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May 4, 2009 at 1:41 PM

State boys soccer rankings — week 6

Here we are, nearing the finish line. Some leagues (Narrows, Columbia Basin Big Nine, Greater Spokane) have already concluded their regular seasons, which means state isn’t far away.

We’ll start off at the 4A level, where Pasco concluded a perfect CBBN league season. The Bulldogs are the only perfect team left in the top two classifications and have outscored opponents 40-3 this season.

The Narrows League is still well represented with four teams ranked (No. 2 Stadium, No. 3 Bellarmine Prep, No. 6 South Kitsap, No. 9 Gig Harbor).

The 7-8-9 teams all lost last week, but the 4A bubble is so strong that very capable teams were there to fill the void. In fact, there is so much parity at the bottom of the 4A rankings that I wouldn’t be surprised so see some teams not mentioned make a run at state. Hopefully the postseason will help sort some things out.

Not a lot changed at the 3A level, though we do have a new No. 1 — the Mercer Island Islanders. MI has won 14 straight games since an opening-day tie against Eastlake and have been in the discussion all season.

A Lakeside tie with Bainbridge early last week opened up the top spot. Many commenters had an opinion about the Lakeside v. MI debate last week and I wanted to offer the argument that favored the Lions.

Yes, Mercer Island beat Lakeside 4-0 in the 3rd/4th place game last year, but if you remember, Lakeside’s best player (Louis Schott, a Star Times honoree as a freshman) didn’t play and its coach wasn’t at the game. Not to mention, I don’t put a lot of stock into a 3rd/4th game — much like consolation games in state basketball — because once your state title dreams are shattered, it’s tough to play another game 24 hours later. Also, last year Lakeside was 5-1-3 after nine games and this season they were 9-0-0 to start.

Regardless, Mercer Island is the top team now and certainly deserving as it runs away with the KingCo 3A title. Chris Morris has an area-best 14 assists and 16 different players have recorded at least one goal or assist.

Some other teams to keep an eye on: No. 5 Mount Rainier has allowed just one goal all season and No. 7 West Valley of Yakima has won 10 straight games in a 4A-dominated Big Nine league.

As always, thoughts, comments and criticisms are always welcome. And let me know if I have an overall record wrong.

CLASS 4A

1. Pasco 14-0-0

2. Stadium (Tacoma) 10-1-0

3. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) 13-1-1

4. Marysville-Pilchuck 12-0-2

5. Rogers (Puyallup) 11-1-2

6. South Kitsap (Port Orchard) 8-2-1

7. Central Valley (Spokane Valley) 11-2-0

8. Jefferson (Auburn) 10-2-3

9. Gig Harbor 10-3-2

10. Beamer (Federal Way) 10-2-2

OTHERS (alphabetically): Auburn Riverside 8-2-3, Jackson 10-2-2, Kentridge 9-2-3, Lewis and Clark (Spokane) 9-3-0, Skyview (Vancouver) 10-2-2, Woodinville 7-3-3.

CLASS 3A

1. Mercer Island 14-0-1

2. Lakeside 10-0-1

3. Shorecrest 13-1-0

4. Camas 13-1-0

5. Mount Rainier (Des Moines) 12-0-2

6. Mount Vernon 14-1-0

7. West Valley (Yakima) 13-3-0

8. White River (Buckley) 11-1-1

9. Kennedy (Burien) 11-2-1

10. Union (Camas) 10-2-2

OTHERS (alphabetically): Bainbridge 7-2-5, Capital (Olympia) 10-3-1, Ferndale 10-3-0, Nathan Hale 11-2-1, North Kitsap (Poulsbo) 10-2-2, Yelm 11-3-0.

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