Boys High School Basketball

Boys basketball state tournament team-by-team previews

These capsules were compiled by newspapers throughout the state.

CLASS 5A

BORAH LIONS

Record: 19-6

State seed: Play-in game winner

Coach: Cary Cada, 21st season

Players to watch: G Rylan Bergersen, jr. (18 ppg, 7 rebounds); PG DeAndre Jones, jr. (12 ppg, 6.8 assists).

Notes: Beat Coeur d’Alene 67-51 in a state play-in game to qualify for state for the seventh year in a row and the 12th time in the last 13 years. ...Has reached the state finals three years in a row, winning the ‘12 and ‘13 titles and falling to Capital in ‘14. ...A Cada-led Borah team has reached state 13 of the past 20 years, and each team has reached Saturday in the tournament. Ten won trophies. ...Cada is 27-12 at state at Borah. ...Bergersen and Jones provide two scoring options that can take over any game. But the Lions struggle to find looks when those two aren’t on. ...Tied with Moscow for the most titles in state history (11).

CAPITAL EAGLES

(Defending champ)

Record: 17-6

State seed: District Three runner-up

Coach: Paul Rush, fifth season

Players to watch: G Derrick White, sr., (16.0 ppg, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.0 steals); G Talon Pinckney, jr. (8.8 ppg, 2.8 assists, 1.7 steals); F Cameron Godeny-Scott, so. (8.2 ppg, 5.3 rebounds).

Notes: Derrick White, a first-team All-Idaho selection last season, is the only returning starter from last year’s 26-0 squad. ...Returns to state for the third straight year. ...Fielded the 5A SIC’s top defense at 44.3 ppg, an improvement on last year’s 44.5 ppg, also a league best. ...Five of its six losses came to 5A state qualifiers. ...White and Pinckney form an athletic, dynamic backcourt. But Godeny-Scott came on in the second half of the season to give the Eagles an inside presence.

HIGHLAND RAMS

Record: 20-2

State seed: District Five-Six champ

Coach: Chris Frost, 25th season

Players to watch: G Stefan Gonzalez, sr. (20.3 ppg, 5.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists); G/F Connor Harding, jr. (16.6 ppg, 7.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists); G Braydon West, jr. (8 ppg).

Notes: Gonzalez has signed to play for Saint Mary’s. ...Harding is the No. 1-ranked recruit in Idaho for the class of 2016, according to ESPN. Harding has drawn interest from Arizona State, BYU and Utah State. ...The Rams, who are averaging 65.5 points per game, are seeking their first boys basketball state championship since 1996.

NAMPA BULLDOGS

Record: 13-12

State seed: District Three fourth place

Coach: Trevor Morris, first season

Players to watch: G J.D. Schutt, sr. (15.6 ppg, 2.8 rebounds, 2.1 blocks); G Blaine Roberts, sr. (13 ppg, 4 rebounds, 3.6 blocks); F Rob Davenport, jr. (4 rebounds).

Notes: Averaging 50.5 points per game but allowing 49. ...Claimed the 4A consolation trophy last season, but this is the school's first year back at 5A since the 2004-05 season and its first trip to the 5A state tournament since 1992. Has not won a state title since 1950.

POST FALLS TROJANS

Record: 22-1

State seed: District One-Two champ

Coach: Mike McLean, eighth season

Players to watch: G Dalton Thompson, sr. (11.2 ppg, 3.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists); G Max McCullough, jr. (14.8 ppg, 46 percent on 3-pointers); P Jake Blakney, sr. (8 ppg, 6 rebounds).

Notes: Trojans, which can go 11 deep, are at state for the seventh straight season, including a state title in 2010 and runner-up finish in ’12. ...Post Falls enters state on a 13-game winning streak. It’s only loss was to Wilson of Tacoma, Wash., in the finals of the Coeur d’Alene Inn-vitational. Wilson finished 20-5, losing in the regional round of the Washington state 3A tournament. ...Post Falls played six games in six days over the holidays — three at the Coeur d’Alene tourney and three more in Boise in an event at CenturyLink Arena.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN GRIZZLIES

Record: 19-5

State seed: District Three champ

Coach: Dane Roy, fourth season

Players to watch: F Kolby Lee, so. (13.7 ppg, 6.7 rebounds, 2.0 blocks); G Logan Skurdal, sr. (8.5 ppg, 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.0 steals); G Jacob Erickson, so. (7.8 ppg, 38.2 percent on 3-pointers).

