With the No. 15 Eula Pirates and 14th-ranked Westbrook Wildcats set to face off in the Region II-1A championship game Saturday evening, the Big Country is guaranteed to have a representative in the Class 1A state semifinals next week.
The question is who that representative will be.
On one hand, you have a Eula program that has been among the area’s most consistently successful, making four previous state tournament appearances, including a title run in 2011. On the other, you have an upstart Wildcats bunch that’s in the regional tournament for the first time since the 2001 WHS squad earned the only state tournament berth in program history.
Only one will still be playing after Saturday’s clash, which tips off at 7 p.m. at Angelo State University’s Junell Center, and both coaches are expecting a battle.