Prep state tournaments start in earnest this week with Port Angeles and Sequim both in Class 2A football and volleyball playoffs, and Neah Bay and Crescent competing in 1B volleyball.
Neah Bay and Quilcene also are in the 1B football playoffs, but the first round doesn’t start until Nov. 19-20.
The Wolves and Roughriders will begin state football action this weekend.
The first round should be a lot smoother than the quarterfinals for both teams because the top four schools in state are lined up to play the winners of the Sequim and Port Angeles games in the second round.
First things first, though, as the 9-1 Wolves, ranked No. 7 in state, play unranked Burlington-Edison of Burlington in the first round Saturday at North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo starting at 6 p.m.
The winner of that game advances to the quarterfinals the next week to take on the winner between No. 2 Lynden (10-0) or No. 3 Tumwater (8-1).
Lynden tuned up for state by smashing Bellingham 48-0 last weekend while Tumwater had a bye.
The Roughriders (9-1), meanwhile, are set to play unranked Interlake of Bellevue this weekend in the first round at a place and time to be determined.
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s web site did not have the site or time information available by Monday night.
The Port Angeles-Interlake winner moves on to play the winner between No. 1 Archbishop Murphy (10-0) of Everett and No. 4 W.F. West (9-1) of Chehalis in the quarterfinals.
In its tune-up for state, Archbishop Murphy beat Squalicum 49-25 while W.F. West shaded R.A. Long 12-10.
State 2A volleyball
The Wolves and Roughriders also are in the 2A volleyball tournament scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Toyota Center in Kennewick.
Sequim opens up against Anacortes at 8 a.m. on Friday in the first round while Port Angeles plays against Black Hills at 9:30 a.m. on Friday.
Winners advance to the championship quarterfinals Friday afternoon and early evening with the semifinals set for 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and the championship match slated for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
All consolation matches in the double-elimination tournament are set for Saturday.
Other 2A teams at state are Tumwater, Grandview, Selah, North Kitsap, Lynden, Fife, West Valley of Spokane, White River, River Ridge, Burlington-Edison, Interlake and Pullman.
State 1B volleyball
Neah Bay, the North Olympic League champion, and Crescent, league runner-up, will play in the 1B state tourney Thursday and Friday at SunDome in Yakima.
The Red Devils play in the first round against Almira/Coulee-Hartline at 10 a.m. on Thursday while the Loggers battle King’s Way Christian at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
The championship quarterfinals are set for 4 p.m. on Thursday with the semifinals scheduled for 8 p.m. on Thursday.
The state championship match will take place Friday at 6:30 p.m.
The consolation quarterfinals are set for 6 p.m. on Thursday with the semifinals and fifth-eighth place match slated for Friday.Other teams at the tourney are Klickitat, Moses Lake Christian, Seton Catholic, Lopez, Northport, Tekoa-Oakesdale, Three Rivers Christian, Troutlake-Glenwood, Colton, Christian Faith, Pomeroy and Wilbur-Creston.