This might have been the easiest set of rankings I’ve done all season.
Only one ranked team lost to a non-ranked team, and that was Federal Way, which was at No. 10 in Class 4A and now drops to the watch list after falling to Kentwood Monday. The Eagles can be very good at times, but consistency can be a problem. And Kentwood (11-3) is good. I plan to get out and see the Conquerors play again against either Auburn Riverside or Mount Rainier (or both, depending on the schedules).
That would have been an interesting game tonight between Federal Way and Emerald Ridge, but like nearly every other game, that one was postponed. The Eagles could get tested again Friday against Bethel — the only team that has beaten Emerald Ridge (which beat Federal Way). The Eagles won by 18 back in early December, but Bethel has been playing much better since (although I was a bit surprised by Saturday’s 17-point loss to Lakes).
So, the only real dilemma this week, to me, was what team to put at No. 10. I did give Kentwood some consideration, but ultimately debated between Gonzaga Prep (which was ranked up until last week, dropping out after a loss to Lewis and Clark). and South Kitsap.
I’ve heard more good things about Gonzaga Prep, so am going with the Bullpups. South Kitsap (11-2) remains next in line, for now.
The 3A rankings are unchanged — a first! University stays at No. 3 despite losing to Central Valley (No. 1 in 4A) and Cleveland remains at No. 6 despite Monday’s loss to Woodinville (No. 4 in 4A). I generally do not penalize 3A teams for losing to ranked 4A teams (and sometimes the same for 4A teams losing to quality 3A squads, depending on scores, etc.)
I was looking forward to tonight’s 4A game between No. 2 Mount Rainier and No. 8 Auburn Riverside, but now that one is set for Saturday. I likely will be there, unless several of the “I Have a Dream” Matchup games happen to be rescheduled the same day (the event manager is checking to see if there is interest; I really would love to see Holy Names and Wilson square off!).
There are some good games Friday in addition to the Federal Way-Bethel matchup, such as Woodinville at Inglemoor, Holy Names at Cleveland, Juanita at Liberty and Kennedy Catholic at Renton. Not sure just yet where I’ll go, but we plan to cover two of those.
So, here are this week’s rankings and feel free to weigh in on them:
1. Central Valley (Spokane Valley) (12-0)
2. Mount Rainier (Des Moines) (14-0)
3. Lake Stevens (14-0)
4. Woodinville (13-1)
5. Stanwood (13-1)
6. Skyview (Vancouver) (11-2)
7. Jackson (Mill Creek) (13-2)
8. Auburn Riverside (12-1)
9. Emerald Ridge (Puyallup) (12-1)
10. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (10-2)
Others to watch (alphabetically) — Arlington, Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma), Bethel (Graham), Chiawana (Pasco), Central Kitsap (Silverdale), Eastlake (Sammamish), Federal Way, Inglemoor (Kenmore), Issaquah, Kentwood (Covington), Skyline (Sammamish), South Kitsap (Port Orchard), Spanaway Lake, Walla Walla, Wenatchee.
1. Prairie (Brush Prairie) (13-1)
2. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (13-0)
3. University (Spokane) (9-3)
4. Auburn Mountainview (12-3)
5. Wilson (Tacoma) (10-2)
6. Cleveland (Seattle) (12-2)
7. Seattle Prep (11-3)
8. Holy Names (10-1)
9. Juanita (Kirkland) (12-2)
10. Shorecrest (Shoreline) (11-2)
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), Renton, Shadle Park (Spokane), Timberline (Lacey), Yelm.