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High School Sports Blog

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April 27, 2009 at 3:43 PM

State softball rankings — Week 5

Boy, will I ever been glad when the post-season rolls around and we don’t have any more of those cross-classification games. I am having a whale of a time coming up with a solid No. 10 team in Class 3A.

Everett continues its win-one, lose-one pattern, with those losses coming to 4A teams. So this week I’m going with a squad that wasn’t even on my watch list last week (but should have been) — Glacier Peak. I was leaning toward Lynnwood, but Glacier Peak just posted a 2-1 win over the Royals last week.

Bonney Lake remains unbeaten, including a 1-0 win over No. 9 Enumclaw last week. Juanita creeps up to No. 2, although I still have a bit of a wait-and-see attitude about the Rebels. Bainbridge goes to No. 3 after that 1-0, 10-inning win over Holy Names, which slips to No. 4. Those two teams obviously are neck and neck.

Kennedy, the two-time defending champs, also has yet to drop a game, but isn’t getting much of a challenge in the Seamount League. Let’s see what happens in that West Central 3A District tournament, which will include Bonney Lake, Kennedy, Enumclaw and (I think) a pretty good Prairie team.

In 4A, No. 1 Emerald Ridge sits at 12-0 and scored another narrow shutout against No. 4 Rogers (which obviously isn’t being penalized much for that). The biggest shakup there is with former-No. 4 Auburn Riverside, which at least temporarily drops out of the rankings after dropping two games to Kentwood. KW (12-2), which jumps in at No. 8, has now won 11 straight and takes on No. 9 Kentlake Wednesday (I plan to be there). AR and Kentlake play today.

Mead lost for the second time in three games, so goes back to the watch list, leaving one spot open in the 4A rankings. I decided KingCo needed some love, and Issaquah seems to deserve it after that 1-0 win over Woodinville, the Eagles’ fifth consecutive win. I think 5-6 of those KingCo teams are about the same caliber. Reminds me of basketball.

So, here you go:

Class 4A

1, Emerald Ridge (Puyallup) 13-0

2, Stanwood 12-0

3, University (Spokane) 13-1

4, Rogers (Puyallup) 11-3

5, Walla Walla 12-1

6, Mountain View (Vancouver) 12-1

7, Jackson (Millcreek) 10-1

8. Kentwood (Covington) 12-2

9, Kentlake 11-2

10, Issaquah 8-2

Others (alphabetically) — Arlington, Auburn Riverside, Central Kitsap (Silverdale), Central Valley (Spokane), Eastmont (East Wenatchee), Inglemoor, Issaquah, Jefferson (Federal Way), Kennewick, Lake Washington, Mead (Spokane), Marysville-Pilchuck, Mountlake Terrace, Puyallup, Redmond, Southridge (Kennewick), Stadium (Tacoma), Wilson (Tacoma), Shorewood, Woodinville.

Class 3A

1, Bonney Lake 12-0

2, Juanita (Kirdlande) 13-1

3, Bainbridge 12-1

4, Holy Names 11-2

5, Union (Vancouver) 11-2

6, Kennedy (Burien) 12-0

7, Shadle Park (Spokane) 10-4

8, Sedro-Woolley 12-2

9, Enumclaw 8-4

10, Glacier Peak (Snohomish) 8-4

Others (alphabetically) — Bellevue, Capital (Olympia), East Valley (Spokane), Everett, Lynnwood, Prairie (Brush Prairie), Yelm.

CORRECTED: Jackson’s softball record is 10-1. It was initially listed incorrectly.

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