The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association released its fall sports state playoff allocations Monday, Sept. 24, meaning coaches now know exactly what it's going to take to get through to state in their respective sports - except for boys' tennis.
As usual, area boys' tennis teams will have to wait until the spring, when much of the state plays the sport, to see how many berths they will get to the state tournament, which will be in late May.
Ferndale, the Northwest Conference's only Class 3A school, will be aiming to finish among the top three in every fall sport it plays over the next two years, as the Northwest District received three bids to state in every sport for the 2012-14 reclassification cycle.
In traditional team sports (football, volleyball and girls' soccer), the Golden Eagles will be seeded into the district playoffs or district tournament based upon their NWC 2A/3A winning percentage as compared to conference records of the 3A schools in the Wesco.
In Class 2A, the Northwest District will compete with the Sea-King District's two 2A schools - Lake Washington and Sammamish - for spots into the state playoffs. Those extra two schools will help the district receive four bids to state in one out of the two years.
In football and girls' cross country, the district will receive four berths to state this fall and three in 2013. Boys' cross country, girls' soccer and volleyball will receive three bids this year and four in 2013.
In football, that means that Bellingham, Lynden, Sehome and Squalicum are competing to finish in the top four in the NWC 2A standings to earn a spot in the district playoffs this year and the top three in 2013. Area 2A volleyball and girls' soccer teams will be seeking top-four finishes to earn a spot in the eight-team district tournament brackets both years.
In girls' swimming, the top three swimmers in each event at the 2A Northwest District meet will advance to state both years.
As usual in Class 1A, the Northwest District, which added Blaine, Mount Baker and South Whidbey to its ranks this year, will combine with the Sea-King and the West Central district for postseason berths.
The tri-district will receive four football berths to state this year and five in 2013. Girls' soccer and girls' cross country will receive six berths to state both years, while volleyball and boys' cross country will get five bids this year and six in 2013.
Nooksack Valley athletic director Tom Harmon said Tuesday, Sept. 25, that there are still a few "nuances" to be worked out to determine exactly how the district playoffs will work, but that those should be finalized in the next couple of days.
The Northwest District also forms a tri-district with the Sea-King and West Central in Class 1B. That tri-district received three berths to the eight-team state football playoffs this year and two in 2013 and will receive five berths to the 16-team state volleyball bracket both years.
The WIAA distributes allocations based on the percentage of teams a district or combined district has in each sport at each classification level as compared with the rest of the state during each reclassification cycle (two years). The WIAA will wait until a few weeks into the winter and spring sports seasons to announce those allocations so that it can get an accurate count on the number of schools participating in each sport.
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