This is always an interesting time for rankings, because you generally get some really good teams squaring off in the various post-season tournaments. So, it’s sometimes difficult to figure out just how to arrange the top-10, and whether to drop a team out if they lose or what.
And speaking of tournaments, just a reminder that you can find the latest playoff brackets here.
I saw a couple of exciting games in the SPSL 4A tournament last Thursday, when Mount Rainier came from behind to beat Beamer and Auburn Riverside became only the second team to beat Puyallup (the Vikings had lost only to Beamer, twice).
There certainly wasn’t much separating those teams (at least on that night). But I’ll tell you, when you’ve got Brittany McPhee, like top-ranked Mount Rainier does, you’ve got a good chance in any game. She’s a special player.
So, let’s get to it.
First in 4A, I had one mistake last week in listing Walla Walla with only two losses. The Blue Devils lost the week before to Chiawana (I thought I saw where they had won that game), and had three losses. Then they lost again to Chiawana in tourney play to fall to 19-4.
So, Walla Walla (formerly up to No. 5) falls out and Chiawana comes in at No. 9. Gonzapa Prep lost twice to No. 2 Mead and slips a notch to No. 4, giving Lynnwood a chance at No. 3.
Other teams move up and I’m giving the No. 10 spot to Yelm, although Auburn Riverside was given serious consideration. The Narrows League is down a bit this year, but the Tornadoes have won 10 in a row, beating a solid Bellarmine Prep team twice.
But watch out for Riverside.
There are several changes in 3A, with Bellevue moving ahead of Seattle Prep in the top half. But most of the movement is in the bottom five. Kamiakin, holding at No. 6 last week, tumbles out after losing to Hanford and I’m vaulting Mount Spokane to that spot. Remember, the Wildcats’ record is deceiving since they play those tough GSL 4A teams twice.
Glacier Peak zooms in at No. 7 after beating Ferndale. But it was close, so the Golden Eagles only slide to No. 8. Holy Names and Stanwood get the boot after stumbling and I’ve given the final two slots to Mercer Island and Enumclaw.
I thought Enumclaw would be a team to contend with coming ingo the season. The Hornets started slowly (0-3) but now has won 11 in a row. Everett, which knocked off former-No. 10 Stanwood, is next in line. The Seagulls are just 12-10, but are a different team now that the suspensions are over and 6-foot Sidney Rielly is back in the lineup. They play GP Friday, so get their chance to land a top-10 spot then.
There is only one new team in 2A, and it’s No. 10 Pullman, which gets the nod over Sumner. The Spartans knocked out former-No. 9 Renton and again will get serious consideration next week if they keep winning.
The rest is just some juggling, due to Ellensburg’s win over Wapato, evening that series.
Check it out, and the rest of the rankings:
1. Mount Rainier (Des Moines) (20-1)
2. Mead (Spokane) (20-1)
4. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (18-3)
5. Inglemoor (Kenmore) (19-2)
7. Beamer (Federal Way) (17-4)
8. Skyline (Sammamish) (19-4)
9. Chiawana (Pasco) (16-6)
10. Yelm (17-2)
1. Prairie (Brush Prairie) (19-2)
2. Cleveland (Seattle) (20-2)
3. Wilson(Tacoma) (17-2)
5. SeattlePrep (18-4)
7. Glacier Peak(Snohomish) (17-5)
9. Mercer Island(19-5)
10. Enumclaw (17-5)
1. Mark Morris (Longview) (19-2)
2. W. F. West (Chehalis) (18-3)
3.White River(Buckley (19-3)
4. Cedarcrest (Duvall) (19-2)
5. Archbishop Murphy (Everett) (17-3)
6. Burlington-Edison (18-3)
7. Ellensburg (18-2)
8. Wapato (18-2)
9. River Ridge (Lacey) (16-4)
10. Pullman (15-5)