Last week I was able to watch several top 10 teams I really wanted to see in person. After watching Garfield beat Inglemoor, 69-49, and Kentridge beat Auburn, 61-51, I’ve now seen five of the top 10 Class 4A teams in person.
I’ve also seen quite a few bubble teams and, after talking to people about teams I haven’t seen, I’m starting to get a better sense for where teams belong.
The Bulldogs are clearly the class of 4A right now and, based on what I’ve seen this year, I have to put Jackson at No. 2 for the time being. Kentridge and Kentwood are three and four followed by Ferris at No. 5.
No new teams enter the top 10 this week, but I did some shuffling based on what I’ve seen and heard now that most teams have somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 games. Newport had a chance to crack the top 10 this week, but a 57-45 loss to Redmond kept the Knights out.
I think there are a lot of solid teams in KingCo this year and, outside of Garfield, they seem to be beating up on each other.
Keep an eye out for Chiawana. The Riverhawks handed Davis its first loss of the season, 80-74, over the weekend.
In Class 3A, the top four remain locked in place. Kamiakin jumps up to No. 5 and Wilson moves up to No. 6.
Bellevue lost a close game to a very good Lake Washington team last week, 69-66, and drops slightly. A few more wins like that and the Kangaroos will be back in the top 10.
Franklin drops to No. 9. The Quakers are still very good without Anrio Adams. They are a young team that seems to be growing together with each game they play.
Seattle Prep jumps into the rankings at No. 10. The Panthers’ only losses are to O’Dea and Rainier Beach, so they get the final spot over Chief Sealth … for now.
However, a lot could change among ranked Metro League teams this week. Franklin plays Chief Sealth and Rainier Beach and Seattle Prep plays Chief Sealth. Two wins for the Seahawks would land them in the rankings.
It should make for an interesting week.
1. Garfield (10-1)
2. Jackson (Mill Creek) (10-1)
3. Kentridge (9-3)
4. Kentwood (8-2)
5. Ferris (Spokane) (8-1)
6. Curtis (University Place) (7-4)
7. Auburn (8-2)
8. Davis (Yakima) (7-1)
9. Union (Vancouver) (7-3)
10. Olympia (10-1)
On the bubble: Arlington, Battle Ground, Chiawana, Gonzaga Prep, Inglemoor, Kentlake, Monroe, Mount Rainier, Newport, Puyallup, Richland, Rogers, Skyline.
1. Rainier Beach (7-1)
2. O’Dea (10-1)
3. Lakes (Lakewood) (9-1)
4. Lincoln (Tacoma) (9-1)
5. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (8-1)
6. Wilson (Tacoma) (10-1)
7. Bellevue (8-3)
8. Mercer Island (10-2)
9. Franklin (7-4)
10. Seattle Prep (9-2)
On the bubble: Camas, Capital, Chief Sealth, Decatur, Foss, Glacier Peak, Hazen, Hudson’s Bay, Kennedy Catholic, Lakeside, Lake Washington, Sammamish, University.