First of all, I’d like to offer my thanks to Auburn Riverside, which made my life a little easier (rankings-wise) with those victories last week over University and Lewis and Clark, two Spokane schools.
It was a slam dunk to keep the Ravens atop the Class 4A rankings this week.
L-C lost to both Riverside and Federal Way, but was in both games and should be a trophy team at state. The Tigers drop just two spots in the rankings, from No. 2 to No. 4, with unbeaten Woodinville moving up to No. 3.
Federal Way is at No. 2 after an impressive week that also included a victory over previously unbeaten Chiawana over in Pasco.
Kentwood falls from third to ninth after losing to Bellarmine Prep, which definitely did not make things easy last week. Yes, Kentwood has beaten Federal Way, but the Eagles are a different (and better) team now that Brittany Barrington is back on the floor. We’ll get some of this debate settled when the rematches roll around later this month. Federal Way plays Auburn Riverside on Jan. 14 and Kentwood on Jan. 16. Then AR and KW play on Jan. 19.
The Eagles will get another test tomorrow night when they play Kentlake, which dropped its first game of the season last week to Bethel.
Getting back to Bellarmine Prep — the Lions lost in OT to Jesuit of Oregon last week and also to Gonzaga Prep, and probably would have dropped out of the rankings with a loss to Kentwood. But they bounced back for the victory and stay in at No. 8.
Newport fans will be happy to see the unbeaten Knights crack the top-10 at No. 7. They’ve got a big game Friday against No. 6 Issaquah — another team that didn’t help matters much last week. The Eagles beat Holy Names, No. 1 in the 3A rankings, then lost to White River, which recenly lost to Lakes.
To make room for Newport, Garfield drops to the “others” list for the time being after going 1-2 in the Nike Tournament of Champions. That might be a bit harsh, but again I have a hard time putting four KingCo 4A teams in the top-10.
The 3A debate continues. As mentioned, Holy Names lost to Issaquah, while Kennedy went 1-2 at the Nike TOC (in a separate division from Garfield). So, they stay 1-2. Who else should be at No. 1?
Kennedy should get a test this Friday against Mount Rainier, which dropped its first game of the season to 4A Eastlake last week (then rebounded to beat a good 1A Seattle Christian squad).
I’m hearing a lot of good things about Shadle Park, but the Highlanders split games over the holidays against Idaho teams. They are at No. 3 this week.
The worst news I got over the holidays is that Prairie lost star guard Heather Corral for the season with an ACL tear. The Falcons, who had two other starters leave the program before the season started, went 1-2 at the Diamond State Classic in Delaware, losing to a pair of nationally ranked teams.
I’m leaving Prairie in the rankings at No. 4, but we’ll see how the team fares without Corral. That’s just a shame.
Mercer Island went 3-1 in yet another division of the Nike tournament and sits at No. 5, for now.
One headache was what to do with White River? That win over Issaquah was impressive, but again the Hornets lost to Lakes not so long ago, so how do you rationalize moving them ahead of the Lancers just yet? I couldn’t. Lakes did lost to Mount Tahoma over the holidays, but MT is a solid 4A team.
So, Lakes and White River sit 6-7 for this week. Shorecrest lost to a good Burlington-Edison team and slides to No. 8. Bonney Lake holds on at No. 9, despite a loss to Monroe — which at 8-1 is on the verge of cracking the 4A rankings. Meadowdale stays at No. 10. I’ve got a close eye on Yelm, which is 8-1 now with seven consecutive victories.
It should be yet another interesting week, so stay tuned.
1. Auburn Riverside (9-0)
2. Federal Way (7-2)
3. Woodinville (8-0)
4. Lewis and Clark (Spokane) (5-3)
5. Chiawana (Pasco) (6-1)
6. Issaquah (7-1)
7. Newport (Bellevue) (8-0)
8. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) (5-5)
9. Kentwood (Convington) (6-2)
10. Jackson (Mill Creek) (6-1)
Others to watch (alphabetically) –Bethel (Graham), Central Valley (Spokane), Eastlake, Edmonds-Woodway, Evergreen (Vancouver), Garfield, Gonzaga-Prep (Spokane), Kelso, Kentlake, Marysville-Pilchuck, Mead (Spokane), Monroe, Mount Tahoma (Tacoma), Pasco, Richland, Skyview (Vancouver), South Kitsap (Port Orchard), Walla Walla, Wenatchee, Wilson (Tacoma).
1. Holy Names (8-2)
2. Kennedy Catholic (6-3)
3. Shadle Park (Spokane) (6-3)
4. Prairie (Brush Prairie) (6-4)
5. Mercer Island (7-3)
6. Lakes (Lakewood) (6-2)
7. White River (Buckley) (7-1)
8. Shorecrest (Shoreline) (4-3)
9, Bonney Lake (7-2)
10, Meadowdale (Lynnwood) (5-2)
Others to watch (alphabetically) — Auburn Mountainview, Capital (Olympia), Cleveland, East Valley (Spokane), Ferndale, Glacier Peak (Snohomish), Lynnwood, Mount Rainier (Des Moines), Mount Spokane, North Central (Spokane), Seattle Prep, Sumner, Timberline, West Valley (Yakima), Yelm.