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All-classification basketball rankings: Debut poll has usual suspects

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Dec. 5, 2012 at 10:03 am with 3 Comments »
December 6, 2012 1:34 pm

Contrary to cyberspace rumor, yours truly did not collapse in a ditch following all the state football playoffs. Been in a few gymnasiums this week, and on the phone constantly talking to coaches and other reporters around the state to get a feel for basketball season expectations.

Probably should have just asked y’all.

So, the Prep Blog went dark a few days – my apologies. We are a tad behind in basketball previews, but I did learn a few things since Sunday:

* Rainier Beach boys are easily the best team in the state.

* When Lynden’s football players get eligible for basketball, the 2A Lions could be a top-five team regardless of classification (and meet cross-town rival Lynden Christian (1A) in a battle of state champions Jan. 11).

* Once a wrestling hub, White River is now a basketball school (boys finished second in 2A; girls third last season)?

What has happened in the seven years since I coordinated prep sports the first time (although back then, Rainier Beach was still very, very good)?

But here we are – the release of The News Tribune’s 2012-13 basketball rankings (and these ratings will obviously fluctuate greatly over the next couple of weeks reflecting early results):

* BOYS RANKINGS

CLASS 4A
1, Bothell
2, Federal Way
3, Bellarmine Prep
4, Garfield
5, Richland
6, Central Valley
7, Union
8, Jackson
9, Gonzaga Prep
10, Tahoma
One sentence: Clear separation between top half and rest of state (and go see Bothell backcourt).

CLASS 3A
1, Rainier Beach
2, Lincoln
3, Franklin
4, University
5, Kamiakin
6, Mountlake Terrace
7, O’Dea
8, Columbia River
9, Foss
10, Seattle Prep
One sentence: If top four represent 3A semifinals in March – a real dream night of hoops.

CLASS 2A
1, Lynden
2, Clover Park
3, Mark Morris
4, West Valley of Yakima
5, White River
6, Pullman
7, Ridgefield
8, Renton
9, Squalicum
10, River Ridge
One sentence: One coach remarked Lynden’s JV team would be in top five. Aargh!

CLASS 1A
1, Lynden Christian
2, Zillah
3, Cascade Christian
4, Seattle Academy
5, Toledo
6, Cedar Park Christian
7, Meridian
8, Cashmere
9, Freeman
10, Eatonville
One sentence: Lyncs get nod at No. 1, but three chasers certainly have an argument.

ALL-LOCAL
1, Lincoln
2, Federal Way
3, Bellarmine Prep
4, Foss
5, Cascade Christian
6, Clover Park
7, Tahoma
8, White River
9, Curtis
10, Olympia
One sentence: Cascade Christian? Cougars have winning mark against 4A and 3A schools.

* GIRLS RANKINGS

CLASS 4A
1, Gonzaga Prep
2, Mount Rainier
3, Lewis and Clark
4, Lake Stevens
5, Mead
6, Union
7, Jackson
8, Puyallup
9, Eastlake
10, Bellarmine Prep
One sentence: When in doubt, give Greater Spokane League its props – the league has earned it.

CLASS 3A
1, Prairie
2, Cleveland
3, Kamiakin
4, Wilson
5, University
6, Juanita
7, Shadle Park
8, Stanwood
9, Glacier Peak
10, Seattle Prep
One sentence: Some really talented and athletic teams (Cleveland, Wilson) behind Falcons.

CLASS 2A
1, White River
2, W.F. West
3, Archbishop Murphy
4, Ellensburg
5, Mark Morris
6, Pullman
7, Burlington-Edison
8, Toppenish
9, Black Hills
10, West Valley of Yakima
One sentence: Not the strongest year in 2A, but Hornets don’t care – it’s their first No. 1 preseason rating.

CLASS 1A
1, Lynden Christian
2, Freeman
3, Blaine
4, Cascade Christian
5, Lakeside of Nine Mile Falls
6, Mount Baker
7, Connell
8, Eatonville
9, Castle Rock
10, Chelan
One sentence: Northwest 1A is usually ground and pound – and that is good state-tournament formula.

ALL-LOCAL
1, Mount Rainier
2, Wilson
3, White River
4, Enumclaw
5, Puyallup
6, Bellarmine Prep
7, W.F. West
8, Black Hills
9, Cascade Christian
10, Auburn Riverside
One sentence: McPhee (Mount Rainer), Montgomery (Wilson), Hobert (White River) all bona fide stars.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. dontbesilly says:

    Alright, let’s go ABES!

  2. zonefive says:

    How odd, defending 1A girls, Okanogan, with state MVP and two-time league MVP Kara Staggs doesn’t get a sniff of the Top 10. I guess the Bulldogs (4-0) will sneak up on everyone again this year. You might keep an eye on Brewster girls (3-0), who beat Reardan and Moos, 69-66 without Bear Becky Mae Taylor, an outstanding player, too. Cascade (Leavenworth), strong at state volleyball, is 3-0 to start basketball. There are five strong teams in the CTL, but only four will advance to post-season.
    As for boys, lots needs to settled down in the north central Washington area to see who is strongest. But the Okanogan boys (4-0; beat defending state 1B ACH with only one non-senior on team) are getting looks from other coaches. Tonasket (4-0) and Okanogan go at it Tuesday.

  3. Todd Milles says:

    Huge oversight on Okanogan girls. Updated on the blog.

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