Eight teams, one dream; a state preview of District IV Boys Basketball

TWIN FALLS, Idaho ( KMVT / KSVT ) Burley Boys Basketball and the state tournament go hand in hand. After all, the Bobcats secured their sixth consecutive berth last week with a district championship win over Twin Falls.

Burley took third last year and is seeking its fifth state championship. The last one was 10 years ago.

They got Vallivue on tap Thursday at 6:15 pm, a school coach Trent Whiting says will be very tough.

Meanwhile Twin Falls ended its postseason drought and back at state for the first time since 2015.

The Bruins have the toughest test of all, trying to dethrone an undefeated and No. 1 ranked Preston team. The Indians are back-to-back state champions.

The last time around, Preston beat Twin Falls, 55-27.

They tip off Thursday at 1:15 pm at Borah High School in Boise.

3A

Kimberly Boys Basketball looking for its first state championship since 1952 when they won the Class B title.

It was back in 2011 when the Bulldogs last went to state.

They'll take on a Kellogg team in the first round, who is bringing back all but one of the players from last year's third place team.

Kimberly head coach Daren Garey said Kellogg will be a true test and solid battle.

They tip off at 1:15 pm and the 3A tournament is held at Meridian High School.

2A

The Declo Hornets back at state for a second year in a row, looking for first title since 2003. They also won state in 1998.

As for their first opponent Cole Valley Christian, head coach Jacoby Fox tells us that the Chargers like to play fast and shoot the three.

Declo wants to keep the score low in the 40's to 50's.

Capital High School is the place to be as the teams go to battle on Thursday at 3 pm.

1A DI

Oakley and Valley boys basketball will represent the Snake River Conference at the 1A DI state tournament.

We start with the No. 1 seed, Valley, the Vikings have made the tournament for the second straight year. The only title happened in 2001.

Head coach Brian Hardy says that Riverstone is a good young team that is peaking at the right time. He hopes to counteract the Otters' height, with the Vikings' speed and experience.

The teams tip off at 1:15.

Meanwhile, Hornet fans remember last year when a ranked Oakley team went down in districts and missed the tourney altogether.

Now as the two seed, they hope to improve upon a third place finish in 2016.

Oakley boasts three state championships, the last one in 1977.

Grace will be a tough opponent, the Grizzlies are senior-heavy and ranked fourth in the state.

They tip off at 6:15 pm. The location this year is Vallivue High School in Caldwell.

1A DII

Dietrich Boys Basketball is the district champion and ranked No. 1 in the state 1A D II poll.

The Blue Devils will be the team to beat after winning it all two years ago and finishing second in 2017.

They face Mackay Thursday at 1:15 pm, the Miners upset Butte County in the district tournament and ended up the two seed from the Rocky Mountain Conference.

Meanwhile, talk about impressive streaks, Carey is making the state tournament for the 13th straight time. The Panthers won state championships in 2011 and 2015.

Third ranked Carey faces fourth ranked Deary at 6:15 at Rocky Mountain High School in Meridian.



 
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