Rainier Beach to open against Findlay Prep in national tournament
Rainier Beach to put its 29-0 record on the line
Fellow West Coast basketball powerhouse Findlay Prep of Henderson, Nev., will be first up for undefeated Rainier Beach on April 3 as the pairings for the High School National Tournament in New York were announced Wednesday.
Rainier Beach, the Class 3A boys champion in Washington, will put its 29-0 record up against 30-4 Findlay Prep.
There are eight teams in the tournament, and seven of them are ranked in the top eight nationally by USA Today. Rainier Beach is No. 3 in that ranking and Findlay Prep is No. 8.
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• Seattle University (7-11) scored a single run in four of the final five innings to post a 5-4 comeback victory over Portland (5-11) at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Chase Fields had two doubles, a single and two RBI from the leadoff spot for the Redhawks. Cash McGuire also had three hits for the winners. Mac Acker was the winning pitcher with three scoreless innings of relief.
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