Sports

State Soccer Starts

All Flathead Valley schools qualify for tournaments

The first round of the Class AA playoffs started on Tuesday, Oct. 13 after the Beacon went to print. In the west No. 2 Glacier (9-3-2) faced No. 7 Flathead (2-11-1) for the first game. The quarter-final round will take place on Oct. 17

For the girls, No. 2 Glacier (10-4-0) hosts Helena Capital (1-11-1) while No. 5 Flathead (7-5-2) will travel to Missoula to take on No. 4 Hellgate (7-4-3).

In Class A, play-in games started on Oct. 12 after the Beacon went to print. Top seeded Whitefish (10-0-1) is hunting for another state title. The Bulldogs blanked Libby 6-0 last weekend and will start tournament play on Oct. 17, as will Columbia Falls (9-1-1), who rolled past Bigfork 4-1 last weekend.

In the girls tournament, Whitefish (9-0-1), Columbia Falls (9-2-0) and Bigfork (4-5-1) are all playing straight into the quarterfinals on Saturday. Columbia Falls blanked Bigfork in their last regular season game 6-0 while Whitefish did the same to Libby, 2-0. Last year, both Whitefish and Columbia Falls lost in the semifinals and return to the tournament seeking a championship berth.