In the Great Northern League, second-place East Valley took a 2-1 win over visiting third-place Clarkston Tuesday in a close-fought contest. It bumped the Knights into first over idle rival West Valley, whom they will square off against this Saturday in a game that could play a big role in deciding the league title.
Outside of the Spokane area, there was plenty of action in the MCC and CBB9 Tuesday. No surprise results out of either league, but in a showdown of two top Tri-Cities sides, Hanford prevailed in a shootout after a 2-2 draw against Kamiakin for sole possession of second in the MCC behind Southridge.
Meanwhile, across the border in Idaho, three of the four Inland Empire League's regional champions for Districts I & II have been determined with the fourth set for Thursday afternoon.
Advancing to the state tournament out of the 5A are the Lake City boys and girls. The boys advanced with a convincing 4-0 win against Coeur d'Alene and the ladies also downed their local rival, 4-1, to move on. The two CDA sides are still alive, however, and will compete in a play-in contest Saturday in Lewiston against the fifth-placed team coming out of District III of the Boise area.
Sandpoint defeated Lakeland, 2-1, in the 4A girls regional final to return to the state tournament and defend their two consecutive Idaho titles. The top-seeded Lakeland boys take on Moscow, which used a shootout win to upset Sandpoint in the first round of regionals after a 1-1 draw. The runners-up from the regionals will also feature in a play-in game, taking on the third-place school out of District III.
Further south in District III where the regional tournament has been plagued by delays due to smoky air quality from remaining wildfires, the championship games for 5A and 4A have been determined for Friday. The matches that will determine who the play-in opponents for the DI-II winners are also scheduled for Friday. (link includes District III 4A & 5A brackets)
Here is a look around the leagues for Eastern & Central Washington (all stats are unofficial) and an update on Idaho playoffs:
If you have any updates for stats (particularly assists that go unrecorded for road games), please drop us a note at snaeditor-at-gmail.com. INWsn is currently missing scoring (and GK) information for 10/13 Eastmont @ Eisenhower, 10/3 Pasco @ Walla Walla and 9/12 Kennewick @ Southridge games.
SPOKANE AREA LEAGUES ##############
GNL Tuesday: Clarkston 1-2 East Valley; Cheney 2-0 Pullman
NEA Tuesday: Medical Lake 1-4 Deer Park; Newport 1-2 Lakeside; Colville 1-4 Riverside
GSL Wednesday: Mead 2-3 Ferris; Mt Spokane 1-SO-2 Lewis & Clark; Gonzaga Prep 13-0 Rogers; North Central 0-5 Central Valley; Shadle Park 0-4 University
SOUTH & CENTRAL WA AREA LEAGUES ##############
CBB9 Tuesday: West Valley 4-1 Davis; Eastmont 3-1 Eisenhower; Moses Lake 2-1 Sunnyside
MCC Tuesday: Kamiakin 2-SO-3 Hanford; Richland 6-0 Kennewick; Pasco 0-6 Chiawana; Walla Walla 0-5 Southridge
IDAHO PLAYOFFS ##############
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