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Friday’s impending snowstorm has already forced changes to the playoff schedules for area teams and that could last into early next week.

Bainbridge’s girls basketball team took the first hit when the Metro League tournament was cancelled due to school closures within the league, said athletic director Kaycee Taylor. 

The Spartans played Wednesday at Bishop Blanchet in a loser-out game and won 64-56. They were originally scheduled to face Rainier Beach at home but it didn’t matter as Bainbridge qualified for the SeaKing District.

The Spartans will play the winner of Holy Names versus Rainier Beach for seed eight or nine on Thursday. Taylor said if Rainier Beach wins, Bainbridge will host. If Holy Names wins then the Spartans head to Holy Names.

The hard deadline for seeding into the SeaKing District tournament and the concern over additional school closures was the reason for cancelling the league tournament, Taylor said. As a result, the top seven Metro teams (boys and girls) will advance to district. Teams seeded 8-11 will play a mini-tournament to determine the final two teams into districts. 

The Class 2A girls and boys basketball tournaments begin Thursday. Kingston is at Renton while North Kitsap hosts Orting. Both games are at.7 p.m. Crosspoint boys are scheduled to face Darrington on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the 2B Tri-District tournament at Sedro-Woolley High School but that’s during the expected snow dump and will likely change.

Boys swimming: Cougars sixth at district

The Central Kitsap boy swimming team placed sixth at the 3A West Central/Southwest District meet on Feb. 2 at Foss. 

CK’s James Sanchez, a junior, won the 100-yard backstroke in 54.30 seconds, far outdistancing Lakes’ Magnus Neil in 56.74. Sanchez was second in the 100 butterfly in 53.08 while teammate RJ Thomasberg was fourth.

Other top placers for Central Kitsap included Matyas Kisiday, who was fifth in the 100 breaststroke and Thomasberg was third in the 200 freestyle. 

CK’s 200 medley relay finished fourth.

Also, Sanchez was named the WIAA athlete of the week after his performance at district.

The 1A/2A West Central District boys swimming meet was changed from a two-day meet to a one-day timed final Friday at Hazen High pool in Renton.

Athletes will be seeded by entry time. The top seven move on to the state meet on Feb. 15-16. 

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