Notes: Back to state for the third year in a row. Won its first district title in the school’s seven-year history, holding Capital scoreless for the final 4:59 to rally for the win. ...Won the Lake City Tournament in December, beating Washington’s Kentridge (19-7), Columbia River (18-7) and Tahoma (6-15). ...Outrebound opponents by an average of 33.5-26.2 per game. ...Eight different players have led the team in scoring this year. ...The 6-foot-8 Lee provides the Grizzlies a strong and skilled low-post option. ...Searching for its first state title.

SKYLINE GRIZZLIES

Record: 19-4

State seed: District Five-Six runner-up

Coach: Clint Cornish, second season

Players to watch: G/F Jai Jai Ely, sr. (17.0 ppg, 6.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.7 steals); G Mason Baker, jr. (19.3 ppg, 3.9 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 44 percent on 3-pointers); G Tyson Baker, sr. (12.7 ppg, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists).

Notes: Skyline has reached the state tournament for the second straight season, marking the first back-to-back state appearances for the Grizzlies since 1992. The Grizzlies averaged 67.1 points per game and gave up 60.9. Skyline and Borah are the only two teams that have defeated second-ranked Highland this season. Ely and the Baker brothers have played on the same AAU team since kindergarten.

TIMBERLINE WOLVES

Record: 20-4

State seed: District Three third place

Coach: Bruce Logsdon, second season

Players to watch: F Bryce Gonser, sr. (13.8 ppg, 6.5 rebounds); G Gibson Berryhill, sr. (12.3 ppg, 2.2 assists, 40 percent on 3-pointers, 90 percent on free throws).

Notes: Back to state for the second year in a row. It went two-and-out last season and returns four starters from that team. ...Won the 5A SIC regular season title, then was upset by Nampa at home in the first round of districts before rallying to state. ...All three of its regular season losses came on the road. ...Gonser provides an athletic and strong low-post threat that pairs well with shooters like Berryhill, Ben Salcines and Chauncee Mallory. ...Searching for its first state title. ...Senior guard Brock Rice (4.9 ppg) is the son of Boise State coach Leon Rice.

CLASS 4A

BISHOP KELLY KNIGHTS

Record: 14-11

State seed: Play-in game winner

Coach: Ryan Kerns, first season

Players to watch: G Tyler Allumbaugh, sr. (9.5 ppg); G Max Rice, fr. (8.7 ppg); G Bronson King, so. (7.7 ppg).

Notes: Beat Minico 90-52 in a play-in game to qualify for state the sixth time in the past seven years. ...Led the 4A SIC in scoring at 59.0 points per game. ...No player averages more than 10 points per game, but five average six or more points, including Dan Sabala (6.6 ppg) and Mike Martinez (6.6 ppg). ...Started the season 3-8 but has won nine of its last 11. ...Only state titles came in 1991 and ‘98 at the 3A level. Has never won a 4A state title. ...Max Rice is the son of Boise State coach Leon Rice.

BURLEY BOBCATS

Record: 14-10

State seed: District Four runner-up

Coach: Jack Bagley, 13th year

Players to watch: G Mackinley Quast, sr. (11.2 ppg); F Mario Del Bosque, sr. (9.6 ppg); F Cole Gibbons, sr. (6.8 ppg).

Notes: Was the highest scoring team in the Great Basin Conference, averaging over 61 points per game, but had just one player average double-digits. ...Relied on balanced scoring, with 10 players averaging at least 3 points a game. ...Has just three players over 6-foot tall. Have an entirely new starting lineup from last season. Many of the team’s contributors played junior varsity last season.

CENTURY DIAMONDBACKS

Record: 14-11

State seed: District Fix-Six runner-up

Coach: Lester Stewart, first season

Players to watch: G Malek Harwell, sr. (27 ppg, 10 rebounds, 5 assists); G Leo Behrend, sr. (16 ppg, 7 rebounds, 2 assists); G Grant Foulger, sr. (9 ppg, 4 rebounds, 3 assists); G/F Chase Rowe, sr. (8 rebounds).

