POLL RESULTS: Marysville Pilchuck boys basketball favored

Half the responders believe the Tomahawks will be the local team that goes furthest at state.

When conducting polls involving our local high schools, I’ve found there’s often little consensus, as all the schools seem to have their bases of support. However, in this instance the Marysville Pilchuck boys basketball team is the clear choice.

This week’s Seattle Sidelines poll asked readers to chime in on the upcoming high school state basketball tournaments, which commence Wednesday. There were 11 local teams that qualified for state in their respective classifications, and this week we asked readers to choose which team they believed would advance furthest at state. Here’s how you voted:

Add it all up and the Marysville Pilchuck boys (3A) were the clear favorite, garnering 50 percent of the vote. The Glacier Peak girls (4A) came in a distant second at 12 percent, with the Archbishop Murphy girls (2A) third at 10 percent. The rest of the field received 28 percent.

This is one instance where we have to examine the difference between the Twitter portion of the poll and blog portion. Twitter only allows four answers, so I picked out our three highest seeds and lumped everyone else into an “other” category. However, on the blog I was able to list all 11 teams. So among the “others” the Jackson boys (4A) received the most votes on the blog at 34 percent. Indeed, the Timberwolves’ 13 percent of the total vote on the blog made them the second-highest vote getter, behind the Marysville Pilchuck boys but ahead of both the Glacier Peak girls and Archbishop Murphy girls.

However, on both platforms the Marysville Pilchuck boys came out way on top, and that’s the answer that makes most sense. The Tomahawks are a No. 4 seed, which is tied with the Tulalip Heritage boys (1B) as the highest seed among local teams, and they are the only local team that earned a first-round bye. Plus, Marysville Pilchuck has the area’s premier player in University of Washington signee RaeQuan Battle.

That said, the Tomahawks may also have the toughest task among all teams when it comes to advancing at state. The 3A boys field is loaded every year, and Marysville Pilchuck is staring down the possibility of facing a tough O’Dea squad in the quarterfinals, and should the Tomahawks get past that they’d probably end up playing the best team in the state in Eastside Catholic.

We’ll find out beginning Wednesday. The 4A and 3A tournaments take place at the Tacoma Dome, the 2A and 1A tournaments are at the Yakima Valley SunDome, and the 2B and 1B tournaments are Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

Here’s a closer look at our local boys state qualifiers and our local girls state qualifiers.

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