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Lakers open districts today

| July 16, 2021 1:00 AM

The 19U and 16U North Idaho Lakers begin their journeys for state berths today.

The 19U Lakers, the fourth seed, will face fifth seed Lewis-Clark at 11 a.m. at Lakeland High to open the class A Area A American Legion tournament.

Five teams are in the double-elimination tournament. If North Idaho defeats Lewis-Clark, they will advance to face top-seeded Moscow at 5 p.m. Friday. The winner will move to a semifinal game at 2 p.m. Saturday and battle either second-seeded Camas Prairie or third-seeded Northern Lakes. The loser will move to the losers bracket and play at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Only the district champion will advance to the state tournament in Lewiston on July 26-30. The fight for the lone state berth is expected to be tightly contested as North Idaho, Northern Lakes and Camas Prairie all finished with an 8-4 record in league play.

After receiving a first-round bye, the top-seeded 16U Lakers host eighth-seeded Whitman County at 11 a.m. at Pine Street Field to begin play in the Washington American Legion class A Area 3 tournament.

Three state spots are up for grabs in the double-elimination district tournament. If the Lakers win Friday, they will advance and face the winner of fourth-seeded Gonzaga Prep and fifth-seeded Shadle Park at 5 p.m. Saturday at Rogers High in Spokane.

If North Idaho emerges victorious in that game, they will secure a spot in the district championship game on Sunday and a berth to the state tourney.