Notes: Harwell has signed to play for Boise State. ...Harwell was hurt early in the season and the Diamondbacks, who finished second a season ago, stumbled to a 4-10 start. Since Harwell returned to full strength, Century has won 10 of its last 11 games, including a 61-54 victory over No. 1 Preston on the road to reach the state tournament. ...Harwell is the guy who makes Century go, but Behrend, who averaged 18 points and 11.5 rebounds per game during the District Five-Six tournament, might be the most overlooked player in the state.

LAKELAND HAWKS

Record: 16-6

State seed: District One-Two champ

Coach: Dave Stockwell, fourth season

Players to watch: PG Tyrel Derrick, sr. (16.5 ppg, 5.5 assists, 2.4 steals); P Jay Plunkett, sr. (8.0 ppg, 4.5 rebounds); W Jake Ram, sr. (7.6 ppg, 4.6 rebounds); G Auston Henry, sr. (6.9 ppg); P Slader Ray, sr. (5.7 ppg, 5.5 rebounds).

Notes: First trip to state since 2004, Lakeland’s final season in 3A before moving up to 4A. Derrick’s father, Trent, was the Hawks’ coach then. He is now the athletic director. ...Hawks start five seniors and have eight on the roster.

MIDDLETON VIKINGS

Record: 16-8

State seed: District Three champ

Coach: Dale Karst, second season (ninth overall)

Players to watch: P J.D. Lyle, sr. (10.8 ppg, 7 rebounds); G Hayden Bennett, sr. (10.5 ppg, 4 rebounds); G Joseph Valencia, sr. (7.3 ppg, 3 assists).

Notes: The Vikings, who are returning to state for the first time since 2008, face district opponent Bishop Kelly in the first round for their third game of the season. The Knights won both of the previous games. ...Won its last state title in 1965 as a 2A program.

MOUNTAIN HOME TIGERS

Record: 17-7

State seed: District Three runner-up

Coach: Brion Bethel, third season

Players to watch: P Jarek Schetzle, sr. (12.9 ppg, 8.3 rebounds); G Jymon Garretson, jr. (9.9 ppg, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals); F Tyler Park, sr. (7.7 ppg).

Notes: Back to state for the first time since 2009, the second time since 1994 and the third time in 35 years. ...Went two-and-out in both 2009 and 1994. Its last state tournament victory came in 1980, when it finished as the consolation champ. ...Went 0-20 two years ago. ...The 6-foot-10 Schetzle has provided a mismatch for the Tigers down low and on the boards all season long. ...Went 11-1 at home this season and 6-6 on the road. ...Has never won a state final or played in a championship game.

RIGBY TROJANS

Record: 13-9

State seed: District Five-Six champ

Coach: Justin Jones, seventh season

Players to watch: F Nick Huston, sr.; G Tyrel Phillips, sr.; G Haydn Landon, sr.

Notes: The Trojans went 3-7 against 5A District 5-6 teams this season. Rigby has won three of the last four 4A District Five-Six tournaments. Rigby won 2012 and 2013 4A state championships. The 2012 title was Rigby’s first since 1987.

TWIN FALLS BRUINS

(Defending champ)

Record: 15-8

State seed: District Four champ

Coach: Matt Harr, 12th year

Players to watch: G Jonah Lutz, jr. (13 ppg); G Braden Stutzman, sr. (11.4 ppg); F Avery Manring, sr. (8.5 ppg); G. Lanmdon Jones, sr. (7.5 ppg).

Notes: Graduated the core of last season’s state champs: Casdon Jardine and Alec, Connor and Kade Meyerhoeffer. Plays Century in the first round, a team it beat two out of three times in the regular season, in the state championship game last season and in five straight state tournaments.

CLASS 3A

BUHL INDIANS

(Defending champs)

Record: 18-5

State seed: District Four champ

Coach: Dan Winn, fifth season

Players to watch: G Hayden Eckert sr. (15 ppg, 3 assists, 2.5 steals); F Michael Lively jr. (13.9 ppg, 10.7 rebounds); G Ryan Loveless sr. (10.7 ppg); F Tegon Tonge, jr (10 ppg).

