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"The high school football playoffs continued last weekend with WesCo's Kamiak Knights advancing to the semifinals for the second consecutive year with a 9-7 win over Tahoma High School from the South Puget Sound League.The South Puget Sound League had five of the eight teams in the Class 4A quarterfinals and will have two of the four squads involved in the semifinals this weekend. Should top-ranked Kentwood, playing Pasco in Kennewick, and Bethel, facing Kamiak in the Tacoma Dome, both win, it would be an all-SPSL championship game. If you are a die-hard high school football fan, the Tacoma Dome is the place to be this weekend. Five semifinal football games, involving teams in four different classifications, will be played under the wooden roof on Friday and Saturday. The complete playoff picture, including brackets and game times, can be found on the internet at www.wiaa.com. The WIAA has done a thorough job in keeping the playoff pages updated.I traveled to Bellingham last Saturday for a pair of quarterfinal games and watched Meridian, the defending Class 2A champions, edge Forks, 7-6. Forks was without their kicker, who was suspended due to academic shortcomings. They could have used him as they drove to the four-yard line in the final minute but were unable to score.In the nightcap, Ferndale scored to take a 21-20 lead over North Thurston of Lacey with just over two minutes remaining. But North Thurston roared down the field and reclaimed the lead in just four plays, and ended up winning 28-21. It was a very cold day in Whatcom County, but the football was hot on the new turf at Civic Field. That's the synthetic turf that looks and feels like real grass.High school winter sports teams have been practicing since Monday, Nov. 13 in preparation for the season. Coupeville will hold its basketball jamboree on Monday, Nov. 27 at 5 p.m. This is a great chance for fans to get a sneak preview of the Wolves hoopsters.The Oak Harbor boy's basketball team opens its season the following evening, Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. with a road trip to Sedro Woolley and a bout with the Cubs. The Cats lost at home in their opener a year ago to Sedro Woolley. 6-foot-4 inch forward Mitch Annema had a big game against the Cats last year and returns to lead the Cubs.The first home game for the Wildcat boy's team is scheduled for Dec. 1 at 7:30 against Anacortes.The Wildcat girl's basketball squad premiers at home against Anacortes on Nov. 29 at 7:30.The Wildcat wrestling team enters the new season with high expectations. I've seen one prognosticator rank Oak Harbor as high as fifth in the state entering the season. This follows on the heels of a 14th place finish at the Mat Classic last March.Top returning state finishers from last year's squad include senior Brian Lang, who placed third at Mat Classic at 145 pounds; senior Brent Lang, a fifth-place finisher at 171-pounds; and Danny Wichers, a fifth-place winner at 125 pounds.The Wildcat grapplers open at home against WesCo rival Mountlake Terrace on Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m.High school wrestling fans might want to check out washingtonwrestling.com at www.wawrestling.com. There is a ton of information on tournaments, meets, results and more.It's a great time of the year to be a high school sports fan with the football playoffs in high gear and basketball as well as wrestling just getting started. Get out and support our local teams and enjoy the games. "

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