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Woodland (14-3)

State appearances: 24 (Best finish: State champions — 2003, 1996)

First-round matchup: North Kitsap (18-1), 11 a.m. Friday

Quarter bracket opponents: Sedro-Woolley (9-10), Ellensburg (15-1)

Outlook: The Beavers have the talent to beat any team in the state, but second-year coach Danielle Hutton was probably hoping for a bit better draw. Up first is a one-loss Vikings’ squad, who fell in the West Central District semifinals last week. The good news is that North Kitsap has lost in the first round each of the past two years. Of course, a win there only affords the luxury of playing another one-loss team from Ellensburg, another well-seasoned team familiar with state.


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Castle Rock (15-2)

State appearances: 26 (Best finish: State champions — 2012, 1993, 1987)

First-round matchup: Kiona Benton (14-3), 3:15 p.m. Friday

Quarter bracket opponents: Lynden Christian (15-3), Chelan (16-1)

Outlook: The Rockets sit in a similar position to last year after winning a second straight Southwest 1A District crown. They have a tough, but beatable opponent in the first round but things pick up steam from there. Lynden Christian or Chelan are next up, and both teams have a state title to their name in the past decade. Alas, so do the Rockets, making this quarter bracket a powerhouse with four state titles in the past decade between the teams. This quarter bracket also features the third (LC), fourth (Chelan), fifth (Kiona Benton) and sixth place (Castle Rock) teams from a season ago.


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Kalama (16-4)

State appearances: 25 (Best finish: State champions — 2016)

First-round matchup: Northwest Christian (Colbert) (14-4), 8 a.m. Thursday

Quarter bracket opponents: Mossyrock (14-5), Walla Walla Valley Academy (16-2)

Outlook: In the Chinooks’ ninth straight state tournament and 10th in coach Jeni O’Neil’s 11 years, Kalama has to like the way the bracket sets up. The Crusaders come off a third-place state finish and pose a stiff test in the opening round — Kalama lost 3-0 to NWC in last year’s state quarterfinals — but the Chinooks have beaten Mossyrock (3-0) already this year and Walla Walla is by no means a state power (they went 0-2 to Mossyrock and Raymond in last year’s state tournament). No team is a walkover at this level, but the Chinooks are definitely the favorite to make a state semifinal.

Wahkiakum (10-8)

State appearances: 19 (Best finish: second — 2014, 1983)

First-round matchup: Tri-Cities Prep (17-2), 9:45 a.m. Thursday

Quarter bracket opponents: Asotin (8-10), Toutle Lake (14-5)

Outlook: After a one-year hiatus, Kayli Hurley and the Mules are back at state for the 11th time in the 21st century. And really, it’s not a terrible draw for them. The Jaguars have had a great year, but have just one state win to their name, going 0-2 last year in the tournament. Then Central 2B League adversary Toutle Lake likely awaits in the state quarterfinals. If the Mules survive the first day, and are trophy hunting Friday, don’t be surprised.

Toutle Lake (14-5)

State appearances: 35 (Best finish: State champions — 1999, 1998, 1997)

First-round matchup: Asotin (8-10), 9:45 a.m. Thursday

Quarter bracket opponents: Tri-Cities Prep (17-2), Wahkiakum (10-8)

Outlook: The Ducks are young but as talented as anybody in this tournament. If they make decent passes, setters Taylor Gould and Sienna Rudd have a wide array of attackers to go to. That should bode well against the sub-.500 Panthers in the first round. They beat Wahkiakum twice this season, and TCP has gone 0-2 the past two state tries. A state semifinal could be in the works if the Ducks are at their best.


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Naselle (14-2)

State appearances: 11 (Best finish: Second — 1998)

First-round matchup: Selkirk (16-2), 11:45 a.m. Thursday

Quarter bracket opponents: Concordia Christian Academy (6-7), Puget Sound Adventist (16-1)

Outlook: After a seventh-place finish two years ago, the Comets are eager to bring home more hardware and have an athletic, deep squad capable of doing so. First-round opponent Selkirk finished eighth last year, and has had a great run this year, losing only to Almira-Coulee-Hartline. In their second game Thursday, Puget Sound Adventist, a state participant last year, or Concordia Christian wait. The Comets should be able to survive Thursday and be playing Friday.

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