The regular season is done.

It doesn’t matter if a team finished unbeaten in the conference or failed to win a single game. Everyone is on equal footing now. Districts are all about proving it all over again or righting the wrongs.

Here are summaries of each of the valley’s tournaments that get underway today.


LOCATION: Meridian and Capital High Schools

DATES: Saturday through Thursday

FORMAT: District championship game is best-of-three series while the other games are double elimination

THE SEEDS: 1. Mountain View (22-2); 2. Rocky Mountain (19-4); 3. Skyview (18-5); 4. Timberline (16-8); 5. Eagle (13-10); 6. Meridian (13-11); 7. Borah (11-12); 8. Capital (9-15); 9. Centennial (7-15); 10. Boise (4-19).


THE BREAKDOWN: The district championship series between Mountain View and Rocky Mountain will be a rematch of last year. The Mavericks won the 5A Southern Idaho Conference title this season while the Grizzlies have won the last two district titles. Both teams have already qualified for state. Skyview and Timberline look poised to punch tickets as well. The Hawks, who moved up from 4A where they won five of the last six district titles, haven’t skipped a beat, while the Wolves are the defending state champions. They have won seven state titles since the school opened in 1998. Eagle appears to be the best of the rest. The Mustangs qualified for state last year and were the only team to beat the Mavericks in league play this season.


LOCATION: Middleton High School and high seed

DATES: Saturday through Thursday

FORMAT: Double-elimination

THE SEEDS: 1. Kuna (14-7); 2. Bishop Kelly (20-4); 3. Vallivue (15-8); 4. Nampa (15-9); 5. Caldwell (11-11); 6. Middleton (10-13); 7. Columbia (7-17); 8. Emmett (6-13); 9. Ridgevue (4-18)


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THE BREAKDOWN: Kuna quietly won the 4A Southern Idaho Conference title. The Kavemen ended Bishop Kelly’s 16-game winning streak with a 13-6 win on April 17. It’s still the Knights’ worst loss of the season. Kuna enters winners of 11 of its last 12 games. Bishop Kelly seemed to have the conference title in the bag, but was upset by Middleton and Nampa down the stretch. Vallivue has the talent to do so with its entire starting lineup back from a season when it took fourth at state. But consistency has been the issue. For every 12-8 win over the likes of Kuna, there is an 8-7 loss to Columbia or blowing a five-run lead to Bishop Kelly in the final inning. Nampa owns wins over Bishop Kelly and Vallivue this season, while Middleton is the reigning state champion.


LOCATION: Fruitland High School

DATES: Saturday through Thursday

FORMAT: Double-elimination

THE SEEDS: 1. Homedale (14-9); 2. Fruitland (11-9); 3. Weiser (10-11); 4. Payette (8-13); 5. Parma (11-10).



THE BREAKDOWN: The Trojans are the heavy favorites. They won the 3A Snake River Valley Conference championship in a landslide by three games with an average margin of victory in league play of nearly eight runs. Homedale is the reigning district champion and state runner-up. If anyone is to knock off the Trojans, it’s likely Fruitland. The Grizzlies have already done it. They handed them their first loss of the year in conference play in the final game of the regular season. Fruitland has also won eight of the last 11 state championships.


LOCATION: New Plymouth High School and high seed

DATES: Play through Wednesday

FORMAT: Double-elimination

THE SEEDS: 1. Melba (18-4); 2. Cole Valley Christian (16-3); 3. Nampa Christian (17-5); 4. New Plymouth (6-16); 5. McCall-Donnelly (4-10); 6. Vision Charter (0-13).


THE BREAKDOWN: It’s a three-team race. 2A Western Idaho Conference champion Melba’s only loss came to four-time defending state champion Nampa Christian on April 23. But the Trojans failed to beat the Chargers, who didn’t beat the Mustangs. Get it? Nampa Christian has won two out of the last three district titles, including last year, but its time may be up. Melba has won 11 of 12 games, while Cole Valley Christian has only lost to one other team besides Melba this season.

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