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December 12, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Class 4A and 3A boys basketball rankings — Week 3

There is a new No. 1 in Class 3A.

After knocking off top-ranked Seattle Prep, 64-56, last week, Rainier Beach moves into the top spot.

I was talking to an assistant coach after the game who said he thinks this is the deepest team the Vikings have put together in a long time. It might be the deepest team they’ve ever had.

Rainier Beach does have plenty of players. This is nothing new for the Vikings, who have been loaded with talent for years. So far this season it seems like everyone has embraced his role, which could be key if they are going to contend for a state title.

They’ll get another tough test Tuesday when they play third-ranked O’Dea, which moved up one spot. Seattle Prep falls to No. 4.

The rest of the top 10 remains unchanged. Keep a close eye on Sammamish (5-0) and Mountlake Terrace (4-0). Both teams are pushing for a spot in the top 10.

In the 4A top 10, it’s messy. It’s wide-open. It’s constantly changing. It’s going to be like that all year.

Evergreen of Vancouver (6-0) jumps to No. 2 and Bellarmine Prep moves to No. 4.

Mount Rainier lost a close game to Lake Washington — ranked No. 7 in 3A — and Bothell fell to Ballard last week.

Despite the losses, it’s impossible to ignore the talent on both rosters and, since it’s still early in the season, the programs remain in the top 10.

Ballard could end up being a ranked team. Seth Berger is a very talented player and, as a 6-foot-7 guard, he presents a matchup problem for most teams. He had a breakout game against Bothell and could have a big year for the Beavers.

Union, Ferris and Federal Way all fell out of the top 10 this week. The question became, which teams should enter the rankings?

I settled on Issaquah (5-0), Lewis and Clark of Spokane (4-0) and Snohomish (4-0). We will see if the Eagles are for real in early January when they face a three-game stretch against Garfield, Skyline and Bothell.

Lewis & Clark plays University of Spokane — ranked No. 5 in 3A — Friday and Snohomish is riding the hot hand of Luke Hamlin, who is averaging more than 26 points per game so far.

Here are this week’s Class 4A and 3A high-school boys basketball rankings.

Class 4A

1. Davis (Yakima) (2-0)

2. Evergreen (Vancouver) (6-0)

3. Skyline (Sammamish) (2-0)

4. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) (3-0)

5. Mount Rainier (Des Moines) (5-1)

6. Bothell (2-1)

7. Curtis (University Place) (3-1)

8. Issaquah (5-0)

9. Lewis & Clark (Spokane) (4-0)

10. Snohomish (4-0)

Keep an eye on: Arlington, Ballard, Beamer, Federal Way, Garfield, Jackson, Kamiak, Kent-Meridian, Kentwood, Lake Stevens, Redmond, Rogers, Roosevelt, Union.

Class 3A

1. Rainier Beach (3-0)

2. Lakes (Lakewood) (1-0)

3. O’Dea (3-0)

4. Seattle Prep (2-1)

5. University (Spokane) (4-0)

6. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (3-0)

7. Lake Washington (Kirkland) (5-0)

8. Franklin (4-0)

9. Foss (Tacoma) (4-0)

10. Lincoln (Tacoma) (4-1)

Keep an eye on: Bellevue, Chief Sealth, Decatur, Eastside Catholic, Glacier Peak, Kennedy Catholic, Kennewick, Mercer Island, Mountain View, Mountlake Terrace, Sammamish, Shadle Park, West Valley.

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