It’s a new year, but the Class 4A rankings are still unsettled.
Let’s start at the top where Bellarmine Prep steps into the top spot in the state. The Lions’ one loss came against Loyola (Los Angeles, Calif.) — ranked No. 18 in the nation according to ESPNHS — 65-62, Dec. 28.
Skyline, which suffered its first two losses to Harvard-Westlake (Los Angeles) and Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) at the MaxPreps Holiday Classic, remains at No. 2.
Davis of Yakima, which started the year at No. 1, falls to No. 2 after losses to Kamiakin and Post Falls (Idaho).
Despite dropping its first game of the season to Mountlake Terrace, Snohomish climbs to No. 4, followed by Lewis & Clark of Spokane.
Ballard falls out of this week’s rankings and is replaced by another KingCo team in Roosevelt, which is coming off a three-point win over 10th-ranked Curtis.
I thought about putting Issaquah (9-1) back into the top 10, but I decided to wait and see how the Eagles play against sixth-ranked Garfield Tuesday.
In Class 3A, Rainier Beach continues to prove it belongs at No. 1. The Vikings have already picked up wins against very good teams in Seattle Prep, O’Dea and Bellevue and are averaging 74 points per game.
Kamiakin climbs to No. 2 after knocking off Davis when it was ranked No. 1 in 4A.
After losing three of its last five, O’Dea falls from the rankings this week. The Irish (6-4) are better than their record indicates and the same can be said for Lakes (3-5), which looked very good against Union of Vancouver.
Both teams will be a factor later in the season.
No. 6 Mountlake Terrace is one of just three ranked teams in 3A that still boasts an unblemished record.
After getting to the state championship game last year, Bellevue played its way into the rankings for the first time this season. The Wolverines look like they could be contenders again this year, with their only loss coming against Rainier Beach.
Here are this week’s Class 4A and 3A rankings.
1. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) (8-1)
2. Skyline (Sammamish) (7-2)
3. Davis (Yakima) (6-2)
4. Snohomish (9-1)
5. Lewis & Clark (Spokane) (6-1)
6. Garfield (6-2)
7. Mount Rainier (Des Moines) (8-2)
8. Roosevelt (7-2)
9. Union (Vancouver) (7-3)
10. Curtis (University Place) (7-4)
Keep an eye on: Ballard, Beamer, Bothell, Edmonds-Woodway, Evergreen, Federal Way, Ferris, Issaquah, Jackson, Kamiak, Kent-Meridian, Kentwood, Lake Stevens, Redmond, Rogers.
1. Rainier Beach (8-0)
2. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (8-0)
3. University (Spokane) (6-1)
4. Seattle Prep (6-2)
5. Lincoln (9-1)
6. Mountlake Terrace (10-0)
7. Bellevue (8-1)
8. Franklin (7-2)
9. Foss (Tacoma) (6-1)
10. Sammamish (Bellevue) (8-2)
Keep an eye on: Auburn Mountainview, Chief Sealth, Columbia River, Decatur, Eastside Catholic, Kennedy Catholic, Lakes, Lake Washington, Mercer Island, Mountain View, Nathan Hale, O’Dea, Shorewood.