RENTON - The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Executive Board got it right Monday, Jan. 31. The WIAA leaders decided to give District IV (Southwest Washington) 1A boys' and girls' basketball teams a second top seed in the state regional tournament schedule.

WIAA director Mike Colbrese said Monday, "District I, II, and III Directors agreed to give District IV the second top seed in a very unselfish decision. The directors in those four districts put in a lot of hard work and the kids in our state will benefit from their efforts."

The WIAA board Jan. 13 had followed criteria used for the former 16-team state tournament format to give much smaller Districts I, II, and III three number-one seeds to the state regionals and only one top spot to the more populous District IV. District IV has about one quarter of the states' 1A teams and had requested one quarter of the number-one state regional berths. SWW had been granted only one of eight top seeds.

District IV Director Rich Frazer and Montesano athletic director Tim Trimble among others rallied support for a more equitable allocation of top state regional berths. "This decision reflects the desires of our district," Frazer said.

The result is that District IV's number one boys and girls seed will play the combined District I through III's second seed in Chehalis for an automatic berth in the State Finals at the 1A level. District IV's number two seed will also play in a winner-to-state contest against the tri-district's number one team at Glacier Peak in Snohomish with all four games being Friday, Feb. 25.

For all state basketball tournament schedules go to the Web site www.wiaa.com and then to the tab "Tournaments" and scroll down to "Brackets."

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