The National Division tournament in the MaxPreps Holiday Classic was one of the most prestigious tournaments in the country this holiday season, featuring the No. 5 and 15 teams in the USA Today Super 25. But neither won it. No, the winner was Bellevue.
In case you haven’t realized it yet, the football school can play some basketball, too.
The Wolverines don’t move up from third in our Class 3A rankings because Franklin (winner of the King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic) and defending champ Rainier Beach have given no reason to doubt them. But Bellevue showed that when the district and state tournaments come next month, the Wolverines might give the Quakers and Vikings a run.
Other developments in the past two weeks:
-The bizarre two days for Garfield and Tony Wroten in Muncie, Ind., ended with Wroten and the Bulldogs beating Duncanville of Texas, the 12th-ranked team in the USA Today Super 25. The sophomore’s return keeps the Bulldogs at No. 1 in Class 4A.
-Decatur really showed something with its win against Foss. That’s a balanced team with one of the area’s stars, Marcus Tibbs. It belongs in the top three.
-Enumclaw shocked Mt. Rainier in the BCC Christmas Classic and is ranked seventh in 3A to begin 2009. The Hornets don’t win pretty, but all they’ve done this season is win. To stay undefeated this week, the Hornets will have to beat Lakes.
1. Garfield 3-1
2. Decatur (Federal Way) 7-0
3. Federal Way 6-1
4. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) 8-0
5. Auburn 6-1
6. Foss (Tacoma) 6-1
7. Central Kitsap (Silverdale) 6-1
8. Kentridge (Kent) 5-4
9. Kentwood (Covington) 4-3
10. Eisenhower (Yakima) 8-0
Others: Mariner, Mount Tahoma, Puyallup, Richland.
1. Franklin 7-0
2. Rainier Beach 3-0
3. Bellevue 9-1
4. Renton 4-1
5. Shadle Park (Spokane) 7-1
6. Columbia River (Vancouver) 6-2
7. Enumclaw 7-0
8. Mt. Rainier (Des Moines) 5-1
9. Mount Si (Snoqualmie) 5-1
10. Meadowdale (Lynnwood) 5-1 **
Others: Chief Sealth, Clover Park, Foster, Lakes, Nathan Hale, North Thurston, Seattle Prep, West Valley (Yakima).*
* Thanks to the reader who pointed out West Valley, who was on my list for consideration but I forgot to include among the others.
** One of the difficulties in ranking teams is that some times, they don’t always call in their games to every newspaper — and then you miss a game or two. North Thurston had been ranked 10th, but we missed that it lost to Chehalis Dec. 15, just before the snow sent everything haywire. So Meadowdale takes its spot.