Even though most schools in the state were out for Veterans Day, this week's postseason schedule started to take shape on Monday, Nov. 11, in football and girls' soccer.
Of the six Whatcom County football teams still alive this season, only one is scheduled to play on Friday, Nov. 15.
That honor goes to second-ranked Lynden (10-0), which will host Kingston (8-2) at 7 p.m. at Civic Stadium in the first round of the Class 2A State Playoffs.
The other remaining Whatcom County team in the 2A bracket, Sehome (5-5), which knocked off fifth-ranked Lakewood in the 2A Northwest District Playoffs, will travel to face the No. 1-ranked and defending state runner-up Tumwater (10-0) in a 7 p.m. game on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Tumwater.
The three county teams in the Class 1A State Playoffs all will play on Saturday, as well.
Fifth-ranked Mount Baker (8-1) is the only team playing close to home, as the Mountaineers will host seventh-ranked Woodland (9-1) at 6 p.m. at Civic Stadium. The game is a rematch of a first-round meeting between the two schools from last year, a game Mount Baker won 21-14.
Meridian (6-4) will travel to play at sixth-ranked Cashmere (9-1) at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Blaine (5-5) also will travel to play on Saturday to play third-ranked LaCenter (10-0). The time and location of that game are not yet set, as the schools wait to see what times and locations will be available after the first round of the soccer state playoffs.
Class 1B No. 5 Lummi (8-2) also has a postseason game, as it wraps up the Class 1B Tri-District Playoffs when its hosts Tahloah (3-3). The game time is tentatively set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Lummi Nation School, as the Blackhawks attempt to earn their 10th straight trip to the state playoffs.
The state soccer playoffs get underway on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
In the 2A bracket, Squalicum (15-2-2) will host Southwest District No. 3 seed Hockinson at 7 p.m. at Civic Stadium.
Bellingham (9-6-5), meanwhile, will travel to Southwest District top seed Ridgefield for a 6 p.m. game.
Meridian (15-4-2) will wait a day to open the 1A State Playoffs against Southwest District No. 1 seed Elma in a 6 p.m. game on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Aberdeen's Stewart Stadium.
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association also held its draw for the state volleyball tournaments on Sunday, Nov. 10, allowing five county teams to see who they will be playing in the first round on Friday.
Ferndale (13-4), which is coming off its first Northwest District title, will face Columbia River at 3:15 p.m. in the 3A tournament, which will be played at Saint Martin's University in Lacey.
The 2A tournament won't be far away at Pierce College in Steilacoom. Sehome (15-2) will get play started with an 8 a.m. match against Yakima East Valley. Squalicum (11-7) will follow with a 9:45 a.m. match against Spokane East Valley, while Lynden (8-10) will wait until 1:30 p.m. to face top-ranked Yakima West Valley.
Sixth-ranked Lynden Christian (16-3) is the only county team making the trip to the Yakima Valley SunDome for the 1A State Tournament, where it will face Connell at 11:30 a.m. in the first round.
CLASS 2A STATE PLAYOFFS
Friday, Nov. 15
Kingston at Lynden (at Civic Stadium), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16
Sehome at Tumwater, 7 p.m.
CLASS 1A STATE PLAYOFFS
Saturday, Nov. 16
Meridian at Cashmere, 1 p.m.
Woodland at Mount Baker (at Civic Stadium), 6 p.m.
Blaine at La Center, TBD
CLASS 1B TRI-DISTRICT PLAYOFFS
Saturday, Nov. 16
Taholah at Lummi, 2 p.m.
CLASS 3A STATE TOURNAMENT
Friday at t Saint Martin's University, Lacey
Columbia River vs. Ferndale, 3:15 p.m.
CLASS 2A STATE TOURNAMENT
Friday at Pierce College, Steilacoom
Yakima East Valley vs. Sehome, 8 a.m.
Squalicum vs. Spokane East Valley, 9:45 a.m.
Lynden vs. Yakima West Valley, 1:30 p.m.
CLASS 1A STATE TOURNAMENT
Friday at Yakima Valley SunDome
Lynden Christian vs. Connell, 11:30 a.m.