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Football: Preseason state rankings for all classifications

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Aug. 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm with No Comments »
August 16, 2012 3:57 pm
Bellevue running back Ari Morales stretches for a touchdown in the Wolverines' 35-16 win over O'Dea in the 2011 Class 3A state championship game. (Photo credit: Peter Haley, TNT)

What do preseason rankings mean?

Not much, at least when it comes to qualifying for the postseason. Rankings still play no part in that process.

But they’re fun to debate — at least in every classification besides Class 3A, right Bellevue? — and, if enough research is done and luck accumulated, can be an accurate predictor of how the season might unfurl.

Take the TNT’s 2011 preseason rankings. We pegged the eventual state champions in 4A (Skyline), 3A (Bellevue) and 2A (Lynden). We ranked the eventual state champs in 1A (Connell) and 2B (Waitsburg-Prescott) second in their respective classifications and pegged the 1B winner (Neah Bay) fourth.

So, take these preseason rankings for what they’re worth — conversation fodder and the impetus for anonymous emails that will clog my in-box — and we’ll update them after each week in the regular season.

Tacoma News Tribune’s 2012 Preseason Football Rankings
(2011 records in parenthesis)

CLASS 4A
1. Skyline (11-3)
2. Bellarmine Prep (11-1)
3. Mead (9-2)
4. Skyview (11-3)
5. Federal Way (10-1)
6. Bothell (6-4)
7. Chiawana (8-1)
8. Issaquah (7-3)
9. Camas (11-2)
10. Wenatchee (5-5)

CLASS 3A
1. Bellevue (14-0)
2. O’Dea (13-1)
3. Seattle Prep (9-2)
4. Lakes (11-1)
5. Mount Si (7-4)
6. Kamiakin (12-1)
7. Meadowdale (11-1)
8. Peninsula (8-2)
9. Oak Harbor (8-2)
10. Timberline (4-6)

CLASS 2A
1. Lynden (14-0)
2. Capital (8-4)
3. Archbishop Murphy (12-2)
4. Prosser (11-2)
5. Tumwater (7-2)
6. Othello (9-3)
7. Mark Morris (4-5)
8. Spokane West Valley (9-3)
9. Lakewood (10-2)
10. Washington (5-5)

CLASS 1A
1. King’s (9-3)
2. Montesano (12-2)
3. Royal (9-3)
4. Cascade Christian (11-3)
5. Cle Elum/Roslyn (9-2)
6. Blaine (4-6)
7. Cashmere (11-1)
8. Connell (13-1)
9. Woodland (5-5)
10. Meridian (8-3)

CLASS 2B
1. Morton/White Pass (11-2)
2. Colfax (11-1)
3. Napavine (11-2)
4. Waitsburg/Prescott (14-0)
5. Adna (9-2)

CLASS 1B
1. Almira/Coulee-Hartline (13-1)
2. Neah Bay (12-2)
3. Liberty Christian (7-3)
4. Lummi (11-1)
5. Colton (9-2)

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