The deeper into the season it gets this year, the tougher it has been to sort out these rankings. There have been plenty of early season upsets based on the preseason rankings and most of the teams that have pulled off big wins have also been upset somewhere along the way.
In fact, out of the top 10 in both 4A and 3A only one school, Davis (Yakima), remains unbeaten. All of this leads me to believe that high-school basketball fans are in for an entertaining run to the championships in both classifications.
Since Garfield was able to beat Lakes on the road in overtime last week, the Bulldogs stay at No. 1. Three of Kentridge’s four losses are to out-of-state teams, so I’m keeping the Chargers at No. 2. They play host to seventh-ranked Auburn on Tuesday, which should be a good one. I’ll be there.
Kentwood stays at No. 3. I considered dropping Curtis, but like Kentridge, three of the Vikings’ losses are to out-of-state teams.
The only changes this week are in the bottom three spots. Union (Vancouver) drops to No. 9 and Olympia falls to No. 10. Ferris (Spokane) climbs back into the rankings at No. 8 after wins over Gonzaga Prep and University.
The one unranked team to really keep an eye on is Mount Rainier. I was impressed with the Rams and their losses are to talented teams. It will be interesting to see how they play against Kentridge on Friday.
Another 4A game to look out for this week is Battle Ground (7-1) at Union (5-3) on Tuesday. The result of that game could impact next week’s rankings.
In Class 3A, I kept Rainier Beach at No. 1. I posted a poll question last week about which team should get the top spot and a majority of people agreed with me that the Vikings should remain on top.
In my mind, O’Dea is a close second and Lakes is right there, jumping up to No. 3.
All three of Franklin’s losses came in California, so the Quakers don’t fall far. In fact, the only reason they dropped at all is because Lakes and Lincoln – the Abes are 7-0 since losing their first game of the year — are playing so well right now.
The only other change in 3A is the final spot in the rankings. Decatur falls out this week. The Gators suffered a couple of tough losses on their home floor in the Bill Riley Communities Holiday Classic. Wilson, at 9-1, jumps into the rankings at No. 10.
There are some very good teams pushing for a spot in the top 10. Seattle Prep, University (Spokane), Lake Washington and Hudson’s Bay are all right there.
It will be interesting to see how things sort out over the next few weeks. I expect a lot of changes in both 4A and 3A over the next few weeks.
1. Garfield (7-1)
2. Kentridge (7-3)
3. Kentwood (7-1)
4. Curtis (University Place) (6-4)
5. Jackson (Mill Creek) (8-1)
6. Davis (Yakima) (6-0)
7. Auburn (7-1)
8. Ferris (Spokane) (6-1)
9. Union (Vancouver) (5-3)
10. Olympia (8-1)
On the bubble: Arlington, Battle Ground, Bellarmine Prep, Chiawana, Federal Way, Gonzaga Prep, Inglemoor, Kentlake, Monroe, Mount Rainier, Newport, Puyallup, Richland, Rogers.
1. Rainier Beach (4-1)
2. O’Dea (7-1)
3. Lakes (Lakewood) (7-1)
4. Lincoln (Tacoma) (7-1)
5. Franklin (4-3)
6. Bellevue (7-2)
7. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (6-1)
8. Mercer Island (8-2)
9. Sammamish (Bellevue) (8-2)
10. Wilson (Tacoma) (9-1)
On the bubble: Camas, Capital, Chief Sealth, Decatur, Foss, Glacier Peak, Hazen, Hudson’s Bay, Kennedy Catholic, Lake Washington, Mountlake Terrace, Seattle Prep, Shadle Park, University.