And a few teams aren’t making it easy!
Again, I grappled with the 3A girls rankings after a dizzying week that saw Cleveland beat Seattle Prep and then Prep knock off previously unbeaten Holy Names. Plus, Everett beat Shorecrest, then lost to Lynnwood (by one point), and Shorecrest beat Glacier Peak. Mind you, Lynnwood lost to Glacier Peak last month.
So, some shuffling was definitely in order. Of course, Prairie and Kamiakin are making it easy to leave them 1-2 in 3A. And I’m sticking with University at No. 3, even thought the Titans lost to Gonzaga Prep (which was ranked in 4A last week….more on that later). It was a close game.
I decided to keep all three Metro teams in the 3A rankings with Cleveland, Seattle Prep and Holy Names going sixth, seventh and eighth. Lakes, No. 5 last week, drops out after losing to Enumclaw and Auburn Mountainview, but I expect the Lancers to be back in there before all is said and done.
Mountainview moves up to No. 4 and Wilson takes the No. 5 spot with Juanita sliding up to No. 9. So, who to put at No. 10? I seriously looked at Enumclaw (8-3), which has what I consider quality losses (to White River, Mount Rainier and King’s). But I felt obligated to put a WesCo 3A team in, so Shorecrest gets the nod (despite the loss to Everett). Their record is better at 9-2 and they did beat Glacier Peak (which would have earned the spot had they beaten Shorecrest).
West Valley of Yakima is also making a push.
In Class 4A, the top four are solid in Central Valley, Mount Rainier, Lake Stevens and Woodinville. Emerald Ridge suffered its first loss of the season, to Bethel, and falls from No. 5 to No. 9. Stanwood slides up to No. 5 with Skyview at No. 6 and Jackson at No. 7. Federal Way stays at No. 10.
Gonzaga Prep lost last week to Lewis and Clark, which may be on the rise again despite the loss of star guard Devyn Galland. So, GP drops back to the watch list.
The newcomer this week is Auburn Riverside, which owes its only loss of the season to Mount Rainier. I look forward to the rematch next Tuesday (Jan. 17).
Next in line is South Kitsap (9-2), which hammered Central Kitsap in a battle of two teams that had not lost in Narrows League play. But AR has the better record. SK lost early to Yelm and later by 19 to Stanwood. Bethel is also in consideration, but has lost to Federal Way by 18 and to Auburn Riverside by 20.
So, here you go for this week:
1. Central Valley (Spokane Valley) (9-0)
2. Mount Rainier (Des Moines) (12-0)
3. Lake Stevens (12-0)
4. Woodinville (10-1)
5. Stanwood (11-1)
6. Skyview (Vancouver) (9-2)
7. Jackson (Mill Creek) (11-2)
8. Auburn Riverside (10-1)
9. Emerald Ridge (Puyallup) (10-1)
10. Federal Way (9-2)
Others to watch (alphabetically) — Arlington, Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma), Bethel (Graham), Chiawana (Pasco), Central Kitsap (Silverdale), Eastlake (Sammamish), Edmonds-Woodway, Garfield, Inglemoor (Kenmore), Issaquah, Kentwood (Covington), Mount Tahoma (Tacoma), Roosevelt (Seattle), Skyline (Sammamish), South Kitsap (Port Orchard), Spanaway Lake, Walla Walla.
1. Prairie (Brush Prairie) (11-1)
2. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (10-0)
3. University (Spokane) (7-2)
4. Auburn Mountainview (10-3)
5. Wilson (Tacoma) (8-2)
6. Cleveland (Seattle) (10-1)
7. Seattle Prep (9-3)
8. Holy Names (8-1)
9. Juanita (Kirkland) (10-2)
10. Shorecrest (Shoreline) (9-2)
Others to watch (alphabetically) — Camas, Eastmont, Enumclaw, Everett, Glacier Peak (Snohomish), Franklin (Seattle), Lake Washington (Kirkland), Lakes (Lakewood) Lakeside (Seattle), Liberty (Renton), Lynnwood, Meadowdale (Lynnwood), Mount Si (Snoqualmie), Renton, Shadle Park (Spokane), Timberline (Lacey), Yelm.