Philomath High School’s girls and boys basketball teams will both be competing for state championship trophies this week at the 4A tournament at Coos Bay. The Warriors will open play Thursday in the quarterfinals — the girls against Mazama and the boys against Seaside.
Philomath’s girls enter the tournament as the No. 1 seed and will go up against Mazama, the No. 8 seed, at 2 p.m. Thursday at Marshfield High School. The Warriors, champions of the Oregon West Conference, come into the game with an overall record of 19-4. The Vikings, Skyline Conference champions, bring in a 16-8 record.
Mazama eliminated Stayton in the first round of the playoffs, 55-37. The Eagles pulled off an upset over Philomath on Feb. 17 at their home court, 43-40 — the Warriors’ only loss this season to a 4A opponent.
Other common opponents include Astoria, Hidden Valley and Henley. Philomath went 4-0 against those teams, including a 69-52 victory over Henley in last week’s first round. Mazama beat Astoria and split with both Hidden Valley and Henley.
The game’s winner will advance to the semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Marshfield against the winner of Hidden Valley and Marist Catholic — two teams that pulled off first-round upsets and are seeded 13th and 12th, respectively. The loser will drop into a consolation semifinal at 9 a.m. Friday at North Bend.
On the other side of the bracket Thursday, No. 11 Corbett faces No. 3 Baker and No. 7 Madras will battle No. 2 Cascade.
The championship match is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Marshfield High.
Philomath High’s boys come into the tournament as the No. 5 seed and will go up against fourth-seeded Seaside at 4 p.m. Thursday at North Bend. The Warriors, Oregon West co-champions, come in with an 18-5 record while Seaside, co-champions of the Cowapa League, sports a 19-5 record.
Seaside defeated Oregon West member Woodburn in the first round of the playoffs, 45-30, to advance to the tournament. Philomath advanced with a 60-51 victory over North Marion.
Common opponents this season include Stayton, Junction City, Tillamook, North Marion, Banks and Woodburn. The Warriors went 5-2 against those teams, the losses coming to Junction City and Banks. Seaside had an 8-2 record playing those teams — both losses against the same opponents.
The game’s winner will advance to the semifinals at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Marshfield against the winner of Baker and top-seeded Junction City. The loser will drop into a consolation semifinal at 9 a.m. Friday at Marshfield.
On the other side of the bracket Thursday, No. 11 Banks plays No. 3 Marshfield and No. 10 Stayton takes on No. 2 Cascade.
The championship match is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. Saturday at Marshfield High.
For ticket information and links to live stats and broadcasts, go online to the Oregon School Activities Association’s State Championships Central. Fans planning to go are required to buy tickets digitally.