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State soccer championships: Five storylines to follow this week

BOISE GIRLS CHASE PERFECTION

The 11-time state champ enters the state tournament 17-0-0 seeking two goals: a perfect season and the end of “The Curse.”

No 5A Southern Idaho Conference girls team has won a district title and a state title in the same season since Boise in 1997, leading Treasure Valley teams to claim the district title is cursed.

Boise, ranked No. 22 in the country in the latest USA Today/National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, has steamrolled opponents by a combined score of 76-3.

But it drew a tough first-round opponent in Skyline (15-1-0), which was perfect before getting upset by Hillcrest (13-4-1) in its district championship. Defending state champ Centennial (11-3-3) looms in a potential semifinal matchup.

WILL THE TREASURE VALLEY CONTINUE TO DOMINATE 5A?

The 5A tournaments have remained a District Three affair since the Idaho High School Association started sponsoring the tournament in 2000, with the boys and girls each winning 13-of-15 titles.

Boys teams from the 5A Southern Idaho Conference have claimed 25-of-30 spots in the state championship game in the IHSAA era. The only championship that did not include a Boise-based team was in 2003, when Idaho Falls topped Coeur d’Alene 2-1 in Pocatello.

The 5A SIC girls have been even more dominant. They’ve claimed 26-of-30 spots in the state championship game. The only year a Treasure Valley girls team didn’t reach the finals was in 2012, when Lake City beat Post Falls 1-0 in Coeur d’Alene.

TIMBERLINE BOYS EYE RARE REPEAT

While the Treasure Valley boys clubs have dominated the 5A classification, state champs have had a hard time staying on top.

Only Boise (2007, ’08) and Centennial (04, ’05) repeated as state champs. But Timberline poses a threat to join them.

The Wolves (16-1-0) enter the state tournament as the 5A SIC regular-season champ and the district champ. They bring the top offense in the classification with 80 goals this season, 12 ahead of second-place Boise.

Timberline also owns 5A’s No. 2 defense with 11 goals allowed, two behind Lake City (12-1-1), which looms on the other side of the bracket.

BISHOP KELLY, SANDPOINT ON TRACK FOR ANOTHER CLASH

The 4A girls bracket sets up for another title matchup between Sandpoint and Bishop Kelly.

The programs have dominated the classification since 2000, with Bishop Kelly winning five 4A state titles, plus a 5A title in 2001. Sandpoint has won seven state titles since 2000, all at the 4A level.

Bishop Kelly (13-2-1) and Sandpoint (7-5-3) have squared off in four of the past five state championships. Sandpoint edged the Knights for the past two titles. Bishop Kelly won in 2010 and ’11 on its way to a three-peat.

The only other school to win a 4A title is Century, with three. The Diamondbacks reside on Sandpoint’s side of the bracket, with the winner advancing to potentially face Bishop Kelly in the finals.

CAN ANYONE STOP LAUREN BOUVIA?

The Weiser junior enters the state tournament with 111 goals this fall, already a national record, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations’ record book.

She’s carried the Wolverines to a 17-1-0 record and their first state tournament appearance since 2011. Their only loss came to Skyview, a 4A program, on Sept. 1.

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