As the high-school basketball season speeds toward the postseason, I still feel like I could sort the Class 4A rankings by pulling teams out of a hat.
There are very few teams with impressive records and plenty of programs with losses as perplexing as their big wins are impressive.
While the balance throughout the state at the 4A level will make for an exciting, and unpredictable, finish, it continues to makes these rankings a mess to compile.
Davis of Yakima moves back into the top spot after Bellarmine Prep lost to Olympia last week.
Central Valley of Spokane makes a big jump, climbing to No. 4, while Olympia vaults into the rankings at No. 5. To make room for the Bears, Redmond falls out of the rankings this week.
Snohomish has lost two straight and falls to No. 8. The Panthers could tumble out of the rankings if they stumble again this week.
Gonzaga Prep of Spokane also falls out of the rankings after dropping two of its last three. I wasn’t sure which team should replace the Bullpups. I kept cycling through Kentwood, Kent-Meridian and Mount Rainier, wondering which team out of the SPSL North will make a push down the stretch.
The Conquerors currently sit in first place and play both Kent-Meridian and Mount Rainier this week, so they slip into the rankings for the first time this season.
The race for the state title is as wide open as I can remember it. It will be interesting to see which team gets hot at the right time. It could be a program that is ranked right now, or it could be a team like Jackson, loaded with young players hungry to surprise late in the season.
In 3A, Rainier Beach remains entrenched in the top spot. The Vikings’ only loss was to Long Beach Poly (Calif.), so that continues to be the easiest thing to sort out in these rankings week after week.
Kamiakin dropped a game to Kennewick this week, so Seattle Prep and Mountlake Terrace move up one spot each, while the Braves fall to No. 4.
The only other change is that Lake Washington jumps over Kennedy Catholic to take the No. 8 spot.
Here are this week’s Class 4A and 3A high-school basketball rankings.
1. Davis (Yakima) (14-2)
2. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) (13-2)
3. Skyline (Sammamish) (15-3)
4. Central Valley (Spokane) (12-3)
5. Olympia (12-3)
6. Garfield (11-5)
7. Union (Vancouver) (12-4)
8. Snohomish (13-4)
9. Kentwood (11-5)
10. Curtis (University Place) (13-5)
Keep an eye on: Beamer, Bothell, Edmonds-Woodway, Evergreen, Federal Way, Ferris, Gonzaga Prep, Issaquah, Jackson, Kent-Meridian, Lake Stevens, Lewis & Clark, Mount Rainier, Redmond, Rogers, Roosevelt.
1. Rainier Beach (17-1)
2. Seattle Prep (16-2)
3. Mountlake Terrace (17-0)
4. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (16-1)
5. University (Spokane) (12-3)
6. Franklin (14-3)
7. Lincoln (Tacoma) (14-3)
8. Lake Washington (Kirkland) (13-4)
9. Kennedy Catholic (Burien) (13-2)
10. Lakes (Lakewood) (11-6)
Keep an eye on: Auburn Mountainview, Bellevue, Chief Sealth, Columbia River, Decatur, Foss, Glacier Peak, Kennewick, Mercer Island, Mountain View, Nathan Hale, O’Dea, Sammamish, Shadle Park, Shorewood, Wilson.