Notes: Eckert, a 2014 All-Idaho guard, leads the team in points, assists, steals and 3-pointers made (2.5 per game). ...Lively shoots 64 percent from the floor. Graduated 3A All-Idaho Player of the Year Kade Crossland and lost younger brother Kasey Crossland to a season-ending injury in football. But it has a similar point differential to last year’s team.

FRUITLAND GRIZZLIES

Record: 8-16

State seed: District Three runner-up

Coach: Mike Fitch, 16th season

Players to watch: F Tyler Eiguren, so. (10.0 ppg, 6.5 rebounds, 1.2 steals); F Jerred Seamons, sr. (6.5 ppg, 4.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.7 steals); G Walker Whaley, jr. (6.3 ppg).

Notes: Had its run of 11 straight state tournament appearances snapped last year. But it’s back at state for the 12th time in 13 years. ...Started the year 1-11 but has gone 7-5 since then. ...Eiguren is the only player to average double figures in scoring. Four more average five or more points, including Casey Rodriguez (5.1) and Conner Benear (5.1). ...Winner of four state titles, including back-to-back championships in 2011 and ‘12.

KELLOGG WILDCATS

Record: 19-3

State seed: District One champ

Coach: Jeff Lambert, fifth season

Players to watch: G Gus Colburn, sr., (14 ppg, 7 assists, 3 steals); F Tucker Gust, sr., (8 ppg, 7 rebounds); F Heath Waechter, sr., (8 ppg, 8 rebounds).

Notes: Third state appearance in four years for Kellogg, which lost in the third-place game to Filer last season. ...Lambert coached Wildcat girls basketball team to state 3A title game in 2010. ...Colburn, Gust, Waechter are returning starters from last year’s team.

MARSH VALLEY EAGLES

Record: 15-9

State seed: District Five champ

Coach: Jason Brower, ninth season

Players to watch: G Andrew Vaughan, sr.; G Tyler Dunn, sr.; G Jake Barker, sr.

Notes: Back in the state tournament for the first time since 2011. ...The Eagles and their first-round opponent, South Fremont, split a pair of meetings during the regular season. Marsh won at home 57-45, and the Cougars won 65-61 in St. Anthony. ...Marsh Valley likes to play fast and is most dangerous when Vaughan, Dunn and Barker — three quick, speedy guards — find their touch from the perimeter.

PARMA PANTHERS

Record: 11-13

State seed: Play-in game winner

Coach: Kevin Sitts, fifth season (ninth overall)

Players to watch: G Tanner Kramer, jr. (17 ppg); F Colton Merges, jr. (10 ppg); G Elijah Larson, sr.Notes: Second time the Panthers have qualified for the 3A tournament since moving up from 2A starting in 2013-14. Searching for its first state title. ...Larson missed the first half of the season with an injury but has come back strong. Tanner Jennings is still out with a knee injury.

SHELLEY RUSSETS

Record: 12-11

State seed: District 6 champ

Coach: Dave Hadley, 17th season

Players to watch: G Tyler Fredrickson, sr., (10.6 ppg, 4.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists); G Blaine Rumsey, jr. (8.9 ppg, 3.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists); F Carter Cannon, sr. (13.2 ppg, 5.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists); C Keifer Higham, sr. (8.4 ppg, 6.9 rebounds).

Notes: Shelley’s season record isn’t impressive, but six of the losses were to 5A teams (two each to Skyline, Idaho Falls and Hillcrest), two were to 4A Rigby and another was to defending 2A state champion Firth. This is the 10th straight year Shelley has played in the 3A state tournament. The Russets lost to District Six rival Sugar-Salem in last year’s state consolation game. ...Fredrickson and fellow senior Keifer Higham are two of the top junior golfers in the state.

