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March 30, 2009 at 2:24 PM

State boys soccer rankings: week 1

While it’s week one for the rankings, some teams are entering their fourth week of competition. Certainly the look of the boys soccer scene now is a little different than what many expected in the preseason.

First off, here are some logistics. I will run the boys rankings very similarly to the girls rankings we had in the fall. I rank 10 teams in classes 4A and 3A, then I offer six and only six teams on the bubble. With the soccer talent in the state I could offer more, but I like sticking with 16 teams — the amount in the state tournaments.

I will not rank teams for Class 2A, 1A, 2B or 1B. Apologies in advance, but this is consistent with how we’ve done rankings all year.

Time for a quick breakdown. Bellarmine Prep takes the top spot in the Class 4A. The defending champion Panthers Lions (thanks for the catch coach-m) were undefeated against American competition last year and have gotten off to a 6-0 start in 2009. Not to mention, the Narrows League appears to be quite strong this year, recording big non-conference wins over Ferris and Eastlake.

Leagues that appear to be wide open are the SPSL 4A North and South, and also KingCo 4A. The competitive leagues feature a lot of parity, which means teams are hard-pressed to separate themselves.

On to the 3A ranks, where defending-champion Camas is on top to start. The Papermakers are led by UW-recruit Quinton Beasley and are 6-0 on the year. In my opinion, there’s a bit of a dropoff after No. 1, with a number of teams worthy of the No. 2 spot.

Lastly, please feel free to offer your opinions or critiques — in a nice or mean manner, whichever you like. I won’t be offended. As a soccer nut, I wish I could go out and watch all these teams and players, but unfortunately I haven’t seen any games so far this year.

Also, if you see any inaccurate win/loss records, please let me know. I’ve spent many an hour trying to track down results, but may have missed a game or two.

Alright, without further ado. Drum roll please.

CLASS 4A

1. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) 6-0-0

2. Pasco 4-0-0

3. University (Spokane) 5-0-0

4. Stadium (Tacoma) 3-0-0

5. Shorewood (Shoreline) 4-0-1

6. South Kitsap (Port Orchard) 3-0-0

7. Snohomish 4-1-0

8. Issaquah 5-1-0

9. Central Valley (Spokane Valley) 4-0-0

10. Curtis (University Place) 3-0-1

OTHERS (alphabetically): Auburn Riverside 2-0-2, Gig Harbor 4-2-0, Jackson (Mill Creek) 3-1-0, Kamiakin (Kennewick) 4-1-0, Lewis and Clark (Spokane) 3-1-0, Roosevelt 4-1-1.

CLASS 3A

1. Camas 6-0-0

2. Lakeside 3-0-0

3. Mount Vernon 5-0-0

4. Mercer Island 5-0-1

5. Mount Rainier (Des Moines) 4-0-0

6. Shorecrest (Shoreline) 4-1-0

7. Yelm 5-0-0

8. Kennedy (Burien) 4-1-0

9. Union (Camas) 4-0-2

10. Franklin Pierce (Tacoma) 4-0-0

OTHERS (alphabetically): Bainbridge 3-1-1, Columbia River (Vancouver) 5-1-0, Highline (Burien) 4-1-0, Mount Spokane (Mead) 3-2-0, Sequim 4-1-0, White River (Buckley) 3-0-0.

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