South draws Southridge in opening round of state tournament

South Kitsap will face Southridge out of Kennewick at 7 p.m. Wednesday night in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament at the Tacoma Dome.

The 24-1 Wolves, ranked third in the state and fresh off their West Central/Southwest District title, are making their sixth-consecutive trip to the state tourney while the 21-6 Suns, who finished third in the Eastern Regional, will come west to Tacoma for their first ever state appearance.

The winner of the SK-Southridge game will get the winner of Prairie-Snohomish at 8:30 p.m. Thursday night in the quarterfinal round while the two losers will play at 2 p.m.

Top-rated Curtis, which lost to South Kitsap Saturday night, and Kentwood, a team that has beaten the Wolves in the last two state tournaments, are in the top half of the draw. Fellow Narrows League foes Gig Harbor and Bellarmine Prep are in the bottom half of the bracket with the Wolves

The state tournament runs Wednesday through Saturday with the title game scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday.

2006 Class 4A state tournament draw

First round

March 8 at Tacoma Dome

Jackson (21-4) vs. Curtis (23-2) 9 a.m.

Mount Tahoma (17-7) vs. Cascade (20-3) 10:30 a.m.

Franklin (19-5) vs. Kentwood (21-4) noon

Evergreen (18-8) vs. Ferris (24-2) 2 p.m.

Gig Harbor (16-9) vs. Inglemoor (21-2) 3:30 p.m.

Bellarmine (21-6) vs. Central Valley (19-6) 5 p.m.

Southridge (21-6) vs. South Kitsap (24-1) 7 p.m.

Snohomish (20-3) vs. Prairie (16-9) 8:30 p.m.

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