SOUTH FREMONT COUGARS

Record: 15-10

State seed: Play-in game winner

Coach: Ryon Pope, third season

Players to watch: F Con Bauer, sr. (13.2 ppg., 5.3 rebounds, 3.1 blocks); PG Alec Pope, jr. (10.9 ppg., 4.6 assists, 2.7 steals); C Blake Bartschi, soph. (10.2 ppg., 6.9 rebounds, 1.3 blocks).

Notes: The Cougars pushed Shelley to the limit in the district tournament, dropping two close games to the Russets before they blasted Kimberly in Saturday’s state play-in game. Bauer is a 6-foot-7 wing who is one of the most dangerous 3-point shooters in eastern Idaho. He hit 22 of 60 (36.7 percent) from long range this season. With Blake Bartschi, a 6-6 sophomore, and Bauer inside and quick guards Pope, Garrett Remington and Junior Gonzalez on the perimeter, the Cougars allowed just 45.2 points per game. After allowing 50 or more points in the first six games of the season, South Fremont allowed 50 or more just three times the rest of the year. First trip to state since 2007.

WEISER WOLVERINES

Record: 14-10

State seed: District Three champ

Coach: Brad Adolfson, second year

Players to watch: JaCobi Beesley, jr. (11.0 ppg, 4.9 rebounds); Evan Loomis, sr. (9.3 ppg, 7.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists); Thomas Crawford, sr. (8.8 ppg, 6.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists).

Notes: Won its first district title since 1995 and returns to state for the first time since 2012. ...Lost five straight games to end the regular season to finish in last place in the 3A Snake River Valley Conference. It then won three straight tournament games for the district title. ...Six players average seven or more points per game, including Alberto Sanchez (8.2 ppg), Bridger Bumgarner (7.7 ppg) and Tony Lopez (7.5 ppg). ...Won its only state title in 1995.

CLASS 2A

DECLO HORNETS

Record: 17-5

State seed: District Four champ

Coach: Val Christensen, fourth season

Players to watch: G Jackson Duncan, sr.; W Braxton Webb, jr.; G Travis Schroeder, sr.; W Stegan Garner, sr.; P Kyle Heward, sr.; P Talon Nance, jr.

Notes: No player on the Hornets roster stands under 5-foot-11, and 10 of 12 stand at least six foot. After a long drought, the Hornets have made the state tournament three years in a row, including the state championship game last season. ...Lost to lone conference opponent Wendell twice in the regular season before sweeping it in the district tournament, including its last game, when Garner nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to down Wendell.

FIRTH COUGARS

(Defending state champs)

Record: 21-2

State seed: District Six champs

Coach: Scott Adams, 11th season

Players to watch: G Braydon Adams, sr. (14.9 ppg., 4.6 rebounds. 2.4 assists, 1.8 steals); G. Lucus Orme, jr. (9.8 ppg., 7.1 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 2.0 steals); F Dallan Bingham, sr. (8.4 ppg., 6.0 rebounds, 1.0 blocks); F Conner Burkhart, jr. (9.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.7 blocks); F Zak Johnson, sr. (7.2 ppg, 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 steals).

Notes: Firth cruised to its ninth straight district tournament title last week and improved to 99-3 against league teams since 2006-07. The Cougars have won five of the past eight 2A state titles. They’re defending a title for the first time since 2010, when they won the last of four straight. Guards Adams and Orme do a little bit of everything for the Cougars. Adams leads the team in scoring and assists and is fourth in rebounding, while Orme leads the team is rebounding and assists and is tied for second in scoring. Firth outscored its three opponents 61.7-24.3 per game during the district tournament.

GRANGEVILLE BULLDOGS

Record: 14-9

State seed: Play-in game winner

Coach: Skip Hall, ninth season

Players to watch: G Austin Parks, jr.; G Michael Wilson, sr.

Notes: Finished third last season after winning the tournament two seasons ago. ...Enters the 2015 tournament with the worst record in the field. ...Past teams have relied on athleticism and speed. This year’s version relies on half-court defense and hot shooting. ...Hall said the goal isn’t necessarily to win the tournament, but to hopefully finish the season with a win whether it be in the consolation final or the third-place game.

