HS Preview: Skyline teams play into state tournament



KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Skyline’s top seed and the state’s fourth ranked team Henley hosts the Douglas Trojans to start Friday’s play-in basketball games across the state. The game is scheduled at Henley High School at 5:30 PM.

Douglas (10-13) lost Tuesday’s Far West League playoff with Siuslaw, forcing the No. 31 Trojans to travel to the three-loss Hornets.

Meanwhile, the loser of that league playoff Siuslaw goes to the Mazama Vikings at 6:00 PM. Mazama is ranked above Henley at No. 3 is the OSAA rankings, but lost 56-42 last week in the Skyline tournament title game. Siuslaw (8-10) is the No. 22 team.

In a rematch of last year’s play-in round, the Klamath Union girls are at Brookings-Harbor (15-7) with a 7:00 PM tip. KU (18-8) came into the Skyline tournament the No. 3 seed and left that way, forcing the Pelicans to travel in a match-up of the state’s No. 10 and No. 11 teams. The lower-ranked host team Bruins had lost three in a row, starting with a 44-23 defeat at Siuslaw, before beating Douglas 55-48 to finish the season.

Both Phoenix and North Valley made the state postseason, with the Pirates going to No. Sutherlin (24-0) at 6:00 PM and North Valley receiving an at-large bid, going to Greater Oregon League La Grande Saturday at 5:00 PM.

OSAA State Championships

Lost River at Regis – The Lost River Raiders are its bracket’s No. 8 seed, having to go to the top-ranked Regis Rams at 7:00 PM. Before losing to Gold Beach in the 2A Southern Cascade League playoffs, Lost River had won its last 11 games.

Regis had lost twice to Scio before beating its conference foe 60-56 in the league tournament. It was Scio’s first loss to a conference team.

Elkton at Hosanna Christian – Hosanna Christian begins its try at returning to the OSAA state title game hosting Elkton in Klamath Falls tonight at 7:00 PM. The Lions won its only Mountain Valley League playoff game last week 51-27 over Paisley. Elkton advanced beat Alsea 56-45 in the first round. Hosanna is ranked ninth in the state, while Elkton is No. 18.

Boys Basketball

Klamath Union at North Bend – North Bend is one of the stingiest defenses in class 4A, allowing less than 40 points per game. The Bulldogs just beat its conference’s second place team, South Umpqua, 70-25 and have scored 70-plus five of the last seven games.

KU lost to Mazama falling to the fourth-seed from the Skyline and has lost two straight games.

Meanwhile, Tulelake goes to Quincy for an NSCIF quarterfinal boys matchup tonight at 6:00 PM in the Division V playoffs. After a slow first half on Wednesday in the opening round, Honkers head coach Shawn Cross liked how the game changed in the second half.

Audio: Tulelake boys basketball head coach Shawn Cross

The Butte Valley girls are at third-seeded Redding Christian at 7:00 PM.

Tonight’s games

1A OSAA Girls Basketball State Championships – Round 2
Elkton at Hosanna Christian – 7:00 PM
Paisley at Harper – 7:00 PM

2A OSAA Girls Basketball State Championships – Round 1
Gold Beach at Enterprise – 6:00 PM
Lost River at Regis – 7:00 PM

4A OSAA Boys Basketball Play-in Round
Klamath Union at North Bend – 7:00 (960 the Sports Legend)

4A OSAA Girls Basketball Play-in Round
Douglas at Henley – 5:30 PM
Siuslaw at Mazama – 6:00 PM
Phoenix at Sutherlin – 6:00 PM

Saturday’s games

4A OSAA Boys Basketball Play-in Round
Brookings-Harbor at North Valley – 5:30 PM
Sutherlin at Phoenix – 6:00 PM
Mazama at South Umpqua – 6:30 PM

4A OSAA Girls Basketball Play-in Round
North Valley at La Grande – 5:00 PM

2A OSAA Boys Basketball State Championships – Round 1
Gold Beach at East Linn Christian – 7:00 PM
Lost River at Western Mennonite – 2:00 PM

1A OSAA Boys Basketball State Championships – Round 2
Hosanna Christian at Imbler – 7:00 PM
Rogue Valley Adventist at Crane – 7:00 PM
Umpqua Valley Christian at Triad – 7:00 PM