Let the countdown begin. We are more than halfway through the regular season in basketball and the best is yet the come.
I’d like to hear your thoughts on the biggest surprises and disappointments to this point.
I went back this morning and checked our preseason rankings compared to where we are now. You might want to, too. Here are the boys rankings, which ran with Tom’s feature on Peyton Siva. Here are the girls rankings, along with my preseason story focusing on Auburn Riverside’s hopes of winning a second straight 3A state title.
Let’s take a quick look at the boys first. In 4A, Ferris and Franklin continue to be 1-2, although Franklin once had the No. 1 spot. Gone are Kentridge (preseason No. 3), Prairie (No. 4), Inglemoor (No. 6), Gig Harbor (No. 9) and Pasco (No. 10). This week’s rankings include Federal Way (No. 3), Shadle Park (No. 5), Roosevelt (No. 6), Wenatchee (No. 9) and Lake Stevens (No. 10). All but Lake Stevens were on the radar coming in. And if Kentridge takes care of business against Kent-Meridian Friday, the Chargers could well return to the top-10 based on their win over Federal Way last night.
In the 3A boys, Rainier Beach continues its ride at the top with Auburn jumping from No. 5 to No. 2 along the way. Renton, which started in the “others” categorie, zoomed up to No. 3, but will slip after last night’s narrow loss to No. 8 Mount Rainier, which was overlooked in the preseason but could climb next week. The Rams have another tough game Friday against No. 9 Kennedy, which also opened the season in the “others” category.
Seattle Prep started the season at No. 3, but dropped out after early losses to Beach and O’Dea. Also gone are Enumclaw (preseason No. 7), O’Dea (No. 8), Bainbridge (No. 9) and Franklin Pierce (No. 10). Squalicum of Bellingham and Eastmont of Wenatchee, neither on the preseason radar, are now at No. 7 and No. 10, respectively.
Now for the girls. Lewis and Clark of Spokane continues to ride the No. 1 spot in 4A, pursuing a third straight state championship. But of the other original top-10, only five overs remain — Prairie (started No. 2, now No. 4), Mead of Spokane (No. 4 to No. 7), Jackson (No. 5 to No. 6), Mount Tahoma (No. 7 to No. 9) and Skyview of Vancouver (No. 10 to No. 2). We’ll find out Tuesday if Skyview really is better than Prairie when they square off.
Kentwood, which opened at No. 3 to match last year’s state finish, has gotten off to a slower start than expected, but could still be a force down the stretch. Moses Lake (preseason No. 6), Snohomish (No. 8) and Bellarmine Prep (No. 9) are now in the wings.
On the 3A girls side, those three out-of-state losses cost Auburn Riverside the top spot and the Ravens now sit at No. 2 behind Lakes, which was No. 5 in the beginning. Issaquah started at No. 2 and had a short ride at No. 1 before losing to Bellevue, which was a preseason “bubble” team and now sits at No. 10. Kennedy has moved from No. 6 to No. 3, while Meadowdale continues at No. 4. Auburn, which some thought was a surprise pick at No. 9 to start the season, is now No. 6 and faces Auburn Riverside Friday.
Seattle Prep has slipped from No. 3 to No. 7, while three others have completely dropped out — Hanford (preseason No. 7), Newport (No. 8) and Skyline (No. 10). Lakeside and Capital, both in the “others” group when it all began, now own the No. 8 and No. 9 spots. Prep and Lakeside square off tonight.
So, let’s hear your thoughts on where we are compared to where we started — and where we likely will end up. The playoffs are just around the corner.
— Sandy Ringer
1. Stuart Harvey, Shorewood boys basketball — Can’t say enough about the senior guard’s 54-point outburst (a school record) in a 95-93 OT loss to Jackson.
2. Renado Parker, Kentridge boys basketball — His big double-double (24 points, 16 rebounds) keyed the Chargers’ 62-48 romp over No. 3 Federal Way.
3. Kristi Kingma, Jackson girls basketball — Sure, the slick-shooting guard can make the list almost every morning, but her triple-double (23 points, 13 rebounds, 10 steals) deserves notice.
4. Tyler Hayden, Shorecrest boys swimming — Hayden broke the school record in the 100-yard freestyle, winning in 47.26, and also had a state-qualifying mark of 1:44.23 in the 200 free.
Tonight’s top games
1. Roosevelt at Inglemoor, girls basketball, 7:30 p.m.
The Vikings (9-1, 5-0) are coming off that 47-44 victory over previously unbeaten Ballard, while Roosevelt is looking for its fourth straight win after a 1-2 slump.
2. Seattle Prep at Lakeside, girls basketball, 7:30 p.m.
One streak ends tonight. Both teams have reeled off nine straight victories season-opening losses (Seattle Prep to Kentwood, Lakeside to La Salle of Yakima).
3. Eastlake at Redmond, girls basketball, 7:30 p.m.
Two red-hot 9-2 teams square off in this KingCo showdown. Eastlake seeks its seventh straight victory, while Redmond goes for No. 8.