By Jerod Young • Jerod Young • 

Pirates, Bulldogs earn home playoff games

Play begins Friday for the boys and Saturday for the girls. Here’s how round one starts out for local teams:

Willamina girls

The teams to beat are Vale and Valley Catholic, but the WVL has its top two teams ready to play.

The WVL Champions, the Willamina Bulldogs (22-3, 14-0) are the No. 4 seed and will host No. 5 seed Corbett (17-8, 12-4) Saturday. The time was not set Monday by press time.

The Bulldogs defeated Amity 53-51 in overtime Saturday to win the league championship again.

Willamina lost 37-28 in last year’s state tournament to Santiam Christian in Coquille.

Amity girls

It’s been a while since the Warriors last made an appearance in the state tournament, but they made it this year after a solid season.

Amity (20-5, 12-2) finished second behind Willamina in the WVL, and it didn’t lose a game in February until its loss to the Bulldogs in the WVL tournament championship game Saturday.

The Warriors come in as the No. 6 seed and have a tough firs- round opponent in No. 3-ranked Scio (19-9, 11-2).

The Loggers will host Amity, which could prove to benefit the Warriors. Amity lost one game on the road this season.

Like Amity, Scio has not made an appearance in the state tournament within the past two seasons.

Dayton boys

The Pirates finished the regular season tied for first place in the WVL with Horizon Christian. The Hawks earned the league’s automatic home-playoff game in the first round on merit of a tiebreaker, and they cemented that with a 65-53 win Saturday at Sherwood in the WVL tournament championship game.

The Pirates (18-6, 13-1), the 3A state champions from a year ago, finish the regular season having won 10 of their past 11 games.

Dayton beat No. 1-ranked Horizon Christian 56-55 on the road Feb. 1.

The Pirates now look ahead to a 7 p.m. Saturday home-playoff matchup vs. Riverside. Dayton comes in ranked No. 4 in the state by the OSAA RPI rankings.

Riverside comes having won 13 of its last 15 games to finish second in the Eastern Oregon League.

Sheridan boys

The Spartans put together an incredible run to finish the season that bounced them straight into the state tournament.

From Jan. 30 to Feb. 16, Sheridan (15-11, 6-8) won 6-of-7, including three straight league playoff games against Gervais, Amity, and Westside Christian.

Prior to league playoffs, the Spartans were 12-11 and 6-8 in league, and hardly looked like a team bound for the state playoffs, but they went undefeated in the league tournament and got in. Sheridan beat Gervais 45-38 in the first round of the league playoffs, and knocked off Amity 41-39 to advance to the state-elimination game vs. Westside Christian.

Sheridan beat the Eagles 42-39 to earn the WVL’s final spot to the 3A state playoffs.

The Spartans face a tough, No. 2-ranked Blanchet Catholic (24-4, 13-0) team Friday in the first round on the road.

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