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Basketball: State rankings for 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Dec. 18, 2011 at 10:13 pm with 2 Comments »
December 19, 2011 8:06 am

Records are through Dec. 18

Editor’s note: The next batch of rankings will be released on Monday Jan. 2. Happy Holidays!

BOYS BASKETBALL

CLASS 4A
1. Davis (4-0)
2. Bellarmine Prep (5-0)
3. Skyline (4-0)
4. Snohomish (7-0)
5. Union (4-1)
6. Curtis (5-1)
7. Lewis & Clark (5-1)
8. Garfield (5-1)
9. Mount Rainier (7-2)
10. Kent-Meridan (5-2)
Next: Ballard (5-1), Battle Ground (5-3), Beamer (6-2), Central Kitsap (5-2), Central Valley (3-2), Chiawana (4-2), Edmonds-Woodway (6-1), Evergreen (7-3), Federal Way (4-3), Garfield (5-1), Gonzaga Prep (3-3), Issaquah (5-1), Jackson (4-2), Lake Stevens (5-1), Kamiak (5-1), Kentwood (5-2), Olympia (5-2), Rogers (6-2), Roosevelt (3-1)

Let’s be clear, these rankings are extremely fluid. We won’t have a handle on teams until mid-January, so expect some fluctuation.

Evergreen of Vancouver, ranked No. 3 last week, lost three times last week and falls out of the rankings. One of the teams that beat the Plainsmen, Union, vaults back into the Top 10 at No. 6. Union’s only loss is an 82-58 rout against Mountain View on Dec. 9. I’m giving the Titans, who scored two points in the second quarter of that game, a mulligan on that performance and betting that the team that beat Evergreen is closer to the real Union squad.

Garfield, which crushed Woodinville and Bothell last week, and Kent-Meridian, which has won five in a row, enter the rankings this week.

Among SPSL South teams, Curtis is the highest ranked at No. 7, but I expect the league champion will have at least three league losses, probably more. Keep an eye on Beamer, Rogers, Federal Way, and even Emerald Ridge, Puyallup and Spanaway Lake. It’s going to be a fun season for spectators.

CLASS 3A
1. Rainier Beach (5-0)
2. University (6-0)
3. O’Dea (4-1)
4. Lincoln (6-1)
5. Seattle Prep (5-1)
6. Foss (5-0)
7. Lakes (2-3)
8. Kamiakin (6-0)
9. Franklin (6-0)
10. Sammamish (6-0)
Next: Auburn Mountainview (4-1), Bellevue (4-0), Chief Sealth (4-1), Columbia River (5-1), Decatur (4-3), Ferndale (4-1), Kennedy Catholic (4-1), Kennewick (4-1), Lake Washington (4-1), Mercer Island (5-1), Mountain View (3-2), Mountlake Terrace (7-0), Nathan Hale (5-1), Shadle Park (3-3), Shorecrest (3-2), Sunnyside (6-1), Wilson (4-1)

Rainier Beach, with wins over Seattle Prep and O’Dea, takes over the top spot this week. The Vikings ascend because former No 1 Lakes lost three out of four games at the Wild West Shootout in Reno and also because Nate Guy lost his appeal for a fifth year of eligibility. Guy was a key player for the Lancers in their run to the state title last season. We’ll find out where Lakes is at when the Lancers face 4A No. 6 Union on Wednesday and either Franklin or Lincoln on Thursday at the Franklin Holiday Tournament.

University thrashed previously-undefeated Lewis and Clark 66-44 and moves from fourth to second. The Titans have won every game by at least 12 points.

Unranked teams Mountlake Terrace, Wilson, Chief Sealth, Bellevue, Lake Washington and Mercer Island have Top 10-worthy résumés, there just aren’t enough slots right now.

CLASS 2A
1. Clover Park (5-2)
2. Squalicum (5-0)
3. Lynden (3-0)
4. Ellensburg (6-0)
5. Mark Morris (5-1)
6. Pullman (5-1)
7. Sumner (6-1)
8. White River (6-1)
9. Burlington-Edison (6-0)
10. Spokane West Valley (5-0)
Next: Archbishop Murphy (4-2), Black Hills (5-1), Cheney (5-2), Clarkston (6-1), Grandview (4-2), Kingston (5-2), Lindbergh (5-1), North Thurston (5-2), Port Angeles (6-1), Toppenish (4-2), W.F. West (3-3)

