Which team wants it? There are titles for the taking. But which teams are going to catch fire and bring some hardware home from Tacoma?
The truth is, there are no clear-cut favorites anymore. In Class 4A and 3A, it’s wide open. It seems like I’ve said this in almost every rankings post this year, but it’s true.
Rainier Beach seems to be back on track after losing to O’Dea in the Metro League Tournament, but there are teams champing at the bit to knock off the Vikings. They hold onto the top spot in 3A this week, because of the way they rebounded from that loss. But they will continue to be tested.
Skyline, ranked No. 3 last week, has been eliminated from the 4A playoffs, allowing Central Valley to move up to No. 3 this week. Garfield climbs to No. 4 and Olympia is No. 5.
Now, Kentwood knocked off Curtis in the SPSL title game Friday, so the Conquerors climb back in the rankings at No. 7. But it isn’t easy to figure out how to sort through the SPSL. Kentwood, Curtis, Kent-Meridian and Mount Rainier all have strong wins.
Mount Rainier recently knocked off Kentwood, but fell to Kent-Meridian last week. The Royals have won three straight since losing a close game to Kentwood.
After looking over the results, Kent-Meridian climbs into the rankings at No. 9 and Curtis and Mount Rainier fall to the bubble.
The final spot in the rankings goes to Snohomish, which plays Jackson later this week for the Northwest 4A District title.
In 3A, Seattle Prep falls out of the rankings this week, while O’Dea climbs back into the top 10. Shorewood also falls out of the rankings and it was tough to figure out which team to put in the top 10. A case could be made for a number of teams, but I settled on Columbia River, which is No. 9 this week.
This season has been as unpredictable as any I can remember and it should be a wild finish. Here are this week’s Class 4A and 3A high-school boys basketball rankings.
1. Davis (Yakima) (18-2)
2. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) (19-2)
3. Central Valley (Spokane) (17-3)
4. Garfield (17-5)
5. Olympia (17-4)
6. Union (Vancouver) (15-5)
7. Kentwood (15-6)
8. Jackson (Mill Creek) (17-5)
9. Kent-Meridian (15-7)
10. Snohomish (17-5)
Keep an eye on: Beamer, Bothell, Curtis, Edmonds-Woodway, Evergreen, Federal Way, Ferris, Gonzaga Prep, Issaquah, Lake Stevens, Mount Rainier, Redmond, Rogers, Roosevelt.
1. Rainier Beach (21-2)
2. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (20-1)
3. Mountlake Terrace (21-1)
4. Wilson (Tacoma) (18-2)
5. Lake Washington (Kirkland) (18-4)
6. University (Spokane) (16-4)
7. Decatur (Federal Way) (17-4)
8. O’Dea (17-6)
9. Columbia River (Vancouver) (18-3)
10. Kennedy Catholic (Burien) (17-3)
Keep an eye on: Auburn Mountainview, Bellevue, Columbia River, Foss, Franklin, Glacier Peak, Kennewick, Lakes, Lincoln, Mercer Island, Mountain View, Nathan Hale, Sammamish, Seattle Prep, Shadle Park, Shorewood.