Here’s a first — no one dropped out of the state rankings in either 4A or 3A this wek.
And not because none of the top-10 teams lost. Several of them did so there is some shuffling, but I did not think the losses warrented removal.
In 4A, Kelso slides from secondto fifth after losing to Heritage — a team they beat earier in the year. That’s only Kelso’s second loss of the season (the other coming against unbeaten Union), so I think the Hilanders are still top-five worthy.
Mead falls from No. 4 to No. 10 with losses to Gonzaga Prep and University. That’s the second time this season the Panthers have gone down against U-Hi. But U-Hi also lost twice, to Central Valley and Lewis and Clark, before rebounding with the victory over Mead.
U-Hi dips from eighth to ninth. I could have gone with someone like Stanwood instead, but I think those GSL teams are going to be factors over here at state — assuming they get here.
In 3A, the top-four remains unchanged, although No. 4 Holy Names did fall twice to No. 3 Bainbridge. One of those games was a forfeit as the original contest was rained out and apparently Holy Names could not find a suitable reschedule date.
Kennedy lost 3-2 to Mount Rainier and drops from No. 5 to No. 9. West Valley of Yakima gave up a pair to Richland, a pretty good 4A eam, so no real shame there. Franklin Pierce fell 3-2 to Enumclaw, but hangs in at No. 10. Prairie gave Union a good go before losing 2-1, and beat three other teams, so the Falcons inch up t No. 7.
Glacier Peak’s lone loss of the week was to unbeaten Jackson, so no real harm there.
We’ll have the final rankings next Monday as we get deeper into the playoffs, so for now you can mull these over:
(Records through May 8)
1. Walla Walla (20-0)
2. Jackson (Mill Creek (18-0)
3. Kentlake (19-1)
4. Woodinville (16-1)
5. Kelso (13-2)
6. Tahoma (Maple Valley) (18-2)
7. Puyallup (17-3)
8. Marysville-Pilchuck (15-2)
9. University (Spokane) (15-4)
10. Mead (Spokane) (17-3)
Others to watch (listed alphabetically) — Eastlake (Sammamish), Inglemoor (Kenmore), Jefferson (Federal Way), Heritage (Vancouver) Kamiakin (Kennewick), Kentridge, Mountain View (Vancouver), Mountlake Terrace, Richland, Rogers (Puyallup), Skyline (Issaquah), South Kitsap (Port Orchard), Southridge (Kennewick), Stadium (Tacoma), Stanwood, Wilson (Tacoma).
1. Union (Vancouver) (18-0)
2. Bainbridge (19-2)
3. Sedro-Woolley (17-1)
4. Holy Names (16-4)
5. West Valley (Yakima) (14-7)
6. Juanita (Kirkland) (17-3)
7. Prairie (Brush Prairie) (15-5)
8. Glacier Peak (Snohomish) (13-5)
9. Kennedy Catholic (16-2)
10. Franklin Pierce (Parkland) (14-4)
Others to watch (listed alphabetically) — Auburn Mountainview, Bonney Lake, Camas, Columbia River, East Valley (Spokane), Enumclaw, Everett, Lynnwood, Mount Rainier (Des Moines), Mount Spokane, North Central (Spokane), Peninsula, Shadle Park (Spokane), West Seattle.