CLASS 1A
1. Cashmere (5-0)
2. Bellevue Christian (6-1)
3. Granger (6-0)
4. Life Christian Academy (5-1)
5. King’s (5-1)
6. Lynden Christian (4-1)
7. Zillah (6-1)
8. Naches Valley (6-0)
9. Colville (5-3)
10. Toledo (4-1)
Next: Cascade Christian (2-2), Charles Wright Academy (5-2), Chelan (2-2), Chimacum (7-0), Freeman (3-4), Goldendale (5-1), Hoquiam (4-2), Newport (5-2), Okanogan (4-2), Omak (5-3), Onalaska (4-2), Seattle Academy (4-2)

GIRLS BASKETBALL

CLASS 4A
1. Central Valley (5-0)
2. Mount Rainier (8-0)
3. Skyview (5-0)
4. Lake Stevens (6-0)
5. Woodinville (4-0)
6. Emerald Ridge (7-0)
7. Stanwood (6-1)
8. Lewis and Clark (2-2)
9. Jackson (5-1)
10. Bellarmine Prep (5-0)
Next: Auburn Riverside (6-1), Battle Ground (5-3), Bethel (4-1), Central Kitsap (8-1), Chiawana (3-3), Eastlake (4-2), Federal Way (4-1), Gonzaga Prep (3-1), Kentwood (6-1), Skyline (4-1), South Kitsap (5-1), Union (4-2), Walla Walla (4-2), Wenatchee (5-2)

CLASS 3A
1. Prairie (4-1)
2. Auburn Mountainview (6-0)
3. Kamiakin (7-0)
4. Lakes (5-0)
5. Wilson (4-0)
6. Holy Names (6-0)
7. Cleveland (4-0)
8. University (5-1)
9. Liberty (6-0)
10. Seattle Prep (4-1)
Next: Camas (3-1), Everett (5-1), Ferndale (5-1), Franklin (3-2), Glacier Peak (4-1), Juanita (5-1), Kennedy Catholic, Lake Washington (4-2), Lakeside (4-3), Lynnwood (7-2), Shadle Park (3-3), Shorecrest (6-0), Timberline (4-2), Yakima West Valley (4-2), Yelm (6-1)

CLASS 2A
1. White River (6-0)
2. W.F. West (6-0)
3. Yakima East Valley (5-0)
4. Lynden (4-1)
5. Clarkston (6-1)
6. Archbishop Murphy (4-1)
7. North Thurston (4-1)
8. Burlington-Edison (5-1)
9. Hockinson (4-0),
10. Kingston (5-1)
Next: Blaine (6-2), Grandview (5-1), Mark Morris (5-1), Mount Baker (4-2), R.A. Long (3-0), River Ridge (3-3), Sehome (5-1), Toppenish (5-1), Tumwater (5-2), Wapato (6-0), Woodland (6-2)

CLASS 1A
1. Freeman (5-0)
2. King’s (5-1)
3. La Salle (5-0)
4. Elma (6-1)
5. Bellevue Christian (4-1)
6. Cashmere (5-0)
7. Cascade Christian (3-1)
8. Seattle Christian (3-2)
9. Granger (5-1)
10. Newport (6-1)
Next: Castle Rock (5-0), Cedar Park Christian (3-2), Connell (4-0), Lynden Christian (2-3), Naches Valley (4-2), Okanogan (5-1), Onalaska (4-1), Stevenson (5-1), Zillah (5-2),

Leave a comment Comments → 2
  1. Sparmaker says:

    There probably won’t be many comments tonight, since the rankings weren’t posted until late, but I’d like to be the first in line. I opened up the rankings to see how far Girls Basketball 2A #1 Burlington-Edison fell after they were beat by a winless team over the weekend. And I had high hopes that all the work and dreams of a group undefeated #2 White River girls, coaches, parents and fans just might be rewarded with the top ranking. Was I ever wrong!!!!! I have been involved in basketball for over 40 years as a player, coach, parent and fan and I cannot believe you have rewarded a team that lost to another winless team with a #1 rank. I would like you to tell your readership your reasoning for doing this. At least tell me. I am mystified…

  2. You’re right. Burlington-Edison should have fallen. I’ve tweaked the 2A girls rankings to reflect this.

    When I did the rankings on Sunday, I plugged in the records for each team and had to double-check that B-E lost to Nooksack Valley. Then, when adjusting the rankings from last week, I forgot to drop B-E. My mistake, and I apologize.

    Doug Pacey
    TNT prep sports coordinator

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