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POST FALLS HIGH SCHOOL

Game 1: Mountain View (24-3) vs. Rigby (14-12), 9 a.m.

Game 2: Lake City (25-0) vs. Eagle (22-5), 11 a.m.

Game 3: Highland (22-4) vs. Coeur d’Alene (11-8), 9 a.m.

Game 4: Rocky Mountain (17-10) vs. Centennial (15-12), 11 a.m.

MOUNTAIN VIEW MAVERICKS

NOTES: Mountain View is back at state for the second straight season. It finished third at state last year. The Mavericks claimed a share of the 5A Southern Idaho Conference title with Eagle. They are fresh off of winning the District III championship last week.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN GRIZZLIES

NOTES: The Grizzlies are in for the third straight season and the fifth time in six years. Rocky Mountain’s only loss in the past three weeks was to Mountain View in the district championship game. It also owns two wins over powerhouse Eagle this season.

CENTENNIAL PATRIOTS

NOTES: The Patriots return to state after a six-year hiatus. Centennial was the sixth seed at districts, but knocked off No. 3 Meridian to clinch a state berth. Centennial’s only losses in the past month have come to Eagle and Rocky Mountain.

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COEUR D’ALENE HIGH SCHOOL

Game 1: Idaho Falls (19-5) vs. Ridgevue (20-7), 9 a.m.

Game 2: Lakeland (10-15) vs. Pocatello (16-10), 11 a.m.

Game 3: Jerome (21-6) vs. Bishop Kelly (21-7), 9 a.m.

Game 4: Middleton (19-6) vs. Mountain Home (21-5), 11 a.m.

RIDGEVUE WARHAWKS

NOTES: The Warhawks are hoping the third time’s a charm. They have come painstakingly close to winning state title the last two years only to lose to Middleton in the final game each time. Ridgevue won the 4A Southern Idaho Conference championship and finished second at districts to Middleton.

BISHOP KELLY KNIGHTS

NOTES: The Knights make their return after a three-year hiatus. They own wins over perennial powers Mountain View and Eagle this season. Bishop Kelly has also beaten Middleton and Ridgevue.

MIDDLETON VIKINGS

NOTES: The Vikings are looking to make history. They are looking to become the first team ever to win four straight state titles since the IHSAA started sponsoring the tournament in 1997. Middleton won its second district title in three years last week.

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RAMSEY PARK, COEUR D’ALENE

Game 1: Gooding (22-5) vs. Fruitland (14-11), 9 a.m.

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Game 2: South Fremont (14-7) vs. Priest River (12-9), 11 a.m.

Game 3: Homedale (18-4) vs. Filer (19-9), 9 a.m.

Game 4: Timberlake (17-1) vs. Snake River (13-5), 11 a.m.

FRUITLAND GRIZZLIES

NOTES: The Grizzlies are at state for the second consecutive season. They gave favorite Homedale arguably its toughest game this season. Fruitland lost 2-1 in a walk-off. The Grizzlies won back-to-back titles in 2011-12.

HOMEDALE TROJANS

NOTES: The Trojans have won four state titles since 2013 and three of the last four, including last year. Homedale won the Snake River Valley Conference championship, and claimed the District III title for the sixth straight season.

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MOSCOW HIGH SCHOOL

Game 1: Malad (22-2) vs. Orofino (8-9), 9 a.m.

Game 2: West Jefferson (19-4) vs. New Plymouth (18-9), 11 a.m.

Game 3: McCall-Donnelly (17-7) vs. Soda Springs (12-9), 9 a.m.

Game 4: Declo (14-9) vs. Melba (21-3), 11 a.m.

NEW PLYMOUTH PILGRIMS

NOTES: The Pilgrims have won three out of the last four state championships, including the last two, and their seven total are the most by any team in the classification since the IHSAA started sponsoring the tournament in 1997. New Plymouth took second at districts last week.

MELBA MUSTANGS

NOTES: The Mustangs, who rolled to the 2A Western Idaho Conference title by going unbeaten with an average margin of victory of more than 13 runs per game struggled at districts. They didn’t even make the championship game and had to win a play-in game just to get in. Melba took second at state last year and has won six state titles since 1999.

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GENESEE HIGH SCHOOL

Game 1: Kendrick (13-5) vs. Horseshoe Bend (10-11), 10 a.m.

Game 2: Greenleaf Friends (11-7) vs. Genesee (10-7), 10 a.m.

Game 3: Notus (21-3) vs. Kendrick/Horseshoe Bend winner, noon

Game 4: Potlatch (17-5) vs. Greenleaf Friends/Genesee winner, noon

GREENLEAF FRIENDS

NOTES: The Grizzlies are making their return to state after six years. They got their ticket back after finishing runner-up at districts. Greenleaf Friends also owns a pair of wins over state qualifier Horseshoe Bend.

NOTUS PIRATES

NOTES: The Pirates ended a 56-year school title drought by winning the state title last season. Notus. They won the District III championship a week ago and their only three losses have come to 3A or higher classification teams. Notus has a 13-game winning streak coming in.

Brandon Walton covers Ada County and College of Idaho sports for the Idaho Press.

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