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Ellie Harding and Corvallis High have a road matchup with Churchill Tuesday night. 

The Corvallis High and Crescent Valley girls basketball teams will be in action Tuesday night for the 5A state play-in round.

The Spartans (10-14) have a 6:30 p.m. matchup with Churchill (10-13) in Eugene while the Raiders (20-4) are set to host Thurston (6-18) at 7 p.m. The winners advance to Friday’s state round of 16.

CV, which shared second in the Mid-Willamette Conference with Central, defeated Thurston 57-42 back in December. The Raiders have won six in a row overall entering the postseason.

Despite finishing eighth in the OSAA power rankings, CV cannot host a round-of-16 game with a victory Tuesday. The Raiders would instead travel to No. 10 Pendleton (17-7), which won the Columbia River Conference to receive a guaranteed home game.

Corvallis’ three-game win streak came to end with a 44-42 loss at South Albany in Friday’s regular-season finale. The Spartans wound up finishing fifth in the MWC, one game back of Lebanon.

The Lancers, who placed fourth in the Midwestern League, have dropped four of their last six.

In the boys play-in round, CV (14-10) will host Ashland (7-17) at 6 p.m. Wednesday for a spot in the round of 16. The Corvallis boys (9-15) will also be at Churchill (17-7) for a 6:30 p.m. matchup.

The Raiders closed the regular season with three consecutive victories to place third in the MWC standings. The Spartans dropped their final three games and tumbled to fifth.


No. 10 Philomath (15-8) will face seventh-seeded Mazama (16-6) at 4 p.m. Saturday in Klamath Falls for a berth in next week’s 4A boys state tournament.

The winner gets a matchup with No. 2 Seaside or No. 15 Gladstone in the state quarterfinals.

Philomath has won four in a row entering the round of 16, including a 52-34 victory over North Valley in Saturday’s play-in round.

Mazama, champion of the Skyline Conference, has won 10 of its last 11 games.


No. 3 Santiam Christian (21-5) is set to open the 3A boys state tournament against sixth-seeded Cascade Christian (18-9) at 8:15 p.m. Thursday night in Coos Bay.

SC, which outlasted Salem Academy 72-61 in the round of 16, is at the state tournament for the second time in three years. The Challengers are making their second consecutive trip to Coos Bay.

The teams met back in December at the Southern Oregon Christmas Classic in Medford with SC earning a 52-48 win.

The Eagles and Challengers have gone head-to-head in several high-leverage situations this school year. Cascade Christian defeated SC 28-21 to win the state football title and overcame a two-set hole en route to a 3-2 victory in the state volleyball finals.

Thursday’s winner will receive a matchup with No. 10 Oregon Episcopal or No. 2 Dayton in the semifinals.


Back to defend its state title, the second-seeded Monroe girls (24-3) open the 2A state tournament against No. 7 Gold Beach (18-6) at 8:15 p.m. Thursday in Pendleton.

No. 6 St. Paul or No. 3 Oakland will get the winner in the semifinals.

Monroe bounced back from a loss to Oakland in the Mountain View Conference championship game with an 80-43 victory over City Christian in the round of 16. Gold Beach is coming off a 42-34 win over Lost River.


Sports Reporter

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