The Class 3A rankings are finally starting to take shape. For the first time all season, I feel good about the top five.
Rainier Beach, Kamiakin, Lincoln, Seattle Prep and Mountlake Terrace have all earned spots in the top half of the rankings with impressive wins over talented teams.
University of Spokane drops from No. 2 to 6 this week after falling to Gonzaga Prep, Jan. 3.
The only new addition to the top 10 this week is Lakes. I thought about putting the Lancers back in the rankings last week, and I couldn’t keep them out two weeks in a row.
The 5-5 record doesn’t look good, but Lakes was impressive when I watched the defending champions in Franklin’s holiday tournament and the Lancers picked up a pair of wins last week without big man Zach Banner, who was in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Game.
Lake Washington is right on the cusp of the rankings and, once O’Dea finds a way to generate more energy at the beginning of games, the Irish should make it back into the top 10.
Now 4A continues to look wide open. Bellarmine Prep is playing well in the top spot, but second-ranked Skyline dropped a close game to Ballard last week and falls one spot.
Ballard has some impressive wins, but stays on the bubble with five losses. Because Snohomish and Lewis & Clark both dropped games last week, Garfield climbs up to No. 4, which sets up a great game Tuesday when the Bulldogs travel to Skyline.
After jumping into the rankings last week, Roosevelt falls out of the top 10 after losing to Redmond and the Mustangs replace the Roughriders.
Redmond has won six of its last seven to earn a chance to move off the bubble.
After Jackson knocked off Snohomish, the Timberwolves fell to Stanwood and remain on the bubble. It really looks like there are about 15 programs that could make a case to be ranked, so the top 10 will continue to change throughout the season as teams continue to knock each other off.
Here are this week’s Class 4A and 3A rankings, which I’m posting a day early, because I have a packed day Monday.
1. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) (10-1)
2. Davis (Yakima) (8-2)
3. Skyline (Sammamish) (9-3)
4. Garfield (8-2)
5. Lewis & Clark (Spokane) (7-2)
6. Snohomish (9-2)
7. Redmond (9-3)
8. Mount Rainier (Des Moines) (9-3)
9. Union (Vancouver) (9-3)
10. Curtis (University Place) (9-4)
Keep an eye on: Ballard, Beamer, Bothell, Edmonds-Woodway, Evergreen, Federal Way, Ferris, Gonzaga Prep, Issaquah, Jackson, Kent-Meridian, Kentwood, Lake Stevens, Roosevelt.
1. Rainier Beach (11-0)
2. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (10-0)
3. Lincoln (Tacoma) (10-1)
4. Seattle Prep (9-2)
5. Mountlake Terrace (12-0)
6. University (Spokane) (7-2)
7. Franklin (10-2)
8. Foss (Tacoma) (9-1)
9. Sammamish (Bellevue) (10-2)
10. Lakes (Lakewood) (5-5)
Keep an eye on: Auburn Mountainview, Bellevue, Chief Sealth, Columbia River, Decatur, Eastside Catholic, Kennedy Catholic, Lake Washington, Mercer Island, Mountain View, Nathan Hale, O’Dea, Shorewood.