Monday, October 16, 2017

HS Daily - 10.16.17: Kamiakin Survives Shootout to Remain Unbeaten

A long week full of tough opponents may have taken its toll as the Braves had to go the distance on Saturday against Hanford, the league's second best defense. In their first shootout of the campaign, though, Kamiakin prevailed for yet another win to remain perfect at 12-0 for the season.

The final week for the MCC should go without much drama as most of the contests feature top sides facing teams from the bottom with the exception of Hanford (7-5), which plays at Chiawana and hosts Richland, the two sides above them in the race for top 4A seed and second overall in the league. Those two contests, though, will likely determine whether Richland (9-3) or Chiawana (8-4) take the top seed as they face Pasco (1-11) and Kennewick (2-10), respectively, in the their other matches. In 3A, Southridge and Kennewick, separated by one win, will square off on Tuesday in a key matchup. The Suns won the first meeting at home 4-3.

Saturday also saw plenty of drama in the GNL as both contests went down to the wire. Cheney pulled even twice but Clarkston prevailed in a shootout to go top of the table on points while East Valley found a literal last-minute winner to edge one-win Pullman on the road.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Big Sky Plus - 10.15.17 DI Round-Up: Eastern Washington Edges Montana, Clinch Playoff Spot

It was a bit of an odd one in Cheney Sunday as the Eagles rushed the Montana goal quickly and created an own goal in the first minute of play that would stand as the deciding tally despite Montana having the vast majority of shots thanks to another quality defensive effort, own goal aside. The victory assured the Eagles of a postseason spot and put them in a commanding lead atop the table as the lone unbeaten. Sunday's contest was the second of back-to-back games against the second place opponents with the Grizzlies having jumped into the spot after Friday's results, allowing the Eagles to create a four-point gap over Portland State, who they defeated Friday, with three games remaining.

Meanwhile in Idaho, Boise State was the lone side celebrating on Sunday following a 3-1 Mountain West win at Wyoming. Idaho State was easily dispatched by Northern Arizona and Idaho fell yet again.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

NWAC East Tonight 10.14.17: Couple Close Ones, But Business As Usual

A few of the top sides played to some close results on the scoreboard Saturday, though the statistics and flow of the game were decidedly otherwise. Chief among them was Spokane's 2-1 win at Wenatchee Valley in the women's contest where a handful of shots went off the woodwork. Similarly, the Walla Walla men and women only got two in their games at Treasure Valley.

In the end, though, all the top teams prevailed on the pitch to maintain their place in the tables, which clinched the three postseason sides - Spokane and North Idaho joining Walla Walla - in the women's table and putting the top three in the men's table on the verge of clinching with NIC seven points back of third with three games remaining.

HS Daily - 10.14.17: Tigers Top Mead in Shootout; CV Clinches

Needing as many points as they can get to help their case for finishing second, Lewis & Clark had to settle for two in a closely-fought contest Friday evening at Mead, winning the contest in a shootout after giving up a late equalizer.

The result, though, muddied the waters a bit more in the GSL race for second as five teams now sit separated by just two points with 7-0 Central Valley having clinched the top spot on points with two games remaining due to 5-2 Gonzaga having dropped a point in a shootout. Prep and Mead are now level at 14 points with University one point back and LC at 12 in the 4A standings.

Mt Spokane is in that group, but also in command among the 3A schools with a four point lead over North Central.

Meanwhile, Ferris is beginning to climb out of the basement thanks to a rout of Rogers Friday that kicked off a three-game swing against 3A opponents to close out the season. Unfortunately it comes to late as it would only max their total to 12 for the season having gone 1-4 against their fellow 4A sides.

Key contests in the final week of play next week will see University at Mead Wednesday and at Gonzaga Prep Friday in a pair of matches while LC plays host to Rogers and Mt Spokane. With the Tigers chasing a better postseason position, their final game could help North Central if the Indians can take advantage of their showdown with Mt Spokane on Wednesday and can get a win against Ferris in their finale.

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Big Sky Plus - 10.13.17 DI Round-Up: Eagles Win Big Sky Top-of-Table Clash

Unbeaten Eastern Washington took care of business in what proved to be fairly easy fashion in a first-place showdown with Portland State Friday afternoon, and with Montana claiming a narrow win via overtime at Idaho, they will face a second consecutive top-of-the-table clash Sunday against the Grizzlies. Montana's win also left Idaho, by virtue of other results, in last place in the Big Sky a year after winning the regular season title.