Welcome to the 4A rankings, Jackson High!
The Timberwolves were on the radar after beating 3A Meadowdale earlier this month. They broke through the barrier with Friday’s 69-65 win over Edmonds-Woodway, then rated No. 5 in 4A. Jackson is 11-2 with both losses coming without the services of junior guard Erin Feeney, who has keyed the 9-0 run.
To be honest, I was a little uncomfortable vaulting E-W from No. 10 to No. 5 last week, but several teams above them had lost. Jackson doesn’t get that No. 5 spot this week (instead, Moses Lake and Mead of Spokane sneak up), but the T-Wolves are a solid No. 7, followed by Auburn Riverside, Federal Way and Edmonds-Woodway.
Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma drops out, despite winning its lone game last week. We’ll see how the Lions do this week against a pretty good Mount Tahoma team. A couple of key injuries have hurt Bellarmine Prep, which was no match for No. 2 Kentwood last week.
Others continue to knock on that 4A door. Graham-Kapowsin (13-2) has won eight in a row since losses to Federal Way and White River. Issaquah (10-3) appears back on track after losing to Roosevelt and Bellevue a couple of weeks ago. And I continue to keep an eye on Garfield.
In Class 3A, the top four remain intact — Kennedy, Pairie, Shadle Park and White River. Kennedy is crushing everyone in the Seamount League and when the Lancers went south to take on 4A Lincoln last Saturday, they rolled 83-34 without three regulars. Kennedy is a bit banged up right now, but likely will have no trouble running the table in the Seamount. Then comes a likely showdown with White River in the sub-district tournament.
A grueling schedule finally got the best of Bainbridge, which lost last week to Lakeside. Lakeside is one of the teams I can’t figure out this season. After upsetting the Spartans on Wednesday, Lakeside lost to Seattle Prep. It will be interesting to see what the Lions do tonight against No. 8 Holy Names.
Bainbridge, which slides from fifth to seventh this week, has two more toughies this week against No. 6 Franklin and No. 4 White River. Yep, red-hot Franklin rises to sixth this week.
West Valley of Yakima moves up to No. 5, despite last week’s loss to 4A Walla Walla. The Rams followed with a 10-point win over No. 10 Hanford. Hanford hangs on to that 10th spot, although Bellevue and Bonney Lake are poised to move in. Meadowdale, which lost by 12 to Edmonds-Woodway a week ago, sits at No. 9. Those two teams tangle again this Wednesday.
Who are you picking for upsets this week?
(Records through Jan. 24)
1. Lewis and Clark (Spokane) 14-0
2. Kentwood (Convington) 14-0
3. Pasco 15-0
4. Snohomish 12-2
5. Moses Lake 13-3
6. Mead (Spokane) 11-2
7. Jackson (Millcreek) 11-2
8. Auburn Riverside 11-5
9. Federal Way 11-4
10. Edmonds-Woodwday 12-2
Others (alphabetically) — Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma), Central Valley (Spokane) Eastlake, Garfield, Graham-Kapowsin (Graham), Issaquah, Mount Tahoma, Newport, Southridge.
1. Kennedy (Burien) 13-0
2. Prairie (Brush Prairie) 12-2
3. Shadle Park (Spokane) 11-2
4. White River (Buckley) 14-0
5. West Valley (Yakima) 10-5
6. Franklin 12-2
7. Bainbridge 10-2
8. Holy Names 12-2
9. Meadowdale (Lynnwood) 11-3
10. Hanford 10-4
Others (alphabetically) — Bellevue, Bonney Lake, Enumclaw, Lakeside, Liberty (Renton), Mercer Island.