Playoff situation is confusing

The Wildcats’ win against Stanwood improved their WesCo league-leading record to 6-1 and threw them into a virtual three-way tie with Lake Stevens and Snohomish, both 5-1 in league play.

Lake Stevens’ 14-10 win at Snohomish Friday muddied the situation at the top of the standings. The Cats are a half game up on the Panthers and Vikings, both of which have two league games remaining. Oak Harbor has only one, this Friday against visiting bottom-dwelling Monroe.

However, Oak Harbor clinched a playoff spot with the win over Stanwood. Now they have to wait to see which of the top three seeds they will take into the WesCo playoffs.

Oak Harbor’s sub-par football field and related facilities may be able to host the Wildcats’ first playoff game, Jeff Stone, athletic director, said Monday. He toured the field with the District 1 Site Review Committee on Oct. 23.

“It was tentatively approved for dry weather,” Stone said. “If there’s a lot of rain we’ll go to an alternative site,” possibly Stanwood.

Any further playoff games would be held at another site. Oak Harbor falls short of the state criteria for playoff games in a number of areas, including field drainage, stadium seating, concession stands, parking, restrooms and locker rooms, according to Stone.

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