Class AA soccer teams join their Class A brethren in the postseason this week with berths into the State AA tournament on the line.
The State A playoffs began last week with play-in games and quarterfinals. This week's semifinals will have Hamilton traveling to Laurel and Whitefish trekking to Billings Central on the girls' side, while Billings Central hosts Corvallis and Belgrade entertains Loyola Sacred Heart on the boys' side. All four semifinals are on Saturday.
The Western AA playoffs will begin Tuesday with the Helena Capital boys hosting Missoula Big Sky and the Missoula Hellgate girls entertaining Kalispell Glacier. The winners of those games move on to play a second playoff game later in the week.
On Thursday, Helena Capital hosts the Kalispell Flathead girls, the Missoula Big Sky girls entertain the winner of the Hellgate-Glacier game, and the Missoula Sentinel boys host Kalispell Flathead. On Friday, the Kalispell Glacier boys host the winner of the Capital-Big Sky game. Winners of all those games advance to state.
The Missoula Hellgate and Helena High boys earned byes to state, as did the Helena High and Missoula Sentinel girls.