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Prep Watch

Play-in and first-round games start tonight for many Class 6A and 5A teams.

A look at some top contenders:

• The Oregon School Activities Association’s final rankings have West Linn and Clackamas 1-2 in 6A boys, with Jesuit fifth and surging Central Catholic eighth. Lincoln is 15th, and Grant is 16th.

• Jefferson and Churchill are the clear 1-2 in 5A boys.

Wilson finished in the No. 9 spot, as five of the PIL 5A’s seven teams made the 24-team postseason.

• In 6A girls, St. Mary’s Academy goes into the playoffs at No. 3, behind top-ranked South Medford and No. 2 Oregon City.

• In 5A girls, Wilson wound up ninth in the OSAA rankings.

• La Salle Prep has the No. 2-ranked boys and girls teams.

Tournament time

The smaller schools already are in state tourney mode.

The 3A boys and girls final eight are back in Coos Bay, and the 2A qualifiers are returning to Pendleton Convention Center.

In 3A boys, Portland Adventist Academy plays its quarterfinal against Amity at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Marshfield High, and De La Salle follows with an 8:15 p.m. game against Cascade Christian.

The boys tourney begins with Valley Catholic-Creswell at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Marshfield.

In the 3A girls tournament, Valley Catholic meets Creswell in an 8:15 p.m. Thursday quarterfinal at North Bend High.

The 2A girls field includes Portland Christian. The Royals, seeded eighth, open against No. 1 Regis at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Pendleton.