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Wheeler Co. Rattlers, Arlington/Ione Cardinals, Sherman Co. Huskies in 32 team bracket

With the district tournament in the rear view, remaining teams are now jumping into the state tournament.

The Sherman County boys and girls, Ione-Arlington boys and girls and the Wheeler Co. Rattlers boys teams are still in it.

In the 32-team bracket, the Rattlers have been given the 18 seed. Wheeler County travels to Molalla on Wednesday and will face the 15 seed Country Christian. The teams look to be evenly matched and it should be a good one.

The Ione-Arlington Cardinals are the number 28 seed and will face fifth seed North Douglas. It’ll be a tough matchup for the Cardinals, but the team has size. Guard Carson Eynetich also has bounced back from a dislocated ankle and will play.

The Sherman County Huskies battled and were able to make the tournament as the fourth team from the Big Sky.

South Wasco has been given the number six team but the team is without standout guard Jason Hull, who suffered a season ending injury in late January. Without Hull, the team has struggled down the stretch. Still, with the wins over the Cardinals and Rattlers, South Wasco enjoys easier competition in the opening rounds and could make a run.

In girls basketball, the Lady Huskies of Sherman Co. are in good shape and have been given the 23 seed in the OSSA 1A State Basketball tournament. The Lady Huskies traveled to number 10 seed Prairie City on Tuesday. Results will be shared next week.

The Lady Cardinals of Ione-Arlington dropped three games in the district tournament but still are alive for the state basketball tournament.

The Lady Cardinals were the number one seed from the Big Sky East and despite the losses at districts, were given the 25th seed in the OSAA rankings. The Lady Cardinals traveled to the number 8 seed Jordan Valley on Tuesday.

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