Oak Harbor’s Blake McBride, top, will lead the Wildcats into the postseason this weekend. McBride is ranked fifth in the state 3A 145-pound class going into the sub-regional tournament. (Photo by John Fisken)

Oak Harbor’s Blake McBride, top, will lead the Wildcats into the postseason this weekend. McBride is ranked fifth in the state 3A 145-pound class going into the sub-regional tournament. (Photo by John Fisken)

Wildcats, Wolves head to playoffs

The attention of Oak Harbor and Coupeville high school winter athletes is now turning to the postseason and state tournament berths.

The Oak Harbor wrestling team gets the second season started by competing in the sub-regional tournament this weekend.

In basketball, only one local team, the Coupeville girls, qualified for the district tournament, which begins next week.

The 3A district swim and dive meet takes place Feb. 7, 9 and 10 in Snohomish.

Wrestling

The boys sub-regional meet, which is also the Wesco North 3A championships, is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, and 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Stanwood.

The top six in each weight class advance to the regional tournament Feb. 9 and 10 at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Oak Harbor’s Blake McBride (145 pounds) is currently ranked fifth in the state by the Washington Wrestling Report. Caleb Fitzgerald (126) is listed 11th and Michael Fisken (220) 14th.

The girls sub-regional is for all classifications and will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, and 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Bellingham High School.

The first five in each weight division earn berths in the regional tournament, which is Saturday, Feb. 10, at Sedro-Woolley.

Basketball

The Coupeville girls play Chimacum at home at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, in the regular season finale. That game will determine the Olympic League’s second and third seeds in the district playoffs.

The No. 2 seed will host the third-place team from the Nisqually League at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in a loser-out game. That winner will advance to play the Nisqually League champion at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Bremerton High School in the four-team, first round of the double-elimination portion of the tournament.

The No. 3 Olympic League seed hosts the No. 4 Nisqually team at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in a loser-out game. The winner goes to the Nisqually League’s No. 2 team in another loser-out match at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. The winner heads to the double elimination portion of the tournament and meets Olympic League champion, Port Townsend, at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, in Bremerton.

Swim and Dive

Oak Harbor will compete in the 3A district swim and dive meet next week at the Snohomish Aquatic Center.

The diving preliminaries are 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, and the swimming prelims are 5:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9.

The finals begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10.

The top four in each event and those who meet state qualifying marks earn a trip to the state meet Feb. 16 and 17 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

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