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 do you do when No. 1 beats No. 10 by more than 30 points — twice in the same week? That was one of my dilemmas as I went to work on this week’s state girls basketball rankings in Class 4A. My answer: Do nothing. I think No. 1 Lynnwood is that good, so I’ve left Jackson…More
Here are this week’s state girls basketball rankings for Class 4A, 3A and 2A. I am covering eight games today at the Showare Center in Kent so do not have time to elaborate. These records include games through Saturday and do not reflect any played today. Note that Beamer, No. 3 in 4A, beat Kentwood 53-40…More
Sometimes, I pick a girls basketball game to cover that I expect to be a dandy, and it turns out to be a dud.
And then there are nights like Wednesday, when I ventured out to Liberty of Renton for the first time in several years to see the Pats take on second-ranked Juanita in what turned out to be a dynamite Class 3A showdown.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
Happy holidays and welcome to the second edition of Post-Ups, my weekly blog notebook dedicated to high-school girls basketball.
This will be an abbreviated version and will have to get you through until Thursday, Jan. 9, when I’ll have the next installment as I am taking a few days off next week. There will be no new rankings until after the New Year as well. You can look for those on Monday, Jan. 6.
But you certainly don’t have to go through any hoop withdrawals between now and then. Sure, some teams are traveling to out-of-town tournaments. But there are several girls events on the docket in the area, including the massive Rebel Challenge at Juanita, which starts tomorrow.
There are tournaments at Snohomish and Kennedy Catholic as well. And you can check The Times website to find all kinds of games over the next week and a half.More
In this week’s Triple Play, you’ll hear about life after Allison Rhodes at Juanita, how Holy Names has high hopes after a year of maturation and get a look at Cascade’s red-hot start to the season. And I’ll link you to the latest national rankings as well. First, though, I wanted to talk a bit about that…More