Below you’ll find out first state girls basketball rankings of the 2014-15 season in Class 4A, 3A and 2A.
As always, it’s a best-guess effort, with input from other sports reporters around the state as well as multiple coaches.
The only clear pick, in my eyes, is Gonzaga Prep at No. 1 in 4A. The defending champs are loaded again and are ranking No. 21 nationally by MaxPreps.
No. 2 Inglemoor and No. 4 Beamer carry the local hopes, but overall I think most of the top teams are on the other side of the state. And I think 3A is the stronger classification, top to bottom. I went with Curtis of University Place at No. 10, although the Vikings are very young. Kind of a wild-card pick, with consideration also going to Lewis and Clark of Spokane, Skyview of Vancouver, Chiawana of Pasco and Snohomish, among others.
It especially should be an entertaining season locall in 3A, where I’ve given the top spot to Cleveland over Lynnwood. Both should have dynamite teams, but as the two-time defending champs I felt the Eagles deserve first crack.
Bishop Blanchet should be awfully good again and I’ve got Holy Names in there, too. West Seattle, Garfield, Lakeside got long looks as well — so that makes six Metro teams with top-10 potential, at least.
KingCo 3A should also be fun with Bellevue and Juanita getting top billing, and Mercer Island sitting in the wings. And WesCo 3A is loaded as well. I’ve got Glacier Peak and Arlington ranked 5-6 and gave Edmonds-Woodway consideration, too. Others just missing the cut include Lincoln of Tacoma, Central Kitsap and Kamiakin.
For me, 2A is always toughest, but I think there are three superb teams in Mark Morris, W.F. West and White River, which open at 1-2-3. I’m anxious to see with Liberty will do after dropping down from 3A and have the Patriots at No. 8 for starters. Keep an eye on Centralia, Sequim, Port Angeles, Olympic and River Ridge as well.
1. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (25-1)
2. Inglemoor (Kenmore) (23-4)
3. Central Valley (Spokane Valley) (17-7)
4. Beamer (Federal Way) (23-3)
5. Moses Lake (20-6)
6. Walla Walla (19-5)
7. Mead (Spokane) (15-7)
8. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) (20-6)
9. Sunnyside* (23-4)
10. Curtis (University Place) (16-8)
* 3A school in 2013-14
1. Cleveland (Seattle) (27-2)
2. Lynnwood* (25-2)
3. Bishop Blanchet (Seattle) (24-5)
4. Bellevue (23-7)
5. Glacier Peak (Snohomish) (22-3)
6. Arlington* (20-6)
7. Holy Names (19-7)
8. Juanita (Kirkland) (19-4)
9. Wilson (Tacoma) (20-7)
10. Prairie (Brush Prairie) (20-4)
* 4A schools in 2013-14
1. Mark Morris (Longview) (23-3)
2. W. F. West (Chehalis) (25-1)
3. White River (Buckley) (24-6)
4. East Valley (Spokane) (21-5)
5. Burlington-Edison (14-10)
6. Lynden (20-7)
7. Ellensburg (22-4)
8. Liberty (Renton)* (19-8)
9. East Valley (Yakima) (21-5)
10. Woodland** (22-1)
* 3A school in 2013-14
** 1A school in 2013-14