Post-season girls basketball play is in full swing, so I want to devote this edition of my weekly blog to some of the key playoff matchups. Before I go any further, you’ve got to remember to bookmark this site, where you can find brackets for pretty much all of the tournaments state-wide. Josh Liebeskind was at…More
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Sorry for the late post with the latest girls basketball rankings today. I’ve had meetings and other commitments. So I’m going to keep the prelude short. It’s going to be a fun week as post-season play picks up and we should start seeing some great matchups. I’m excited to see Mount Rainier and Beamer square off…More
What a wild week of prep girls basketball — especially in Class 3A and 2A!
I’ve been scrambling most of the day trying to figure out how to rearrange major parts of the rankings in both classifications. I’ve shaken things up a bit, although there are no changes at the top, where Cleveland stays strong atop the 3A list and Mark Morris remains No. 1 in 2A — even though the Monarchs suffered their first loss of the season.
That’s because that loss came to a very good Skyview team, which ranked No. 4 in 4A. No crime there.
But let’s start in 4A, where the only changes come toward the bottom. Puyallup, No. 8 the past two weeks, drops out after suffering its first two losses of the season, back to back.
I wasn’t going to punish the Vikings for Tuesday’s loss to No. 3 Beamer. In fact, I was pretty impressed with the team throughout the first half. But then they lost to Emerald Ridge. So for now they drop back to the watch list.
Arlington and Chiawana each climb one spot and Inglemoor returns to the rankings at No. 10. The Vikings have been playing very well lately and I hope to get out and see them take on No. 6 Eastlake on Saturday. The Wolves won just 46-45 the first time around, but are also on a hot streak with their lone loss coming against No. 5 Mount Rainier.
The other big 4A game in the area Friday finds unbeaten, ninth-ranked Arlington against No. 1 Lynnwood. Hopefully we can get someone to that game, too.More
Since we are about halfway through the regular season in girls basketball (can you believe it??), I thought I’d focus this edition of Post-Ups to take a look at some of the area league races in 4A and 3A. Mind you, while most teams have played between 9-11 games overall (out of the 20 allotted, 21…More
Root Sports will be televising a prep football Game of the Week for the second season in a row — starting with that blockbuster Skyline-Bellevue showdown at Husky Stadium on Sept. 7 (although that one will be tape-delayed). Here is the complete press release and schedule: ROOT SPORTS™ announced today that a second season of the High School…More
Bellevue’s Myles Jack is apparently making his presence felt at UCLA as a true freshman. You can read a little about his progress here.More
I want to share a few thoughts with you on the state girls basketball draws, particularly 4A and 3A.
We’ll have a lot on the tournaments this week in the newspaper, on the web and in the blog. This is just to get the conversation started.
The quarterfinal game I’m most axious to see: No. 1 Mount Rainier vs. No. 5 Inglemoor.
That’s a tough “opener” for both teams. Earlier this season, the Vikings were ranked as high as No. 3. Coach John Augustavo believes his team is playing as well as anyone and had this to say after drawing the top-ranked Rams: “Bring it on. We’re ready.”
With a little encouragement, he admits he is confident about Inglemoor’s chances this week.
“I think we can win this thing,” he said.
The Vikings will have a size advantage with 6-4 Deja’ Strother and four others 6-foot or better. Mount Rainier’s tallest players are Brittany McPhee and Emily Fiso, both 6-0. Of course, McPhee is a crafty player who finds lots of ways to score against players of all sizes. But this will be a challenge.More
Before I head out to cover a couple of regional boys basketball games, I wanted to share some thoughts in Friday’s girls games.
There were some great ones!
One I wish I had been there for: Kentwood’s double-overtime victory over third-ranked Lynnwood, 61-60. On paper, this looks like the biggest upset of the night. However, I said going in that I expected it to be an entertaining game. I gave Lynnwood the edge, but the Conquerors have proven they can hang with anyone when they play well together, which they did again Friday. You can read the game story here.
Another I would have loved to watch: Bellevue’s 58-51 come-from-behind victory over top-ranked Prairie, last year’s 3A champion. The Falcons won’t be in the final eight for the first time since 1997, when they failed to qualify for state. What a great victory for the young Wolverines! You can read about it here.
Then there was Holy Names’ heartbreaking loss to University of Spokane, in overtime. The Cougars were oh-so-close to getting back to Tacoma. That game story is here. And there was another 3A thriller between No. 4 Seattle Prep and No. 10 Stanwood. The Panthers pulled that one out, 44-43, and you can read more here, where there is also mention of Cleveland’s lopsided victory over Kelso.