Mount Shasta and Dunsmuir play first round games at home Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. Weed plays at Tulelake.
The Dunsmuir Tiger boys basketball team and Mount Shasta girls are both scheduled to open the Northern Section basketball playoffs with home games Tuesday night, while the Weed girls go on the road to Tulelake.
Mount Shasta’s boys will travel to Portola for a Wednesday night playoff opener.
Redding Adventist at Dunsmuir
Dunsmuir (14-9 overall) tied for the second in the Evergreen League with Butte Valley (both 6-4) and seeded No. 6 in a 12-team Division 6 bracket.
The Tigers lost their EL finale Friday night at undefeated league champion Tulelake (10-0, 22-3).
Now Dunsmuir will host No. 11 seed Redding Adventist (8-10), a team they lost to in mid-December in Redding, then beat 78-59 in Dunsmuir Jan. 31.
If they win Tuesday, the Tigers will advance to play at No. 3 Redding Christian (18-8) Thursday night in Redding.
Dunsmuir coach Dan Ballard said he thinks his team has improved significantly this season and has “a good shot to go far” in the postseason.
The Tigers take a 6-3 home court record into the playoffs. They’re 4-6 in road games and 4-0 on neutral courts.
Based on statistics posted at maxpreps.com, senior Jake Mekeel has averaged close to 17 points per game for Dunsmuir, to go with senior Daniel Ballard’s 11 and junior Mason Mekeel’s 10.
University Prep at Mount Shasta
Mount Shasta’s girls won the 2012 Shasta Cascade League championship by defeating the two teams that tied for second 3 times in the final week of the season.
Kathryn Andrus’s two free throws with no time left on the clock Friday night in Weed not only gave the Bears a victory in that game and sole possession of the title, they also caused a last minute re-shuffling of the Division V playoff deck.
Weed (17-5, 7-3 SCL) finished the season ranked No. 5 and above Mount Shasta in Division 5, but the NSCIF seeding formula gives league champions a higher bracket spot than all the other teams in the league, regardless of their overall record and rank.
So the Bears (14-10, 9-1 SCL) landed in the No. 8 spot, while Weed is No. 10, and Fall River (16-8, 7-3 SCL) is No. 11.
Mount Shasta is scheduled to host No. 9 University Prep of Redding (17-7), which tied for first place at with Liberty Christian at 11-1 in the Tri-Cities League standings.
The Bears defeated U-Prep, 48-34, in early January at the Lady Hornet Classic tournament.
Tuesday’s winner in Mount Shasta will play a second round game at No. 1 Hamilton (25-0, 6-0 Mid-Valley-North) Thursday night.
Bears coach Kirk Andrus cited his team’s strength of schedule and winning record at home (5-4), on the road (6-4), and at neutral sites (3-2) as advantages going into the playoffs.
Weed girls at Tulelake
“We’re a pretty good 10 seed,”?Weed coach Bob West said Monday morning.
The Cougars (17-5, 7-3 SCL) lost a non-league home game to undefeated Evergreen League champion Tulelake (19-5, 10-0), in early January, 42-38.
“I?think we match up well,” he said of facing the Honkers. “I don’t mind the drive, and our girls have been good on the road (8-2).”
Many of the Cougars had little to no varsity playing experience at the start of the season and zero varsity wins from a year ago.
They are more battle-tested now than they were in that earlier game against Tulelake.
“I couldn’t ask for a better group of girls,”?said West. “They’re so willing to learn and worked hard. Sometimes we pushed them hard and they came right back for more the next day. I?say they’re a workman class team. They want to get better every day. That’s been our motto.”
The winner of Tuesday’s game at Tulelake will play at the home of the higher seed Friday night against the winner of No. 15 Chester vs. No. 2 Portola (22-4, 6-0 Mid-Valley League champion).
Mount Shasta boys at Portola
Mount Shasta’s boys (15-9, 6-4 SCL) are seeded No. 9 in Division V and on the road for the first round Wednesday night at Portola (13-13, 6-0).
The Bears had the second best strength of schedule in D5, but they were pushed down in the seedings several notches because of their third place finish in the SCL and Portola’s Mid-Valley League championship.
If they win at Portola, the Bears would play the winner of No. 1 Liberty vs. No. 16 Biggs.
After winning their league finale in overtime Friday night in Weed, coach Donny Gray said he feels like the team has had “a great season.”
They came into the season with only two players – senior Paul Thelander and junior Kegan Snure – who had significant previous playing time at the varsity level, and their only league losses were to the two teams that tied for first place, Fall River and Modoc.
As explained by Mike Carpine of Weed, the SCL’s representative on the D5 seeding committee, the NSCIF uses a formula that automatically gives a top 8 seed and first round home game to all league champions. And no team can be seeded higher than a team that finishes ahead of them in the league standings.
Based on the other most significant criteria -- overall record, division record, and strength of schedule -- the Bears would have been the No. 7 seed.