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Boys Basketball: Week 5 rankings for 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Jan. 4, 2011 at 3:22 pm with No Comments »
January 4, 2011 10:17 pm

Tacoma News Tribune Week 5 Boys Basketball Rankings

1. Garfield (7-1)
2. Yakima Davis (6-0)
3. Kentwood (7-1)
4. Auburn (7-1)
5. Jackson (8-1)
6. Ferris (6-1)
7. Kentridge (8-3)
8. Curtis (6-4)
9. Gonzaga Prep (6-2)
10. Newport (8-1)
Next (alphabetical order): Battle Ground (7-1), Chiawana (5-3), Kentlake (5-3), Monroe (7-2), Olympia (8-1), Puyallup (6-2), Puyallup Rogers (6-2), Richland (7-2), Union (5-3), Vancouver Evergreen (7-3).

Ranking teams for the first time after winter break is always difficult. Some teams play and lose to some of the best teams in the nation, while others stay home and beat up on inferior opponents. There’s nothing wrong with either approach – not every team can afford to fly away to tournaments in sunny locales. And there’s nothing wrong in a team coming together and learning how to win games. But when it comes to ranking these teams, how far should a team drop, if at all, after losing two or three games against top-notch competition?

For instance, Kentridge and Curtis had a rough winter break at a tournament in Southern California, losing multiple games against elite competition. I believe the Chargers and Vikings will be among the four or five best teams in the state when the postseason arrives. But with four losses a piece, Kentridge and Curtis are going to have to win their way back into the top five. Don’t be surprised to see either back there very soon.

1. Rainier Beach (4-1)
2. O’Dea (7-1)
3. Lincoln (8-1)
4. Lakes (7-1)
5. Franklin (4-3)
6. Kamiakin (6-1)
7. Spokane University (6-1)
8. Bellevue (7-2)
9. Mercer Island (8-2)
10. Wilson (9-1)
Next (alphabetical order): Camas (6-2), Capital (8-2), Chief Sealth (5-2), Decatur (5-4), Foss (6-3), Glacier Peak (7-3), Hazen (6-3), Hudson’s Bay (8-1), Kennedy Catholic (6-3), Prairie (6-3), Sammamish (8-2), Seattle Prep (7-1), Shadle Park (3-5), Wilson (9-1)

So, Lakes beat Oakland (Calif.), which beat Rainier Beach, which beat O’Dea, which beat Garfield, which beat Lakes. And Lincoln has won eight games in a row. Who’s No. 1? Rainier Beach holds on for now, but there’s very little separating these top four teams.

University of Spokane jumps into the rankings at No. 7. University’s only loss came against 4A No. 6 Ferris. Wilson also makes its debut, coming in at No. 10.

Keep an eye on Capital, which beat a solid Bellarmine Prep team in overtime on Monday.

1. Clover Park (7-0)
2. Grandview (8-0)
3. Clarkston (6-1)
4. Ellensburg (8-0)
5. Burlington-Edison (8-2)
6. River Ridge (5-4)
7. Wapato (6-1)
8. North Thurston (9-1)
9. Sehome (9-1)
10. Mount Baker (7-2)
Next (alphabetical order): Anacortes (6-3), Cedarcrest (6-3), Cheney (6-2), Eatonville (6-2), Fife (5-3), Franklin Pierce (3-4), Kingston (7-2), Lynden (7-1), Mark Morris (3-4), Medical Lake (6-2), Mount Baker (7-2), Port Angeles (9-2), Pullman (6-1), Sequim (9-2), Spokane East Valley (7-1), Spokane West Valley (6-1), Tumwater (5-3), Yakima East Valley (6-2)

Clover Park remains on top. The Warriors withstood a late rally from 4A Mount Tahoma, toppling the T-birds, 106-99 in double-overtime last week. Clover Park has a big test Tuesday night against SPSL 2A rival Franklin Pierce.

Grandview and Clarkston move up because River Ridge fell from second to sixth and Burlington-Edison dropped to fifth. The Hawks recorded impressive wins against 4A Federal Way and 3A Kennedy, but also lost to Lakes, Kentlake and Foster. B-E fell to surprising Sehome, 44-42, on Monday night. The Northwest Conference appears to be gearing up for a wild regular season – B-E, Sehome, Mount Baker and Lynden all seem to have legitimate shots at the league title.

Undefeated Ellensburg made the biggest jump, climbing four spots. The Bulldogs have one of the best coaches in the state, regardless of classification, in Pat Fitterer and he’s making a difference in his first season coaching at his alma mater.

The Great Northern League has a few unranked teams worth keeping an eye on, particularly Cheney, East Valley, West Valley and Pullman.

1. Lynden Christian (7-1)
2. Cascade Christian (5-2)
3. Zillah (7-2)
4. Onalaska (6-1)
5. Granger (6-2)
6. Goldendale (6-1)
7. Hoquiam (8-1)
8. Seattle Christian (5-3)
9. Life Christian Academy (7-2)
10. University Prep (7-3)
Next (alphabetical order): Bellevue Christian (3-2), Cashmere (5-3), Chelan (4-5), Colville (5-3), Ilwaco (6-1), Kalama (5-3), King’s (3-5), Meridian (4-4), Okanogan (6-3), Seattle Academy (5-5), Toledo (4-3), Tonasket (8-1),

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