Prep sports teams head to state

state competition Boys and girls basketball remains exciting throughout Northshore, with five of six teams still in contention. Winning their divisions are the Woodinville boys and the Bothell girls, while the Inglemoor boys and Bothell boys clinched district berths and the Inglemoor girls stayed alive for a Tuesday night playoff for their district spot.
   The Vikings turned in two dramatic Friday night games, the boys just inching past 8th-ranked Mercer Island 47-46, and the girls doing the same on their side, 61-59 over the Islanders. Inglemoor girls now play Tuesday to try and earn their way to the playoffs.
   Bothell won its Friday night game over Newport, 48-46, with a last-second shot by Josh Karp, who led the Cougars with 14 points. The Division III-winning Falcons dropped their last game in an upset by Juanita 60-55.
   Northshore wrestlers had to wait out floodwaters that postponed their Region II meet set for Saturday. They compete Monday (after press time) at Vancouver.
   At the Region I Gymnastics meet, Autumn Cagle of Inglemoor came in 13th all-around to qualify for state, also earning a 5th place in bars.
   It was the first year without a district meet and included combined teams such as Sehome/Bellingham, Shorewood/Shorecrest, and the Everett School District.
   Joel Springer of Bothell won the diving competition in the Sea-King AAA District boys swim meet, advancing to state, while the Cougars came in 6th and the Vikings 8th in team standings.
   Also heading to state competition are Nico Zenger, Bothell, 4th in the 50 free and 2nd in the 100 free; Tyler Smith, Bothell, 4th in 100 free; the Cougar 200-free relay team, 3rd; and Kevin Zatloukal, Inglemoor, 4th in 100 breast.