Only a few weeks remain in the regular season and things are still more cluttered than I ever expected them to be.
In the 4A classification, one of the top teams went down when No. 2 Mead lost to 3A power Mount Spokane. The rankings are so competitive that teams are eager to jump up whenever they can.
The big game this week matches No. 4 Eastlake and No. 5 Issaquah on Tuesday. Each has one loss in league play, both at the hands of No. 1 Skyline.
I did bump Emerald Ridge up a bit to No. 3. The Jaguars are 10-0-0 and play in a very competitive SPSL South Division and have beat Beamer (state runners-up a couple years ago) twice already this season.
The bubble welcome a couple new teams, including the return of Lake Stevens, which has been on good form of late.
In the 3A ranks, the aforementioned Mount Spokane moves up a bit after its big win. A couple new teams enter the top 10 also, in Seattle Prep and Bonney Lake — each teams that have been ranked previously in the season.
In the six-team Metro Mountain Division, the last-place teams (Bainbridge and Eastside Catholic, 1-2-2) are just one game behind the first-place teams (Seattle Prep and Holy Names, 2-1-2). The two other teams, Lakeside and Bishop Blanchet are 2-2-1. The only way I can hope to sort it out is through overall division record, Seattle Prep being a hot team now (5-0-2 since Sept. 22).
Thursday’s Prep v. Holy Names game should be one to watch, if each team survives Tuesday…
If you notice any inaccurate win-loss records, please let me know. Records are compiled by coach reports, media reports and the WIAA website.
Rankings after the jump:
1. Skyline (Sammamish) 10-1-0
2. Jackson (Mill Creek) 8-0-1
3. Emerald Ridge (Puyallup) 10-0-0
4. Eastlake (Sammamish) 7-3-1
5. Issaquah 8-2-0
6. Mead (Spokane) 8-1-0
7. Woodinville 7-1-2
8. South Kitsap (Port Orchard) 7-0-2
9. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) 10-1-1
10. Richland 10-1-0
On the bubble (listed alphabetically): Beamer (Federal Way) 7-2-1, Kamiakin (Kennewick) 10-2-0, Kentwood 6-0-3, Lake Stevens 8-2-1, Skyview (Vancouver) 7-2-1, Tahoma (Maple Valley) 8-0-1.
1. Everett 10-0-0
2. Kennedy Catholic (Burien) 9-0-0
3. Union (Vancouver) 9-1-0
4. West Valley (Yakima) 10-1-0
5. Mount Spokane 9-1-0
6. Mercer Island 9-1-1
7. Camas 8-1-1
8. Seattle Prep 8-1-2
9. Holy Names 7-2-2
10. Bonney Lake 8-1-1
On the bubble (listed alphabetically): Bishop Blanchet 7-2-2, Enumclaw 5-2-1, Glacier Peak (Snohomish) 7-2-1, Lakeside 7-3-1, Mount Vernon 10-1-0, North Kitsap (Poulsbo) 7-1-2.