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Southridge riding high into state playoff run

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 8:02pm
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Nearing the stretch run of the high school basketball season, a majority of the six defending champions in girls play appear as solid picks to repeat, something that has not happened in the state's history.

At least not yet.

A review of state records shows that since championships began being awarded in 1976, teams regularly repeat as champions, but rarely do the same teams repeat in the same year. The feat happened in two of the four classifications from '76 through 2006 five times, and since 2007 three of the six champions have repeated in the same year. But, no more than four.

This year, that could change, as it did last year when four of the defending champions played in finals. Just Sutherlin won for its fourth straight title at 4A.

This season Sutherlin has struggled to retain its form atop the state rankings and appears as the lone team unlikely to make a run at a title.

Southridge, at Class 6A, is rated at No. 1 among the OSAA rankings heading into the final three weeks of action.

At 5A, LaSalle returns all-tourney unanimous pick Taycee Wedin and is No. 3, behind Central, a relative newcomer to the top rankings, and Marist, a semifinalist last season.

At 4A, Marshfield is ranked ahead of Hidden Valley and has a win over the Mustangs. The Pirates are having a season for the ages as the school has never reached a final in girls play. Banks, last season's runner-up, is ranked third.

At 3A, all four semifinalists from last season are ranked in the top seven, with defending champion Blanchet Catholic at No. 4.

At 2A, defending champ Monroe is ranked second behind Kennedy, the top-ranked team from last season that Monroe beat in the semis. Kennedy won in 2016.

And, at 1A, Nixyaawii and Country Christian appear headed for a return trip to the final, which Nixyaawii won convincingly.

 

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