Timberline is back in the postseason after a long hiatus, spanning at least a decade, coach Pat Christopherson estimated. His team used a clutch fourth-quarter score and an out-and-out defensive gem to topple D-II rival Deary 30-28 on Sept. 25 in what proved to be the decisive game.
The Spartans (3-3, 2-1) are set to travel south next week to open State against second-ranked Dietrich.
The surprise Spartans (3-3, 2-1) open State at 6 p.m. Pacific on Friday, Oct. 30 at Dietrich (7-0, 3-0 Sawtooth Conference).
In the old, eight-team state tournament format for 1A D-I, two or three schools from the WPL — widely known as the state’s top league in the class — typically qualified. The bracket was expanded to 12 entrants this year.