Mount Tahoma High School will be the home of Mountlake Terrace Hawk basketball this week as both the boys and girls teams will be playing their regional round games of the WIAA state basketball tournaments at the Tacoma school on Friday and Saturday.
The Terrace girls will take on Lincoln in their loser-out / winner to the quarterfinals game on Friday, Feb. 28; tip-off is set for 6 p.m.
The MTHS boys team will play their regional game against Wilson on Saturday, Mar. 1, with a 4 p.m. tip-off scheduled.
Both girls and boys games will be broadcast on the Sound Live Sports Network.
The Lady Hawks will face a Lincoln Lady Abes team that boasts a record of 18-5 this year, and earned their spot in the regionals by finishing third in the tough District 3/4 3A Girls Basketball Tournament.
The Terrace-Lincoln game will be the first of a doubleheader at Mount Tahoma High School on Friday. In the second game, the Lincoln boys team will take on Bellevue beginning at approximately 8:00 p.m.
For the Terrace boys, they will face a difficult challenge when they take the court Saturday against Wilson. The Rams are 21-3 this season and ranked #4 in the AP state boys prep basketball poll.
The Hawk-Ram game is the last of four tilts scheduled for Mount Tahoma High School on Saturday. The Wilson girls team will take on District 1’s Ferndale in a 4 p.m. game; other match-ups will be Wishkah Valley against #1 ranked Neah Bay in a 1B boys classification game at 10 a.m., and Willpinit against Neah Bay in a 1B girls classification game at noon.
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association had announced earlier in the month that they would attempt to schedule back-to-back games on the same floor for schools that qualified both their boys and girls teams for regional action. While the Mountlake Terrace Hawks did fall into that category, so did the Tacoma schools the boys and girls teams drew for this round of the state basketball tournaments, Lincoln and Wilson.
Also qualifying for WIAA state tourney regional competition was the boys team from Cedar Park Christian – MLT. The Lions will travel to Wenatchee on Saturday, March 1, to face Soap Lake at 4 p.m. in a 1B classification match-up.
To view the schedule for all the WIAA regional basketball games this week here. Admission to the games is $10 for adults and students without a valid ASB card, $8 for students with a valid ASB card, seniors 62 years and older, and children age 5-11. Children under the age of 5 will be admitted for free.
— Story and photo by Doug Petrowski