COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla Valley Academy boys basketball coach Scott Wagner disputed reports Thursday that the Knights would not be playing in the District 7/9 tournament.
The Knights (7-2 Southeast 2B, 14-2 overall) hold a half-game lead over second-place Asotin (6-2) in the SE2B standings and, with one game remaining before the tournament, is assured of no worse than second place in league.
Tri-Cities Prep (5-3) sits in third place headed into the final weekend of the regular season.
The top four teams in the SE2B advance to the tournament.
An article posted Wednesday on the Tri-City Herald’s website stated the Knights do not participate in the playoffs.
WWVA does not participate in sporting events on the Seventh Day Adventist Sabbath (from sundown Friday night until after sunset on Saturday), which precluded the Academy’s volleyball team from participating in the state tournament.
However, because the WIAA is able to accommodate the school’s observance of the Sabbath for the basketball tournament by adjusting game start times, the Knights will be participating in the district tournament.
“The WWVA boys basketball team has worked very hard in a tough league to tie for first going into games this weekend,” Wagner wrote in an e-mail to the Union-Bulletin Thursday, “and we will continue to work hard through the playoffs until someone ends our season on the court.”
DeSales (4-4, 9-9) has clinched the league’s fourth spot into the tournament.
The Knights visit Waitsburg-Prescott Saturday.
The District 7/9 tournament begins Saturday, Feb. 9.