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December 11, 2007 at 1:12 PM

Boys basketball rankings

Before we get to the rankings, I want to begin with a few important points about them:

-Forget the preseason rankings. We don’t base any of our rankings from here on out based on where teams were ranked at the start of the year. Now it’s about how teams play. Consider this batch of rankings the first set. In other words, Franklin didn’t move up a spot this week to No. 1. Based on the Quakers’ win against Rainier Beach, they’re starting at No. 1. (Now if only we could get the college pollsters to do the same.)

-Strength of schedule matters. We’re not going to punish teams for playing difficult non-league schedules. You’ll see Rainier Beach is staying at No. 1 despite losing on Saturday in overtime to Franklin. Well, just because Beach lost to the No. 1 team in 4A in overtime doesn’t change our minds that the Vikings are the team to beat in Class 3A. Instead, we credit both teams for taking on the challenge. This will be especially important to remember during the holiday season, when some teams will play against the nation’s best.

-Have fun with them. This is why we rank teams. For fun. It’s good debate. We don’t mean disrespect to anyone. If you think you’re team belongs, make your point and make it cleanly in the comments. We had to delete several comments at the end of football season because people here stopped having fun with it and started getting explicit and personal.

And that’s no fun.

Without further adieu:

Class 4A

1. Franklin (2-0)

2. Ferris (4-0)

3. Decatur (5-0)

4. Bellarmine Prep(3-0)

5. Shadle Park (3-0)

6. Kentwood (3-1)

7. Roosevelt (3-0)

8. Federal Way (4-1)

9. Prairie (3-1)

10. Wenatchee (5-0)

-The concern about Franklin was how would the Quakers — with no starters taller than 6-foot-3 — play against a bigger team. That concern has been answered so far, as the Quakers went up against Beach — three starters taller than 6-foot-3 — and came out with the win. Especially with DeAngelo Casto ineligible for Ferris, Franklin begins on top.

-Ferris and Shadle Park play tonight in a tough early-season Greater Spokane League game.

-Also tonight, Kentwood plays Decatur. Boy, the SPSL 4A seems like constant attrition. Whoever comes out of that league will be battle-tested for the state tournament.

Class 3A

1. Rainier Beach (2-1)

2. Lakes (2-0)

3. Renton (2-0)

4. Seattle Prep (2-0)

5. Auburn (5-0)

6. Mercer Island (4-0)

7. Enumclaw (3-0)

8. Bellevue (2-1)

9. Mt. Rainier (2-0)

10. Kennedy (2-0)

Notes:

-Two huge wins for Renton allow it to begin at No. 3. The Indians beat Gig Harbor and Kentwood, toppling a pair of 6-foot-9 big men in the process.

-Bellevue’s still without forward Alex Schrempf, but the Wolverines have rebounded with two wins without him.

-Enumclaw has two impressive wins against North Thurston and O’Dea, but look how well everyone above the Hornets is playing. A lot of good teams up there.

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