MELBA MUSTANGS

Record: 17-5

State seed: District III champ

Coach: Bob Lenz, 17th season

Players to watch: G Nick Fitts, so. (14.9 ppg, 2.4 assists, 1.9 steals); G Chris Young, sr. (11.6 ppg, 5.1 rebounds, 3 assists); C Devin Edmiston, jr. (7.5 rebounds); F Trey Trappett, jr. (7.5 rebounds); F Wyatt Helm, sr. (2.5 steals).

Notes: Lenz, who won his 500th game in January, led Melba to a state title in 2011, but the program has not won a state trophy since. The Mustangs play an aggressive, up-tempo style that can tire some opponents. Fitts hit nine 3-pointers in the district title game.

NAMPA CHRISTIAN TROJANS

Record: 17-6

State seed: District Three runner-up

Coach: Randy Brothers, third season

Players to watch: PG Peyton Brothers, jr.; G Marcus Waterman, jr.; P Alex Byron, sr.

Notes: Nampa Christian battled Melba all season for WIC supremacy. The teams split their regular-season contests, but Melba prevailed in the rubber match at the District III title game. Won its only state title in 1996.

SODA SPRINGS CARDINALS

Record: 20-6

State seed: District Five champ

Coach: Greg Bergholm, 12th season

Players to watch: G Riley Yamauchi, sr.; F Landry Schvaneveldt, sr.; G Josh Bowman, sr.; G Josh Balls, jr.; G Tanner Meyers, jr.

Notes: Soda Springs is in the state tournament for the sixth straight time and has won a District Five championship four of the past five seasons. ...The Cardinals entered the district tournament as a No. 3 seed and had to upset Bear Lake and West Side on the road to the title.

ST. MARIES LUMBERJACKS

Record: 16-4

State seed: District One-Two champ

Coach: Bryan Chase, first season

Players to watch: P Logan Feasline, sr. (15.5 ppg, 10.5 rebounds); F AJ Becktel, sr. (9.5 ppg, 6 rebounds); G Matt Smith, sr. (9 ppg, 6 rebounds); F Jacob Greer, sr. (9 ppg, 3 steals); G Jake Sieler, so. (6.5 ppg, 3.5 assists).

Notes: First state appearance since 2012, the Lumberjacks’ last season in 3A. ...Chase coached St. Maries girls from 1999-2006, including state appearances in 2000 and ’02. More recently, he has coached St. Maries boys at the eighth-grade and freshman levels.

WEST JEFFERSON PANTHERS

Record: 18-7

State seed: Play-in game winner

Coach: Dave Johnson, second season

Players to watch: G Hadley Edelmayer, sr. (18.6 ppg); F Benson Briggs, sr. (9.5 ppg, 9.0 rebounds; G Uriel Garcia, jr. (11.1 ppg).

Notes: Played defending district and state champ Firth tough during the regular season, losing by one in Firth and by four in Terreton before being blown out by the Cougars in the district title game. Edelmayer is one of the top scorers and 3-point shooters in eastern Idaho. Briggs is a versatile, 6-2 wing who can run the point or guard a big in the paint. ...First trip to state since 2010.

CLASS 1A DIVISION I

AMBROSE ARCHERS

Record: 20-4

State seed: District Three champ

Coach: Ken Hosier, 10th season

Players to watch: F Travis Yenor, jr. (22.1 ppg, 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 3.6 steals, 1.3 blocks); G Jaxon Hughes, so. (10.2 ppg, 3.5 assists, 1.9 steals); G Easton Boeck, jr. (8.5 ppg, 5.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists).

Notes: Two of its losses came to Middleton, a 4A state qualifier, and Timberline, a 5A state qualifier, at a holiday tournament. It also beat Bishop Kelly, a 4A state qualifier, at that tournament. ...Winner of 14 straight with only one — a 50-44 victory over Liberty Charter in the district title game — by fewer than 20 points. ...Scoring an average of 66.3 points, tops in the Treasure Valley among all classifications, while holding opponents to 43.3 points for an average margin of 23.8. ...First season in the 1A Division I classification. ...Became a full-fledged member of the IHSAA in 2012-13 and made its first state appearance last year, losing to Salmon River in the 1A Division II finals.

