Rainier Beach, Class 3A's top boys basketball team hasn't played an organized game since defeating Cleveland for Senior Night on Feb. 1.
Basketball was created by James Naismith as an indoor sport to counter cold winter weather. But this season, snow found a beatable opponent in the Puget Sound region’s girls and boys district basketball tournaments.
Due to the aftermath of multiple winter blasts, several district tournaments were postponed a third day this week as schools remain closed. All expect to play Thursday with the same previous opening round schedules and game sites. Most title games will now be played Monday.
Officials for the Class 3A SeaKing girls and boys tournament are considering only playing the loser-out matchup for fifth place on Monday, which is also the sixth and final qualifying seed for the state regional tourney.
The changes remain weather permitting.
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Puget Sound’s snowstorm has transitioned to the familiar rain this week, meaning inside for a basketball game is the perfect place to be, as Naismith intended.
“We can’t really do (anything) cause practice is getting cancelled,” said Rainier Beach junior MarJon Beauchamp. His top-ranked Vikings haven’t played a game since defeating Cleveland on Feb. 1 due to the Metro League cancelling its boys and girls tournament last week.
“Individually, we are doing our separate things to stay ready,” continued Beauchamp, who’s averaging 26 points, 11 rebounds and five assists per game this season.
Brackets for the state regional tournament will still begin to take shape Feb. 17. All seedings for all districts must be submitted to the WIAA by 5 p.m. on Monday. The girls and boys regional tournament basketball schedules should be released Feb. 19.
Here are links to the updated district tournament schedules: