By MATT MASSEY
Special to The Seattle Times
There’s a new No. 1 in the Class 4A state boys soccer rankings for Week 2.
The new No. 1 displaced the old No. 1.
Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma beat previous No. 1 Stadium of Tacoma 2-0 on March 22 at Stadium to move into the top spot, leapfrogging from No. 8 to No. 1 after the big win over last year’s 4A state champion.
Garfield vaults up to 6, outscoring KingCo 4A and nonleague foes 17-0 in five wins.
Stadium, top-ranked in Week 1 on the merits of last year’s 4A title, fell to No. 5 in Week 2. The Tigers might have lost just enough talent to make a 4A state-title repeat difficult, especially with Bellarmine Prep looming just down the road with some good young talent and coach Joe Waters running the show.
Skyline, Puyallup and Jackson make their first appearance of the season in the top 10, displacing Lake Stevens and Evergreen (Vancouver) in the rankings.
Another spot was left open in 4A, when I inadvertently let Pasco slip into the 4A rankings after they had dropped from 4A to 3A this season. The Bulldogs debut at No. 3 in the 3A ranks in Week 2.
Gonzaga Prep is a team on the rise at 8-0-0, but it has yet to face either top competition Mead or Ferris in Greater Spokane League (GSL) play. It’s unclear the quality of teams the Bullpups have faced so far.
The top four is pretty clear in 3A with unbeatens Glacier Peak and Shorecrest still leading the way, just in front of Pasco and Camas. Capital and Mercer Island also jump into the top 10 in 3A as West Valley (Yakima), Kennewick and Mount Si fall outside the rankings with sub-par weeks of play.
Unbeaten Shorewood climbs four spots from No. 10 to No. 6 in Week 2, giving WesCo 3A three teams in the top six. Those three WesCo 3A clubs are a combined 16-0-0.
The current ESPN Rise Powerade Fab 50 team rankings feature five teams from the state of Washington, led by Shorecrest at No. 5 in the national picture. Beamer checks in at No. 7, Stadium at No. 22, Marysville-Pilchuck at No. 24 and Glacier Peak at No. 49.
Here are The Seattle Times rankings for Class 4A and 3A for Week 2:
1. Bellarmine Prep (4-0-0)
2. Ferris (Spokane) (5-1-0)
3. Mead (Spokane) (3-1-0)
4. Marysville-Pilchuck (4-0-0)
5. Stadium (4-1-0)
6. Garfield (5-0-0)
7. Beamer (3-0-2)
8. Jackson (4-0-0)
9. Puyallup (4-0-0)
10. Skyline (4-0-2)
On the bubble: Richland, Jefferson, Kentwood, Gonzaga Prep, Snohomish, Redmond, Roosevelt, Eastlake, Tahoma, Emerald Ridge, Federal Way, Skyview (Vancouver), Union (Vancouver), Eisenhower (Yakima), Davis (Yakima).
1. Glacier Peak (6-0-0)
2. Shorecrest (5-0-0)
3. Pasco (3-0-0)
4. Camas (4-1-0)
5. Bainbridge (4-0-0)
6. Shorewood (5-0-0)
7. Southridge (Kennewick) (5-1-0)
8. Sammamish (3-0-1)
9. Capital (Olympia) (5-0-1)
10. Mercer Island (3-1-1)
On the bubble: Kennewick, Kennedy, Lakeside, Columbia River.