CHALLIS VIKINGS

Record: 9-13

State seed: District Five-Six champ

Coach: Jerrod Farr, second season

Players to watch: G, Scott Farr, sr.; C Brandon Hamilton, sr.; G/F Jacob Olson, sr.; G Tyler Provence, sr.

Notes: Went 3-0 in its district tournament after going 0-4 in conference during the regular season. Hadn’t won a district title since they were in 2A in 1990, according to Farr, who played for that team. Went 1-9 to start the season.

GENESEE BULLDOGS

Record: 19-6

State seed: Play-in game winner

Coach: Jeff Boyd, fifth season

Players to watch: C Beau Tilleman, sr.; G Conner Phillips, jr.’ G Rhett Stout, jr.

Notes: With 26 games under its belt, Genesee has plenty of game experience at this point of the season but might have to worry about heavy legs if the Bulldogs can advance into Saturday’s rounds. ...Tilleman has scored 43 points his last two games and averages a double-double.

LAPWAI WILDCATS

Record: 18-4

State seed: District Two champ

Coach: Rebecca Miles, first season

Players to watch: G Imani Mitchell, jr.; G Tommy Miles-Williams, jr.; F Courage LoneBear, sr.; G Cameron Shawl, so.

Notes: The Wildcats return to state on a high note after upsetting Prairie in a tightly-contested district title game. ...Playing its own brand of “rez ball,” Lapwai aims to outrun its opponents and the Pirates have appeared to be the only 1A foe capable of slowing the Wildcats, who beat Mountain View, a 5A program, 55-44 during a holiday tournament.

LIBERTY CHARTER PATRIOTS

Record: 20-3

State seed: District Three runner-up

Coach: Seth Stallcop, 10th season

Players to watch: G Michael Wachsmuth, jr.; W/P Levi Peiffer, sr.; G Nathan Gardner, sr.

Notes: Went two-and-out at state last year and reached the third-place game in 2013 but lost to Genesee. Has never won a state title. Two of its three losses were against district champ Ambrose. The other was against 2A District Three champ Melba.

PRAIRIE PIRATES

(Defending champ)

Record: 19-3

State seed: District Two runner-up

Coach: Teel Bruner, eighth season

Players to watch: G Rhett Schlader, jr.; P Lucas Arnzen, sr.; P Jake Bruner, jr.

Notes: Slamming opponents by more than 30 points per game this year, the Pirates were stunned by a Lapwai team they had flattened twice during the regular season. A wake-up call can do some good every now and then, though, and a district championship game loss doesn’t mean Prairie shouldn’t be a heavy favorite this weekend.

OAKLEY HORNETS

Record: 18-4

State seed: District Four champ

Coach: Travis Noble, third year

Players to watch: G Hewstyn Beck, so. (10.6 ppg); F Caleb Nyman, jr. (9.5 ppg); G Curtis Bedke, sr. (7.2 ppg).

Notes: First state tournament appearance since 2008. Only four losses on the season were to state tournament teams, including Declo (twice), Carey and Dietrich.

VALLEY VIKINGS

Record: 14-9

State seed: District Four runner-up

Coach: Brian Hardy, third season

Players to watch: G Ben Taylor, jr. (12 ppg, 2.3 assists, 3.1 rebounds); G Garrett Mussmann, jr. (10.7 ppg, 4.2 assists, 4.9 rebounds); F Doug Elorrieta, jr. (7.3 ppg, 9.1 rebounds); G Taylor Coates, jr. (5.5 ppg).

Notes: Lost key senior wing Cole Lickley, who was averaging 16 points and 9 rebounds, after breaking his ankle socket. Have just two seniors on the roster.

CLASS 1A DIVISION II

CAREY PANTHERS

Record: 21-2

State seed: District Four champ

Coach: Dick Simpson, 13th season

Players to watch: P Joe Parke, jr. (11 ppg, 8 rebounds); G Nate Adamson, sr. (22 ppg, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals); P Matt Whitworth, sr. (6 ppg, 8 rebounds).

Notes: Adamson scored 43 points to beat Dietrich in overtime earlier this season. It was Adamson’s birthday. Adamson is one of the highest scorers in the 1A Division II state tournament history. Finished as the consolation champions last season.

