This was one of the toughest weeks for modifying the state softball rankings. There were several upsets, as noted in an earlier blog, and some ranked teams lost more than once.
Rogers of Puyallup, for instance, followed its 4-2 loss to Emerdal Ridge with a 2-0 toe-stubber against Spanaway Lake. So, after an 11-0 start that had given them the No. 4 spot in the 4A rankings, the Rams dropped to 13-2 — and out of the rankings at least temporarily.
Too harsh, you say?
Well, even though Rogers has beaten Puyallup, I think the Vikings deserve a spot because they have been playing very well as of late. In fact, after an 0-2 start back in mid-March, they are 12-1 with that lone loss to Rogers.
Puyallup debuts at No. 9 and Marysville-Pilchuck jumps in at No. 10 with Wilson falling out after last week’s loss to South Kitsap. But I expect Wilson and Rogers to be back in the top-10 before all is said and done.
And look for Stanwood or maybe Stadium to get back in there, too.
Woodinville, which went down for the first time of the season (to Lake Washington), slips from No. 3 to No. 6. There is some other juggling, but you can take a look for yourself.
The 3A rankings continue to be the biggest headache. Holy Names slides from No. 3 to No. 5 with losses now to Rogers and Montesano (that one surprised me). Bonney Lake is out, for now, after losing to both Auburn Mounview and Lakes.
I kept West Valley of Yakima in despite three losses last week. Two of those were to Walla Walla, No. 1 in 4A. The other was to Selah over here at Husky Ballpark, and I’m not quite sure what to make of that.
Everett isn’t penalized for a loss to 4A Monroe, but Lynnwood’s out with a loss to Glacire Peak.
At any rate, I mixed it up this week with a pair of newcomers — Franklin Pierce and Shadle Park. FP has won five in a row, including a victory over Mountainview, which nearly grabbed a top-10 spot. Shadle is a so-so 7-7, but is 6-3 as of late with all three of those losses to 4A teams (including Mead and U-Hi).
We’ll probably see some more movement next week, and the real fun (playoffs) are just around the corner.
So, here you go:
(Records through April 24)
1. Walla Walla (13-0)
2. Kelso (10-1)
3. Jackson (Mill Creek) (12-0)
4. Mead (Spokane) (13-1)
5. Kentlake (15-1)
6. Woodinville (10-1)
7. Tahoma (Maple Valley) (14-2)
8. University (Spokane) (12-2)
9. Puyallup (12-3)
10. Marysville-Pilchuck (10-2)
Others to watch (listed alphabetically) — Eastlake (Sammamish), Inglemoor (Kenmore), Jefferson (Federal Way), Kamiakin (Kennewick), Kentridge, Mountain View (Vancouver), Mountlake Terrace, Richland, Rogers (Puyallup) South Kitsap (Port Orchard), Southridge (Kennewick), Stadium (Tacoma), Stanwood, Wilson (Tacoma).
1. Union (Vancouver) (13-0)
2. Bainbridge (13-1)
3. Juanita (12-2)
4. Sedro-Woolley (12-1)
5. Holy Names (12-2)
6. Kennedy Catholic (13-1)
7. Everett (9-4)
8. West Valley (Yakima) (9-5)
9. Franklin Pierce (Parkland) (10-3)
10. Shadle Park (7-7)
Others to watch (listed alphabetically) — Auburn Mountainview, Bonney Lake, Camas, Columbia River, East Valley (Spokane), Enumclaw, Glacier Peak (Snohomish), Lynnwood, Mount Rainier (Des Moines), Mount Spokane, North Central (Spokane), Peninsula, Prairie (Brush Prairie), West Seattle.