WIAA announces local basketball state tourney sites

Five local high schools will host first-round games in the revamped state boys and girls basketball tournaments.

Following its Executive Board members’ meeting last week, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced locations for the 2011 state basketball first-round games. These area venues are on the list, approved on Sept. 27:

*Jackson High (4A boys and girls)

*Marysville-Pilchuck High (3A boys and girls)

*Stanwood High (2A boys and girls)

*Glacier Peak High (1A boys and girls)

*Mountlake Terrace High (1B boys and girls)

The first-round games will take place on Feb. 25-26. See the complete list of first-round sites and schedules by going to http://tinyurl.com/27v3rvs.

Changes in Wesco girls soccer point system

Points are awarded differently this year in the Wesco North 4A, Wesco South 4A and Wesco 3A girls soccer divisions. Teams receive three points for a victory completed in regulation or overtime, two points for a shootout victory and one point for a shootout loss. In previous years, teams simply earned three points for a win and one point for a tie.

Another change this season in Wesco 4A: crossover games between North and South teams count in the respective division standings.

Hole in the Wall meet this weekend

More than 1,400 runners from 42 high schools are set to compete in the 27th Hole in the Wall Cross Country Invitational on Saturday at Lakewood High. Members of at least 12 state-ranked teams will participate, Lakewood co-head coach Jeff Sowards said. The 5-kilometer varsity races are scheduled to start at 12:20 p.m. (girls) and 1 p.m. (boys). For more details about the Hole in the Wall Invite go to http://tinyurl.com/2f42y4l.

Benefit for ailing basketball official is a financial success

A benefit dinner held last week in Everett for ailing local basketball official Mike Cashman generated more than $11,000. Featured Sept. 28 in The Herald, Cashman officiated youth basketball in Snohomish County the past nine years but can’t officiate this winter because of a debilitating hip injury. Local officials organized the benefit dinner to help Cashman pay steep out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Sultan football food drive

Fans at the Cedarcrest versus Sultan high school football game on Friday weren’t just concerned with watching the action on the field. As part of Sultan’s White Out 2010, fans were encouraged to wear white to the game and bring non-perishable food to support the Sultan Food Bank. Fans donated more than 1,400 pounds of food, according to Sultan athletic director Scott Sifferman.

Mike Cane: mcane@heraldnet.com. Check out the prep sports blog Double Team at www.heraldnet.com/doubleteam and follow Cane on Twitter at MikeCaneHerald.

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