COUNCIL LUMBERJACKS

Record: 19-4

State seed: District Three champ

Coach: David Howe, 17th season

Players to watch: Not provided.

Notes: First state appearance since 2008, the final year of a single 1A classification and a 16-team tournament. That year was the last of an 11-year run at state. ...Winner of 11 straight and 15 of its last 16 after starting the season 4-3. ...Averaging 55.9 points per game while holding opponents to 42.3 points. ...Howe said the Lumberjacks play multiple defenses and six different players could lead them in scoring on any given night. ...Searching for its first state title. ...Only state finals appearance came in 2004.

DIETRICH BLUE DEVILS

Record: 20-3

State seed: District Four runner-up

Coach: Wayne Dill, 13th season

Players to watch: Garrett Astle, so.; Jake Smith, so.; Trey Dill, sr.; Austin Fesntermaker, sr.; Kaden Tew, so.; Kyle Perron, jr.

Notes: Made the state playoffs five of the last six seasons but have won’t a state title since 1966 despite consistently sitting atop the media poll. Lost to rival Carey last year in the consolation final. ...Made the playoffs the hard way after losing to Richfield in the district tournament as Dill lost his front teeth coming down for a rebound.

LAKESIDE KNIGHTS

Record: 13-8

State seed: District One champ

Coach: Stacey Sonder, ninth season (first in second stint at Lakeside)

Players to watch: G/F Jordan Nilson, sr., (16 ppg, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals); G Hunter Kolar, sr., (12 ppg, 7 rebounds, 2 steals); F Takota Abrahamson, fr., (6 ppg, 8 rebounds).

Notes: First state appearance since 2005-06, when the Knights finished sixth in the 16-team 1A bracket. ...Sonder has coached Lakeside to its last three state appearances, also finishing fourth in 2005.

LOGOS KNIGHTS

Record: 17-6

State seed: Play-in game winner

Coach: Matt Whitling

Players to watch: Paul Ryan, sr.; Johnny Handel, sr.; Levi Wintz, sr.

Notes: First trip to state in school history for the Moscow school after joining the IHSAA as a full-fledged member last year. ...Ryan will run for Washington State’s track and cross country teams next year. Wintz will walk on to Idaho’s track team and Handel will run for Lewis-Clark State. ...Wintz and Ryan average more than 20 points per game while Handel, a diminutive spark plug, complements them with more than 10 points per game.

MACKAY MINERS

Record: 15-6

State seed: District Five-Six champ

Coach: Chris Peterson, third season

Players to watch: G Jacob Green, sr.; F Pat Magee, sr.; G Wes Roscoe, sr.; F Naylan Whitworth, sr.

Notes: 37-30 district title win over Rockland was the Rockland’s first conference loss of the season. Won its first district championship since 2008-09. The 6-foot-3 Magee is tied with Whitworth for tallest on the Miners, and he is one of their main ball-handlers.

ROCKLAND BULLDOGS

Record: 19-5

State seed: Play-in game winner

Coach: Scott Lish, fourth season

Players to watch: G/F Rex Permann, sr. (12.8 ppg, 10 rebounds, 2.9 blocks); F Spencer Permann, fr. (10.3 ppg, 7.3 rebounds); F BJay Turley, sr. (7.2 ppg, 4.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.2 steals).

Notes: Rockland’s first loss to a district opponent this season was in the tournament championship game to Mackay. ...The Bulldogs had to defeat Richfield 54-33 in a state play-in game. ...Rockland senior Rex Permann became the sixth player in the history of the boys program to score at least 1,000 career points this season.

SUMMIT ACADEMY PATRIOTS

Record: 17-4

State seed: District Two champ

Coach: Ron Frei, fifth season

Players to watch: P Patrick Chmelik, so.; P Christopher Osborne, so.; G Tyler Krogh, so.; G/Q Josh Lustig, sr.

Notes: Back to state for the second year in a row. ...Fell in the third-place game last year to Kendrick. ...Krogh scored 26 points in the district title game. ...Frei said Krogh has a quick shot and might be Summit’s fast player while Lustig “is sort of our all-around motor man.” ...Only two seniors on the roster.

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