State playoff football and soccer games are set to begin this week, with four local teams in the state title hunt.
The action begins Wednesday in Class 4A boys soccer. No. 15 seed Astoria takes to the road to play No. 2 Stayton at 5 p.m.; and the No. 1-ranked Seaside Gulls open at home vs. No. 16 seed Philomath, 6:30 p.m. at Broadway Field.
Winners of both games will play Saturday, times and opponents to be determined.
In Class 4A football, Seaside holds down the No. 5 seed and will host the Henley Hornets, 7 p.m. Friday at Broadway Field. The winner will play South Umpqua or Mazama in the quarterfinals.
At the Class 2A level, 16 of the 27 schools are still in the title hunt, as the state playoffs begin. The No. 3-seed Knappa Loggers host Bandon, 1 p.m. Saturday at CMH Field. The winner will take on either Oakland or Gold Beach in the quarterfinals.
Tickets to state playoff contests (first round through quarterfinals) are $6 for adults, $4 for students.
Across the Columbia River, the Ilwaco football team will host Toledo in a cross-over play-in game, 7 p.m. Friday. The two teams finished in ties with Raymond and South Bend. Despite a head-to-head loss to Toledo earlier in the season, Ilwaco won a coin toss and will host as the No. 2 seed.
In 2B volleyball, Ilwaco plays Wednesday at Willapa Valley. Six teams from District 4 will play at the state tournament, Nov. 9-10 at the Yakima Sun Dome.
Local cross country runners will be in action at state meets Saturday.