The boys’ basketball teams from Lincoln, Benson and Roosevelt all played their way into their respective state tournaments which begin this week.
Lincoln beat Sheldon of Eugene 59-44 Friday and will play Central Catholic at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 at the Rose Garden in the quarterfinals of the Class 6A tournament. Two-time defending champion Jesuit and Westview, which reached the final last year, are among the other six teams in the tournament, which ends Saturday night.
The Cardinals last won a basketball title in 1957.
Benson reached the Class 5A tournament with a 65-54 win over visiting Pendleton Friday and will play Mountain View of Bend in the quarterfinals at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 at the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene. The boys and girls finals are set for Saturday night.
Benson last won a title in 1990.
Roosevelt began play in the Class 4A tourney Tuesday at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis after beating Sweet Home 63-56 Friday. The Roughriders reached a state tournament for the second time in four years having played into the Class 5A final in 2007.
Roosevelt last won a title in 1949. The Class 4A final is scheduled for Friday night.
Jefferson, the Class 5A state champion the past three years, had its season end Friday when it lost at Milwaukie. The Mustangs face Wilsonville in the quarterfinals at 6:30 p.m. today.
Milwaukie won its only state basketball title in 1954.
In girls’ action, Lincoln, Wilson and Class 5A defending champion Jefferson all lost tournament-qualifying games last Saturday night.