Pairings for the Skyline League District Tournament were set Saturday night after the Pacific and Camas Valley girls basketball teams settled a tie for first in the South division.
Camas Valley (13-10, 8-5 South) won that playoff 27-17 at Myrtle Point High School. The Hornets and Pacific had tied for the league title and help create a change to the league standard operating procedures in the past 10 days.
Skyline athletic directors reverted the state qualification SOP during a recent meeting, returning the process to its previous arrangement. The two division winners are protected to the semifinals of the district tournament.
The league’s three state playoff berths will be decided in a loser-out third place game and the championship contest.
Before the basketball season began, the league had changed its SOPs to protect the two division winners to the state playoffs — leaving seeding and the third state spot to be decided in the district tourney. However, as the league season played out, it became obvious to a majority of administrators that it was the wrong approach, at least for now.
“We were not going to get the three best to state, so we voted and most of the ADs agreed and we changed that,” Days Creek Athletic Director Ron Dunn said.
On the boys side, South champion Pacific (23-2, 13-0) and North champion Days Creek (17-7, 11-2) are in the district semifinals, which will be played Friday at Sutherlin High School. The second and third place teams in each division will play either Tuesday or Wednesday night for the other spots in the semifinals.
That means Yoncalla (12-10, 6-7 North) will visit Glendale (19-6, 8-5 South) and Camas Valley (14-9, 7-6 South) will play at North Douglas (16-9, 9-4 North).
On the girls’ side, Camas Valley and Days Creek (21-3, 12-1 North) are through to the semifinals, while New Hope Christian (8-15, 6-7 South) will play at Elkton (20-4, 11-2 North) while North Douglas (20-5, 10-3 North) plays at Pacific (11-14, 8-5 South).
Dates and times for those district playoff games will be set by Monday between the participating teams.
The semifinals will begin at 2 p.m. Friday in Sutherlin and continue at 3:30, 5 and 6:30. Third-place and championship games will be played Saturday, also at the Dog Pound.