lynden Christen, 60-49, Saturday night to get to state.
Trey Delp led scoring for Zillah with 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
“It was a great high school basketball game,” coach Doug Burge said. “They were ready to play from the start.”
The Leopards state-opening opponent will be defending state champion King’s.
Tip off for the Zillah-King’s game is 12:15 p.m. on Thursday.
A perennial basketball powerhouse, Zillah placed third last year and were the 1A state champions in 2014.
The Zillah girls will be making their second consecutive state appearance this week.
The team came out on top in the 1A regional matchup against Chewelah last Saturday.
Sporting a 19-5 record, the Leopards will face Nooksack Valley in their state-opener Thursday.
Gametime is 5:30 p.m.
Last year, the Leopards placed fifth at state.
The 1A state tournament will run from Thursday, through Saturday in the SunDome, 1301 S. Fair Ave, Yakima.
While the Granger and Zillah teams race into the SunDome, three other area teams are headed to the small schools state tournament in Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave., Spokane.
The Sunnyside Christian boys and girls and the Mabton girls are taking their brand of hoops to the 1B and 2B Hardwood Classic, respectively.
The Sunnyside Christian boys open state at 9 a.m. Thursday morning against Garfield-Palouse.
The Knights girls face Tulalip Heritage at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, with the winner of likely to face top-ranked Colton on Friday.
The Mabton girls open the state 2B tournament with Toutle Lake at 12:15 p.m. Thursday.