KINGSTON — They haven’t lost a single conference game and are poised to earn the No. 1 seed to the playoffs, which is why the Kingston Buccaneers are the number one target.
“Everyone is going to be hunting the number one team,” Kingston head coach Gail Wicklein said.
The Bucs (9-0, 14-1) lead the Olympic League.
The Olympic Trojans (8-1, 12-4) trail closely behind.
After a non-conference game against the Bainbridge Spartans Jan. 27, the Bucs and Trojans will go head-to-head on Jan. 30.
“Olympic’s always tough,” Wicklein said.
The game against the Trojans marks the third-to-last regular season game. Ir order to earn the No. 1 seed to the district playoffs, the Bucs need to maintain their pace.
Following the Jan. 30 game against the Trojans, the Bucs play the North Mason Bulldogs (1-7, 6-10) on Feb. 3. They wrap up regular season play Feb. 5 against the Port Angeles Roughriders (3-5, 7-9).
“Every game counts for us,” Wicklein said. “Every game is important.”
Based on current league standings, if the Bucs take the No. 1 seed to the playoffs, they would play the Washington Patriots in the first round. The Patriots (5-5, 7-8) are fifth in the 2A South Puget Sound League.
The Olympic League’s No. 2 seed would play the River Ridge Hawks (6-4, 8-8). The Hawks are fourth in the South Puget Sound League.
Meanwhile, the Sequim Wolves (4-5, 8-9) and North Kitsap Vikings (4-5, 8-7) are fighting to lock down a third-place finish in the Olympic League. The Port Angeles Roughriders (3-5, 7-9) are trying to at least maintain fifth to survive and head to the playoffs. All three teams play each other in the final two weeks of the regular season.
The Vikings travel to Port Angeles Jan. 27. The Vikings host the Wolves Feb. 3. A game against the Bremerton Knights (1-7, 6-10) on Feb. 6 is the last of the regular season for the Vikings.
The No. 3 and No. 4 seeds from the Olympic League must face a No. 2 seed from either South Puget Sound League or Seamount League. Based on current standings, the No. 3 seed from Oly would play the Renton Indians (9-2, 12-5). The No. 4 seed from Oly would play the Franklin Pierce Cardinals (8-2, 10-6).
The top five teams from the Olympic League advance to the district tournament, which runs from Feb. 11-21.
The Bucs need to continue to improve as they head to postseason, Wicklein said.
The playoffs “are a hard road,” she said.