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December 23, 2013 at 12:57 PM

State boys basketball rankings — Week 3

Not a lot of movement in this week’s rankings — well, at least in 4A and 3A. In fact, no ranked 4A team lost this past week. Nothing changes there.

Seattle Prep is the only team to fall out of the 3A rankings, as it tumbles from No. 9. That being said, it was a tough decision to take the Panthers completely out of the top 10. Seattle Prep has lost twice, to No. 1 Rainier Beach and on a last-second shot by the new No. 9, Eastside Catholic.

For now, though, Seattle Prep exits the rankings, although it could be a short-lived exile. Eastside Catholic has been playing some great basketball and its only loss is a heartbreaker at No. 3 O’Dea. The Crusaders jump Columbia River into the No. 9 spot.

The 2A rankings look a little different. Pullman retains the top spot, but Clarkston jumps Sumner and Anacortes. The reason Sumner and Anacortes don’t slide further down the rankings, even though both lost, is their opponents and circumstances. Both were defeated by 3A schools, while Sumner’s came less than 24 hours after a league win over Steilacoom.

Lynden makes its first appearance in the rankings after beating Sumner and Tamanawis (B.C.). Lynden’s season got off to a late start because its football team made a long run. But the Lions have now played four games and the two wins this past week were both impressive. That is why Lynden jumps into the rankings so high.

Grandview and Bremerton, both 6-0, move into the rankings, ahead of No. 10 Steilacoom. Again, I looked at Steilacoom’s loss and didn’t penalize it for coming up short against a top-ranked Sumner squad.

4A

1. Jackson (2-0)

Beat Cascade 65-44

2. Garfield (6-0)

Beat Redmond 76-44; beat Roosevelt 77-56

3. Central Valley (5-0)

Beat Rogers 66-50; beat University 67-35

4. Kentridge (7-0)

Beat Kent-Meridian 70-50; beat Auburn 75-66

5. Issaquah (3-1)

Beat Ballard 50-45

6. Ferris (6-0)

Beat Lewis and Clark 67-50; beat Shadle Park 56-42; beat Coeur d’Alene 77-51

7. Richland (5-0)

Beat Kamiakin 73-47; beat Pasco 81-28

8. Arlington (5-1)

No games

9. Beamer (6-1)

Beat Bethell 83-55

10. Curtis (5-0)

Beat Rogers 67-54

Previously ranked: None

3A

1. Rainier Beach (4-0)

Beat Chief Sealth 100-28

2. Bellevue (5-0)

Beat Bellevue 79-61

3. O’Dea (5-0)

Beat Bishop Blanchet 80-41; beat Bishop Blanchet 63-39

4. Mercer Island (6-0)

Beat Liberty 56-39

5. Wilson (4-0)

Beat Timberline 71-51; beat Bellarmine Prep 59-39

6. Franklin (5-0)

Beat Ingraham 85-46; beat Bainbridge 66-63

7. Stanwood (7-0)

Beat Marysville Getchell 63-39; beat Jefferson 59-46

8. Mountlake Terrace (4-1)

No games

9. Eastside Catholic

Beat No. 9 Seattle Prep 57-54; beat Nathan Hale 67-54

10. Columbia River (3-0)

No games

Previously ranked: Seattle Prep

2A

1. Pullman (4-0)

Beat Moscow 78-56

2. Clarkston (5-0)

Beat Lake City 65-59

3. Sumner (4-2)

Beat Franklin Pierce 59-42; beat Steilacoom 65-49; lost to Lynden 43-40

4. Anacortes (4-1)

Lost to Ferndale 63-58

5. Lynden (4-0)

Beat Tamanawis (B.C.) 57-42; beat White River 43-40

6. Mark Morris (5-1)

Lost to Sandy (Ore.) 59-42; beat Kelso 52-46; beat Heritage 66-29

7. West Valley (Spokane) (5-1)

Lost to Lakeside 64-61

8. Grandview (6-0)

Beat Othello 86-48; beat Selah 69-47

9. Bremerton (6-0)

Beat North Kitsap70-57; beat Port Angeles 80-71

10. Steilacoom (6-1)

Beat Orting 82-29; lost to No. 2 Sumner 65-49; beat Centralia 58-48

Previously ranked: Lake Washington, East Valley (Yakima), Sequim

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