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Play-ins working okay; just two left in playoffs

Scappoose girls soccer and Tribe football still in playoff chase.


The play-in system is working pretty well, albeit differently in the 5A and 4A classifications.

Most of the teams, but not all, that are supposed to win are winning. There seem to be 1-2 or 3 exceptions in most of the sports.

While some fall sports have now concluded, and others are into the playoffs, the Scappoose Indians won’t even start their football playoffs until this Friday. The Indians are ranked No. 1 and host the team with the lowest OSAA power ranking this Friday—Madras. Meanwhile, the No. 3 Cowapa League team, Astoria, was eliminated on Saturday. They lost to Klamath Union, 48-12. Cowapa No. 2 Banks advanced with a win Friday night over Central, 35-15.by: SELF-PORTRAIT - Sports Editor John Brewington

Not a single home team lost last weekend. Most of the home teams were second in their league, just one moved up from third, Madras. They won and that’s the team Scappoose faces.

It was a similar story in 4A volleyball, with three of the No. 3 teams making the final eight. The 5A volleyball playoffs were a little different, based not on league standings, but power rankings. Only two of the home teams didn’t win. In 4A girls soccer, just three of the No. 3 teams advanced to the playoffs. How they did against the No. 1 teams was determined on Tuesday, just past our press time.

I’ve said it before, but I like the league finishes carrying more weight than the power rankings. I think the power rankings can and should be used to break ties, but I’m okay with league champions getting home games. I also like No. 2 teams getting a home game in the play-in round. It’s a little easier to figure out which teams are playing under the 5A system, but with patience it all works out.

So where are the local teams in the playoffs. The state cross country meet ended that season this past Saturday. The Scappoose girls brought home a trophy and most others ran pretty well. It’s a tough course.

The St. Helens and Scappoose volleyball teams ended their seasons on Saturday, losing on the road. St. Helens lost at Marshfield, and Scappoose lost at La Grande.

The Lady Lions girls’ soccer team lost an overtime game that went to penalty kicks. St. Helens tied the game at the last second, both teams were scoreless over 20 minutes of OT, and the match went to the eighth round of PKs. Quite a match.

That leaves just two local teams in the playoffs—the Scappoose football team and the Scappoose girls soccer team.

The Tribe girls hosted a first round game against Brookings-Harbor on Tuesday. If they won, they’ll host either La Salle or Junction City this Friday. With another win, they’ll probably face old rival Gladstone the following Tuesday. Gladstone is a team they beat just 1-0 at home with a last second goal early in the season. In the finals, Mazama or Philomath are likely opponents.

The football team could play into December if they make the finals. A win Friday and they host again next week, Nov. 16.

Both the football and soccer teams have a good chance to place at state. They both have a lot of talent and are considered favorites. Good luck to both.